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International Digital Elevation Model Service (IDEMS)

A newly developed International Digital Elevation Model Service (IDEMS) is now available under the umbrella of the International Gravity Field Service (IGFS) of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG). IDEMS provides a focus for distribution of data and information about various digital elevation models, including spherical-harmonic models of Earth’s global topography and lunar and planetary DEM. Related datasets, such as representation of Inland Water within Digital Elevation Models, and relevant software which are available in the public domain are also provided. IDEMS will provide the following DEM related products:

  1. Compilation, tutorial-style provision and maintenance of information on global gridded DEMs;
  2. Compilation of available national elevation data sets with information on data resolution, methods used for DEM generation and links to providers;
  3. Generation and dissemination of spherical-harmonic models of Earth’s global topography and bathymetry;
  4. Compilation of geodesy-relevant DEM-studies;
  5. Extension of the focus from Earth to Moon and terrestrial planets through compilation of information on available planetary topography models.

IDEMS is hosted and operated by Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) (http://www.esri.com/) under the lead of Mr Kevin M Kelly (Director) and Dr Jianbin Duan (Deputy Director). The new IDEMS website is available at: https://idems.maps.arcgis.com/home/index.html. Mr Kelly is also the chair of FIG Commission 5 (Positioning and Measurement) Working Group 5.3 - Vertical Reference Frames.

IDEMS offers two main digital elevation data services managed and maintained by Esri: Terrain and TopoBathy. These services provide online access to a global collection of multi-resolution and multi-source elevation and bathymetry data, including metadata and source information. This DEM data collection includes the best publicly available data and community contributed data with resolutions ranging from 1000 meters to 3 meters. The IDEMS terrain and bathymetry data are updated periodically as new datasets become available. Many other DEM data, not directly hosted by Esri, are also available on IDEMS.

Access to IDEMS will not require Esri software. However, for users with Esri software – which includes many academic institutions globally – a number of pre-defined, common terrain data analysis tools become available such as data aggregation, interpolation, density, buffering, flow analysis, and more.

IDEMS encourages contributions to the site from the geodetic community in any of the five product types listed above. Please contact the IDEMS Director or Deputy Director if you would like to contribute or recommend content you think appropriate for IDEMS.

Kevin M. Kelly (kevin_kelly@esri.com)
Director IDEMS
Chair FIG WG5.3 – Vertical Reference Frame
Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri)
Jianbin Duan (jDuan@esri.com)
Deputy Director IDEMS
Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri)

Newsletter - July 2016

Commission 5 Newsletter including the report from Commission 5 at FIG Working Week 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand, May 2016


Commission 5 at the FIG Working Week 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand 2-6 May

Commission 5 had its annual meeting during the FIG Working Week 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand, 2-6 May 2016


Commission chairs 2015-2018 at their meeting during the FIG Working Week, 2-6 May 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand: Brian J. Coutts (comm. 1), E.M.C. (Liza) Groenendijk (comm. 2), Enrico Rispoli (comm. 3), Angela Etuonovbe (comm. 4), Volker Schwieger (comm. 5), Diane Dumashie (Vice president), Ivo Milev (comm. 6)., Gerda Schennach (comm. 7), Steven Nystrom (comm. 9), See Lian ONG (comm. 10) and Eva-Maria Unger (YSN)


Annual Steering Commission Meeting was held during the FIG Working Week in Christchurch, New Zealand


Reference Frame in Practice Technical Seminar - Report

The technical seminar aimed at surveyors, spatial professionals, students and operational geodesists who are interested in learning more about practical aspects of reference frames from some of the world’s leading geodesists and geodetic surveyors. As well as covering reference frame basics, the two-day seminar focused particularly on dealing with deformation and datum unification.

The Technical Seminar Reference Frame in Practice - Reference Frames, Datum Unification and Kinematics was held at the Rydges Latimer in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 1-2 May 2016 in conjunction with the 78th FIG Working Week 2016, 2-6 May 2016. The seminar was organized by IAG (International Association of Geodesy), FIG (Fédération Internationale des Géomètres), UN-GGIM-AP (UN Global Geospatial Information Management for Asia and the Pacific), ICG (International Committee on GNSS) and NZIS (New Zealand Institute of Surveyors). The seminar was attended by over 50 participants from 18 countries.

Five participants were funded by the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).

  • Report by Asakaia Tabuabisataki, Fiji
  • Report by Charisma Cayapan, Philippines
  • Report by Joanna Kuczynska-Siehien, Poland
  • Report by Niraj Manandhar, Nepal

The technical program comprised of eight technical sessions, including two focused on case studies. There were fifteen presentations given by speakers from New Zealand, Australia, Japan and USA, two presentations on behalf of sponsors: Leica and Trimble, and five brief presentations given by ICG-supported delegates from Philippines, Poland, Fiji and Nepal.


