FIG News 2009
FIG submitted in 2008 a proposal to develop an International
Standard concerning the Land Administration Domain to the Technical
Committee 211 on Geographic Information of the International
Organisation for Standardisation (ISO/TC211). There was a positive
vote on the draft at ISO TC 211 plenary meeting in Quebec City in
November 2009 on forwarding the ISO 19152 Land Administration Domain
Model as a Draft International Standard (DIS). An Editing Committee
is working now on the DIS, which is expected to be available in
March 2010. The final International Standard is expected in 2011.
President Ali Fahri Özten at the opening ceremony.
|Dr. Chryssy Potsiou attended the 2nd
Turkish GIS Congress "GIS 2009" organized by the
Turkish Chamber of Engineers and Architects (TMMOB). The
theme of the congress was “NSDI and working cooperatively
for a livable future”. One of the main goals was to
identify the issues of “real world GIS applications” and
specifically the problems caused by the lack of
interoperability among different parties. The panels and the
final NSDI forum showed among other things that
interoperability is largely lacking in the country. There is
an urgent need to initiate an NSDI of Turkey.
The flag alley entrance to the UN-HABITAT Headquarters at Gigiri, Nairobi.
|FIG President Stig Enemark attended
the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) Partners’ Meeting held
4-5 November 2009 at the UN-HABITAT Headquarters in Nairobi,
followed by a meeting at the GLTN International Advisory
Board (IAB) held 6 November 2009. The Partners´ Meeting was
structured around the theme: “Enriching Partnerships and
Increasing Activities for Land Reform” and attracted around
60 partner organisations. The key issues of the IAB meeting
included a comprehensive evaluation the overall GLTN
activities in 2009 as well as discussions on the future
Dr. Atilola Olusola, Prof. Stig Enemark, and A. C. P.
President Stig Enemark was invited by the Nigerian
Institution of Surveyors (NIS) to give the 27th Olumide
Memorial Public Lecture in Abuja, 29 October 2009. The visit
was hosted by Dr. Atilola Olusola, President of the
Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS). President Enemark
presented a lecture on the theme: “Land Governance:
Supporting the Global Agenda and Serving Society”. The
lecture looked at the linkage between land governance, land
reform, and climate change adaptation.
Commission Chairs and Chairs Elect in Hanoi.
|The FIG Council and Commission Officers had
their administrative meetings during the 7th FIG Regional
Conference. At the ACCO meetings on 17th and 18th October
the focus was in commission co-operation issues. Commission
chairs used lot of time for planning the technical programme
for FIG Congress in Sydney in April 2010. Almost 800 papers
including 120 papers for peer review offer an opportunity to
create the biggest and high profile programme ever at an FIG
Congress. The draft programme will be published in late
November 2009. Commission Chairs Elect started preparations
for the draft work plans so that they have material to
discuss with their national delegates in Sydney.
FIG Vice President Teo CheeHai being presented with a
plague after his keynote presentation by the Chairperson of
SLA and flanked by the President of NCR and National
President of GEP.
|“Accelerating the Development of
Cadastral Spatial Data Infrastructures Towards Sustainable
Good Land Governance”, was the theme of the South Luzon
Area Assembly of the Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines
Inc., held on 6 & 7 November 2009, Quezon City, The
FIG Vice President, CheeHai TEO attended the recently
concluded South Luzon Area Assembly and he warmly received.
FIG has accepted the invitation, though on a short notice,
to enhance its engagement with its member associations. The
Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines Inc (GEP) is
Philippines’ sole member association in FIG. The event had a
record attendance of about 500 people, more than doubling
previous averages, so said a number of the participants.
FIG Vice President delivered a keynote presentation entitled
“Keeping Pace with the Times”.
Paul Cheung, Director UNSD, Stig Enemark,
President FIG, and Greg Scott, President of the 18th
|President Stig Enemark attended and gave a
keynote at the Eighteenth United Nations Cartographic
Conference for Asia & the Pacific (UNRCC-AP) held in
Bangkok 26-29 October 2009. The conference is convened every
three years since 1955. The overall theme was “Spatial
Enablement and the Response to Climate Change and the
Millennium Development Goals”. The conference was
organized by the UN Statistics Division in Bangkok at the
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
and headed be Mr. Paul Cheung, Director of the United
Nations Statistical Division (UNSD). The conference provided
a regional forum for approximately 200 participants (mostly
heads of mapping agencies and land surveys and experts from
Asia and the Pacific and other regions). The conference
provides a unique platform for discussion and understanding
of the regional needs, and for networking with national
agencies and other NGO´s.
