Article of the Month
FIG publishes each month the Article of the Month. This is a high-level paper
focusing on interesting topic to all surveyors. This article can be picked up
from an FIG conference or another event or it can be a paper written directly
for this purpose.
List of the FIG Articles of the Month
- April 2017 is written by John BROCK, Australia:
HADRIAN’S WALL: Boundary Monument for
the Northern Frontier of Roman Britannia!
This paper will be presented at the FIG Working Week 2017 in Helsinki,
Finland, 29 May – 2 June. Much hypotheses and over-thinking has taken place over hundreds of
years in an effort to attribute purposes for the raison d’etre of the
wall across northern Britain erected at the behest of the formidable
Roman Emperor whose name has been ultimately used to describe this
intriguing edifice. John Brock makes his own offering to the discussion
table about what served as the main reasons for the erection of such a
notable memorial to the time of the renowned civilization during the
- March 2017 is written by Arvo KOKKONEN, Jani
KYLMÄAHO and Heli URSIN, Finland:
Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure
This paper will be presented at the FIG Working Week 2017 in
Helsinki, Finland, 29 May – 2 June. Understanding and responding to the
impacts of climate change and human activities in the Arctic, requires
accessible and reliable data to facilitate monitoring, management,
emergency preparedness and decision making. The Arctic Spatial Data
Infrastructure (Arctic SDI), was established to address the need for
readily available spatial data in the northern areas of the globe. The
paper focuses on the collaboration.
- February 2017 is written by Zaid ABUBAKARI,
Netherlands, Paul VAN DER MOLEN, Netherlands, Rohan M. BENNETT,
Netherlands, Elias DANYI KUUSAANA, Ghana:
Land consolidation, customary lands, and Ghana’s Northern Savannah
Ecological Zone: An evaluation of the possibilities and pitfalls .
This paper was presented at the International Symposium on Land
Consolidation and Land Readjustment – held in Apeldoorn, The
Netherlands, 9 – 11 November 2016. The paper demonstrates that Land
Consolidation - as an existing and proven approach - can be used very
well for future challenges - as mitigation of and adaptation to climate
- January 2017 is written by
František PAVLÍK, Arnošt MÜLLER, Svatava MARADOVÁ and Michal
GEBHART, Czech Republic:
Adaptation Measures for Climate Change in the Process of Land
Consolidation. This paper was presented at the International
Symposium on Land Consolidation and Land Readjustment – held in
Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, 9 – 11 November 2016. This paper was chosen
as being most representative for modern land consolidation in the
context of sustainable development. It focuses on how climate changes
cause higher demand on the land consolidation process and introduce new
challenges especially in the design of adaptation measures through the
Common Facilities Plan as an important part of land consolidation
process in Czech Republic.
- December 2016 is written by
Cromwell MANALOTO, Daniele BRANCATO, Alessandro DALMASSO, Luca
DAL BUONO, Angelo CRESCENZI, Italy :
Project BDI: the Socioeconomic Impact of Comparable Property
Analysis through GIS.
The paper was presented at the FIG Commission 3 Workshop and
Annual Meeting in Iasi, Romania and was selected among the papers at the
workshop to be FIG Article of the Month. The article focuses on the BDI
– Real Estate Comparable Database Project, created to provide a
strategic tool to all entities operating in the real estate sector.
- November 2016 is written by Katerina
Athanasiou, Efi Dimopoulou, Christos Kastrisios and Lysandros Tsoulos,
Management of Marine Rights, Restrictions and Responsibilities according
to International Standards.
