FIG News 2004
Expert Group Meeting on Secure Land Tenure: "New legal frameworks and
tools" - UN-Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya, 10 - 12 November 2004
|Expert Group Meeting on Secure Land Tenure: "New legal
frameworks and tools" was held at the UN Headquarters in Gigiri,
Nairobi, November 10-12, 2004. The meeting was organised by FIG
Commission 7, UN-HABITAT, the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK)
and the Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy (CASLE).
It was supported by: Austrian Development Agency (ADA), Austria;
Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency, The Netherlands;
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands; and Deutsche
Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH, Germany.
For a hard copy of the proceedings, please
contact Pauline van Elsland, email:
||As a result of the 2nd FIG Regional Conference “Urban-Rural
Interrelationship for Sustainable Environment”, which was held
in Marrakech, Morocco, 2–5 December 2003, FIG together with the
partners has published the Marrakech Declaration (Urban-Rural
Interrelationship for Sustainable Development). The Marrakech
Declaration was launched at the 2nd World Urban Forum in
Barcelona, September 13-17, 2004 and at the Symposium on
Urban-Rural Interrelationship organised by UN-Habitat in Nairobi
during the World Habitat Day celebrations, October 1-4, 2004. The
Marrakech Declaration is
now available in .pdf-form.
The 3rd FIG Regional Conference is organised by FIG, Ikatan Surveyor
Indonesia and Bakosurtanal in Jakarta 3-7 October 2004 was one more
successful event in the series of regional conferences introduced in
2001. More than 350 delegates from 33 countries attended including more
than 120 international participants. The attendance was good in
consideration to travel warnings of some countries prior the conference.
Papers are now available at www.fig.net/pub/jakarta . Proceedings have been updated after the
conference and include handouts of the powerpoint presentations. You can also visit the conference web site at:
Annual Meeting 2004 and international symposium on Modern Land Consolidation
(Amenagement Foncier Moderne)
were held in Clermont-Ferrand, France,
8-14 September 2004. Proceedings and pictures from the events are
available on Commission 7 web site at
FIG Standards Network attend ISO TC 211 / CEN and TC 172 meetings in
Italy and USA
The FIG Standards Network continues to be active, with its work
ranging across all Commissions. Recent activity has included attending
the meetings of
ISO Technical Committee (TC) 172 / C6, where work on the testing of
GPS is a particular concern for FIG, and attending the meetings of
ISO TC211 on
Geographic Information. This Technical Committee is outputting a
range of standards very relevant to surveyors and a one-day workshop on
the subject is being planned for the working week in Cairo.
From FIG Corporate Members: 3rd DiMENSIon in Paris, France, on 28–29
The “3rd DiMENSIon" conference is a major industry event for 3D
scanning. It brings together Trimble® 3D scanning and modelling system
users, as well as a large number of non-users in various industries who
are keen to learn about new developments with this advanced technology.
The annual conference, which is now in its sixth year, will take place
in the “Chalet de la Porte Jaune” in Paris, France, on 28–29 October
you are interested please contact Emmanuelle Tarquis, email:
FIG Council meets in Jakarta - new members from Asia and the Pacific
The FIG Council and ACCO had their meetings in Jakarta during the
3rd FIG Regional Conference. The ACCO representatives elected Matt
Higgins from Australia as their new representative in the Council
starting 1.1.2005. The Council accepted new member associations from
Brunei Darussalam and United Arab Emirates (to be decided by the General
Assembly in 2005), one new affiliate member from Peru, five new academic members (Oceania, West Indies, Moldova,
Nigeria and Indonesia) and three new corporate members from USA, Georgia
and Morocco. Report
from the Council meeting.
The Ordré des Topographes du Liban organised the 2nd
International Scientific Congress on surveying and topography at he
Metropolitan Hotel in Beirut 21-23 September 2004. FIG was co-sponsoring
this important event in the Arab world together with the Arab Union of
Surveyors (AUS). The conference attracted totally about 400 participants.