One-day Open Symposium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
|This year's FIG Commission 7
Annual Meeting was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia just
before the Regional Conference. More than 40 delegates from
22 countries participated the meeting. At the meeting
András Osskó, Chair of the Commission, and Commission 7 working group chairs gave reports on the
Commission 7 activities. The One-day Open Symposium on „Progressing
Towards ubiquitous Cadastre” was a successful event:
Besides of international delegates more than 200
professionals attended from Malaysia and neighbouring
FIG President Stig Enemark, President FGF Alain Gaudet
and Daniel Roberge, Chair Elect of FIG Commission 7.
|President Stig Enemark attended the First Conference of the
Federation of French-speaking Surveyors (Fédération des Géomètres
Francophones) - FGF in Prague, Czech Republic 8-9 October 2009. Representatives from ten countries discussed land problems in the attending countries,
particularly in Africa, as well as problems related to the organization of
the surveying profession (géomètre-expert).
At the meeting President Alain Gaudet left his presidency and François Mazuyer, First Vice President of OGE, France
was elected as the new President. Aziz Hilali from ONIGT,
Morocco continues as the Vice President and Francis Gäbele from
Belgium was appointed as FIG liaison person. It was agreed that FIG and FGF
will organise some joint session in French during the FIG Congress in Sydney
in April 2010. Read
||FIG President Stig Enemark attended the Annual
Conference “Areal og Ejendom” (Land and Property
2009) in Son in Akershus, Norway 24-25 September 2009. This
conference was at the same time the General Assembly of NJKF
(profession group in TEKNA), which is the FIG member in
Norway (together with GeoForum Norway they form the FIG
Norway). About 100 participants attended the conference.
||INTERGEO 2009 exceeded the expectations of the
organisers attracting over 16,000 visitors including a rise
in the proportion of international visitors to a total of 22
per cent, and 1,450 congress participants. The congress and
the trade fair did far more than the expectations of DVW.
According to comments from the exhibitors the sales and
business contacts were in increase compared to last year’s
||The International Association of Geodesy (IAG) organised the “Geodesy for
Planet Earth” conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the end of August.
FIG was invited and represented by Mikael Lilje, Chair Elect of Commission 5
(Sweden) and Rob Sarib, Vice Chair of Administration (Australia). This scientific symposium is a biannual IAG
event and attracted approximately 500 delegates from 65
different countries. There were 500 technical / scientific papers submitted and 280 of
them were delivered as oral presentations. The technical program was run in
two parallel sessions with numerous business meetings held in the evenings
outside the ordinary technical program.
FIG Commission 7 Annual Meeting 2009 and One-day International Symposium
“Progressing Towards u-Cadastre”
- 12–16 October 2009, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
FIG Commission 7 Annual Meeting 2009 and the
accompanying One-day International Open Symposium will be held in
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 12-16 October 2009. The One-day International
Open Symposium with the theme “Progressing Towards u-Cadastre”,
as always, is a key event during this year’s Annual Meeting.
FIG Commission 7 One-day International Symposium
“Progressing Towards u-Cadastre”
- 15 October 2009, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
“Progressing Towards u-Cadastre”, is the theme of
the 2009 edition of One-day International Open Symposium for the
International Federation of Surveyors Commission 7 (Cadastre and Land
Management). It will, as always, a key event during this year’s
Commission 7 weeklong Annual Meeting. Many countries and jurisdictions
have already in place or implementing e-Cadastre. Ensuring efficient and
effective delivery of services and benefits require that progress be
continual and “u-Cadastre”, the ’u’ for “ubiquitous”;
meaning existing or being everywhere at the same time; constantly
encountered; is the next horizon.
Report on the Fourth Meeting of the International
Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) 14 - 18
September 2009, St Petersburg, Russian Federation
Vice President Matt Higgins attended The
International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG),
meeting in St Petersburg. The ICG has been formed as a result of
of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Use of Outer Space (COPUOS), as
ratified by the General
Assembly of the UN. The meeting resulted in a Joint Statement.
Read the report of the
meeting as well as the Joint Statement (pdf 397 kb)
||FIG is covering all surveying disciplines among these
construction economics and management. To follow up
Commission 10 agenda FIG attended the 13th Annual Congress
of the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) in
Kuala Lumpur 17-18 August 2009. The meeting was attended by
Mr. Andrew Morley, Chair of FIG Commission 10 and Mr.
CheeHai Teo, Vice President. Over 450 delegates
attended the Congress.
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||The FIG Foundation that is an independent body within
the FIG family which raises and disburses funds for the
development of the surveying profession and surveyors has
announced the FIG Foundation Fellowship and Awards for the
FIG Congress 2010.
