In the FIG
series high-level papers focusing on interesting topics to
all surveyors are published.
The article in Marts 2015 is written by
Seafloor Swathe Survey for Search and Rescue Mission of Air Asia
QZ8501. On the 28 December, 2014, a commercial
airplane, Air Asia QZ8501 flying from Surabaya (Indonesia) to
Singapore, was reported missing and believed to crash into the
sea. This paper focuses upon the search for the flight. Three
survey zones were covered: Area-1 (the position of last contact
from the airplane), Area-2 (where debris and bodies from the
crashed airplane were recovered), and Area-3 (the last RADAR
sighting). Area-2 is about 15 km SE of Area-1 and Area-3 is
about 89 km NW of Area-2. The survey is executed as seabed
search by using Side Scan Sonar imagery and Multi Beam Echo
Sounder point cloud data.
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Magazine March 2015 presents an interview with FIG
President Chryssy Potsiou. President Potsiou sees it as
one of the main tasks of FIG to change the minds of
governments in order to secure property rights for the
millions of people currently lacking them.
|The FIG Foundation has decided to
provide a number of grants in support of young surveyors
attending the 2015 FIG Working Week and 3rd FIG Young
Surveyors European Meeting. These grants are available
to all young surveyors who meet the definition of a
young surveyor as defined below (regardless of where you
live). Read more...
Deadline for applications: 25 March 2015
|On 26 February 2015 The United Nations
General Assembly adopted the UN resolution on Global
Geodetic Reference Frame for Sustainable Development
that was initiated by the Republic of Fiji. This UN
Resolution is one concrete example of an outcome from
the UN GGIM, in which FIG has been active. Last year at
the FIG Congress 2014 in Kuala Lumpur a UN-GGIM-AP/FIG
Statement was adopted where FIG expressed the importance
of the resolution and urged the member organizations to
bring the Statement back home to the respective
FIG President Chryssy Potsiou with Council
members Rudolf Staiger, Diane Dumashie and
|Around 60 International participants
and more than 100 Greek surveyors attended the FIG
Kick-Off Event that took place on 24 January 2015 to
celebrate and mark the change in FIG Leadership.
Representatives from Greece and the International FIG
Community spoke over the theme "Ensuring the Rapid
Response to Change, Ensuring the Surveyor of Tomorrow"
that is also the new theme of FIG for the term 2015-18.
FIG Council will use all input from the day to adjust
and finalise the FIG Work Plan 2015-18 with the good and
relevant information and knowledge provided during the
Read more and see proceedings
Prof. Georg Gartner welcomed the participants
The symposium was well-attended by
more than 150 participants from 37 countries. The
main organizer was Georg Gartner, professor
at Technical University of Vienna and the president
of the International Cartographic Association (ICA).
He opened the conference and welcomed the
participants. His greetings were followed by
addresses from the IAG and the FIG. Prof. Volker
Schwieger, Chair of FIG Commission 5 gave his
welcome address in behalf of the FIG president. The
topics of the 70 talks ranged from “Social Aspects”
up to “Positioning”.
FIG Publications are fit-for-purpose teaching material
3-14 November 2014 a
short course in New Approaches in Land
Administration and Cadaster was organized in
Mozambique at the Institute for Land Administration
and Cartography (INFATEC). A group of 20 teachers
from this vocational training institute participated
in this training- of trainers program offered by the
School of Land Administration Studies, Faculty ITC,
University of Twente, the Netherlands. The FIG
office supported the course by making available
relevant FIG Publications including the recent
publication on Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration.
The publications served as excellent teaching
material as was reflected in the lively debates in
class about the fit-for-purpose concept. It inspired
the teachers of INFATEC to strengthen their program
in land administration and cadaster. The
participants and course organizers from INFATEC and
ITC – University of Twente are therefore very
grateful to FIG for supporting the course by sending
copies of the publications for all participants.
International symposium and training FIG -
FGF, Yaunde, Cameroon October 2013
On 21-25 of October 2013 in connection
with the FIG Commission 7 Annual meeting an
International symposium and training was organised by
FIG and FGF.
The publication is a summary of a three
days seminar reflecting the diversity of stakeholders,
the richness of presentations and debates of a seminar
organised by the Federation of French-Speaking surveyors
(FGF) with FIG Commission 7 in October 2013 in Yaoundé,
Potsiou, Greece, taking over FIG Presidency
FIG President CheeHai Teo (2011-14) greets Chryssy Potsiou
with the election for President 2015-18
|Chryssy Potsiou, Technical Chamber Greece, is
per 1 January 2015 now formally the President of FIG for
the term 2015-18, although she has already gradually
taken over from President CheeHai Teo during the
last six months after the election. New Vice President
and member of FIG Council is Diane Dumashie, RICS
UK, elected for 2015-18. Rudolf Staiger, DVW
Germany was reelected for the the term 2015-18 and
Pengfei Cheng, Chinese Society for Surveying,
Mapping and Geoinformation and Bruno Razza,
CNGeGL Italy are continuing their term as Vice
Presidents until the end of 2016. FIG also welcomes the
ten new FIG Commission Chairs, also elected for the term
2015-18, as well as the new Chair of FIG Young
Surveyors, Eva Maria Unger. The change of leadership of
FIG will be marked at a Kick-Off Event in Athens,
Greece, on 24 January 2015.
FIG Council 2011-14. VP
Rudolf Staiger, ACCO rep Yerach
Doytsher, President Chryssy Potsiou (2015-18), VP
Cheng and President CheeHai Teo (2011-14). Vice President
Bruno Razza was not present.
|The current FIG Council has concluded its very last
meeting. This essentially brought to a close the current
four-year term of this Council. In December President
Teo had an administrative hand-over meeting with
President Chryssy Potsiou. CheeHai Teo wants to take
this opportunity to thank all within our global
community to our membership, partners and stakeholders
for the support, contributions and leadership during
this period. Over the past four years, many volunteers
have worked and contributed towards advancing the
usefulness, interest and standing of our august
Federation and Profession. CheeHai Teo concludes: “as
my four year term as FIG President ends, it has been a
tremendous professional and personal experience and
remains a privilege”.
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
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picture and additional information to their standard entries.