The paper was presented and awarded "Best Paper" at the 5th
International FIG Workshop on 3D Cadastres. The aim of this paper is to
probe the ways the legislation can be included into a Marine
Administration System (MAS) and to present how Rights, Restrictions and
Responsibilities (RRRs) relating to marine space may be defined and
- October 2016 is written by Hartmut Müller,
Germany: Briding the Gap between
Surveyors and the Geo-Spatial Society. The paper was presented in a
joint FIG/ISPRS session at the ISPRS Congress July 2016 in Prague. The
author discusses the role of surveyors today in a complex and
technologic advanced world and the requirements of the surveyor of
- September 2016 is written by
Suelynn Choy, Australia, Sunil Bisnath, Canada, Chris
Uncovering Common Misconceptions in GNSS Precise Point Positioning and
its Future Prospect.
The paper covers the work of
FIG Working Group 5.4 – GNSS; GNSS Precise Point Positioning (PPP)
and gives an overview of misconceptions, challenges and opportunities.
The paper has been published in
GPS Solutions - The Journal of Global Navigation Satellite Systems
(ISSN: 1080-5370 (Print) 1521-1886 (Online)).
- August 2016 is written by Ralf Becker, Stefan
Herle, Rainer Lehfeldt, Peter Fröhle, Jürgen Jensen, Till Quadglieg,
Holger Schüttrumpfand Jörg Blankenbach, Germany: Distributed
and Sensor Based Spatial Data Infrastructure for Dike Monitoring
This peer reviewed paper was presented at the FIG Working Week in
Christchurch, New Zealand from 2-6 May 2016. The article introduces a
holistic analysis for early warning, which includes all relevant
processes and cascading effects, allows just in time warnings and
provides reliable and robust real-time data.
- July 2016 is written by
Leslie Downie and Jenny Whittal, South Africa:
Social Tenure Based on Intimacy – Avoiding Family Disasters:
South African Marital Contracts as an Innovative Pro-Poor Land Tool One innovative land tool within The Social
Tenure Domain Mode that can function in a pro-poor way and that
has not previously been explored is the use of marital and
cohabitation agreements to secure tenure.
The article has been basis for a book published 2017:
Pro-Poor Legal Practice
- June 2016 - Mau Duc NGO, Vietnam; David MITCHELL, Australia; Donald
GRANT, Australia; and Nicholas CHRISMAN, USA
Accessibility to Land
Administration by Grassroots Stakeholders in Vietnam: Case study of Vinh
Long Province. This peer reviewed paper was presented at the FIG
Working Week 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. The article presents the
evaluation of grassroots stakeholders’ accessibility to the land
administration, and to the development of a modern land administration
system in Vietnam.
- May 2016 - Walter Timo De Vries (Germnay):
Post Disaster Consolidation of Land, Memory and
Identity. This peer reviewed paper was presented at the FIG Working
Week in Christchurch, New Zealand, 2-6 May 2016. This paper takes a
closer look at the post-disaster re-development plan for urban areas,
with a particular focus on reconsolidating historical social memory and
preservation of identity. This is done using two well-documented cases
of urban disasters: the firework disaster in Enschede/Netherlands in
2000 and the Merapi disaster in Yogyakarta / Indonesia 2010.
- April 2016 - Murat Meha (Kosovo) Joep Crompvoets (Belgium) Muzafer
Çaka and Denis Pitarka (Kosovo):
Implementing a National Spatial Data Infrastructure
for a Modern Kosovo. This paper was presented at the FIG Working
Week in Sofia, Bulgaria, 17-21 May 2015. The paper describes how to work on the strategy and implementation for
a National Spatial Data Infrastructure in a modern society. Kosovo is
used as example. The strategy that is developed is based on INSPIRE, and
a road map for the implementation is also included.
- March 2016 - Paul Denys and Chris Pearson (New
Zealand): Positioning in
Active Deformation Zones - Implications for NetworkRTK and GNSS
Processing Engines. This peer reviewed paper will be presented at
the FIG Workign Week in Christchurch, New Zealand. The paper considers examples in New Zealand of non-linear
deformation that includes post-seismic relaxation and slow slip events.
