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FIG CONGRESS 2014 - 16-21 JUNE 2014

Engaging the Challenges, Enhancing the Relevance

FIG General Assembly

FIG WORKING WEEK 2015
17-21 May 2015


From the Wisdom of the Ages to the Challenges of the Modern World

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The FIG Congress - where young and experienced surveyors meet

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Experiencing the amazing Malaysian Culture

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The Malaysian Prime Minister gave an interesting opening address at the opening ceremony
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Presidents and heads of delegation from FIG members planted 100 trees as part of a carbon offset programme

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"The FIG Congress is our global forum where sciences, technologies, knowledge and practices come together; where issues, initiatives, researches and results converge and where cultures, diversity, specialization and expertise assemble"; said FIG President Teo CheeHai, at the opening ceremony of the Congress. More than 2500 from almost 100 countries attended the Congress that was co-organised by FIG and the Malaysian Association of Land Surveyors, PEJUTA. There were almost 60 exhibitors at the three-day exhibition and the congress also offered more than 170 technical sessions with around 550 presenters. Some of the sessions were organised in cooperation with the partners World Bank, FAO, UN-ESCAP, UN-GGIM and UN-Habitat/GLTN. The theme of the XXV FIG Congress ‘Engaging the Challenges, Enhancing the Relevance’ was chosen carefully to enlighten the many various activities that FIG is involved in. A  joint FIG/UN-GGIM-AP Statement on Global Geodetic Reference Frame was adopted. Also a series of approaches and tools as for example “Fit-for-Purpose” Land Administration and the Social Tenure Domain Model demonstrate that FIG, together with its partners and the profession, are ready to engage challenges as undernourishment, shelter, climate change and economic progress with its sciences, technologies, knowledge and practices.

General Assembly

Young Surveyors

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New elected Vice president Rudolf Staiger, President Teo, incoming president Chryssy Potsiou, new elected vice president Diane Dumashie and vice president Pengfei Cheng

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President Teo with new elected President Potsiou

The FIG General Assembly was held 16 and 21 June in Kuala Lumpur in conjunction to the FIG Congress 2014. At the first session of the General Assembly changes for the statutes were voted on hereunder a change in voting rights. One new member association was admitted, The Institute of Surveyors (St. Lucia) Inc. ISSL and Botswana Surveying and Mapping Association is returning as member.
At the second session there were several elections. The results of the elections are:
  • FIG President 2015 - 2018: Chryssy Potsiou, Technical Chamber of Greece
  • Two elected FIG Vice Presidents 2015 - 2018: Rudolf Staiger, DVW, Germany and Diane Dumashie, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, United Kingdom.
  • FIG Working Week 2017: Helsinki, Finland - Finnish Association of Geodetic and Land Surveyors (MIL) and Finnish Association of Surveyors (MAKLI) with the National Land Survey of Finland (NLS) as partner
  • FIG Congress 2018: Istanbul, Turkey - Turkish Chamber of Survey and Cadastre Engineers
     
  • Report from the General Assembly
  • General Assembly minutes
  • Socioeconomic Potential of Land Administration Services - WPLA Workshop
    21 - 23 May 2014 Copenhagen, Denmark
The aim of the workshop was to investigate the socioeconomic potential of land administration services and to share experiences and present new and alternate use of open and interoperable property data. The WPLA workshop was successfully  hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Danish Geodata Agency. Read more...
  • FIG Commission 3 Workshop and Meeting - 4-7 November 2014 in Bologna, Italy
The 2014 Workshop with the overall theme "Geospatial Crowdsourcing and VGI: Establishment of SDI & SIM" will be held in Bologna Italy 4-7 November 2014. At the same event Commission 3 will also hold it's annual meeting. Deadline for full papers for referee and for abstracts for other papers: 7 September 2014.
Deadline for early bird registration: 1 October 2014
  • FIG Commission 7 Annual Meeting and GeoConference 2014 - 7-11 October 2014 in Canada
The Commission 7 team, in close collaboration with the Canadian colleagues and the Fédération des géomètres francophones (FGF – the Francophone Federation of Surveyors), is preparing this year a unique event which will take place in the Old Quebec City, Canada, a UNESCO World Heritage. FIG Commission 7 Annual meeting will be held in conjunction with the conference.
More information
Web site: www.geocongres2014.ca 