The international participants represented 14 Arab countries and 7 European
countries. FIG was represented by President Holger Magel, who gave a
keynote presentation at the opening ceremony on "FIG
Meets the Arab World of Surveyors" and by Klaus Rürup, Chair of
FIG Commission 1.
FIG attended the 2nd World Urban Forum organised by UN-Habitat in
Barcelona, Spain, September 13-17, 2004. The conference attracted almost
5,000 registered participants. FIG was represented at two networking
events: The Challenges of City Financing: Habitat’s Professionals
papers from this networking event now available.and
Land and Urban Poverty. At the Habitat
Professionals Forum Steering Committee meeting Prof. Holger Magel
was appointed as the new chair of the Steering Committee.
The University of Nottingham was host to an International Federation of
Surveyors’ (FIG) Conference from the 28 June to 1 July. The symposium was
held as part of Working Group 6.4 “Engineering Surveys for Construction
Works and Structural Engineering” and Task Force 6.1.1 “Measurements
and Analysis of Cyclic Deformations and Structural Vibrations”. The
Conference was the “First International Symposium on Engineering Surveys
for Construction Works and Structural Engineering”. The conference was
attended by 70 people from a vast array of countries around the World.
Report from the conference
is available on this web site. Proceedings of the conference are also now available.
of Commission 7 Symposium on Land Administration in Post
Conflict Areas held at the European UN-Headquarters, Geneva,
Switzerland, 29-30 April 2004 are now available. Please contact: email:
Proceedings of Commission 7 Symposium Symposium on Land
Administration in Post Conflict Areas
Bettina Petzold resigns as Vice President of FIG
Bettina Petzold, Vice President of FIG has
resigned from the FIG Council in June 2004 for personal reasons. The German
member association DVW has decided that it will not appoint a new member to
the Council in replacement of Ms. Petzold for 2004-2006. FIG got two new
Vice Presidents at the General Assembly in Athens (Ken Allred
from Canada and Stig Enemark from
FIG Experiences the Olympic Spirit in Athens - FIG Working Week 2004
in Athens, Greece, May 22-27, 2004
|FIG Working Week 2004 was held in Athens, Greece
May 22-27, 2004. The theme of the working week was “The Olympic
Spirit in Surveying”. The conference attracted more than 400
delegates from 67 countries. Together with the 1st National
Conference of HARSE which attracted more than 250 delegates the
Working Week was among the biggest FIG Working Weeks in the history.
Report from the conference together with a picture gallery
is now available.
More information about the conference is
available at: www.fig2004.gr and
Proceedings are available at
The technical conference was
held during three days, each day starting with a plenary session
with invited papers and followed by 29 technical sessions and for
symposia with several sessions so that the conference had 3-4 parallel
during the technical conference. The topics of the sessions were
selected in the way that they covered interests of all ten FIG commissions
promoting multi-professional approach. They also vary from policy
issues to technical papers on the latest technology and to
interesting case studies all over the world. More than 200 papers
were presented in the technical sessions and
The Working Week, the technical exhibition, technical
tours and great social events were a big success thanks to the Local
Organising Committee chaired by Mr. George Papavassiliou who was
assisted by two Vice Chairs: Gerasimos Apostolatos and Polychronis Akriditis and Secretary General
Exhibition - Ancient Greek Technology - Measuring Instruments.
During the FIG Working Week there was an exhibition organised in
collaboration with the Association for Ancient Greek Technology Studies.
The exhibition displayed some indicative technical achievements of the
Ancient Greece, together with models of several measuring devices used
in topography and astronomy.
The minutes of the General Assembly
in Athens are now available on this web site. Hard copies of the minutes have
been mailed to
all members. The main decisions of the General Assembly include:
- Ken Allred from Canada and Stig Enemark from Denmark were
elected to new Vice Presidents of FIG for term of office 2005-2008.
