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

FIG Newsletter – January/February 2019

Dear Colleague,

January/February have been the first two busy months for the new FIG Leadership. FIG Council and Commission Chairs held a preparatory meeting in January in Copenhagen. The Commision Work Plans were discussed, and the technical programme for the FIG Working Week 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam was prepared. The Council and Commissions Work Plans will be presented at the General Assembly 2019. If you have not yet registered for the FIG Working Week it is now time. Read more about the Working Week and General Assembly in this issue of the newsletter as well as reports from other events and activities.

FIG News

Meet the President

In January GIM International Magazine published an interview with FIG President Rudolf Staiger. Rudolf Staiger gave an interview to Durk Harsmaa, Director Strategy and Business Development, GIM International Magazine, about himself, his background, on his ideas and thoughts on the surveying profession and the challenges that are lying ahead.
 Read the interview

FIG Commission Chairs and Council met in Copenhagen

The commission chairs had a speed-dating workshop to work on the technical programme

FIG Commission Chairs and Council had administrative meetings in Copenhagen in January. The Commission Work Plans were discussed - and they will be presented at the General Assembly 2019 in Hanoi Vietnam on 22 April 2019. The Commission chairs also worked on the technical programme putting together an exiciting programme for the three conference days. The photo shows the speed-dating workshop where the Commisison Chairs worked with all the abstracts that have been submitted for the Working Week.

FIG Council also had a two day meeting in which they discussed the council work plan that will also be presented at the General Assembly.

A new face in FIG Office

Katja Lambertsen, FIG Office

From April 2019 Claudia Stormoen Pedersen will be on maternity leave. Already 1 January 2019 Katja Lambertsen started in the office in a temporary position lasting until end of June so that she could become acquainted with the Working Week in Vietnam which she will be attending in stead of Claudia. At the Working Week you will therefore meet Katja, Maria and Louise. Katja is Danish, and has a long experience working in an international environment. Katja can be reached at
A warm welcome to Katja!

FIG General Assembly 2019

FIG General Assembly will be held on 22 and 26 April 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam at Vietnam National Convention Center. This is an invitation to all FIG members to attend. The General Asssembly agenda will be published and sent out to all members per email in March. At the General Assembly the Council Work Plan will be presented by President Rudolf Staiger, All Commission and network work plans will also be presented. Read more about the Working Week at where you can also register.

FIG at the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference

The World Bank Land and Poverty Conference will take place in Washington, DC, 25-29 March 2019 with the overall theme "catalyzing Innovation". FIG will be represented by President Rudolf Staiger and Vice Presidents Diane Dumashie and Orhan Ercan.

A Master Class/Learning Exchange has been organised Friday 29 March 11am- 12.30 Rm MC1-100 hosted by FIG and supported by RICS on The SDGs and the Role of the Land Professional as a Global Agent for Social & Economic Change. Programme

CLGE and NSPS, under the umbrella of FIG and its Forum of Regional Bodies will moderate a Round Table about professional ethics. More details can be found here/a>. Immediately after the Round Table, there will be reception, hosted by the organizing team. If you  want to join the Round Table and or Reception, please contact

Global Surveyors Day - 21 March

Have you planned any activities to celebrate this years Global Surveyors Day? We will be happy to help announce this for you, and please send in some photos/text afterwards, and we will collect these in a news item on activities that have been taken place around the world.

 CLGE will gather in Sofia (BG) for its first General Assembly in 2019, on 22 – 23 March 2019, and there will be a special celebration in Bulgaria where also the new Surveyor of the Year is unveiled. This is the 8th consecutive unveiling of this kind. The celebration takes place in conjunction with a CLGE seminar, organized together with the FIG member from Bulgaria. The title is of the seminar is: “The challenges for Geodetic Surveyors, Vision 2030” Those who are interested in attending this event and are not registered yet can do so by writing an email to If you are organizing similar events, please let us know it at the same address and we will populate the ad hoc website

Article of the Month

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

January 2019:   The Future of Authoritative Geospatial Data in the Big Data World – Trends, Opportunities and Challenges by Kevin Mcdougall and Saman Koswatte, Australia :This paper was presented at the Commission 3 meeting in Naples, Italy and was chosen by commission 3 as paper of the month. The paper will examine the drivers of the “Big Data” phenomena and look to identify how authoritative and big data may co-exist.     

February 2019  From a Property Tax to a Land Tax – Who Wins, Who Loses? by Peter Wyatt, United Kingdom. This paper has passed the FIG peer review and will be presented at the FIG Working Week 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam. The paper looks at some of the consequences of switching from recurrent real estate taxes that are based on improved values to one that is based on the value of unimproved land.

FIG Working Week 2019 - Register now

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.

