Few countries in the world have had such a rapid development as Vietnam during the last decades. Hanoi, the city where the FIG Working Week 2019 will be held, has grown extremely quickly during the last decades. This urban transition puts intense pressure on keeping the pace with rising demands for transport, infrastructure, social services, housing, environmental controls, data management and public amenities. Further to this development, Vietnam is considered as one of the countries most affected by climate changes. Hanoi is particularly at risk as it is situated in a low-lying area near the mouth of a major and unpredictable river.

Smart living is a major key to the fight against climate change. The FIG Working Week will focus on tackling the climate changes by working towards a smarter life both through the development of smart cities and also in rural areas. Spatial information, big data, surveying, BIM, land administration and much more are essential factors in this development. The theme of the Working Week:

Geospatial information for a smarter life and environmental resilience

addresses these challenges that are crucial not only in Vietnam but for many all over the world.

We invite high quality contributions of researchers and practitioners in the following overall topics:


New technologies and the overall trend of automation in the society are changing the role of surveyors and other professions in the world. While many recognised the importance of maintaining the core role and responsibilities of key professions, others have suggested the need to adapt to a changing world moving from the information era to new frontiers. What is the next era? Are we already in the experience age? Or the automated era? How do we need to prepare in the public, private and academic sectors?


Smart cities are an urban development concept based on achieving sustainable development by using new technologies and multiple information sources to optimise resources. Hanoi set the target to turn into a smart city by 2030. Many cities, especially in Asia, are going through the same transformation. What are the lessons learnt? What are the challenges? What are the key steps to consolidate a smart city? How we monitor progress? Are our citizens benefiting from Smart cities? How to fund required investment to achieve a smart city?


Over the past years, due to climate change, the frequency and intensity of natural disasters have increased, such like floods, landslides, inundations, droughts, soil and water salinity and other calamities. Vietnam is considered as one of the countries most affected by climate change. Changing rainfall patterns cause draught and flooding along rivers and streams. In deltas and coastal areas, sea level rise poses a severe threat to societies and to the use of land. This will be considered from the point of view of spatial planning, measuring, spatial information, etc.
How to monitor climate change? How to prepare the society for its short-term and long-term consequences? How can we know, mitigate and respond before and after disasters?


Rural areas hold for example ecosystem functions and food production systems, while urban areas hold supra-regional services and facilities. There has been an urbanization trend for the last 20 years that is likely to continue. What are the implications for continuing urbanization? Where countries need to focus to get the balance right between urban and rural development? What Topics can among others address accessibility of rural and urban areas, infrastructure to connect societies and functions, food security, fair distribution of resources, migration patterns and their effects on rural and urban areas.


FIG Working Week is the main event of the year for all ten FIG technical Commissions, as well as Networks and Permanent Institutions. Therefore, proposals for papers non-peer review and peer review are requested in all topics of interest of the following:

Commission 1 – Professional Standards and Practice

There will be a special emphasis on:

Commission 2 – Professional Education

FAO and FIG would like to announce that the best papers submitted for peer review under this final topic (teaching or training on the use of the VGGTs...) will be considered for peer review publication in the UNFAO Land Tenure Journal, as well as included in the special FAO/FIG Academic Forum at the FIG Working Week in Hanoi. FAO and FIG would particularly welcome papers on the three themes of raising awareness, integration into the curriculum, and innovative teaching in relation to the VGGTs.

Commission 3 – Spatial Information Management (SIM)

Commission 4 - Hydrography

Special Session on:

Commission 5 – Positioning and Measurement

There will be a special emphasis on:

FIG would like to announce that the best peer reviewed papers of Commissions 5 and 6 will have the chance to be published in a special issue of the Journal of Applied Geodesy.

FIG and NavXperience would also like to announce that the best peer review paper will be chosen for the NavXperience award. The award winner will receive a complimentary registration for the next FIG Working Week in Amsterdam.

Commission 6 – Engineering Surveys

FIG would like to announce that the best peer reviewed papers of Commissions 5 and 6 will have the chance to be published in a special issue of the Journal of Applied Geodesy.

Commission 7 – Cadastre and Land Management

Special sessions on:

Commission 8 – Spatial Planning and Development

Commission 9 – Valuation and the Management of Real Estate

There will be a special emphasis on:

Commission 10 – Construction Economics and Management

There will be a special emphasis on:

FIG Permanent Institution:

The Permanent Institution of History for Surveying and Measurement invites contribution on the history of surveying and measurement, and the techniques and instrumentation involved.

FIG Networks

FIG Young Surveyors Network would like to see contributions from young surveyors in all 10 Commissions.

Papers are also invited on the areas of the FIG Networks:

This year, at the FIG Working Week, there will be Russian- and French-speaking sessions. If you would like to contribute to these sessions, please send an email to


Call for Papers
Abstract Submission
Guide for Presenters
Important dates