In the FIG
series high-level papers focusing on interesting topics to
all surveyors are published. The paper can be picked up from a FIG
conference or another event.
The Article of the Month in November 2014 is written by
Tajul Ariffin Musa, Abdullah Hisam Omar, Ivin Amri
Musliman, Siti Syukriah Khamdan, Yip Kit Mengand Kamaludin Omar,
Prototype of RFID-Based Cadastral Boundary Mark System (RCBMS)
in Malaysia. This paper is peer reviewed and presented at
the 2014 FIG Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The paper
discusses an RFID-based cadastral boundary mark system (RCMBS).
The aim of the RCBMS is to modernize the conventional cadastral
boundary marks with marks that are lighter, robust, and easy to
locate, and which offer the capability to perform
spatial/non-spatial cadastral information on site.
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||FIG member associations are invited to consider
making a bid to host the FIG Working Week 2019 together
with FIG. At its meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria 17-21 May
2015, the FIG General Assembly will select the host and
venue for the Working Week 2019. The Council has
prepared bidding guidelines for making the bid. These
guidelines explain in detail the information that is
required for a successful bid. Deadline: 30 November
Guidelines for FIG Working Week 2019
||Thanks to sponsorship received from
the FIG Foundation I was able to conduct a research
trip to the Netherlands and Germany during September
and October 2014. The purpose of the trip was to
learn as much as possible about the cadastral
systems of the two countries.
Read the report from Simon Hull..
|The Regional Committee was established
in 1994 and was known as the Permanent Committee on GIS
Infrastructure for Asia and the Pacific (PCGIAP) until
the 19th UNRCC-AP held in Bangkok in 2012 where the name
was amended to the current. The aim of the Regional
Committee includes to identify regional issues relevant
to geospatial information management, take necessary
actions and contribute to global discussions so that the
economic, social and environmental benefits of
geospatial information will be maximized in Asia and the
Pacific region. FIG’s presentation included a progress
report on Cadastral Template 2.0.
|UNESCAP, FAO and UN-Habitat co-organised
a Regional Multi-stakeholder Consultation on Land Tenure
in Asia-Pacific. The event was supported by FIG and was
attended by about 60 participants that included those
from 18 countries in Asia-Pacific. Participants also
came from civil society organizations, a total of 14 as
well as from governments and international organisations.
At the two-day event, participants discussed on land
policy, land governance, land-based regulatory framework
and associated initiatives, identified gaps and key
issues for follow up actions.
|At a validation workshop 21
participants from 15 countries, convened jointly by GLTN
and FIG, validated the CoFLAS tool. GLTN is now
preparing to bring this validated CoFLAS tool into a new
phase, piloting at country level. FIG, its membership
and corps of volunteers that were involved in this tool
development process since 2010/2011 are immensely
privileged to be able to contribute towards
conceptualising and designing of this land tool, one
within the suite of 18 land tools embedded in 5
overarching themes envisage by GLTN to bring about
improved efficiency and effectiveness to land
administration and management towards securing land and
property rights for all.
|Valuation of unregistered lands &
Properties is a collaborative activity between Global
Land Tool Network (GLTN) facilitated by UN-Habitat, FIG
and other key partners including RICS. GLTN has embarked
on a process to develop a tool for the valuation of
unregistered lands and properties. The experts group
meeting held on 13 and 14 October 2014 brought together
20 experts from 13 countries to facilitate the
development of a framework on current thinking and
methodologies for the valuation of unregistered land and
properties, based on valuation practices and practices
Kurexi Maihesuti, Chinese Vice
Minister delivering his officiating address, photo
kindly by NASG
|“Timely and urgent to consider
Sustainable Development with Geospatial Information"
said WU Hongbo, Under-Secretary General for
Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations at the Third
High Level Forum on GGIM. WU Hongbo also commented the
global diversity of expertise at the Forum representing
Member States within the United Nations and particularly
welcomed international partners, FIG being one, and the
private sector. At the conclusion of the Forum The
Beijing Declaration was adopted.
|This publication is the result of
extensive debates, discussions, and presentations by the
FIG Task Force on Surveyors and Climate Change over the
past three years. Editor is John Hannah, and contributing
authors are Isaac Boateng, Sagi Dalyot, Stig Enemark, Frank
Friesecke, John Hannah, David Mitchell, Paul van der Molen, Merrin Pearse,
Michael Sutherland, and Martinus Vranken. The FIG Task Force on
Surveyors and Climate Change set out both to explore and
report on where and how surveyors could assist the
global community in measuring and monitoring climate
change, and also to elaborate on the part that they
could play in adapting to climate change and helping to
mitigate its impacts.
Delegation from Brazil visiting the FIG Stand at
|2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the InterGeo
exhibition and conference. Again this year FIG greeted
many visitors at the FIG stand and had the chance to
talk to both members and potential future members of
FIG. FIG Vice President Rudolf Staiger attended
the exhibition and conference. Working Week 2015 Local
Organising Committee was represented by President
Angel Yanakiev and Co-conference Director Zlatan
Zlatanov. The 2nd European Young Surveyors
conference was held in Berlin on 7 October.
||2015 FIG Foundation PhD Scholarships
The FIG Foundation will be providing scholarships of
up to 4,000 euros to PhD students. Deadline for
application is 1 February 2015.
2015 FIG Foundation Academic Research Grants
he FIG Foundation will be providing research grants
of up to 30,000 euros spread over three years. Deadline
for application is 31 March 2015.
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.