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

FIG Newsletter – September 2019

Dear Colleague,

In this newsletter FIG has several announcements and would like to inspire you to respond to the FIG Governance questionnaire, to note the call for nominations for two Vice Presidents for the term 2021-2024, to note the call for bids for 2024, the call from FIG Foundation, and last but not least to consider your participation to FIG Working Week 2020 - you still have the possibility to submit an abstract - deadline is 1 November. Read more about the above and much more in this issue of FIG Newsletter.
Finally, thanks to those who were able to attend Intergeo and who came by the FIG stand. It was a joy to meet and talk with such a variety of people.

FIG Working Week 2020 10-14 May 2020 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands - submit abstract

FIG and the Local Organisers from the Netherlands welcome all to Amsterdam. FIG Working Week 2020 will be an exciting event with several pre and post events, three packed conference days and the General Assembly. Hereto, the local organisers are preparing special technical and social tours for you to explore Amsterdam and the Netherlands and memorable social events in the evenings.

The FIG Working Week 2020 in Amsterdam is addressing the following overall theme:

Smart Surveyors for Land and Water Management

This theme is relevant both for the Netherlands and internationally in a world where drinking water is a scarce resource, waste water needs to be recycled rather than seen as waste, where the sea needs to be better mapped and managed, where land resources need to be protected against sea-level rise, and where land-based fresh water habitats are threatened.

The overall theme is built up by the following sub-themes:

1. Smart Surveyors

Rapid urban growth, smart energy, cleaner mobility, and ‘land rights for all’ are some of the challenges demanding innovative surveying approaches and technologies. Sensing technologies, spatial data processing technologies and related approaches are already available. Use and improve them to become future proof, Smart Surveyors!

2. Integrated Land and Water management

Without integrated land and water management, the Netherlands as also other coastal countries cannot sustain its agricultural and urban development. Climate change, though, increases the risks of sea and riverine floods and extended drought periods and complicates this management task. Unorthodox measures are called for. Get familiar with these measures and discuss them from your critical surveyor perspective.

3. Ten years to go to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

The countdown begins, only one decade to go to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all and surveying professionals have a key role to play. How did we, as surveyors, contribute to ending poverty, improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests? In addition, what will be our role for the coming 10 years?

Submit your abstract - note the deadline: 1 November

You can submit an abstract for regular/short presentation (peer review submission has closed). Full paper is due 7 February 2020.


Exhibition and Sponsorship opportunities

Secure your stand at the exhibition and be visible with the sponsorship opportunities. The exhibition will take place in the catering areas ensuring a constant flow of participants.

The Working Week Web Site: will be updated regularly


Call for nominations for two FIG Vice Presidents

FIG Council encourages Member Associations to consider nominations for the two positions as FIG Vice President for the term 2021-2024. Election will take place at the General Assembly 2020 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Deadline is 16 December.
Read more

Call for Bids for FIG Working Week 2024

FIG Council announces the bidding material for the FIG Working Week 2024. All member associations are encouraged to consider to submit a bid. Election of the destination will take place at the Working Week 2020 and General Assembly in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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The FIG 2021 Governance Debate has now started!

FIG General Assembly has mandated Council to consider along with FIG stakeholders ‘Are we organisationally, fit for the future’ if not ‘How do we become so’

 We invite all members to start becoming involved by answering this short 9 question SWOT survey.
Read more

FIG Foundation news - open grants

FIG Foundation PhD Scholarships - 2020
Deadline: 1 February 2020
FIG Foundation Academic Research Grants - 2020 Offering
Deadline: 31 March 2020
FIG Foundation Grant for Young Surveyors' educational and training activities
FIG Commission Publication Author Support Grant

FIG News

FIG at Intergeo 2019

FIG was represented with a well visited stand at the 25th Intergeo in Stuttgart, Germany. Thanks to all who came by. Prior to Intergeo, FIG Council held a council meeting in Stuttgart.
Read more

New publications

FIG has been part of the GLTN Network since its start in 2006 and has been involved in the development of the tools that are now being used. Get an insight in the outcomes of selected projects from the GLTN Phase 2 programme.
Read more


Check: Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements at GLTN. Head of Department at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. More info

Article of the Month

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

September 2019 is written by Nur Zurairah Abdul Halim, Zoher Nomanbhoy and Mohd Noor ISA, Malaysia: The Development of National Atlas – Malaysia’s Experience. This article is a peer reviewed paper presented at the FIG Working Week 2019 in Vietnam.This paper has provided explanations on the components of Malaysia’s national atlas, the methodology, issues and recommendations, as well as future works.

Other upcoming FIG events

KL GeoHydro 2019 and Commission 4 Meeting
Empowering Marine Knowledge Through Hydrography"
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
18-19 November 2019
More information

Africa Regional Network Meeting
organised with FGF 8es Universités de la FGF & Atelier ARN
ARN Facebook page:

2nd Young Surveyors Africa Meeting
25-26 November 2019 in Dakar, Senegal.

Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2019 - 21-24 October 2019, Singapore

The Year in Infrastructure Conference is a global event for leading executives in the world of infrastructure design, construction and operations. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with your peers in Singapore and hear how projects are Advancing BIM through Digital Twins. You will hear keynotes and technology updates, participate in industry forums and Digital Advancement Academies.

Learn the latest advancements in design, engineering, construction, and operations. Meet the finalists behind some of the most innovative projects around the world. The Year in Infrastructure Awards is an exciting and well-regarded global competition that recognizes the “going digital” advancements in 18 infrastructure categories, including Digital Cities, Project Delivery and Reality Modeling.

 Web site: Year in Infrastructure 2019 Conference


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:

9-11 October 2019, Porto, Portugal
Geodecision 2019 meeting. Geodecision for Sustainable Communities. Supported by FIG 
Web site: 

11-12 October 2019, Porto, Portugal
6th FIG Young Surveyors European Meeting "Mapping the Path to Sustainability"
Web site:

27 October - 3 November 2019, Beijing, China
The 2nd International Workshop on GIS Technology and Application Organised by Chinese Society for Geodesy, Photogrammetry and Cartography together with SuperMap (FIG Corporate Member - gold category), and supported by FIG.
Web site: 
Invitation to international participants
Registration form for international participants (word doc)

5 – 8 November, Galicia Spain
FO Landnet workshop - Land management challenges and opportunities organised by FIG Commission 8, FAO and LandNet
Web site

6-8 November 2019, Changsha, Hunan Province
Chintergeo 2019
Web site:

13-15 November 2019, Nairobi, Kenya
ISK 2019 Regional Conference - The Land & Property Sector: Advancing Africa's Sustainable Development" organised by Institution of Surveyors of Kenya, supported by FIG 
Web site:

13-15 November 2019, Reston VA (Washington DC)
 2019 Global Ocean Science Education Workshopconducted by COSEE, the College of Exploration the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance, and 2030 in partnership with the Intergovernmental Oceanograpic Commission. Supported by FIG Commission 4.
Web site:

18-19 November 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hydrography seminar Organised by FIG Commission 4 in collaboration with PEJUTA and UTM, supported by the national Hydrographic Centre Malaysia and the Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia.
Including FIG Commission 4 Annual Meeting.
Web site:

25-26 November 2019, Dakar, Senegal
2nd Young Surveyors Africa Meeting
Web site:

27-29 November 2019, Dakar, Senegal
8es Universités de la FGF & Atelier ARN Organised by FGF - Federation des gèométres francophones, Ordre National des Gèométres Experts du Sénégal and FIG Africa Regional Network.
Web site:
More info on FIG Africa Regional Network Facebook:

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Ms. Louise Friis-Hansen

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