Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Few countries in the world have had such a development as Vietnam during the last decades and at the same time being threaten by the consequences of climate change. Cities as Hanoi, the city where the FIG Working Week 2019 will be held, has grown extremely quick including change of life style for the inhabitants. Spatial information, smart cities, surveying, land administration and much more are really in the centre of these changes. Organising the FIG working Week in Hanoi is a great opportunity for Vietnam to promote their achievement and progress in these fields but also a perfect venue for professionals world-wide to learn from each other exchanging ideas and developing new collaboration. Having in mind that Vietnam is one of the most five countries in the world suffering consequence from climate changes, especially the threat of sea level rise. Therefore, the overall theme of the Working Week is perfectly chosen as “Geospatial information for a smarter life and environmental resilience”.

FIG Working Week is an exciting week-long conference that brings the international community of surveying and spatial professionals together to experience a mix of interesting plenary and technical sessions and workshops, a trade exhibition and a variety of side events and social functions. The week gives a unique opportunity to discuss key challenges of our time within the surveying profession with fellow peers. Please explore the website for more information. Enjoy.

2019 will be a big festival year of the Vietnamese community of surveyors with the 60th anniversary of Surveying and Mapping Day of Vietnam (14/12/1959 -14/12/2019) and the 30th birthday of the VGCR (1989 – 2019). Together with the 65th anniversary of Hanoi’s independence (1954 – 2019), the FIG 2019 will add a great contribution to the festive atmosphere to honour and celebrate this UNESCO’s City of Peace.

Kind regards

FIG - International Federation of Surveyors & VGCR - Vietnam Association of Geodesy - Cartography - Remote Sensing