Article of the Month
FIG publishes each month the Article of the Month. This is a
high-level paper focusing on interesting topic to all surveyors. This article can be picked up from
an FIG conference or another event or it can be a paper written directly for this purpose.
List of the FIG Articles of the Month
- February 2014 - Kien Hwa TING, Malaysia:
Retail Market Studies for the Capital
Market: Form versus Substance. This paper is a Malaysian Peer Review
paper, which will be presented at FIG Congress 2014 16-21 June, in Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia. We are pleased to share this Peer Review paper with you
already now prior the congress to highlight one of the topics - real estate
- covered at the congress.
On the 19 and 20 June the Board of Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents
Malaysia has been invited to participate in the Congress. and
together with FIG Commission 9 and 10 special sessions on valuation and
estate management are being prepared i.e. the launch of the
International Property Measurement Standards (IPMS). Mr.
See Lian ONG, Chair Elect of FIG Commission 10, is furthermore facilitating a
high-level session on Building Information Management, BIM.
- January - 2014 - Volker Schwieger, Germany and Mikael Lilje,
Sweden: Innovative and Cost
Effective Spatial Positioning. This paper was presented at FIG Working
week, 6-10 May 2013 in Abuja, Nigeria.This paper focuses on surveying of
land and the base infrastructure needed for surveying task. It shows how
geodetic marks may be replaced by new infrastructures like active control
networks. Apart from the technical basics, it outlines the economic benefits
with respect to costs and surveying instruments available to local
- December - 2013 - John Hannah, New Zealand:
Climate Change and Responsible
Governance: The Role of Surveyors in Assisting Small Island Developing
States. This paper was presented in a plenary session at the Pacific Region Small
Island Developing States Symposium, 18-20 September 2013 in Suva,
Fiji. The paper discuss how surveyors can contribution to the issues of
climate change and responsible governance, particularly as they affect Small
Island Developing States (SIDS). The paper reflects some of the work the FIG
Task Force on Climate Change has been undertaking since it was established
in 2010. John Hannah is chair and at the FIG Congress 2014 in Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia the task force will deliver a final report.
- November - 2013 - Giselle Byrnes, New Zealand:
Boundary Makers: Land Surveying
in nineteenth-century New Zealand. This paper is a historical outline of
the early land surveyors importance to the history of New Zealand, as they
were among the advance guard of European settlers to walk the land and
assess its potential for future development. Surveyors around the world are
struggling with many current challenges. However, this article gives you a
possibility to reflect about the impact of surveyors through history in the
development and mapping of societies. The paper is a historical outline of
the early land surveyors importance to the history of New Zealand, as they
were among the advance guard of European settlers to walk the land and
assess its potential for future development. We are pleased to share this
paper with you since FIG Institution for the History of Surveying and
Measurement organises a very special trip, conference and event on Charting and Mapping the Pacific Paradise of
the Pitcairners at Norfolk Island, (an island half way between
Australia and New Zealand), 6-10 July 2014:
- October - 2013 - Pasi Häkli, Ulla Kallio Jyrki Puupponen,
From Passive to Active Control Point Networks – Evaluation of Accuracy in
Static GPS Surveying. This peer reviewed paper was presented at
FIG Working Week in Abuja, Nigeria, 8 May 2013 and evaluates the accuracy of
static GPS surveying through active stations with regard to the official
passive control point networks in EUREF-FIN.
- September - 2013 - Frank F. K. Byamugisha, World Bank:
Improving Land Governance for Development: Opportunities and Challenges for
the Survey Profession. This paper is an annotated version of a keynote
addressed by Frank Byamugisha from the World Bank at the FIG Working Week,
6-10 May 2013 in Abuja, Nigeria. The central message of the paper is that
surveyors and other land professionals have an important role to play in
improving land governance in Africa, which is critical to unlocking the
continent’s potential of abundant land to end extreme poverty and boost
shared prosperity. For further information about land administration and
reforms in Sub-Saharan Africa, Frank Byamigisha has just published the book
Securing Africa's Land for Shared Prosperity. Download the book
- August - 2013 - Gary Strong, Alexander Aronsohn and Ben Elder,
United Kingdom: Innovative
Approaches to Spatially Enabling Land Administration and Management.
This paper was presented at the FIG Working Week, 6-10 May 2013 in Abuja,
Nigeria. This paper explores how, with only a small amount of investment,
the development and implementation of internationally agreed and recognised
measurement standards will support an improved market efficiency and
providing a wide range of beneficial tools to decision makers.
- July - 2013 - Solomon Haile, Ombretta Tempra and Remy Sietchping,
UN-habitat, Kenya: Towards
a capacity development Framework for Land Plocy in Africa. The article
discusses the Land Policy Initiative (LPI) and how relevant activities are
planned and implemented to think through and develop strategies and road
maps that will culminate into the development of a coherent, unified and
cutting edge Capacity Development Framework (CDF). LPI Capacity Development
was a sub theme at the Working Week 2013. The LPI was discussed at the
GLTN/Director General forum which were spread over 4 sessions during the
Working Week and furthermore there was a special session on Africa LPI
Capacity Development where Solomon Haile presented the proposed Africa LPI
Capacity Development initiative.
- June - 2013 - Paul Munro-Faure and Andrew Hilton, FAO, Italy:
Building on the
consensus: FAO’s first twelve months after endorsement of the Voluntary
Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure. In May 2012 the
Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land,
Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security, which
represent an unprecedented international agreement on the governance of
tenure, and place secure access to land, fisheries and forests firmly in the
context of food security, was officially endorsed. This paper describes the
first twelve months of the FAO work, with its partners, in developing and
implementing a programme for making improved governance of tenure a reality.
FIG is co-organising a Pacific Small Island Developing States Symposium at
Fiji, 18-20 September 2013 addressing the specific challenges for the
Pacific area as a follow up on the SIDS (Small Island Developing States and
the Millennium Development Goals) Agenda for Action, started at the FIG
Congress 2010 in Sydney.
- May 2013 - Ismail Ojetunde, Nigeria:
Revisiting the Interaction between the Nigerian Residential Property Market
and the Macroeconomy. This paper is a Nigerian Peer Review paper, which
was presented at FIG Working Week 2013, 6-10 May, in Abuja, Nigeria. Like
last month article, this paper also highlight one of the challenges Nigerian
surveyors are dealing with, namely the Nigerian property market. At the
conference many papers highlighted the current challenges Nigerians
surveyors are faced with, but also international challenges. You can find
the papers here.
