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Fédération Internationale des Géomètres
Internationale Vereinigung der Vermessungsingenieure

FIG Newsletter – October 2019

Dear Colleague,

Have you submitted your abstract? Deadline for abstract submission for FIG Working Week 2020 is 1 November 2019. Do not miss the opportunity to be part of the technical programme of this spectacular Working Week 2020 in the beautiful city of Amsterdam. The Working Week offers an exciting programme, special events, tours, dinners and much more. Secure your stand at the exhibition - the stands are being sold out fast. Please also check your sponsorship possibilities.
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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 October 2019 is written by Bennett et al: Netherlands Cadastral Entrepreneurs Recognizing the Innovators of Sustainable Land Administration This paper seeks to ignite debate on the opportunities, challenges, and limitations of cadastral entrepreneurship – and to set an agenda for how to better incorporate the benefits of cadastral entrepreneurship into sustainable land administration. This article can also be a taste of and inspiration on what to expect at FIG Working Week 2020

FIG Working Week 2020 10-14 May 2020 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands - last chance to 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. Read more

The FIG 2021 Governance Debate - have you answered the survey?

  1. Do you have a finger on the pulse of our profession?
  2. Do you think our FIG organisation could be improved in the way we operate for the betterment of professionals and society given the global economy?
  3. Are we using the right communication channels between FIG members?

 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

News from Commissions

FIG Commission 3 Annual Meeting and Workshop 2019

The event, held in Romania, addressed the roles of the geospatial community in shaping the future of urban and regional development. Cemal Özgür Kivilcim reports from the event.
Read more

Newsletters and publications:

FIG Commission 2 - Education: Newsletter October 2019

Upcoming FIG events

FIG Commission 4 - Hydrographic Surveying: Annual meeting and KL Geohydro

FIG Commission 8 - Spatial Planning and Development: FO Landnet workshop

FIG Commission 10 - Construction Economics and Management : Annual meeting and COBRA at ARES 2020

Africa Regional Network Meeting
organised with FGF 8es Universités de la FGF & Atelier ARN
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2nd Young Surveyors Africa Meeting
25-26 November 2019 in Dakar, Senegal.


Project opportunity at GEO - Group on Earth Observations. More info


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:
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