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FIG Working Week is an exciting week-long conference that brings the international community of surveying and spatial professionals together to experience a mix of interesting technical sessions and workshops, a trade exhibition and a variety of side events and social functions.

The overall theme is:

Smart Surveyors for Land and Water Management

We have only ten years left to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We need to address the global challenges to create a sustainable planet in a smart way. A way that requires integrated approaches for land and water management.

FIG and the national Member Association from the Netherlands, GIN, organise the FIG Working Week 2020 in RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam. The meeting will be multidisciplinary, welcoming over 1000 participants from around the world and will be the platform for smart surveyors to evaluate their actual and future role in achieving the SDG’s.

FIG Working Week will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and technical expertise in Integrated Land and Water Management. It will do so to address the impacts of climate change, mobility and rapid urban growth, unplanned development and environmental degradation. The Netherlands has a long history of dealing with the challenges of building and managing a densely populated coastal country, with a land area nearly half of which is below sea level.

In Amsterdam, the smart surveyor stands at centre stage. The focus is on smart sensing technologies and new spatial data processing technologies. The digital transformation and new challenges affect professional standards and practice. They also affect surveying education, require innovative teaching approaches and lifelong learning solutions. This Working Week is an opportunity to join forces and bring us closer to achieving the SDG’s.

The Working Week in Amsterdam is an opportunity for the entire FIG community to meet, discuss learn an get inspired on overall emerging challenges currently faced by our world. As Surveyors and related professions, we have not only the ability but the responsibility to actively participate in the solutions of these challenges.

We invite you to submit:
  1. Abstract and full paper for peer review by 1 October 2019
  2.  Abstract for regular/short presentation by 1 November 2019 (and subsequently full paper 7 February 2020)


We invite high quality contributions of practitioners and researchers in the following overall topics:


Rapid urban growth, smart energy, cleaner mobility, and ‘land rights for all’ are some of the challenges demanding innovative surveying approaches and technologies. Sensing technologies, spatial data processing technologies and related approaches are already available. Use and improve them to become future proof, Smart Surveyors!


Smart cities are an urban development concept based on achieving sustainable development by using new technologies and multiple information sources to optimise resources. Hanoi has set the target to turn into a smart city by 2030. Many cities, especially in Asia, are going through the same transformation. What are the lessons learnt? What are the challenges? What are the key steps to consolidate a smart city? How do we monitor progress? Are our citizens benefiting from Smart cities? How to fund required investment to achieve a smart city?


The countdown begins, only one decade to go to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all and surveying professionals have a key role to play. How did we, as surveyors, contribute to ending poverty, improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests? In addition, what will be our role for the coming 10 years?


FIG Working Week is the main event of the year and it covers themes within all ten FIG technical Commissions, Networks and Permanent Institutions. Many topics are multi-disciplinary and are relevant in both developing and developed world contexts. We encourage submissions of cross-disciplinary nature cutting across many disciplines/subject-areas.


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More information on the FIG Working Week web site:

See you in May in Amsterdam

Kind regards,
Ms. Louise Friis-Hansen

International Federation of Surveyors
Fédération Internationale des Géomčtres
Internationale Vereiningung der Vermessungsingenieure
International Federation of Surveyors
Kalvebod Brygge 31-33
DK-1780 Copenhagen V
Tel. + 45 3886 1081
Direct: + 45 9391 0810
FIG Working Week 2020, 10–14 May 2020. Amsterdam, Netherlands
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