- April 2013 -
Iyenemi Ibimina Kakulu, Simeon Igbara, Isaac Akuru and Nekabari Paul
Visigah, Nigeria: Land Access and
Community Entry Challenges in Environmental Surveys Selected cases from
Nigeria. This paper is a Nigerian Peer Review paper, which
will be presented at FIG Working Week 2013 -6-10 May, in Abuja, Nigeria. We
are pleased to share this Peer Review paper with you already now prior the
conference to highlight one of the challenges that Nigerian surveyors are
dealing with, namely land access restrictions. Together with UNEP, the
authors have undertaken a comprehensive environmental survey of several
communities in the Niger Delta region, and their findings and methods are
interesting not only in Nigeria but can be used in countries all over the
world. At the conference you will be presented to many further papers both
from Nigeria, Africa, and Internationally, that highlight the current
challenges for surveyors.
- March 2013 -
Peter Van Oosterom, Christiaan Lemmen and Harry Ultermark,
The Netherlands: Land
Administration Standardization with focus on Evidence from the Field and
Processing of Field Observations. The 'Land Administration Domain Model
(LADM)' was approved as an official International ISO Standard a on 1
November 2012, a milestone for FIG. The proposal for this standard was
submitted by FIG to ISO almost five years ago. LADM defines terminology for
land administration, based on various national and international systems
that is as simple as possible in order to be useful in practice. LADM covers
the compete domain, surveying included.It is highly relevant that documented
field surveys can be included, in combination with reconstructable
adjustments to the spatial database.
- February 2013 - Michael Barry, Richard Molero and
Abdel-Rahman Muhsen, Canada: Evolutionary Land Tenure Information System Development: The Talking Titler
Methodology. This article was presented at the 8th FIG Regional
Conference, 26-29 November 2012 in Montevideo Uruguay. The authors argue
that conventional land registration systems often do not produce the desired
results in uncertain land tenure situations such as peri-urban areas in
developing world cities, post-conflict situations, land restitution cases
and aboriginal lands. They introduce a methodology “The Talking Titler”
system. The methodology was conceived in South Africa, and has recently been
tested in Canada and Nigeria.
- January 2013 -
Raquel SOSA, Msc. Ing. Agrim. Rosario CASANOVA, Facultad de Ingeniería and
Ing. Agrim. Jorge FRANCO, Dirección Nacional de Topografía, Uruguay:
gvSIG Batoví an Educational GIS.The
paper summarises a keynote presentation given at the 8th FIG Regional
Conference, Montevideo, Uruguay, 27 November 2012 and describes a
comprehensive and impressive Uruguayan project called "Plan Ceibal". All
school children have received a free lap top, and a software to manage
geographic information has been developed, implemented and used at all
Uruguayan schools. At the same time the project shows a remarkable
cooperation between different Uruguayan organisations.
December 2012 - Volker Böder,
Thomas P. Kersten, Thomas Thies and Arne Sauer, Germany:
Mobile laser scanning on board
hydrographic survey vessels - applications and accuracy investigation.
The first author of the paper, Volker Böder, died
31 August 2012 in a tragic ship accident on duty and we would like to
remember him on the remarkable research he has done over the years with the
publishing of this article.
Volker Boeder was Vice-Chair of Commission 4, Chair of Working Group 4.3
“Multi-Sensor Systems for Hydrographic Applications”, and was a very active
member of Commission 4. Among other things he worked on a publication
related to the development of technical guidelines for sensor integration
(best practises). Volker Böder shall be very much missed both as a colleague
and a friend.
- November 2012 - Atsushi Yamagiwa, Yohei Hiyama, Toshihiro Yahagi,
Hiroshi Yarai, Tetsuro Imakiire and Yuki Kuroishi, Japan:
Revision of the Results
of Control Points After the 2011 off the Pacific Coast of Tohoku Earthquake.
In this paper our Japanese colleagues show in a very impressive way how the
huge and dense GEONET – GPS network of Japan was used after the Tohoku
earthquake, which occurred on March 11, 2011. The Geospatial Information
Authority of Japan (GSI) stopped providing ‘Survey Results’, but was able to
restart this service in a effective and accurate way just some months later
after a very active and fundamental phase of re-measurement and
- October 2012 - C.J. (Kees) de ZEEUW, The Netherlands:
Land administration for people, profit and planet. This paper was
presented at FIG Working Week in Rome, 8 May 2012 and describes twelve
trends relevant for land administration systems. These trends are related to
actual and future user demand in society. Trends, developments and proposed
concepts are explained and examples are given of land administration
products, services and business approaches recently developed at Kadaster in
- September 2012 - Karl-Friedrich Thoene, Germany:
Environmental Issues - A Challenge for Surveyors and Surveying Associations.
The paper summarises a keynote presentation given at the FIG Working Week in
Rome, 8 May 2012.
- August 2012 - Paul van der Molen, the Netherlands:
After 10 Years of
Criticism: What is Left of de Soto’s Ideas? This paper was presented at
the FIG Working Week 2012 in Rome, Italy. In 2000 Hernando de Soto published
his book The Mystery of Capital. Professor Paul van der Molen aims at
collecting the critical remarks published since 2000 and at analyzing
whether the ideas of de Soto still stand today. He concludes: ‘De Soto’:
yes, but governments which demonstrate political will and which adopt the
principles of good governance, are a prerequisite. When this is not the
case, formalization - in whatever form - is without meaning and likely will
harm the poor.
- July 2012 - Diego Alfonso ERBA and
Mario Andrés PIUMETTO, Argentina:
3D Cadastre in the Federal
Countries of Latin America. This paper was presented at the FIG Working
Week 2012 in Rome Italy, and the main question asked is: Is it realistic to
develop spatial concepts for parcels and legal land objects and to propose a
3D cadastral model in the federal countries of Latin America at this time?
The conclusion indicates that this is the right time to start thinking about
it, compiling the legislation and systematizing the 2D definitions as a
first step. Latin America occupies approximately 15% of the Earth's land
surface and therefore a focus on this continent is appropriate. The next FIG
Regional Conference will therefore take place in Uruguay, 26-29 November
2012, with emphasis on the challenges of the region.