Exciting Programme

You will be met by an exciting technical programme during the three conference days. The highlight of each day is the plenary session which starts the day:

Tuesday 23 April 2019 11:00-12:30
A smarter life and environmental resilience through organisational approaches
Prof Dr. VO Dang Hung 
Prof. Dr at National University of Hanoi, 
former Vice Minister at Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
Timing - Spatial information system is the informative infrastructure to develop the smart world
Mr Gary Johnston 
Head of the National Positioning Infrastructure Branch at Geoscience Australia Australia is elected chair of UN-GGIM-AP for the term 2019-2020.
UNGGIM-AP approaches to a smarter life and environmental resilience
Prof .Dr. Rudolf Staiger 
FIG President
FIG 2019-2022 Volunteering for the future
Wednesday 24 April 2019, 09:00 - 10:30 
 A smarter life and environmental resilience through science and innovation
Dr. Phan Duc Hieu 
Director General of Department of Survey and Mapping of Viet Nam
The Vietnam initiatives to a smarter life and environmental resilience Modernize The Infrastructure Of Basic geodetic surveying serve the industrial revolution 4.0 in Vietnam
Mr Ron Bisio
Vice President  Trimble Geospatial 
Applying geospatial technology to enable sustainable palm oil production
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Harald Schuh  
President of IAG International Association of Geodesy
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) from IAGs perspective
Thursday 25 April 2019, 09:00 - 10:30 
A smarter life and environmental resilience through initiatives
Dr. Khamarrul Azahari Razak
Senior Lecturer, Research Fellow Razak Faculty Technology and Informatics,  Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Center, Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Kuala Lumpur
Disaster Risk Management
Ms Ulla Kronborg
Chief Advisor,  Danish Agency for Data Supply and Efficiency 
member of the INSPIRE committee
Sharing is everything
Young Surveyors Network Everyone’s Contribution Counts

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

The Association of Polish Surveyors SGP celebrated its 100th anniversary

FIG President Rudolf Staiger participated in the celebration which also marked his first official appearance as FIG President

FIG Partnership Working within the Global Land Tool Network: Annual Steering Committee Meeting

Vice President Diane Dumashie represented FIG at the GLTN Steering Committee meeting as co-lead of the Professional Cluster during the term 2019-20.

Vice President Dr.Orhan Ercan awarded as the "Istanbul Congress Ambassador"

FIG Vice President Dr Orhan Ercan was Co-Congress Director of FIG Congress 2018 that brought the General Assembly and dleegates from all over the world to Istanbul, Turkey.


FIG Commission 3 and 7 Work Group on 3D cadastres has been active since 2010. It is a pleasure to present the result of this work collected in this FIG Publication with Best Practices. It is available both in a short FIG pulication version and a long, extended version.

From our Corporate Members

ESRI Article: How One Million People in India’s Odisha Slums Gain Land Rights

Read the article by Brent Jones, ESRI, on how the Fit for Purpose approached has helped India's Odisha Slums

News from Commissions

Commission 7: FIG Commission 7 Annual Meeting 2018 and International Seminar 24 - 28 September 2018, Bergen, Norway

FIG Foundation - FIG Commission Publication Author Support Grant

The FIG Foundation offers author support grants of up to 28,000 euros spread over a maximum of four years. The grants are aimed at (1) increasing FIG publications by authors who reside in low-income, lower-middle or upper-middle income economy countries, and (2) contributing to the implementation of part of a Commission’s Working Plan. 



FIG Working Week 2019
Web site

22-23 March 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria
CLGE General Assembly and seminar “The challenges for Geodetic Surveyors, Vision 2030” organized by CLGE together with the FIG member from Bulgaria.
Web site:

9-11 May 2019, Auckland, New Zealand
Shaping Tomorrow's Communities Survey and Spatial New Zealand Annual Conference 2019, Organised by NZIS. 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)

27-31 May 2019, Rome, Italy
27-28 May, 2019 - Master Classes
29 May, 2019 - Field Trip
30-31 May 2019 - Main Course
6th IcGSM International Course on GEOTECHNICAL and Structual MONITORING
, organised by Natural Hazards Control and Assesments (NHAZCA SRL) in cooperation with SAPIENZA Universitá di Roma and FIG.
Web site: 

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”
Web site:

15-18 August 2019, Darwin, Australia
South East Asia Survey Congress (SEASC).  Organised by ASEAN Flag Surveying Nations and SSSI, Australia, supported by FIG
Web site: 

1-3 October 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The 8th FIG Workshop on the Land Administration Domain Model (LADM2019). A joint event with UDMS's 4th International Conference on Smart Data and Smart Cities (SDSC2019) and Geomatics Geospatial Technology (GGT2019) as part of Geospatial Kuala Lumpur 2019
Web site:

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