Report on the Pacific Geospatial and Surveying Council Meeting and GIS / RS User Conference

The meetings were held from 16-20 November 2015 in Suva Fiji. FIG and Commission 5 was represented by Rob Sarib.  Mr. Sarib was invited by the Australian Government’s Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific (COSPac) to participate in discussions by contributing to the development of a “strategy document” for the PGSC. It is anticipated that a draft strategic plan will be ready for review at the Christchurch FIG Working Week in May 2015.


Technical Seminar on Vertical References Frame in Practice

27-28 July 2015 in Singapore

This event is co-sponsored by IAG, (International Association of Geodesy), FIG (Fédération Internationale des Géomètres), UN Global Geospatial Information Management for Asia and the Pacific (UN-GGIM-AP), ICG (International Committee on GNSS) and Singapore Land Authority.

The Organisers IAG, FIG, UN ICG, UN GGIM AP and SLA would like to thank and acknowledge the following FIG Corporate sponsors for their generous support of this event.


Newsletter June 2015


Annual Steering Commission Meeting was held during the FIG Working Week in Sofia, Bulgaria


Commission 5 at the FIG Working Week 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria 17-21 May 2015


Prof. Volker Schwieger, Chair of commission 5 making his report to the General Assembly
Commission 5 had its annual meeting during the FIG Working Week 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria, 17-21 May 2015.

Commission 5 at the XXV FIG Congress 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 16-21 June


Mikael Lilje

From a FIG Commission 5 perspective, the Congress was impressive and the Commission 5 technical program was comprehensive and extensive. Also the Annual Steering Committee Meeting was held during the XXV FIG Congress 2014.


Report on the Eight Meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG-8), 9-14 November 2013, Dubai, UAE

The Eight Meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) was held in Dubai, UAE from 9 to 14 November 2013. The ICG has been formed as a result of recommendations of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Use of Outer Space (COPUOS), as ratified by the General Assembly of the UN.


FIG Pacific Small Island Developing States Symposium
18-20 September 2013, Suva Fiji

Joint Workshops: UN-GGIM-AP and FIG Commission 5

FIG Commission 5 and the UN-GGIM?AP (United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management ? Asia Pacific) are facilitating two workshops at the FIG Pacific Small Islands Developing States Symposium in Fiji - www.fig.net/fiji/.


Commission 5 Technical Seminar - Reference Frame in Practice, 21-22 June 2013, Manila, Philippines

 

This event is co-sponsored by IAG (International Association of Geodesy), FIG (F??ation Internationale des G?m?res), UN Global Geospatial Information Management for Asia and the Pacific (UN-GGIM-AP), ICG (International Committee on GNSS) and PhilGEGS ? Philippines Geodetic Engineering and Geomatic Society.

We are proud to announce that our FIG corporate sponsors - ESRI, Trimble and Leica Geosystems are generously providing support for this event.


Commission 5 at the FIG Working Week 2013 in Abuja, Nigeria 6-10 May 2013

Commission 5 had its annual meeting during the FIG Working Week 2013 in Abuja, Nigeria, 6-10 May 2013. Commission 5 report

REPORT on the Seventh Meeting of the International Commitee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG-7), 5-9 November, Beijing, China

The ICG has been formed as a result of recommendations of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Use of Outer Space (COPUOS), as ratified by the General Assembly of the UN. The International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) is an Associate Member of the ICG. Mikael Lilje was there as the FIG representative to UNOOSA and Matt Higgins was there as FIG?s co-chair for Working Group D.


Commission 5 Newsletter July-October 2012


Commission 5 and 6 Workshop, 18-19 September 2012 Almaty, Kazakhstan

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the fifth FIG Commissions 5 and 6 Workshop
on ?Innovative Technologies for an Efficient Geospatial Management of Earth
Resources? organized by the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), Kazakh National
Technical University after K.I. Satpaev (KazNTU) and Siberian State Academy of Geodesy
(SSGA). The workshop will be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on September 18-19, 2012.


Commission 5 at the FIG Working Week 2012 in Rome, Italy, 6-10 May 2012


Volker Schwieger

Commission 5 had its annual meeting during the FIG Working Week 2012 in Rome, Italy, 6-10 May 2012. The General Assembly appointed Prof. Volker Schwieger from Germany as the Chair Elect of Commission 5 for 2013-2014.


FIG Commission 5 and 6 Technical Seminar "Reference Frame In Practice" - 4-5 May 2012, Rome, Italy

The seminar was organised by IAG (International Association of Geodesy), FIG (F??ation Internationale des G?m?res) and ICG (International Committee on GNSS) and was held at Cassa Geometri 4-5 May 2012 in association with the FIG Working Week, 6th - 10th May 2012, Rome, Italy.