The FIG Foundation has decided to make a number of awards in
connection with the 2010 FIG Congress in Sydney, Australia. The
flagship award will be the 2010 FIG Foundation Fellowship
which will provide full funding for the Fellow to travel to and
attend the Congress. In addition, the Foundation will award up to
six grants which will provide €500 funding and complimentary
registration each towards the grantees attending the Congress.
Read more about
the terms for applying...
||FIG Commissions 5 (Positioning and Measurement) and 6
(Engineering Surveys) together with the Siberian State
Academy of Geodesy (SSGA) organised a Workshop on “Innovative
Technologies for an Efficient Geospatial Management of Earth
Resources” on Lake Baikal in the settlement of
Listvyanka, Russian Federation 23-30 July 2009.
available on Commission 6 web site.
||President Stig Enemark attended the GSDI-11 World Conference
entitled “Spatial Data Convergence: Building SDI Bridges to address
Global Challenges”, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 15-29 June 2009. The GSDI-11 conference was very well attended by about 600 participants
from all regions of the world. It included about 30 workshops, 9 plenary
sessions and 70 technical sessions with about 350 presentations. Proceedings
are available at
||The Forum was organised by the UN sponsored
Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructure (PCGIAP) together
with Islamic Republic of Iran’s Deeds and Properties
Registration Organization, FIG, GSDI and the Centre for
Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration,
University of Melbourne. The aim was to discuss to discuss
land administration issues and the role of cadastre to
support e-government in the Asia and Pacific region. The
Seminar was Chaired by Prof Ian Williamson and
co-chaired by Associate Professor Abbas Rajabifard.
Over 410 people from 15 countries and 4 international
organisations attended the forum.
FIG Annual Review
2008 is available on the web and as a hard copy. You can download it from here as a
.pdf file (32 pages, 3.80 MB) from here.
Hard copies have been sent to members together with the General Assembly minutes.
Further copies can be ordered from the FIG Office, email:
The FIG Working Week 2009 took place in Eilat, Israel from
3rd to 8th of May 2009. The theme of this year’s conference
was “Surveyors’ Key Role in Accelerated Development”
which is a hot topic worldwide but especially in Israel that
is one of the most densely populated countries in the world.
The conference gathered more than 500 delegates – with
exhibitors and accompanying persons about 650 participants
from 65 countries to Eilat, the southernmost edge of Israel
at the Red Sea. Among participants 60 students and more than
50 accompanying persons. The technical programme included
almost 250 presentations in about 60 technical sessions and
workshops. The conference was hosted jointly by the
Association of Licensed Surveyors in Israel, ALSI and FIG in
co-operation with the Survey of Israel.
FIG General Assembly 2009 -
The minutes of the FIG General Assembly 2009
are available on the FIG web site.
You can download the minutes without appendices as a pdf-file:
www.fig.net/admin/ga/2009/ga_minutes.pdf (18 pages) and the full
set of the minutes (with all those appendices that were not
circulated with the agenda papers) as a .pdf-file at:
www.fig.net/admin/ga/2009/ga_minutes.pdf (103 pages - 15.5 MB).
The FIG Office has circulated a hard copy of the minutes to all FIG
members. The hard copy version of the minutes (30 pages –
2.5 MB) can also be downloaded from the web at:
||President Stig Enemark attended Geo-Siberia
2009, the Fifth International Exhibition and Scientific
Congress, Novosibirsk, 20-24 April 2009 – invited by
Alexander Karpik, Rector of the Siberian State Academy
of Geodesy being the organiser of the conference.
Geo-Siberia 2009 attracted about 1,500 participants from
about 130 organisations and companies and from 15 foreign
Meeting with the ISK Council.
|FIG President Stig Enemark attended
the 22nd session of the UN-HABITAT Governing Council Meeting
in Nairobi 30 March - 3 April 2009 and the meeting of the
International Advisory Board the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN)
4 April 2009 at the UN-HABITAT Headquarters in Nairobi,
Following the Governing Council meeting President
Enemark also attended the meeting of the GLTN International
Advisory Board (IAB), where FIG represents the international
JB-GIS Best Practices Booklet on Geo-information for Risk and
Disaster Management -
The Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies (JB-GIS,
and UN-SPIDER jointly invite you to contribute to a “Best
Practices Booklet on Geo-information for Risk and Disaster
Management” that will create a decision support forum based on
the knowledge and experience of experts, and outline the potential
uses of the Geo-Information Technologies to governmental,
institutional and operative decision makers. The Booklet is intended
to cover all regions of the world and all phases of the disaster
management cycle. The abstracts should not exceed 400 words and
should outline a successful application, including data acquisition,
information extraction and dissemination, and a clear statement of
the benefits and further potential of the practice described as
compared to classical methods. The deadline for submitting the
abstracts has passed 30 April 2009 and the deadline for submission of
the selected full papers is 30 September 2009. Publication
and worldwide announcement of the “Best Practices Booklet” is
planned for 2 July 2010 in Vienna at UN-SPIDER. Please submit the
abstracts to Prof. Piero Boccardo (piero.boccardo (at) polito.it).