- June 2012 -
Jason Smith, President,
Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors, UK:
BIM – A Contractors Perspective
Building information modelling (BIM) is an approach to designing and
documenting building projects and is gaining acceptance in many
jurisdictions across the world. It allows all stakeholders and actors within
a building project the seamless link between the owner, the designers, the
construction professionals, the master builders and the end users. In an era
where our profession works towards managing all information spatially, BIM
is an enabling a platform that should bring not only sharing and
collaboration, but also avoidance of duplication, timeliness and value
adding. This paper was presented at FIG Working Week 2012 in Rome
- May 2012 -
Jan de Graeve, Belgium: Mercator.
The paper is written to celebrate the 500 anniversary of Gerand Mercator
by Jan de Graeve, FIG International Institution for the History of
Surveying and Measurement and honorary member of FIG. Furthermore it will be
presented at the FIG Working Week, History Workshop in Rome, Italy May 2012.
The paper is a short introduction to the life and work of Gerand Mercator to
highlight the exceptional place he has in the history of the surveying
- April 2012 - Oren
Gal and Yearch Doytsher, Israel: Spatial 3D Analysis of Built-up Areas.
This paper has been successfully peer reviewed for the FIG Working Week May
2012 in Rome, Italy. The paper presents a unique solution to the 3D
visibility problem in built-up areas and will be presented in the session
TS08H - 3D Principles and Technology. Yerach Doytsher is also chair of FIG
- March 2012 - Chryssy Potsiou and Ifigenie Boulaka, Greece : Informal Development in
Greece: New Legislation for Formalization, the Chances for Legalization and
the Dead Capital. FIG-Vice President Chryssy Potsiou is beside other
responsibilities leading the new Task Force (TF) on “Property and Housing”
which is very relevant in these turbulent times. The TF will have two
special sessions during the Working Week in Rome, May 2012. In this
peer-reviewed paper the authors present the results of a recent scientific
research on the problem of informal development in Greece and explain the
new legislation for formalization of those informal constructions, that are
built on legally owned land in the planned and the non-planned areas; the
existing informalities refer only to planning and building regulations.
- February 2012 -
Xavier Comtesse and Dr. Giorgio Pauletto, Switzerland: Vision for the Future
- The Impact of New Dimensions. This paper was presented at Commission 7
Meeting in Austria, September 2011. The authors state that in the
professions of cadastre both external and internal changes apply
considerable pressure. This paper identifies the major trends that will most
likely have an impact, apprehend the consequences expected and provide a
structure for this development.
- January 2012 - John
F. BROCK, Australia: Four Surveyors of Caesar: Mapping the World! In
this article you will hear about the masterpiece of cartography which
highlights most of the men responsible for the Survey of the known World,
along with aspects of Roman land surveying which underpinned the program of
colonisation and settlement within the Roman Empire. The article is an
excellent contribution to the FIG Working Week 2012 in Rome, Italy.
- December 2011 -
Robin McLaren, Scotland,
UK: Crowdsourcing Support of Land Administration – A Partnership Approach.
In this visionary paper Robin McLaren is exploring one potential solution to
the security of tenure gap through establishing a partnership between land
professionals and citizens that would encourage and support citizens to
directly capture and maintain information about their land rights. It was
presented at the annual FIG-Commission 7 meeting last October in Innsbruck
(Austria) and is the result of a common research work executed by Robin
McLaren and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
- November 2011 -
Amarsaikhan, Mongolia: Advanced
Applications of Optical, Microwave and Hyperspectral RS in Mongolia. In
4 different case studies the capabilities of these techniques and the usage
nowadays in Mongolia are demonstrated. This paper was presented at the FIG
Commission 5 and 6 workshop in September 2011 in Ulaan-Baatar. The author,
Prof. Damdinsuren Amarsaikhan is Head of the Geoinformatics Laboratory at
the Institute of Informatics and Remote Sensing, Mongolian Academy of
Sciences and Professor at the National University of Mongolia.
- October 2011 -
and Anna Lukyanchikova, Russian Federation: Development of Agricultural Land
Market in the Russian Federation. The development of Agricultural Land
Market is unique in Russia compared to other countries. The authors have developed a new method for calculating the value of
agricultural land because the banks have not accepted the cadastral value as
a basis for agricultural land mortgages. This value was calculated on the
basis of the land market auction price model of a certain region. This paper
was presented at the FIG Working Week in Marrakech May 2011.
Chris Crook, Nic Donnelly and John Beavan, New Zealand: The Impact of the 2010 Darfield (Canterbury) Earthquake on the
Geodetic Infrastructure in New Zealand. The article is reporting on the
dramatic impact of the 2010 (Canterbury) Earthquake on the Geodetic
Infrastructure in New Zealand. Before the earth quakes happened there was
already a fully implemented geodetic Infrastructure in place. On one hand
over 1 million geodetic and cadastral marks are affected within 60 km of the
earthquakes epicenter where significant ground movements occurred. On the
other hand these marks can be used for a detailed and long-term deformation
analysis. This article does also underline the need and importance of our
profession to the society.
September 2011 -
- August 2011 -
Frances Plimmer and
William J McCluskey, United Kingdom:
Sustainability and Property Taxation. Property Taxation is one of the
key topics on the agenda of FIG-Commission 9 for the next years. The authors
are discussing sustainability in the context of property taxation. They
consider that sustainability in property taxation should be considered from
three perspectives – the sustainability of the tax object (land and
buildings), the sustainability of the tax system itself and the
sustainability of the uses to which the yield from property taxation are
put. This paper was successfully peer reviewed and presented at the FIG
Working Week in Marrakech May 2011.
- July 2011 -
Kate Fairlie, Mark Whitty, Mitchell Leach, Fadhillah Norzahari, Adrian
White, Stephen Cossell, Jose Guivant and Jayantha Katupitiya, Australia:
Spatially Smart Wine – Testing Geospatial Technologies for Sustainable Wine
Production. Among the authors from our paper
of the month July 2010 are 5 part of the Sydney Young Surveyors group.
