The Call for papers for FIG Working Week 2016 is now closed.

Thank you for your submission. Succesful applicants will be notified by the end of January.​

T​he focus of the FIG Working Week 2016 will be  "Recovery from disaster". Post-earthquake Christchurch is an ideal venue for an international surveying conference with this theme. It is being held at a time when considerable re-building and renewal is underway throughout the city and the areas of Canterbury affected by the 2010-2011 earthquakes sequence. Many inhabitants throughout the world face various kinds of disasters, apart from earthquakes as in Christchurch, such as flooding, storm events, tsunamis, drought, the after effects of conflict etc. that are a world-wide challenge, especially taking the effects of climate change into consideration. Disasters, natural or otherwise, directly impact surveyors and spatial professionals and their work on the land, under the seas, in the air and in space.

FIG Working Week 2016 is the main event for all ten FIG technical commissions. Therefore proposals for papers are requested in all topics of interest of the following Commissions:

1. Professional Standards and Practice - FIG Commission 1
2. Professional Education - FIG Commission 2
3. Spatial Information Management - FIG Commission 3
4. Hydrography - FIG Commission 4
5. Positioning and Measurement - FIG Commission 5
6. Engineering Surveys - FIG Commission 6
7. Cadastre and Land Management - FIG Commission 7
8. Spatial Planning and Development - FIG Commission 8
9. Valuation and the Management of Real Estate - FIG Commission 9
10. Construction Economics and Management - FIG Commission 10


Specific Topics of FIG Working Week 2016

In the open call for papers non-peer review and peer review papers are invited from following
the detailed topics selected by FIG Commissions:


Commission 1 Professional Standards and Practice

  • Professional ethics
  • International boundaries 
  • Women in Surveying
  • Mutual recognition of qualifications or professional status

Commission 2 Professional Education

  • Recovery from Disaster: enhancing the surveying core body of knowledge
  • Professional education in natural hazards and disaster management
  • Innovative learning and teaching
  • Demand for and supply of Professional Education
  • Accreditation and Quality Assurance

Commission 3 Spatial Information Management (SIM)

  • VGI collection, dissemination, analysis, maintenance and visualization
  • Utilization of VGI and crowdsourcing with SDI, SIM and environmental information
  • 3d Cadastre
  • Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) at all levels – local, regional, national and global
  • e-Governance and SDI in supporting decision making – theory, applications and best practice ·      Integration of spatial data – cadastre, land use, real estate, utilities, environment, socio-economic information, etc.
  • 3D/4D geospatial models, algorithms, standards and applications
  • Business models, public-private partnerships and economic aspects of SDI
  • SIM meeting challenges – natural and environmental risk prevention and disaster management, waste management, etc.
  • SDI interoperability aspects – standards, technical tools, metadata, portals and clearinghouses
  • Web and mobile GIS – challenges, services and real-time capabilities
  • Geospatial visualisation (2D/3D/4D)
  • Use of SIM to support:
    • Prevention and recovery from natural disasters;
    • Rural and urban land reforms for food and fresh water security and environmental protection
    • Measures to eliminate and to adapt to the climate change.

Commission 4 - Hydrography

  • Hydrography and society (Offshore surveying in support of energy, environment, submarine telecommunications, coastal zone management and climate change, ports and harbours, the blue economy, national and international political objectives)
  •  Hydrographic education, training, and professional development
  • Hydrographic standards and guidelines
  • Hydrographic surveying and mapping
  • Maritime and marine spatial information management (including data processing and management of hydrographic data, data structures, marine spatial data infrastructures, marine information systems)
  • Military hydrography
  • New and emerging science and technologies for hydrography (e.g. sensors, systems, AUVs, electromagnetic wave propagation, crowd sourcing techniques/citizen science etc.)

