Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the largest and most prestigious conference of surveying professionals to be held in Istanbul/Turkey in 2018. We expect 2.000-2.500 surveying and spatial experts from around 100 countries. The week-long conference offers a mix of interesting plenary and technical sessions and workshops, a trade exhibition and a variety of side events and social functions. The technical programme will consist of around 550 presentations within the field of surveying including best practice and new research.

The theme of the Congress is “Embracing our smart world where the continents connect:  Enhancing the geospatial maturity of societies.“ A few years ago, we identified the need for providing reliable, evidence-based open and/or low-cost data which describe a “spatially enabled” society. But today we realize that we have an additional task to ensure that these data and tools are used intelligently by the society and governments and through that to ensure the transition from the stage of a “spatially enabled” society to the stage of a “spatially mature” society. This transition requires; massive creation & consumption of data (structured/not), extended use of affordable smart devices, increasingly high downloading speeds, the Internet of Things, cognitive computing for all to improve human decision making, the provision of personalized information and the Internet of Me.

FIG Congress gives passionate professions the opportunity to –

  • Learn globally
  • Learn across silos from other countries, industries and professional roles
  • Make improved impacts in career, organization and community

FIG Congress accelerates learning and impact through:

  • Methods to more quickly complete daily projects and stretch objectives
  • Network globally and locally to find expertise to more effortlessly achieve objectives
  • Enabling people and organizations to save time and money

The International Federation of Surveyors has been organizing conferences since 1878. FIG is the premier international organisation supporting the interests of surveyors and the advancement of the profession worldwide. FIG is a UN-recognised non-government organisation representing more than 120 countries through a federation of national member organisations.

We hope to see you and look forward to welcoming you in İstanbul.
On behalf of the organisers FIG and HKMO

Louise Friis-Hansen
FIG Director and Co-Congress Director

Orhan Ercan
Co-Congress Director