Integrating Land Management, Cadastre and Geodesy in the CIS
Countries - International Seminar for CIS Countries, Novosibirsk,
Russian Federation, 20 April 2009
|FIG and the Siberian State Academy of
Geodesy (SSGA) Siberian State Academy of Geodesy (SSGA)
together with the Federal Agency of Geodesy and Cartography
(Roskartographia) and the Federal Real Estate Cadastre
Agency (Rosnedvizhimost) organised an International Seminar
on "Integrating Land Management, Cadastre and Geodesy in the
CIS Countries" as part of the 5th GeoSiberia 2009 in
Novosibirsk, Russian Federation.
Seminar programme as a .pdf file.
|The FIG - WB Conference "Land Governance in Support
of the Millennium Development Goals: Responding to New
Challenges" took place at the World Bank Headquarters in
Washington DC, 9-10 March 2009. The conference was organised
by the International Federation of Surveyors and the World
Bank. The general aim was to emphasise the important role of
Land Governance in implementing the Millennium Development
Goals (MDGs) and to show how FIG and the WB work in parallel
in this regard.
The Conference was attended by about 200 invited
international experts representing governments, UN agencies,
development agencies, professionals, academia and private
The FIG Foundation received 15 applications for grants and
fellowships for 2009. The Board of Directors decided to give a grant
to William Kalande from Kenya for his project "Development
of a Cadastral Land Dispute Classification System Using Geographical
Data Modeling". In addition two scholarships were given to
authors from developing countries to present their peer review paper
at the FIG Working Week 2009 in Eilat, Israel in May 2009. These
scholarships were available for the first time in 2009. The FIG
Foundation decided further to support the International Geodetic
Students Meeting in Zürich, Switzerland. Next time the grants will
be available for 2010, deadline for applications in late 2009.
||FIG Commission 2 and the Austrian Society for Surveying
and Geoinformation organised a workshop in Vienna. Main
topics of this workshop were the "Recruitment of Students"
and the "Marketing of Professional Surveying Education". 74
participants from 20 countries attended.
are now available.
||President Stig Enemark visited Nepal
Survey Department and the Land Management Training Centre,
Ministry of Land Reform and Management 14-18 February 2009.
The visit included a general introduction to the activities
of the Department and the overall approach and problems
related to surveying and land management in Nepal following
the recent change of status from a monarchy to federal
President Stig Enemark visited the Map World Forum
Conference as invited keynote speaker for the seminar on
Land Administration in Hyderabad, India, 10-12 February
2009. During the conference President Enemark had the
opportunity to discuss with key players in the surveying
field in India, in order to invite the Institution of
Surveyors, India to become a member of FIG and thereby join
the international surveying community. The response to this
was very positive and promising.
||The Expert Group Meeting on “Tools for Legal
Integration and Provision of Environmental Improvements in
Informal Settlements in Europe - Case Study: Albania and
Greece” took place in Athens, 27-28 November 2008, at
the headquarters of the Technical Chamber of Greece in
Athens. The meeting was part of the Global Land Tool Network
||The FIG Council had a two-day meeting at the FIG Office in Copenhagen,
6-7 February 2009. This was the first meeting for the new Vice Presidents
Teo CheeHai and Iain Greenway, whose four-year term of office
started in January. The Council used the meeting to discuss all issues
related to the FIG General Assembly to be held in Eilat, Israel during the
FIG Working Week, 3-8 May 2009. Other issues included future FIG events and
other activities that the Council will implement during its remaining term
of office 2009-2010. A special focus was given to discussion on FIG finance
issues and also in development of the FIG administration.
||The 2009 Workshop and Annual Meeting of FIG Commission 3
on “Spatial Information for Management of Sustainable
Urban Areas” took place in Mainz, Germany, from 2nd to
4th February 2009. The technical program included the
opening session, 9 technical sessions, and the closing
session; in total 55 papers were presented. In total 73
participants had registered to the workshop coming from 24
FIG Director visited Israel 5-9 January 2009 to prepare the FIG Working
Week 2009 and to meet with the representatives of the Associations of
Licensed Surveyors in Israel, ALSI, and Survey of Israel to settle the
remaining open issues related to the conference. The FIG Working Week 2009
will be held at Dan Eilat Hotel and Herods Hotel in Eilat at the on the
southernmost edge of Israel from 3rd to 8th May 2009.