Commission 5 Newsletter March-April 2012


International Committee on Global Navigation satellite Systems, Tokyo, Japan, September 2011


General Assembly for the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics Earth on Edge: Science for a Sustainable Planet June 28 ?July 7, Melbourne, Australia

Rob Sarib, Mikael Lilje, Graeme Blick and Allison Kealy participated in the conference as well as the General Assembly and relevant business meetings


FIG Commission 5 and 6 Workshop Innovative Technologies for an Efficient Geospatial Management of Earth" - Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 4-8 September 2011

The third FIG Commissions 5 and 6 Workshop on ?Innovative Technologies for an Efficient Geospatial Management of Earth Resources? will be held for the first time in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 4-8 September 2011.The Workshop is organized by the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), Mongolian Association of Geodesy Photogrammetry & Cartography (MAGP&C) and Siberian State Academy of Geodesy (SSGA).


Commission 5 at the FIG Working Week, May 2011 Marrakech Morocco


Commission 5 Newsletter - April 2011

Read about Commission 5 activities at the FIG Working Week and the Commission 5 working plan for 2011-2014.


3rd International Colloquium - Scientific and Fundamental Aspects of the Galileo Programme in Copenhagen, Denmark


The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Technical University of Denmark is hosting the 3rd Galileo Science Colloquium in Copenhagen, Denmark, on August 31 to September 2, 2011. The Colloquium focuses on scientific applications of Galileo (and other global navigation satellite systems) as well as on sciences which can benefit the future development of Galileo. This includes topics such as geodesy, geodynamics, reference frames, atomic clocks, signal propagation, disaster monitoring, positioning, navigation etc.
Deadline for submission of abstracts has passed April 15, 2011.
Further information and online abstract submission: http://www.congrex.nl/11A12/

FIG Commissions 5 and 6 Workshop on ?Innovative Technologies for an Efficient Geospatial Management of Earth Resources? - Blue Bay Recreation Centre, Zyryanovsky Region, Kazakhstan, 3-7 September 2010

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Participants at the Workshop in Kazakhstan

FIG Commissions 5 (Positioning and Measurement) and 6 (Engineering Surveys) together with Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Land Resources Management, D. Serikbaev East Kazakhstan State Technical University (EKSTU), Siberian State Academy of Geodesy (SSGA) and Regional Scientific and Technological Park ?Altai? organised a Workshop on ?Innovative Technologies for an Efficient Geospatial Management of Earth Resources?. The Conference was attended by about 100 participants and contained almost 60 presentations.
Proceedings of the Workshop will be available soon

Incoming Chair of Commission 5, Mikael Lilje, attends IGS workshop and Vertical Rates Symposium, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 28 June ? 2 July 2010


Report from XXth EUREF Symposium in Gävle Sweden, June 2 - 5, 2010


Commission 5 at the FIG Congress 2010 in  Sydney, Australia, 11-16 April 2010

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Mikael Lilje

Commission 5 had its annual meeting during the FIG Congress 2010 in Sydney, Australia, 11-16 April 2010. The General Assembly appointed Mr. Mikael Lilje from Sweden as the Chair of Commission 2 for 2011-2014.


Commission 5 Newsletter, March 2010

Read about the highlights from FIG Commission 5 2009 activities as well as a report on 1st Asia Oceania Regional Workshop on GNSS, report on "AuScope" VLBI Project Status and Report on Cost Effective GNSS. Please also notice the Call for Ideas for FIG Commission 5 Work Plan 2011-14.


Commission 5 Newsletter, November 2009 - Report on FIG Regional Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, 19-22 October 2009

This Commission 5 Report provides an overview of activities at the 7th FIG Regional Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam. FIG Commission 5 coordinated several technical sessions during the Conference in the areas "Global and Regional Observing Systems and Services", "GNSS CORS Infrastructure and Standards", and "Asia Pacific Reference Frame". Please read the report at view the pictures from the conference.


FIG attends IAG 2009 Geodesy for Planet Earth - Buenos Aires, Argentina, 31 August - 4 September 2009

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. Read more...

FIG Commission 5 and 6 and SSGA Workshop on ?Innovative Technologies for an Efficient Geospatial Management of Earth Resources? - Listvyanka, Russian Federation, 23-30 July 2009

Click picture for bigger format. 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. Read more...
Proceedings available on Commission 6 web site.

2nd International Conference on Machine Control & Guidance, 9-11 March 2010, Bonn, Germany

The 2nd International Conference on Machine Control & Guidance to be held in Bonn, Germany, 9-11 March 2010 is co-sponsored by FIG Commission 5 and 6.
Web site: www.mcg.uni-bonn.de 
First invitation and call for papers as a .pdf file.