Kate Fairlie is at the same time also Chair of the FIG Young surveyors
network. “Spatially Smart Wine” was a project initiated by an
enthusiastic group of Sydney Young Surveyors, with the support of the
Institute of Surveyors New South Wales and the School of Surveying and
Spatial Information Systems and the University of New South Wales. In
this research geospatial technologies are evaluated for precision
viticulture, supporting organic and biodynamic principles. The vineyard
application is demonstrated of a teleoperated vehicle with three
dimensional laser mapping and GNSS localisation to achieve
centimetre-level feature position estimation.
- June 2011 -
Abbas Rajabifard, Mohsen Kalantari, Jude Wallace and Ian Williamson,
Australia: Cadastral Futures: Building a New Vision for the Nature and Role
of Cadastres.This paper has been selected to the article of the month
because of it is the background paper for the special session on Cadastre
2034 at the FIG Working Week in Marrakech in May 2011. This paper was
originally presented at the FIG Congress in Sydney in 2010. It was also a
starting point for the special issue of GIM International on future
Handouts of this presentation.
You can download the special issue
of GIM International from the
here. It includes an interview with
Hernando De Soto and the
series of articles Beyond Cadastre 2034.
- May 2011 -
Peter van Oosterom, Jantien
Stoter, Hendrik Ploeger, The Netherlands, Rod Thompson and Sudarshan Karki,
World-wide Inventory of the Status of 3D-Cadastres in 2010 and Expectations
for 2014. This paper has been selected to the article of the
month because of the increased interest on 3D-cadastre. The paper has been
presented at a session on 3D-cadastres at the FIG Working Week in Marrakech
in May 2011.
- April 2011 -
Tarja Myllymäki and Tarja Pykälä, Finland:
The Challenge to
Implement International Cadastral Models - Case Finland. This paper has
been presented at the FIG Congress in Sydney, April 2010, and has been
revised March 2011. The article is a contribution to develop models for
transferring cadastral information at international level. In Europe,
INSPIRE theme Cadastral Parcels has introduced a model for cadastral spatial
data. Work with a wider perspective is currently taking place as ISO work,
where the objective is to provide an international standard for the
information used in land administration (Land Administration Domain Model).
This article presents the Finnish cadastre and the concepts of basic
property unit, parcel and right-of-use unit. The implementation of the
INSPIRE Cadastral Parcels model in Finland is analyzed and could work as
inspiration for other countries in their work.
Handouts of the
presentation as pdf (1,7 MB)
- March 2011 -
Macedonia (FYROM), Pal Nikolli, Albania,
Murat Meha and Ismail Kabashi, Kosovo: Data Quality of Global Map and Some
Possibilities/Limitations for Its Wide Utilization for Global Issues.
This paper has been presented at the joint Commission 3 and Commission 7
Workshop in November 2010 in Sofia. It has been selected as the article of
the month because it gives a good introduction on Global Map, its consistent
quality and data standards and its value as a handy tool to monitor the
environmental status at regional and global scale. FIG has also selected
this paper as recognition of the professional development in Albania, Kosovo
and Macedonia (FYROM)
- February 2011 -
and Heiner Kuhlmann, Germany: Validation of the Laboratory Calibration of
Geodetic Antennas based on GPS Measurements. This paper is a peer
reviewed paper presented at the FIG Congress in Sydney, Australia in April
2010. The topic of the paper is relevant to all who are interested in high
precision GNSS surveying and it is presenting a new and innovative method
for antenna calibration.
- January 2011 -
Dr. Juha Talvitie, FIG
Honorary President, Finland: The Evolution of FIG during the Last 20 Years.
The paper is an extended version of the keynote presentation that Dr. Juha
Talvitie gave at the FIG Handover Ceremony in Copenhagen, Denmark 27th
November 2010. Dr. Talvitie was FIG President 1988-1991 and has been
appointed as an FIG Honorary President for his contributions to the
- December 2010 -
Stig Enemark, FIG
President 2007-2010: From Cadastre to Land Governance in Support of the Global
Agenda - The Role of Land Professionals and FIG. The paper facilitates
an understanding of how the cadastral concept has evolved over time into the
broader concept of Land Administration Systems in support of sound Land
Governance. The role of land professionals and FIG is underlined in this
regard. The paper also represents the essence of a range of papers presented
by the author as President of FIG over the term of office 2007-2010.
- November 2010 -
UN-HABITAT: Social Tenure Domain Model: What It Can Mean for the Land
Industry and for the Poor. This article is an invited paper presented at
the FIG Congress 2010 in Sydney, Australia, 11-16 April 2010. The paper is
written by Dr. Clarissa Augustinus from UN-HABITAT, with whom FIG has had an
outstanding cooperation for many years. Therefore - in addition of being an
excellent presentation on social tenure domain model - this paper also
recognises the long-term cooperation between UN-HABITAT and FIG. Clarissa
Augustinus is a social scientist who has had large impact in the land
this presentation as a .pdf-file.
- October 2010 -
David Mitchell, Australia: Reducing
Vulnerability to Natural Disasters in the Asia Pacific through
Improved Land Administration and Management. This paper is a peer reviewed
paper prepared for the FIG Congress 2010 in Sydney, Australia, 11-16
April 2010 and draws on the lessons from recent major disasters and
existing literature on land issues.
Handouts of this presentation as a .pdf file.
- September 2010 -
ARKO-ADJEI, Ghana and Jitske de JONG, Jaap ZEVENBERGEN and Arbind TULADHAR,
The Netherlands: Customary Tenure Institutions and Good Governance. This
paper is a peer reviewed paper prepared for the FIG Congress 2010 in Sydney,
Australia, 11-16 April 2010. At the Congress it was presented by Prof. Jaap
Zevenbergen in an invited session about land governance in Africa. It gives
good information about customary tenure and good governance in Ghana, and
could be of interest to other African countries.
Handouts of this presentation as a .pdf file.
- August 2010
Mike Pinkerton, New Zealand:
Terrestrial Laser Scanning for Mainstream Land Surveying. This paper has
been prepared and presented at the FIG Congress 2010 in Sydney, Australia,
11-16 April 2010. This paper provides a good introduction for those who are
thinking about the question whether to invest in laser scanning.
Handouts of this presentation as a .pdf file.
