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

FIG Newsletter – December 2018

Dear Colleague,

Happy New Year!
Welcome to 2019 and welcome to the December issue of FIG Newsletter. The end of 2018 marks a larger change in FIG. President Chryssy Potsiou and her team in Council with the chairs of all commissions, networks, task forces, permanent institutions and FIG Foundation all all other volunteers have now served a full term. Their journey started in January 2015 and has now, on 31 December 2018 come to an end. A heartfelt thanks to all volunteers who have put in many many hours of work during these four years to serve the International surveying community.
January 2019 is the time to welcome a new leadership with President Rudolf Staiger in the lead, and his new team of chairs and volunteers.
In this issue of the FIG Newsletter you can read more about the upcoming FIG Working Week in Hanoi, Vietnam - it is now time to register if you want to make use of the early bird rate, sign up for the free ESRI/FIG webinar, read reports from visits, and check the project possibilities...

FIG News

New Year and Thank You Greeting from President Chryssy Potsiou for the term 2015-2018

As we have approached the end of 2018, which coincides with the end of my presidency in the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), I wish to thank each one of you for being part of this experience.

Article of the Month

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

December 2018: A planning model to incorporate socially-based tenure principles into mainstream planning. by David Goodwin and James Berghan, New Zealand  This paper was presented at the FIG Congress in Istanbul, Turkey in May 2018. The paper focuses on socially-based tenure. The best-planned housing developments, may nonetheless fail as viable communities. A possible contributing factor is the manner in which individualised tenure systems tend to divorce land rights from social responsibilities. Recognising this, some Māori planning initiatives in New Zealand have sought to re-introduce key communal or socially-based tenure principles to the planning equation.   

FIG Working Week 2019 - Registration has opened

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.

Register now

To secure your early bird rate register now for this grand event. Register for tthe main conference with a comprensive technical programme consisting of plenary and technical sessions, forums, special meetings and much more. Three pre-events start the Working Week - on BIM, on Reference Frame in Practice and a Young Surveyors meeting. It is also possible to register for these events in the registration form. If you would rather want to explore Vietnam the pre- and post-tours gives you a splendid opportunity to learn more about this beautiful and wonderful country. Finally, do not miss the social events. Included in your registration fee is the Cultural Evening, supported by FIG Foundation and Trimble.
Learn more about all the many activities during the FIG Working Week 2019:

Secure your stand at the exhibtion
FIG Working Week 2019 will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam at the Vietnam National Convention Center. Each conference day will consist of one plenary session with specially invited key note speakers and technical sessions. An exhibition showcasing the latest trends and developments will take place in parallel. The exhibition is located in the hallways outside the session rooms where refreshments will also be served, which will give a unique opportunity to meet with all participants. Check your sponsorship and exhibition possibilities: 


The 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.

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

FIG Activities and visits

FIG at United nations World Geospatial Information Congress

At the UN-GGIM inagural congress,UNWGIC, FIG was represented by President Potsiou, Incoming President Rudolf Staiger, Vice President Mikael Lilje and Chair of FIG Asia/Pacific Capacity Development Network, Rob Sarib. FIG was involved in several activites during the congress and had also the possibility to pay a visit to Wuhan University:

FIG at United nations World Geospatial Information Congress

Report from FIG Asia/Pacific Capacity Development Network

Chair of FIG Asia/Pacific Capacity Building Network, Rob Sarib attended UNWGIC in Deqing, China. The highlight session for FIG APCDN was “Operationalizing the UN Integrated Geospatial Information Framework”.

Report from FIG Asia/Pacific Capacity Development Network

Working Week 2021 in Accra Ghana - preparation visit

FIG Vice President Diane Dumashie and Director Louise Friis-Hansen visited the lively and nice city of Accra, Ghana for the preparations for the Working Week 2021.

FIG Young Surveyors African Meeting

On 16 October 2018 Young Surveyors from Africa met in Botzwana
Read their report:


Project opportunities


 The Department of Lands and Surveys (DLS) intends to apply a budgetary allocation to payments under a contract for Acquisition and Implementation of a Land Information System (LIS). The LIS will replace the current paper based Land Administration System with a modern web enabled LIS to securely record and facilitate all lands based transactions. Providing an on-line LIS for electronic conveyancing, archiving, Crown Lands Management, Surveying, Valuation and Land Registration. DLS invites sealed Request for Proposals from eligible bidders for the Acquisition and Implementation of a Land Information System, as defined within the bidding documents. The contract period is for 18 (eighteen) months with the option of extension at the discretion of Government of Anguilla.
Deadline: 23 January 2019 at 12:00 Noon EST

From our Corporate Members

FIG/ESRI Webinar - sign up today

ESRI/FIG Free Webinar on Modernizing Land Administration Systems will take place:
Thursday, January 10, 2019 11:00 a.m. (ET)
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News from Commissions

Commission 7: Seasons greetings:

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.



ESRI/FIG Webinar on Modernizing Land Administration Systems 

10 January 2019 at 11:00 a.m. ET, Webinar

With the availability of out-of-the-box solutions, many organizations are modernizing their cadastral systems. Keeping data current and accurate, implementing 3D capabilities, and maintaining data security while providing access to stakeholders are ongoing challenges that new GIS tools overcome. Modern Web GIS breaks down barriers; improves security; easily scales; and delivers new, advanced parcel mapping and data management capabilities. This webinar will show you the advantages of modern, open, standards-based COTS GIS technology and how to get starte
Information on registration for this free webinar will follow soon. Check FIG web site:

FIG Working Week 2019
Web site

15-17 May 2019, Athens, Greece
4th Joint International Symposium on Deformation Monitoring, organised by The School of Rural and Surveying Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in cooperation with FIG and IAG.
Web site: 
Invitation (pdf)

June 4-6, 2019, Fredericton, New-Brunswick, Canada
Joint 40th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing & Geomatics Atlantics 2019 “Remote Sensing and Geomatics – Common Perspectives and NewSpace”

15-18 August 2019, Darwin, Australia
South East Asia Survey Congress (SEASC).  Organised by ASEAN Flag Surveying Nations and SSSI, Australia, supported by FIG
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Ms. Louise Friis-Hansen

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