Report of Commission 5 Activities at the FIG Working Week 2009 in Eilat, 4-8 May 2009

Commission 5 Annual Meeting was held in Eilat, Israel during the FIG Working Week 2009. Read more:


The Final Report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) on GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM Significant Challenges in Sustaining and Upgrading Widely Used Capabilities has been released


Commission 5 Newsletter - December 2008


FIG Vice President Matt Higgins attends the Third Meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) - Pasadena, California, USA, 8-12 December 2008

The International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG), met in Pasadena, California, USA, from 8 to 12 December 2008. Vice President Matt Higgins attended representing the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG). Read more...


Report of Commission 5 Activities at the FIG Working Week 2008 in Stockholm 14-19 June 2008

Commission 5 Annual Meeting was held in Stockholm, Sweden during the FIG Working Week 2008, 14-19 June 2008. Read more:


Vice President Matt Higgins attends Munich Satellite Navigation Summit - Munich, Germany, 19-21 February 2008


FIG Vice President Matt Higgins attends the Second Meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) hosted by the Indian Space Research Organisation in Bangalore, India, 4 to 7 September, 2007


Commission 5 Newsletter - December 2007


Commission 5 Newsletter - October 2007


Commission Chair Rudolf Staiger attends the 24th General Assembly of IUGG in Perugia, Italy, 2-13 July 2007


Commission 5 Newsletter - June-July 2007


Report of Commission 5 Activities at the FIG Working Week 2008 in Stockholm 14-19 June 2008

Commission 5 Annual Meeting was held in Stockholm, Sweden during the FIG Working Week 2008, 14-19 June 2008. Read more:


Vice President Matt Higgins attends the Munich Navigation Summit 2007 - Munich, Germany, 6-8 March 2007


Letter to Commission delegates from Prof. Rudolf Staiger, Chair of Commission 5 (2006-2010) and draft Commission Work Plan 2007-2010


FIG Congress in Munich, Germany, 8-13 October 2006

First Meeting of the International Committee on GNSS (ICG), Vienna, Austria, 1-2 November 2006

FIG Publication # 37 - FIG Guide on the Development of a Vertical Reference Surface for Hydrography


New Commission 5 Position and Measurement website - Reference Frame in Practice

Surf your way to the new Commission 5 Position and Measurement website - "Reference Frame in Practice".

This website wants you to interact with your colleagues by visiting this website regularly and for you to contribute relevant reference frame information to this website. Any interesting and emerging reference frame news, issues or topics are welcomed OR even feedback on how to improve this site….. so please visit this web portal and email your suggestions or comments to our Commission 5 representatives mikael.lilje@lm.se and robert.sarib@nt.gov.au.


New web site for Commission 5 Sub Group 5.3.3 - GNSS Developments and Modernization (2002-2006)


FIG Working Week in Cairo, 16-21 April 2005


Report on the UN/USA International Meeting on the Use and Applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) - Hosted by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Vienna, Austria, 13 to 17 December 2004

Report of the meeting on the use and applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) hosted by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UN OOSA) and also supported by the State Department of the USA. The meetings arise from recommendations of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Use of Outer Space (COPUOS), as ratified by the General Assembly of the UN. Matt Higgins, Chair of Commission 5 attended the 2004 meeting representing FIG.


FIG Working Week in Athens, 22-27 May 2004

Prof. Rudolf Staiger from Germany was appointed by the General Assembly in Athens as the Chair Elect of Commission 5 for 2004-2006. He will be the chair of the commission 2006-2010. He is Professor at the Fachbereich Vermessungswesen, Labor für Geodätische Messtechnik at the University of Essen

New web site for Commission 5 Sub Group 5.3.3 - GNSS Developments and Modernization


United Nations/United States of America International Workshop on The Use and Applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems - 8-12 December 2003, Vienna, Austria by Matt Higgins, Chair of FIG Commission 5

The Workshop Programme and Presentations are available at:
http://www.oosa.unvienna.org/SAP/gnss/joint2003/presentations/index.html


Report of the FIG Regional Conference and Minutes of the Steering Committee of Commission 5 - December 2-5, 2003, Marrakech, Morocco


7th South East Asian Survey Congress, Hong Kong, SAR China, November 2003 - Report by Matt Higgins, Chair of FIG Commission 5


Draft Work Plan for Working Group on Low Cost Surveying Technology and Techniques for Developing Countries (A Joint Working Group of Commissions 3, 5 and 7)


FIG Working Week and 125th Anniversary - Paris 13-17 April 2003


Commission 5 gets a new Vice Chair of Administration

Mr Robert Sarib, Manager of Survey Services from Dept. Infrastructure, Planning & Environment from Darwin, Australia has been appointed to Vice Chair of Administration of Commission 5. Rob can be reached by email: robert.sarib@nt.gov.au


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