- July 2010 -
John Hannah, New Zealand: The Difficulties in
Using Tide Gauges to Monitor Long-Term Sea Level Change. The article is
a peer reviewed paper and was presented at the XXIV FIG Congress in Sydney
11-16 April 2010 in the session on Vertical Reference Frame.
of this presentation as a .pdf file. John Hannah is a Registered
Professional Surveyor and is a former President of the NZ Institute of
- June 2010 -
Mohamed El-Sioufi: Climate
Change and Sustainable Cities: Major Challenges Facing Cities and Urban
Settlements in the Coming Decades. The paper was presented as a keynote
presentation at the XXIV FIG Congress in Sydney 11-16 April 2010 in
the plenary session on "The Big Challenges". Dr. El-Sioufi is Head of the
Shelter Branch at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT.
- May 2010 -
Abbas Rajabifard, Australia:
Spatially Enabled Government and Society - the Global Perspective. The
paper was presented as a keynote presentation at the XXIV FIG Congress in
Sydney 11-16 April 2010 in plenary session on spatially enabled society. Dr.
Rajabifard is the President of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI)
Association. He is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for
Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration at the Department of
Geomatics, the University of Melbourne. At the FIG Congress in Sydney FIG
and GSDI signed a memorandum of understanding.
- April 2010
- Warwick Watkins and
Pedro Harris, Australia: Spatially Enabled Government in New South
Wales, Australia. This paper is based on the keynote presentation of
Warwick Watkins, Surveyor General of New South Wales, that he presented at
the 2nd plenary session on Spatially Enabled Society at the FIG Congress
2010 in Sydney. The article gives an introduction to the advanced conceptual
approach to SDI as used by the Land and Property Management Authority in New
South Wales, Australia.
- March 2010 -
Chryssy Potsiou, Greece
(edit.), Yerach Doytsher, Israel, Paul Kelly, Australia, Rafic Khouri,
France, Robin McLaren, United Kingdom and Hartmut Mueller, Germany: Rapid
Urbanization and Mega Cities: The Need for Spatial Information Management.
This paper has been prepared for the XXIV FIG International Congress in
Sydney, Australia, 11-16 April, 2010 and will be presented in the
Commission 3 Key Note Session "SIM in Support of Mega City
Management". The paper gives an introduction to FIG publication no.
48 – “Rapid Urbanization and Mega Cities: The Need for Spatial
Information Management” that will be launched in Sydney.
- February 2010 -
Australia: Land Acquisition in Developing Economies. This paper is
based on the keynote presentation that Jude Wallace gave at the 7th FIG
Regional Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, 19-22 October 2009. This invited
paper addresses the issue of land acquisition in emerging economies that
will be further explored in the FIG publication to be launched at the FIG
Congress in Sydney in April 2010.
- January 2010 - Teo Chee Hai, FIG Vice President, Malaysia -
Building the Capacity: Professionalism and Ethics. This paper has been
prepared and presented as a keynote presentation at the 7th FIG Regional
Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, 19-22 October 2009. Handouts of the Powerpoint
presentation are available at:
- December 2009 -
Germany, Mikael Lilje, Sweden, Rob Sarib, Australia - GNSS CORS - Reference
Frames and Services. This paper has been
prepared and presented at the 7th FIG Regional Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, 19-22
- November 2009 - Keith Bell - Trends in Land Administration and Management with Particular
Reference to World Bank Support for Projects in the East Asia Region. This paper
has been prepared and presented as a keynote presentation at the 7th FIG Regional Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, 19-22
- October 2009 - Isaac Boateng - Spatial Planning and Climate Change Adaption in Coastal
Regions: The Case of Vietnam. This paper has been prepared for
presentation at the 7th FIG Regional Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, 19-22
October 2009 and offers an interesting view to one of the key themes of the
- September 2009 -
Habtemicael Weldegiorgis - Cadastral System in
Eritrea: Practice, Constraints and Prospects. This is a peer reviewed for
the FIG Working Week in Eilat, Israel, 3-8 May 2009. This paper has received
a grant from the FIG Foundation to allow the author to attend the conference
and present his paper.
- August 2009 - Paul van der Molen - Cadastres and Climate Change.
This is a peer reviewed paper that has been prepared and presented at the
FIG Working Week in Eilat, Israel, 3-8 May 2009.
- July 2009 - Stig Enemark - Facing the Global Agenda – Focus on Land Governance. This
paper is based on the keynote presentation that Prof. Stig Enemark, FIG
President gave at the FIG Working Week in Eilat, Israel, 3-8 May 2009.
- June 2009 - Rudolf
Staiger - Push the Button – or Does the “Art of Measurement” Still Exist?
This paper has been prepared and presented as a keynote presentation in
Plenary Session 3 – GNSS, Geo-sciences and Surveying at the FIG Working Week
2009 in Eilat, Israel, 7 May 2009.
- May 2009 - Jude Wallace
- Making Land Markets Work for All. This paper was prepared and
presented for the first time in session MKT1: Potential and Challenges for
Land Markets at the FIG and World Bank Conference on Land Governance in
Support of the MDGs: Responding to New Challenges, Washington DC, USA, 9-10
- April 2009 - Silke Boos and Hartmut Müller, Germany - SDI Developments in the World’s
Currently Existing Mega Cities. This paper has been prepared as part of
FIG Commission 3 WG 3.2 (Spatial Data Infrastructure) project. Interim
reports of the project have been presented at the Commission 3 Workshop “Spatial
Information for Sustainable Management of Urban Areas” in Mainz, Germany,
2-4 February 2009 and will be presented at the FIG Working Week in Eilat,
Israel, 3-8 May 2009. Final report will be presented at the FIG Congress in
Sydney, Australia in April 2010.
- January 2009 - Prof. Bela Markus, Hungary - Thinking about
e-Learning. This paper was prepared and presented as a keynote presentation
at the FIG International Workshop 2008 ”Sharing Good Practices: E-learning
in Surveying, Geo-information Sciences and Land Administration” in Enschede,
the Netherlands, 11-13 June 2008.
- December 2008 -
Mr. Willi Zimmermann, Germany - Effective and
Transparent Management of Public Land. This paper is an updated version of
the paper that has been presented at the FIG/FAO/CNG International Seminar
on State and Public Land Management in Verona, Italy, 9-10 September 2008.