Commission 5 Positioning and Measurement

  • Standards, best practice guidelines, quality assurance and calibration for surveying (including geodetic) measuring instruments
  • Guide for the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurements (GUM) in surveying/geodesy
  • Reference frames/datums supporting recovery from disaster
  • Remote sensing and reference frame/datum management
  • National reference frames in a globally connected world, Reference frames for the future
  • Geoid Based Vertical Reference Frames and Height Systems
  • Vertical Reference Frame (Datum) Transformations
  • Infrastructure supporting accurate positioning
  • Multi-GNSS: Emerging Technologies and Applications
  • GNSS Precise Positioning Techniques, Developments and Analysis
  • Atmospheric Measurements using GNSS
  • GNSS Applications in Disaster Management
  • Low-cost GNSS equipment
  • Cost-effective surveying solutions
  • Alternatives and backups to GNSS including map matching, cooperative positioning and 3D modeling  techniques
  • ‪Urban and Indoor Positioning and Navigation
  • Multisensor Positioning Applications and Techniques
  • Technologies Positioning technologies and techniques in support of Location Based Service

Special Session on:

  • Contribution of Geodesy to Disaster Management

Commission 6 Engineering Surveys

  • Deformation measurement
  • Engineering surveys in managing natural disasters
  • Precise height measurements  for engineering
  • Recent industrial surveying and sensing technologies and applications 
  • Laser scanning applications
  • Machine control and guidance with surveying technologies

Commission 7 Cadastre and Land Management

  • Fit-For-Purpose Land Administration in pre- and post-conflict and post disaster areas
  • Impact of climate change and disasters on land rights and to cadastral systems
  • Spatial data infrastructures for pre-, during and post-disaster response
  • drones and other technologies for land administration before, during and after disasters / validation of third party data
  • Voluntary guidelines in conflicts
  • Capacity building in disaster response bodies
  • Public trust in land administration systems / fraud prevention in disaster management
  • Land policy and reform to support sustainable use of land
  • Compensation for value changes, consolidation of agricultural land, adjustment of urban land in post disaster regions
  • New technologies for remote and in-situ data acquisition on land rights / social media and third party data capture / crowdsourcing
  •  Role of land owner as key stakeholder / privacy issues / access to data for citizen
  • Multi-dimensional and multi-temporal cadastre

Commission 8 Spatial Planning and Development

  • Environmental challenges in megacities
  • Planning urban resilience in adapting to heat, drought, flood, earthquake, and major environmental disaster
  • Land Use planning for sustainable integrated urban and rural development and governance
  • Innovative management practices to prevent, or mitigate the risks of extreme events e.g. droughts and floods, and disaster recovery techniques from the perspective of the rural or the urban environments ·      Disaster and environmental management
  •  Planning policies and environmental improvement
  • Informal settlement issues in spatial development, planning and governance
  •  Planning and managing urbanisation
  • Public-private partnerships in planning and land development
  • Contributing to Global water resource management and utilization – Action and planning
  • Spatial planning in post-disaster and post-conflict situations
  • Spatial planning, land registration and valuation in informality

Commission 9 Valuation and the Management of Real Estate

  • Tax Bases for Real Estate Taxation
  • Mass Appraisal Techniques
  • Large Scale Acquisitions of Land (“Land Grab”)
  • Trends of real estate valuation
  • Valuation methods for properties where no markets exist for them
  • Valuation profession and valuation standards
  • Real estate finances and investments
  • Compulsory purchase and compensations in land acquisition and takings
  • Real property practises and sustainable cities

Commission 10 Construction Economics and Management

  • Quantity Surveying, Cost Engineering, Construction Economics and Cost Management
  • Project Delivery and Construction Management
  • Project Procurement and Tendering (Bidding)
  •  BIM - Building Information Modelling 
  • Construction standards and regulations including proposed International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS)
  • Construction outputs and construction trend and its impact on national and global economy ·      Innovative house building and affordable housing
  •  Sustainable construction and development including the measurement of carbon emission in construction activities
  • Reconstruction works in major disaster areas



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