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

FIG Newsletter – May 2018

Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the May issue of FIG Newsletter. Thanks to those who went to Istanbul to participate in the large FIG Congress that was successfully organised by the local host association and FIG; and to those who could not attend we hope to see you in the future, and with this May Newsletter and the next coming June newsletter we hope to provide you with useful information from the Congress that you can use although you did not attend.

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FIG General Assembly 2018 - short report

GeGeneral Assembly 2018

At the General Assembly there were election for the new president for the term 2019-2022, two vice presidents, commission chairs and the destination for the FIG Congress 2022. A short report is available on the web site - further photos will be added soon. The minutes will be uploaded soon, too.

Article of the Month

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

The article of the month for May 2018 is called:Geodata Enabled Hierarchical Blockchain Architecture for Resolving Boundary Conflicts in Cadastre Surveys and Land Registration and is written by Abdulvahit Torun from Turkey, the host country of this years FIG Congress. This peer review paper provides a view into application facilities of blockchain technology for cadastra and land registration and was presented during the Congress.

FIG Congress 2018 –  Thanks to all who attended

At the opening Ceremony, a very talented teenage dance academy performed for the more than 2300 participants.



The participants at the pre-event on Reference Frame in Praxis

The Congress, organised by FIG and the Turkish Chamber of Survey and Cadaster Engineers (CSCE), took place 6 – 11 May 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. The overall theme of the large 4-year Congress was: Embracing our smart world where the continents connect: enhancing the geospatial  maturity of societies

Technical Programme and Proceedings

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

Pre Events

Building Information Management BIM
Reference Frame in Praxis

Read more at the conference web site:

A report of the congress will be published in June together with a photo gallery.
But please join us already now in this video that was presented at the Closing Ceremony of the Congress.

Sponsors and Supporters

A special thanks for our FIG Congress Sponsors and Supporters for making this conference possible:


'Valuation of Unregistered Lands : A Policy Guide' - publication

'Valuation of Unregistered Lands : A Policy Guide' - publication ‘Valuation of Unregistered Lands : A Policy Guide’ is based on internationally recognized GLTN’s continuum of land rights framework and aims to significantly contribute to our collaborative journey of securing land and property rights for all. The guide was launched during FIG Congress 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey

FIG Annual Review 2017

2017 was again an exciting and busy year for FIG. The Annual Review highlights some of the activities and achievements throughout the year.


FIG Young Surveyors Asian Pacific Meeting 2018 in Japan

The Japan Young Surveyors Network, in collaboration with the FIG Young Surveyors Network, are happy to invite you to the Young Surveyors Network Asian Pacific Meeting in Japan held on the 15 – 16 June 2018.

7-10 July 2018, San Diego, CA - USA
National Security and Public Safety Summit @ Esri UC . The National Security and Public Safety Summit @ Esri UC is the world's largest GIS event dedicated to public safety, national security, and homeland defense. Every year, professionals from around the world, including executives, analysts, intelligence personnel, and frontline staff, attend to discover how Esri software, services, and partner agencies help build safer communities. 
Web site

04-09 September 2018 , Baku, Azerbaijan
Eurasian GIS Congress 2018 - Selcuk University is going to realize an international congress together with "Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences Institute of Geography. The congress aims to help exchange scientific information, share practical experiences, develop visionary approaches for studies to be conducted in the future, and implement scientific and cultural interactions.  
Web site

1-5 October 2018, Delft, The Netherlands
1-5 October: ISPRS Technical Commission IV Symposium 2018  (BGC Geomatics) Web site
1-2 October: 13th 3D GeoInfor Conference. The 3D GeoInfo Conference aims at bringing together international researchers from academia, industry and government in the field of 3D geoinformation. The conference offers an interdisciplinary forum to researchers in the fields of data collection, advanced modelling approaches, data analysis and visualisation.  Web site
2-4 October: 6th International Workshop on 3D Cadastres, organised by FIG 3D Cadastre Working group, held joinly with the ISPRS Commission IV 'Spatial Information Science' symposium (1-5 October 2018), the 13th 3D GeoInfo conference (1-2 October 2018), and the 3rd international conference on Smart Data and Smart Cities, SDSC2018, formerly known as UDMS  (4-5 October 2018) Web site
4-5 October: 3rd International Conference on Smart Data and Smart Cities . The 3rd International Conference on Smart Data and Smart Cities will present novel research concerning the use of information and communication technologies in Smart Cities, and will also provide a forum for senior researchers to establish collaborations on new research projects in this domain. Web site

16-18 October 2018,
Frankfurt am Main, Germany InterGeo. Organised by DVW. 
Web site

23-25 October 2018 RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia
The10th Multi-GNSS Asia (MGA) Conference, supported by FIG Commission 5
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 29-30 October, Bucharest, Romania,
GEOPREVI 2018, Geodesy for Smart Cities, Joint Seminar of FIG Commission 5, 6 and 10
Web site:

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Ms. Louise Friis-Hansen

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Fédération Internationale des Géomčtres
Internationale Vereiningung der Vermessungsingenieure
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