- November 2008 - Ms. Kari Strande, Norway - e-Government for
e-Citizens – NSDI as Tools in Good Governance Examples from eNorway and
Norway Digital. This paper is an updated version of the paper that was
presented at the FIG Working Week 2008 in Stockholm, Sweden, 14-19 June
- October 2008 - Dr. Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director UN-HABITAT -
Improving Slum Conditions through Innovative Financing. This paper has been
presented as the keynote address at the Opening Ceremony of the FIG Working
Week 2008 in Stockholm, Sweden 15 June 2008.
- September 2008 -
Mr. David Martin, France
- Review of Standards, Best Practice, Testing and Calibration in Global
Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). This paper has been prepared for and
was presented at the FIG Working Week in Stockholm, Sweden 14-19 June 2008.
- August 2008 -
Mr. Tony Burns and
Dr. Kate Dalrymple, Australia - Conceptual Framework for Governance in Land
paper has been prepared and was presented at the FIG Working Week in Stockholm,
Sweden 14-19 June 2008.
- July 2008 -
Mr. Cemal Özgür Kivilcim, Turkey and Ms. Chris McAlister, Australia - A
Model for Integrating Generations - Young Surveyors Working Group. This
paper has been prepared and presented at the FIG Working Week in Stockholm,
Sweden 14-19 June 2008.
- June 2008 - Mrs. Agneta
Ericsson, Sweden - What Makes the Swedish Cadastral System so Special and
Successful? This paper has been prepared for presentation at the
FIG Working Week in Stockholm, Sweden 14-19 June 2008.
- May 2008 -
Dr. Mathias Lemmens, Christiaan Lemmen and Martin Wubbe, the Netherlands -
Pictometry: Potentials for Land Administration. This paper was
originally prepared for and presented at the 6th FIG Regional Conference in
San José, Costa Rica 12-15 November 2007.
- April 2008 - Prof
Ian P. Williamson, Australia - Using Cadastres to Support Sustainable
Development. This paper was presented for the first time at the Spanish
IX National Congress of Surveying Engineers TOP-CART 2008 in Valencia, Spain
18-21 February 2008.
- March 2008 -
Neil D. Weston,
Gerald L. Mader, Tomás Soler, USA: Opus Projects – A Web-Based Application
To Administer And Process Multi-Day Gps Campaign Data. This
paper was presented at the FIG Working Week
2007 in Hong Kong SAR, China, May 2007.
- February 2008 -
Stephen T. Mague and
Robert W. Foster, USA: Where's the Shoreline? Sources of Historical High Water
Lines Developed in the Context of Massachusetts Coastal Regulations. This paper
was presented at the 6th FIG Regional Conference in
San José, Costa Rica, 12-15 November 2007.
- January 2008 - Grenville Barnes,
Cost-effective and Resilient Land Administration Systems in Latin America.
This paper was presented at the 6th FIG Regional Conference 2007 in San
José, Costa Rica, 12-15 November 2007.
- December 2007 - Teo Chee Hai,
Malaysia: Changing the
Game: Sustaining the Profession.
This paper presented at the 6th FIG Regional Conference 2007 in San
José, Costa Rica,
12-15 November 2007.
- November 2007 -
Diane Dumashie, United
Kingdom: Land, Sea
and People: Equitable Access to Coastal Resources.
This article was presented as
a keynote paper at the 6th FIG Regional Conference 2007 in San
José, Costa Rica,
12-15 November 2007.
- October 2007 - Frances Plimmer,
United Kingdom: Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications. This
paper was also presented in a technical session during the FIG Working Week
2007 in Hong Kong SAR, China, May 2007
- September 2007 - Thomas Kalbro,
Compulsory Acquisition and the Public Interest Requirement. This paper
was presented at the FIG Commission 9 Seminar in Helsinki,
Finland in September 2007
- August 2007 - Volker Schwieger,
GNSS – The Low-Cost Future of GPS?! This paper was also presented in a technical session at the FIG Working
Week 2007 in Hong Kong SAR, China, May 2007
- July 2007 -
Rob Mahoney, Peter Dale
and Robin McLaren, United Kingdom: Land Markets –
Why are they required and how will they develop? This paper was also presented in a technical session at the FIG WW2007 in
Hong Kong SAR, China, May 2007
- June 2007 - Peter
Byrne and Gail Kelly, Australia: The ABC of x,y,z - 21 Principles for Consideration by Surveyors and Other Geospatial
Professionals. This paper was also presented in a technical session at the FIG WW2007 in
Hong Kong SAR, China, May 2007
- May 2007 - Paul Kelly, Chair
of FIG Commission 3 Working Group 3.2: Role of Spatial Data Infrastructures
in Managing Our Cities. This paper was presented as keynote address at
the FIG Commission 3 2007 Annual Meeting and Workshop “Spatial Information
Management Toward Legalizing Informal Urban Development”, Sounio, Athens,
Greece, 28-31 March 2007
- April 2007 - Stig
Enemark, FIG President: Integrated Land-Use Management for Sustainable
Development. This article was also presented at a FIG Commission 3
Athens, Greece, March 28-31, 2007
- March 2007 -
Paul van der Molen
and Arbind Tuladhar, International Institute for Geoinformation Science and
Earth Observation: Corruption and Land Administration. This
article was also presented as a paper in a technical session during the 23rd
FIG Congress in October 2006 in Munich, Germany.
- February 2007 -
Ventura-Traveset, Ankit Raj Mathur and Felix Toran, European Space Agency
(ESA), EGNOS Project, and Hans-Peter Plag, University of Nevada, USA:
Provision of Emergency Communication Messages through Satellite Based
Augmentation Systems for GNSS: The ESA ALIVE Concept.
- January 2007 -
Dr. Lars Reuterswärd, Director of the Shelter and Sustainable Human
Settlements Development Division of UN-Habitat: Urban-Rural Interrelationship
in Land Administration – Urban Perspective. This paper is written and
presented as a keynote presentation at the XXIII FIG Congress in Munich,
Germany, 8-13 October 2006.
- December 2006 -
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Magel, FIG President: Changing FIG – Model for a
Changing World. Farewell speech at the Handover Ceremony on 2 December
2006 in Münster, Germany.