 One of the most significant technologies to emerge in recent decades has been Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). The rise of such a global technology has highlighted the need for countries to move from locally defined geodetic datums to more global datums based on the International Terrestrial Reference Frame. This FIG publication is a response by Commission 5 to this trend by bringing together a series of fact sheets to better inform surveyors about some of the key issues they need to consider as they realign and upgrade their professional knowledgebase. Editor is Graeme Blick and authors consist of Graeme Blick, Chris Crook, Nic Donnelly, Roger Fraser, Mikael Lilje, David Martin, Chris Rizos, Daniel R. Roman, Rob Sarib, Tomás Soler, Richard Stanaway, and Neil D. Weston.

Many land rights and land claims are based on social tenures
and cannot be described in terms of conventional, parcel-based
concepts. New forms of spatial units have therefore been needed
for some time, and the Global Land Tools Network (GLTN) developed a model to accommodate these social tenures. It is called the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM). FIG undertook a peer review of the STDM and commissioned key, internationally recognized academics, researchers and practitioners who are regarded as experts in the land sector and who are from FIG’s membership base.

Chair of FIG Africa Task Force, Dr. Diane Dumashie, is author of this FIG Report which presents the objective and work design of the FIG Africa Task Force (ATF), identifies the interlinking themes, summarises the contents and outcome of each workshop and make recommendations for the way forward. The FIG Africa Task Force was established at FIG’s 32nd General Assembly held in Eilat, May 2009.

Commission 4 Working Group 4.1 has just published this FIG Guide. Authors are Jerry Mills, chair of the Commission 4 Working Group and David Dodd, Technical Expert to the Working Group. Commission 4 Chair, Michael Sutherland, writes: "Many of the groups using ERS techniques have developed their internal Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) through in-house experience and trial-and-error testing. It is this wealth of group information that is being drawn upon to help develop a set of “best practices” for the hydrographic industry. The development of ERS best practices is being conducted by International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) working group 4.1 under Commission 4 and will be shared with the IHO for possible inclusion in International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) publication C13, Manual on Hydrography.

What was a simple activity report of Working Group 1 within FIG Commission 7 “Cadastre and Land Management” in 1998, has over the years been translated into 28 languages and was a topic in many forums, panel discussions, roundtables and journal articles. This simple activity report became a visionary publication, found its way into conference halls and lecture theatres, and became a reference publication in many teaching
and research institutions. Now a new FIG report has been published as a follow up on the original publication, edited by Daniel Steudler and supported by Federal Office of Topography swisstopo, Wabern, Switzerland.

Cost Effective GNSS Positioning Techniques, FIG Publication 49, originally published in 2010 is now available in an updated 2nd edition. The publication is a FIG Commission 5 publication and is written by Dr. Neil D. Weston, United States and Prof. Dr. Volker Schwieger, Germany. FIG Commission 5 Chair Mikael Lilje has written the foreword.

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2013 was a productive year for FIG. There were many arrangements, activities and useful results and many within the FIG community were engaged in all these happenings for which FIG thanks very much. Read a summary of the activities that took place in 2013 The FIG Annual Review 2013 is now available as .pdf. Hard copies will be mailed to all members together with the minutes from the General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur 2014. You can download the FIG Annual Review here:
  • FIG Surveying Education Database (SEDB) 

The Surveying Education Database (SEDB) on Professional Education is in full operation. Universities and institutions are able with their user-ID and password to make changes directly to the database. Any academic department offering graduate and post-graduate courses in any surveying discipline can place a standard entry on the SEDB.

The Surveying Education Database is a major benefit for being an
Academic Member of FIG. Academic Members of FIG can add a picture and additional information to their standard entries.


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