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

FIG Newsletter – August 2018

Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the August issue of FIG Newsletter. The call for papers for FIG Working Week 2019 is out. Please have a look and submit your abstract - note  the deadlines!
FIG Office has sent a copy of the minutes from the General Assembly 2018 to all members together with the Annual Review 2017 and the two new publications which you can read more about in this newsletter. If you have not received your letter we might have a wrong postal address to your organisation. Please contact FIG office at to update or wait for an email from us with a link to your online update page.

Article of the Month

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

August 2018Alternative Approach and toolkits for Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services of Wetlands: An Application to Farlington Marshes, UK by Brett (Venezuela) and Boateng, (United Kingdom) . This article has passed the FIG peer review and was presented at the FIG Congress 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. This paper attempts to develop an alternative holistic approach to a methodology for the economic valuation of the ecosystem goods and services of wetlands.   

FIG Working Week 2019 - Call for Papers

The FIG Working Week will be the major event in 2019 in the global community of surveying and geospatial professionals. It is organised by FIG - International Federation of Surveyors and  VGCR - Vietnam Association of Geodesy, Cartography and Remote Sensing. The main objective of the FIG Working Week is to bring together experts from academia, governments/public administration and industry to report on recent developments, trends and research results.

he theme of the conference is Geospatial information for a smarter life and environmental resilience. Focus will be on tackling the climate changes by working towards a smarter life both through the development of smart cities and also in rural areas. Spatial information, big data, surveying, BIM, land administration and much more are essential factors in this development.

Are you interested in presenting at FIG Working Week? Do you have an inspiring story to tell and interesting findings to showcase? Please check the Call for Papers.

Please note the deadlines: 1 November (abstracts, regular papers) and 1 October (full paper, peer review)

Do not miss this premier event of 2019. Read more at:

FIG Foundation Grants for 2019

Details of the FIG Foundation Academic Grant and PhD Scholarship 2019 competitions are now available.
Please check the two introduction videos in which Mike Barry, board member of FIG Foundation, and Eva-Maria Unger, Chair of FIG Young Surveyors inform about how to apply.

FIG Activities and visits

Celebration of 250 year anniversary of the Surveying Profession in Denmark 

2018 marks the 250th anniversary of the Danish Surveying Profession. In 1768, the Danish King Christian VII appointed the first two Danish surveyors. This means that surveying is one of the oldest recognised professions in Denmark. The Association of Danish Surveyors, DDL, together with Aalborg University that educates surveyors in Denmark and the Danish Geodata Agency had invited to a day of celebration at Aalborg University.

Commission 7 annual meeting
24-26 September 2018, Bergen, Norway

 More information

Africa Regional Network Workshop 2018
17-19 October 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana
Jakoba Kgopolelo President of Botswana Institute of Geomatics invites African land professionals to the Africa Regional Network 2018, a prestigious event where Geospatial professionals across the continent of Africa will be gathered to discuss pertinent issues in their profession cutting across many industries. 
FIG Young Surveyors African Meeting
16 October Gaborone, Botswana

The FIG Foundation invites Young Surveyors to apply for funds to participate in the 1st Young Surveyors African Meeting (YSAM) and the 2018 FIG-African Regional Network Meeting taking place in Gaborone, Botswana, on the 16th and 17th-19th of October respectively.  
Deadline is 7 September 2018 at 17:00 GMT.

FIG Young Surveyors North America Meeting
17-18 October 2018, Maryland US

Web site:

Commission 5&6/10 grants to Young Surveyors - Geo PreVi 2018
29-30 October 2018, Bucharest Romania

Geo PreVi 2018 Symposium “Geodesy for Smart Cities” will take place in Bucharest, Romania 29-30 October. The technical program is mainly organized by help of FIG Commission 5, 6 and 10 dealing with Positioning and Measurement, Engineering Geodesy and Construction Economics and Management. The organizing committee will support young surveyors from Romania and abroad.
More information:

Participate in Survey on the value of geoinformation

The working group „Geoinformation and Geodata Management” of the German Society for Geodesy, Geoinformation and Land Management  (DVW) would like to carry out a comparing investigation to the „Value of Geoinformation”. Therefore a questionnaire was developed with particular focus on Open Geo Data. Goal of this questionnaire is to monitor experiences from open geo data providers. Within 7 questions only the content, access and use of the provided geo data are being checked. The questionnaire is now available following this link:
All replies will be treated in strictest confidence. The information given will only be used for monitoring and assessment purposes and will be published as open data.


FIG PUBLICATION NO. 70: Africa Regional Network 2015-2018
FIG Report
Author: Chair of FIG Africa Regional Network and FIG Vice President Diane Dumashie

FIG PUBLICATION NO. 71: FIG Guidance on Professional  Competencies for Quantity Surveyors / Construction Economists / Cost Engineers
FIG Guide
Author: SeeLian Ong, Chair of FIG Commission 10 2015-2018

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 Congress 2018 –  Report

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

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


04-09 September 2018 , Baku, Azerbaijan
Eurasian GIS Congress 2018 - Selcuk University
Web site

18-20 September 2018, Suva, Fiji
The Fiji GNSS CORS workshop supported by FIG Asia/Pacific Network (AP CPN) and FIG Commission 5

24-26 September 2018, Melbourne, Australia
The International Symposium and Workshops on “A Smart Sustainable Future for All 2018”. Organised by the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructure and Land Administration (CSDILA) and Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS), in co-partnership with The World Bank. Web site

24-28 September 2018, Bergen - Norway
FIG Commission 7 Annual Meeting and International Seminar on "Cadastre in a digital world - Nordic and Global Perspectives"  Organised by FIG Commission 7
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. Web site
2-4 October: 6th International Workshop on 3D Cadastres, organised by FIG 3D Cadastre Working group,  Web site
4-5 October: 3rd International Conference on Smart Data and Smart Cities Web site

10-13 October 2018, Athens Greece
1st International Conference TMM_CH: Transdisciplinary Multispectral Modelling and Cooperation for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage.

15-18 October 2018, London, United Kingdom

The Year in Infrastructure Organised by Bentley. 
Web site

16 October 2018, Gaborone, Botswana
1st FIG Young Surveyors African Meeting (YASM)

17-18 October 2018, Gaborone, Botswana
FIG Africa Network Workshop

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

17-18 October 2018, College Park, Maryland, United States
FIG Young Surveyors North America Meeting
Web site:

23-25 October 2018 RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia
The10th Multi-GNSS Asia (MGA) Conference, supported by FIG Commission 5
Web site:

 29-30 October, Bucharest, Romania,
GEOPREVI 2018, Geodesy for Smart Cities, Joint Seminar of FIG Commission 5, 6 and 10
Web site:

5-7 November 2018, Las Vegas, USA
Trimble Diemnsions
Web site:

7-11 November 2018, in Athens, Greece  
FIG/UNECE/UIA/CEEC conference: “Impact of Megatrends and Solutions for the Built Environment and Real Estate”
Incl FIG Hand-Over event.
More information yet to come.

7-9 November 2018,  ChengDu China
CHINTERGEO 2018 - China Surveying and Mapping Geographic Information Technology Equipment Exhibition.
Web site:

26-30 November 2018 Suva,
Fiji Pacific Islands GIS and RS User Conference 2018: Transforming Pacific Resources and Infrastructure Management using GIS & RS
Web site

3 December 2018, Helsinki, Finland
Smart Land Administration Seminar, a Slush Side Event, organised by National Land Survey of Finland (NLS), Aalto University, the Finnish Location Information Cluster, and the World Bank. The side event is held in conjunction with SLUSH (
More information


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