- November 2006 - Mr.
Keith Clifford Bell, World Bank: World Bank Support for Land Administration
and Management: Responding to the Challenges of the Millennium Development
Goals. This paper is written and presented at the XXIII FIG Congress in
Munich, Germany, 8-13 October 2006.
- October 2006 - Ms.
Nsame Nsemiwe, Zambia: Gender Dimensions of Land Customary Inheritance under
Customary Tenure in Zambia. This paper is based on the paper written and
presented by Ms. Nsame
Nsemiwe at the XXIII FIG Congress in Munich, Germany, 8-13
October 2006. The FIG Council has decided to award the Congress Prize to
two papers presented by Ms. Nsemiwe. The other paper is
"Negotiating the Interface: Struggles Involved in the Upgrading of
Informal Settlements -a Case Study of Nkandabwe in Kitwe, Zambia".
- September 2006 -
Sutherland and Dr. Sue Nichols, Canada: Issues in the Governance of Marine
Spaces. This paper is the introduction chapter of FIG publication no. 36
“Administering Marine Spaces:
International issues”. This publication is result of FIG Commissions 4
& 7 Working Group 4.3 and published by FIG in September 2006.
- August 2006 - Ms.
Gabriele Dasse, Germany: Enhancing the Representation of Under-Represented
Groups in FIG. This paper is based on the FIG publication no 35 ”Enhancing
the Representation of Under-represented Groups in FIG”, Copenhagen 2006.
- July 2006 - Mr. Gerhard Muggenhuber, Austria and Mr. Rob Mahoney, United Kingdom -
Changing Minds in an Evolving Society
- June 2006 - Mr. Markku
Markkula, Finland - Creating Favourable Conditions for Knowledge Society
through Knowledge Management, eGovernance and eLearning. This paper has
been prepared and presented as a keynote presentation at the FIG Workshop on
e-Governance, Knowledge Management and e-Learning in Budapest, Hungary, 27-29
April 2006. This workshop was co-organised by FIG Commissions 2,3 and 7.
- May 2006 - Chief
Kumbun-Naa Yiri II, Ghana - Customary Lands Administration and Good Governance
– The State and the Traditional Rulers Interface. This paper has been
written for the 5th FIG Regional Conference – Promoting Land Administration
and Good Governance in Accra, Ghana, March 8-11, 2006.
- April 2006 - Surv.
(Chief) Innocent N. Egbuh, Nigeria - Charting Nigerian Waters for Safer
Navigation. This article has been presented at the 5th FIG Regional
Conference – Promoting Land Administration and Good Governance to be held in
Accra, Ghana, March 8-11, 2006.
- March 2006 - Dr.
Babette Wehrmann, Germany - Cadastre in Itself Won’t Solve the Problem: The
Role of Institutional Change and Psychological Motivations in Land Conflicts –
Cases from Africa. This
article has been prepared for the 5th FIG Regional Conference - Promoting Land
Administration and Good Governance, Accra, Ghana, March 8-11,
- February 2006 - Dr. Isaac Bonsu Karikari, Ghana - Ghana’s Land Administration Project (LAP)
and Land Information Systems (LIS) Implementation: The Issues. This
article has been prepared for the 5th FIG Regional Conference - Promoting Land
Administration and Good Governance to be held in Accra, Ghana, March 8-11,
- January 2006 - Tony S. Haroen, Chairul B. Achmad and Wenny Rusmawar, Indonesia - Cadastral
Reconstruction in Aceh: A Newborn Concept of Adjudication. This article
has been presented for the first time at the South East Survey Congress in
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, 21-25 November 2005. It is published
as the Article of the Month to show respect to the memory of the victims of
the tsunami disaster in December 2005.
- December 2005 - FIG President Univ. Professor Dr.-Ing. Holger Magel
- About Surveyors’ Commitment, Role and Education for Society and Sustainable
Development. Keynote Address at the Opening Ceremony of the 8th SEASC 2005
on 22 November 2005 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.
- November 2005 - Adam
J. Kerr, United Kingdom - Hydrography and Disaster Management. This paper
has been for the first time presented at the FIG Forum at the Intergeo 2005 in
Düsseldorf, Germany, 4 October 2005.
- October 2005 -
Matthew B. Higgins and S. Hewitson, Australia - New Global Navigation
Satellite System Developments and Their Impact on Survey Service Providers and
Surveyors. This article is based on a paper in Proceedings of SSC2005
Spatial Intelligence, Innovation and Praxis: The national biennial Conference
of the Spatial Sciences Institute, September 2005. Melbourne: Spatial Sciences
Institute. ISBN 0-9581366-2-9
- September 2005 -
Mette Fosgaard Kragh, Denmark - New Danish Regional Development Plans – An
Effort of Combining Economy and Spatial Aspects for Urban and Rural Areas.
This article was for the first time presented at the FIG/GSDI Conference in
Cairo, Egypt, 16-21 April 2005.
- August 2005 - Ian
P. Williamson, Australia - Opportunities for Surveyors in Modern Land Markets.
This paper was for the first time presented at the FIG/GSDI Conference in
Cairo, Egypt, 16-21 April 2005.
- July 2005 - Dorine
A. J. Burmanje, Chair of the Board Dutch Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping
Agency, The Netherlands - Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration
in Europe. This paper has been prepared and presented as a keynote
presentation in a plenary session ”Co-operation between Land Administration
and SDI” at the FIG/GSDI Conference in Cairo, Egypt, 16-21 April 2005. It is
based on material presented during a UN/FIG/PC IDEA Conference in
Aguascalientes, Mexico in November 2004.
- June 2005 - Richard
Wonnacott, South Africa - AFREF - Background and Progress towards a Unified
Reference System for Africa. This paper has been prepared and presented at
the FIG Working Week / GSDI-8 Conference in Cairo, Egypt, April 16-21, 2005.
- May 2005 - Daniel Roberge,
Canada: After the Tsunami – How the Surveying Profession Can Participate in
the Reconstruction. This paper has been prepared and presented at the FIG
Working Week / GSDI-8 Conference in Cairo, Egypt, April 16-21, 2005. It is
also a contribution to the discussion how professional associations can
contribute to risk and disaster management. At its meeting in Cairo the Joint
Board of Geospatial Information Societies decided to establish an ad hoc
working party on risk and disaster management, chaired by Prof. Bengt Rystedt
- April 2005 - Stig Enemark, Denmark and John Parker, Australia: The Development of Land
Information Policies in the Americas
- March 2005 - John Brock,
Australia: Who Were the First Surveyors?
