FIG Foundation - Building a Sustainable Future




The FIG Foundation will build a sustainable future: FIG Foundation President
  • To give grants and scholarships to projects, for instance to develop curricula for surveying education, training and capacity building, especially in developing countries;
  • To encourage research into all disciplines of surveying and to disseminate the results of that research;
  • To promote high standards of education and training for surveyors and to facilitate continuing professional development;
  • To educate people in the disciplines of surveying, particularly in developing countries and countries in transition;
  • To promote the use of distance learning, networking , eLearning and knowledge management if surveying education and continuing professional development;
    To promote the exchange of surveying personnel for greater understanding of all facets of the profession of surveying;
  • To support by seed funding conferences, meetings of young surveyors and similar events in co-operation with international agencies such as the United Nations.
John Hohol, USA
Charter Partner

FIG Foundation Charter Partner

Recent News

FIG Foundation is supporting Young Surveyors to attend the FIG Working Week in Helsinki, Finland

The FIG Foundation Young Surveyors Fellowships will provide funding for individuals to cover the costs to attend and participate in the FIG Working Week 2017, including participation in all FIG Young Surveyors activities before and during the Working Week.

The Fellowships will be awarded exclusively to nationals of developing countries¹ who must be living in one of the eligible countries.

Fellowships include round‐trip travel costs to Helsinki , visa (if required), accommodations, registration fees for the FIG Working Week, FIG Young Surveyors activities, per diem allowance and FIG Foundation Dinner.

The FIG Working Week 2017 will be held in Helsinki, Finland, 29 May ‐ 2 June. In addition to the Working Week, the FIG Young Surveyors European Meeting (Sunday 28 May) and young surveyors sessions will be organised and contribute to the networking of young surveyors internationally, to introduce young surveyors to the FIG community, and to provide for the opportunity to learn more and share the young surveyors’ vision for the future of FIG. Additionally the FIG Foundation Fellowship winners are invited to join the UN-Habitat GLTN Awareness Training on STDM on 29 May.

Interested? Apply here

Deadline for Application is 1 April 2017.

FIG Foundation meeting 2016 in 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand

FIG Board of Directors, from left President John Hohol, William Marbell, Trimble, Prof. Mike Barry, Ir. Liza
Groenendijk and Prof. Paul van der Molen all wearing the Young Surveyors shirt that was used at the Charity Run, organised by the Young Surveyors that also raised funds for the FIG Foundation.

FIG Foundation wants to thank those who have worked actively throughout the year for the Foundation and to promote FIG and the Foundation around the world.

At the meeting FIG Foundation decided to award Wallace Mukupa, Ningbo University China, with the FIG Foundation Ph.D. Scholarship 2016. Congrationaltions to Wallace Mukupa.

FIG Foundation meeting 2015 was held in conjunction with the FIG Working Week in Sofia, Bulgaria

FIG Board of directors 2015: From left Dr. Pengfei Cheng, Prof. Paul van der Molen, Ir. Liza Groenendijk, Mr.John Hohol, Mr. Keith Hoffgartner,  Prof. Mike Barry

The FIG Foundation had a meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria in May 2015.

FIG Foundation meeting 2014 was held in conjunction with the FIG Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The board held its official meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the 2014 Congress. Furthermore the board has been in frequent contact through email.

At the meeting Young Surveyors were represented by Chair Kate Fairlie and Chair Elect Eva- Maria Unger, who thanked FIG Foundation for the cooperation throughout the last years.

Eva Maria Unger informed that CNGeGL, the National Council of Italian Surveyors, has decided not to continue to offer the International Training Course on Topography for Young Surveyors. Everyone expressed gratitude to the Italians for having offered the course and agreed that it is very unfortunate that this great opportunity for young surveyors to meet and experience new knowledge is no longer available.

There was a discussion of the funding of the Young Surveyors Meetings, if it is permanent. It was agreed that the funding should not become permanent and should not exclude others of being supported.

At the meeting in Kuala Lumpur the board expressed sincere thanks to Keith Hofgartner representing FIG Platinum Corporate Member Trimble Navigation for generous continued support of the foundation including sponsorship of the FIG Foundation Dinner.

John Hohol informed that Trimble had had several requests from a school in Burkina Faso about funding of equipment. Trimble asked FIG Foundation to cosponsor a donation. To make sure that funding will help to improve the learning environment it was decided that Trimble is to deliver an analysis of the state of the art of the school.