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FIG - International Federation of Surveyors International Federation of Surveyors
Fédération Internationale des Géomètres
Internationale Vereinigung der Vermessungsingenieure

FIG Newsletter – October 2017

Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the October issue of FIG Newsletter. In this issue there are several deadlines that we would like to draw your attention to. Please note the deadlines for the call for bids is 1 December 2017, the nominations for president, vice president and commission chairs is 15 December 2017.

Have you reserved the dates 6-11 May 2018 in your calendar? You cannot miss the large 4-year FIG Congress.
If you plan to have a paper included in the technical programme, please note the deadline for the submission of abstract is 15 November 2017.

FIG 41st General Assembly 6 and 11 May 2018

The FIG General Assembly 2018 will take place during the FIG Congress in Istanbul, Turkey. General Assembly days will be 6 and 11 May 2011. 7-10 May there will be a  technical programme and other social functions.

Call for Nominations for Commission Chairs, Vice Presidents and President

FIG Council encourages Member Associations to consider nominations for the positions for the term 2019-2022. Election will take place at the General Assembly 2018.

Call for Bids for FIG Congress 2022

FIG Council announces the bidding material for the Congress 2022. All member associations are encouraged to consider to submit a bid. Election of the destination will take place at the Congress 2018 and General Assembly in Istanbul, Turkey.

FIG Foundation Academic Research Grant 2018 and Ph.D. Scholarships 2018

FIG Foundation offers two types of grants:

Academic Research Grants of up to 40,000 euros spread over four years. The grants are aimed at emerging researchers on the threshold of their research career

Ph.D. Scholarship Grants of up to 4,000 euros to PhD students

Article of the Month – October 2017

Each month on the FIG web site we publish a paper called the Article of the Month.

October 2017 is written by Vassilis GIKAS, Harris PERAKIS, Allison KEALY, Guenther RETSCHER, Thanassis MPIMIS, Constantinos ANTONIOU: Indoor Parking Facilities Management Based on RFID CoO Positioning in Combination with Wi–Fi and UWB. This paper is a peer review paper that was presented at the FIG Working Week 2017

Fixed geometric constraints, imposed by man-made structures, weather influences, etc., make it possible to restrict positioning. In this study, these problems will be subjected to a number of tests and a low-cost solution will be offered.

FIG Congress 2018 – Call for Papers –  Note the deadline - 15 November 2017

The venue is Istanbul Congress Center The lively Istanbul city center - a city that never sleeps

Istanbul Congress Center is situated in the city centre of Istanbul

There are many hotels nearby the Istanbul Congress Center and it is located near the famous Taksim Square

The Congress is organised by FIG and the Turkish Chamber of Survey and Cadaster Engineers (CSCE) and will take place 6 – 11 May 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey.

We are certain that Istanbul will exceed in meeting all requirements and expectations for a memorable and successful Congress. This geographical area has not hosted any FIG Congress and General Assembly before. Istanbul is one of the most impressive and attractive cities at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, where unique beauties of the West and the East come together.

The overall theme of the large 4-year Congress is:
Embracing our smart world where the continents connect: enhancing the geospatial  maturity of societies

The four day conference will offer an exciting and variated choice of technical sessions, technical tours and of course also the opportunity to explore the wonderful city and surroundings of Istanbul as well as the famous Turkish hospitality.

Exhibition and sponsorship

It is now time to secure your special sponsorship and a stand at the exhibition. The exhibition will be built up in the hallways of the session rooms and will therefore be well visited throughout the conference days.
Read more about your opportunities at:

Call for Papers – your participation in the technical programme

Prepare your own attendance. The Call for Papers is out, and please note the deadline for the submission of abstract for regular and short presentations are:
15 November
Read the call for papers and the specific focus of the 10 FIG commissions, the Networks, Permanent institutions and the current Task Forces at

The Survey Review prize

FIG Council is pleased to announce the cooperation with the Survey Review Ltd. The Survey Review prize will be awarded to the author and presenter of a selected peer review paper at the FIG Congress.  Survey Review Ltd will fund the prize of £2,000 to cover travel, accommodation and registration for the conference. The winner will be announced at the Congress.

Conference information

Stay updated – visit the congress site: which is updated regularly.

FIG at Intergeo

Intergeo in Berlin had amazingly 580 exhibitors. FIG was also represented with a stand with material about FIG and the FIG Congress 2018 . FIG representatives had meetings with FIG Corporate Members, potential participants and exhibitors for the FIG Congress 2018 and many with interests in the activities of FIG.  

A new face in FIG Office

While Claudia Stormoen Pedersen is on maternity leave, Martine Eelderink from Dutch Kadaster will assist in the FIG office. Welcome to Martine

FIG/ESRI Free Webinars on Modernizing Land Administration

Join the one-hour Webinars organised by FIG Platinum Corporate member ESRI. In one efficient hour just in front of your own computer you will learn about the latest technologies from the experts. The first webinar was held on 18 October with good attendance from all over the world.
The second webinar will be held on Monday, November 27 / Tuesday November 28 depending on your time zone. If you cannot attend live, you can sign up and will afterwards receive a link to the recorded webinar.

Up-coming FIG Events

Africa Regional Network:

2017 Africa FIG Regional network: East Africa Capacity Development Workshop will be held 21 - 23 November 2017 in Rwanda. The challenge of Sustainable Urbanisation: What does it take for Land Professional to lead and support Country Infrastructure Endeavours?  A further great partnership opportunity has been brokered with ESRI Rwanda, and our host will be our FIG Academic Member INES Ruhengeri - Institute of Applied Sciences. Together we will hold the 2017 ARN workshop in Rwanda. Read more and see the programme: 

The 2017 FIG Commission 3 Annual Meeting and Workshop with the overall theme "Volunteered Geographic Information: Emerging Applications in Public Science" will be held 27-30 November 2017. The workshop will provide the opportunity for delegates and contributors to present their research and experience on development and use of Voluntary Geographic Information, Geographic Information System, Spatial Information Management, crowdsourcing and Spatial Data Information systems and procedures.
Web site:

The FIG Commission 7 Annual Conference and Meeting is taking place between 4 – 8 December 2017 in Cartagena, Colombia.
This event will also host a conference focused on Cadastre for emergencies and disasters: Challenges and opportunities for islands and coastlines. The FIG Commission 7 Annual Conference is the meeting par excellence that brings together surveyors from around the world so they can share and learn about the latest developments in cadastre and land management as well as contributing experience and knowledge in terms of their environments and individual activities. It is a one-off opportunity for participants from all over the world “both professional members of the FIG Commission 7 and interested members of the public” to share their points of view.
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Kind regards,
Ms. Louise Friis-Hansen

International Federation of Surveyors
Fédération Internationale des Géomčtres
Internationale Vereiningung der Vermessungsingenieure
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