Four Surveyors of the Gods: In the XVIII Dynasty of Egypt – New Kingdom c.
- February 2005 - David J. Powell, FRICS, MAE, Chairman of the Geomatics Faculty of the
R.I.C.S., United Kingdom: Boundary Dispute Resolution in England & Wales –
Surveyors and Lawyers Working Together to Resolve Problems
- January 2005 - Univ.
Prof. Dr-Ing. Holger Magel, FIG President: Surveyors and Politics – the Need
for Dialogue. This summary is based on the purely orally given lecture of
Univ. Prof. Holger Magel, President of FIG at the RICS as the “Christmas
Lecture” of the Geomatics Faculty, December 2, 2004.
- December 2004 - Klaus
Deininger, World Bank: Land Policies for Growth and Poverty Reduction: Key Issues and Challenges Ahead. This paper was presented for the first
time at the UN, FIG, PC IDEA Inter-regional Special Forum on The Building of
Land Information Policies in the Americas in Aguascalientes, Mexico 26-27
- November 2004 - Teo
Chee Hai, Malaysia: Mutual Recognition of Surveying Qualifications within the
ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services. This paper has been for the first
time represented as a keynote presentation at the 3rd FIG Regional Conference
in Jakarta, Indonesia 6 October 2004.
- October 2004 -
Marie Christine Robidoux,
C.L.S., LL.M., Calgary Alberta, Canada: Geomatics and Traditional Knowledge –
Liidlii Ku’e First Nation. This report was originally prepared for FIG
Foundation and submitted in October 2003. It has been updated in August 2004.
- September 2004 - Helge Onsrud, Senior Advisor, Statens kartverk Norway: Land Administration in
Europe. This article is
based on a keynote presentation that the author gave at the FIG Working Week
in Athens in May 2004.
- August 2004 - Prof.
Dr.-Ing. Theo Kötter, University of Bonn, Germany: Risks and Opportunities of
Urbanisation and Megacities. This paper was for the first time presented
as a keynote presentation at the plenary session of the FIG Working Week 2004
in Athens, Greece 25 May 2004.
- July 2004 - Prof. Gerhard
Beutler, President President of the International Association of Geodesy, IAG,
Switzerland: Revolution in Geodesy and Surveying. This paper was for the
first time presented as a keynote presentation at the plenary session of the
FIG Working Week 2004 in Athens, Greece 24 May 2004.
- June 2004 - Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Holger Magel, FIG President: Breathing the Olympic Spirit - The Mission of FIG
in the 21st Century. This paper was for the first time presented as the
opening speech at the FIG Working Week 2004 in Athens, Greece, 23 May 2004.
- May 2004 - Dr.-Ing. Ralf
Schroth, FIG Vice President, Germany: Direct Geo-Referencing in Practical
Applications. This paper was for
the first time presented at the ISPRS workshop WG 1/5 about Theory,
Technology and Realities of Inertial/GPS Sensor Orientation in Castelldefels/Barcelona,
Spain, 23 September 2003. It has been partly revised for the FIG Article of
the Month published in May 2004
- April 2004 - Alick R.
Mwanza, Zambia: White Collar Malpractices in Cadastral Surveying and their
Effects on Secure Land Tenure and Sustainable Development.
This paper has been produced with the financial support of the FIG Foundation.
- March 2004 - Joel
Bailey, Amanda Lewis and Frances Plimmer, United Kingdom: Locating the
“Country” in Town and Country Planning: the Urban Bias in English Planning.
This paper has been produced with the financial support of the FIG Foundation.
- February 2004 - Mr. Svein Tveitdal, Director, Division of Environmental Conventions and
Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, UNEP: Urban-Rural
Interrelationship: Condition for Sustainable Development. This paper was
first presented at the 2nd FIG Regional Conference for Africa and the Arab
Countries in Marrakech, Morocco, December 2-5, 2003.
- January 2004 - Prof.
Neville Ying, Professor of Business Develoment & Director, Labour Studies at
the Mona School of Business, University of West Indies, Jamaica: Contact a
Land Surveyor - Speech for the 75th Anniversary Function for Land Surveyors
Association. This paper was first presented as a keynote speech at the occasion of the 75th
Anniversary Function for the LSAJ in Kingston, October 31, 2003.
- December 2003 - Iain
Greenway, Chair, FIG Standards Network: Standards – Are They Relevant in a
Surveyor’s World? This article was for the first time presented at the FIG
Working Week and 125th Anniversary in Paris, France 13-17 April, 2003. It has
been updated in November 2003 for the FIG series Article of the Month.
- November 2003 - Prof. Heinz Rüther, South Africa: The Situation of Geomatics Education in
Africa – An Endangered Profession. Keynote paper at the 2nd FIG Regional
Conference, Marrakech, Morocco, December 2-5, 2003 and background paper for
the Special Round Table on Surveying/GIS Education in Africa, Marrakech,
December 2, 2003.
- October 2003 - Mr. Bogdan Ney and Mr. Andrzej Sambura, Poland: IT Developments Enabling
Customer-Oriented Cadastre. Originally represented at the 2nd Cadastral
Congress, September 19-21, 2003 in Krakow, Poland
- September 2003 -
Muggenhuber, Chair of FIG Commission 3: Spatial Information for Sustainable
- August 2003 - FIG
President Univ.-Prof. Dr-Ing. Holger Magel: "Survey and GIS – Bridging the Gap".
Originally presented as the Opening Speech at the ESRI “Survey and GIS Summit
– Bridging the Gap 2003” in San Diego, California, USA, 6 July, 2003
- July 2003 - Prof.
Stig Enemark: "Capacity Building for Developing - Sustainable Land
Administration Infrastructures". Originally presented at the UN ECE WPLA /
FIG Workshop in Athens in May 2003.
In his article Prof. Enemark argues that "when a project is established to
create land administration infrastructures, it is critical that capacity
building is a mainstream component of the project. The capacity building
aspect should be addressed up front, not as an add-on.