- Following persons were elected to Commission Chairs Elect and Chairs
- Commission 1: Yaacoub Saade, Lebanon
- Commission 2: Bela Markus, Hungary
- Commission 3. Chryssy Potsiou, Greece
- Commission 5: Rudolf Staiger, Germany
- Commission 6: Alojz Kopacik, Slovak Republic
- Commission 7: András Osskó, Hungary
- Commission 8: Spike Boydell, United Kingdom
- Commission 9: Kauko Viitanen, Finland
- Commission 10: Andrew Morley, United Kingdom
- Diane Dumashie was appointed to Commission 8 chair for the
remaining period 2004-2006 while Commission 4 chair elect will be appointed
- Prof. Jean-Marie Becker was appointed as an Honorary Member of
- New member associations were adopted from Algeria, Cuba, Togo and
Tunisia. In addition three new affiliate members were recorded from Belgium,
Hungary and Saudi Arabia. Two new Corporate members have joined during the
past years as well as 9 new academic members.
- The General Assembly further endorsed the new definition of a surveyor
and the FIG information policy document.
Among the policy papers adopted by the General Assembly in Athens May
23, 2004 were the revised version of the
FIG Definition of
the Functions of the Surveyor, which has been under preparation
since last year. The second important document for the Federation is the
Policy Concept that as well was endorsed by the General Assembly.
This work to improve the FIG information delivery to its members will
continue and the first action plan for the next months is already
included in the final policy document.
||A Jubilee Seminar was organised 3 May 2004 to celebrate 30th Anniversary of
the Chair of Land Readjustment and Land Development at the Technical
University of Munich (TUM). It was at the same time arranged to
60th birthday of Prof. Holger Magel and his 10th Anniversary
as the President of the Bayerischen Akademie Ländlicher Raum e.V.
Read more at on this web site.
Symposium on Land Administration in Post Conflict Areas was organised
by FIG Commission 7 and co-organised by Kosovo Cadastral Agency KCA and
UN-Habitat held at the UN-European Headquarter, Palais des Nations,
Geneva, Switzerland. 29 - 30 April 2004.
Proceedings of the Symposium
on Land Administration in Post Conflict Areas now available.
Report of the 2nd FIG Regional Conference -
Urban-Rural Interrelationship for Sustainable Environment, Marrakech,
Morocco, December 2-5, 2003
Congress Director Ahmed Boukri, Prof. Holger Magel, FIG President and
Aziz Hilali, ONIGT President.
President Holger Magel.
|The 2nd FIG Regional Conference - Urban-Rural Interrelationship for
Sustainable Environment was held in Marrakech, Morocco, December
2-5, 2003. The conference was organised by FIG and the Ordre National
des Ingénieurs Géomètres-Topographes ONIGT and it was co-sponsored by FAO,
UN-HABITAT, UNEP, UN ECA and the Arab Urban Development Institute and the Arab
Federation of Surveyors AUDI. The conference was attended by 420
participants from more than 40 countries.
In addition to the opening
ceremony and three plenary sessions the technical programme included 24
technical sessions in which almost 90 papers were presented. The
conference proceedings are available at
www.fig.net/figtree/pub/morocco. They include totally almost 130
papers from 37 countries and the representatives of the United Nations.
All technical sessions were very well attended maximum attendance to
parallel sessions exceeded 120. Each day was concluded with a round
table discussion on the topics of the day.
- FIG Roundtable on Surveying and GIS Education in Africa
- FIG Commissions 3 Annual
- FIG Commission 5 Open Meetings
- Interoperability workshop: An Intergraph contribution.
Workshop organised by Intergraph and chaired by Peter Bartak,
Program Manager, Spatial Data Infrastructures.
- Meetings of the Arab Union of Surveyors (AUS)
The conference web site
includes practical information about the conference.
Proceedings of the conference are
now available including all papers.
The FIG Council agreed in Marrakech in December 2003 to bring the FIG
Information Policy to the General Assembly in Athens for its endorsement.
Before the final version will be circulated to the members, a
draft document for discussion
is published on this web site for comments. You are invited to send your
comments by 29 February 2004 to the FIG office, email: