Joint 12th FIG International Symposium on Deformation Measurements and Analysis/3rd IAG Symposium on Geodesy for Geotechnical and Structural Engineering

Baden, Austria, 22-24 May 2006

A joint meeting of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), Commission 6, Working Group 6.1 on Deformation Measurements and Analysis and the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), Sub-Commission 4.2 was held in Baden, Austria on May 22 – 24, 2006. The symposium attendance was 140 participants from 35 countries. Over 120 papers were presented in 23 technical sessions and a poster session. The symposium opened with two keynote presentations by Chris Rizos from University of New South Wales, Australia, and Joel Van Cranenbroeck of Leica Geosystems, Belgium. The technical session topics included large construction sites, GPS/pseudolites, open pit/gas/oil, landslides/crustal motion, monitoring of structures, modeling of deformations, laser scanning, monitoring of dams, bridges and tunnels, InSAR, optic 3D systems and several others. A small technical exhibit was on display during breaks in the session and we would like to thank Leica Geosystems, Geodasie Austria, Trimble, 3D-Laser Mapping and Walter de Gruyter for their support of our symposium. There was an evening social event hosted at a local wine tavern that was enjoyed by all in attendance. The symposium was held in the Hotel Schloss Weikersdorf, which was a wonderful venue. Heribert Kahmen and Guenther Retscher and their colleagues from the Vienna University of Technology organized the logistics of the symposium. A great amount of thanks and appreciation is due the organizing committee for their efforts and a job well done. The symposium proceedings have been posted on the FIG website and can be located at http://www.fig.net/commission6/baden_2006/. The next joint symposium is to be held in May or October 2008 and proposals are being requested soon for those groups interested in organizing and hosting the next venue. This was the first time the FIG and IAG held a joint symposium on the topic of deformation measurement and it was a huge success. We plan to continue this cooperation at future events to provide the most comprehensive venue on this important topic. We also hope to encourage more participation from other related groups like ISM and local organizations that would bring new and interesting perspectives and solutions to our symposium.

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Cecilia Whitaker
WG6.1 Vice-chair


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