- February 2016 -
Him Lal Shrestha, Nawaraj Chapagain, Krishna Ram Dhital, Sujan Adhikari
(Nepal): Geospatial analysis of forest resources availability
for the reconstruction after Earthquake 2015. This paper was
presented at the FIG – ISPRS workshop International
Workshop on Role of Land Professionals and SDI in Disaster Risk
Reduction: In the Context of Post 2015 Nepal Earthquake in
Kathmandu, Nepal, 25-27 November, 2015. In April 2015 a earthquake
stroke Nepal. The rebuild of the country has increased the demand of
forest resources. Throough a geospatial approach this study links the
devastation, demand generated on forest resources and the resource
availability in Gorkha district.
- January 2016 - Reshma Shrestha, Arbind
Tuladhar, Jaap Zevenbergen (the Netherlands):
Exploring land governance
in post-disaster: a case of informal settlement. This paper was
presented at the FIG – ISPRS workshop International
Workshop on Role of Land Professionals and SDI in Disaster Risk
Reduction: In the Context of Post 2015 Nepal Earthquake in
Kathmandu, Nepal, 25-27 November, 2015. The focus of this paper is on
analyzing the land governance in informal settlements during
reconstruction phase of post-disaster periods.
December 2015 - Jody Sultan, Gev Ben-Haim, Jan-Henrik
Haunert and Sagi Dalyot: Using
Crowdsourced Volunteered Geographic Information for Analyzing Bicycle Road
Networks. This paper was presented at the joint FIG Commission 3 & 7
of Land Information" in Malta,
16-20 November 2015. The paper focuses on road infrastructure and road
use; more specific on the interactions between traffic participants and
to help cyclists navigate safely in the urban environment. The paper
aims at exploiting available VGI data sources in the form of
crowdsourced base maps (OpenStreetMap) and GPS trajectories collected by
November 2015 - Suelynn Choy, Erjiang Frank Fu, John Dawson, Minghai Jjia
and Yuriy Kuleshov (Australia), Fabrice Chane-Ming (France), Chuan-Sheng Wang
and Ta-Kang Yeh (Taiwan):
Application of GPS
Atmospheric Sounding for Climate Studies in the Australian Region This
paper was presented at the FIG Working Week in Sofia, Bulgaria, 17-21 May
2015. The paper presents results of analysis of atmospheric characteristics
(temperature and moisture) in the Australian region using Global Navigation
Satellite System (GNSS) ground-based meteorology and space-based radio
occultation (RO) techniques verified with in-situ radiosonde measurement.
October 2015 - Juhana Hiironen, Kirsikka Riekkinen and Hanna Tuominen, Finland:
The Impact of a New Subway Line on
Property Values in Helsinki Metropolitan Area. This paper was presented at the FIG Working Week in Sofia, Bulgaria, 17-21 May 2015. This paper illiminates whether a new subway line will have an impact on residential apartment values and on public revenues.
September 2015 - Haim Srebro, Israel:
Implementation of Marine Cadastre in Israel.This
paper was presented at the FIG Working Week in Sofia, Bulgaria, 17-21 May
2015. Implementation of marine cadastre in Israel started in 2011. This
paper elaborates on the implementation and plans regarding a marine cadastre
that will achieve a cadastral coverage over the sovereign area of Israel,
including a description of its implementation in the approved marine
settlement blocks as a result of cooperation between Survey of Israel (SOI)
and the Department of Registration and Land Settlement (The Land Registry)
under the Ministry of Justice.
August 2015 - Chris Williams-Wynn, South Africa:
Want. This paper was presented at the FIG Working Week in Sofia, Bulgaria,
17-21 May 2015. Land administration in South Africa is an interesting study
because it consists of a dual system that has promoted investment in areas
where private property rights were permitted, but relegated the Traditional
Communities into poverty and disinvestment. The paper shows that the concept
of ownership, land rights and title deeds goes much further than the ability
to buy and sell property.
July 2015 - Daniel Steudler, Switzerland:
Dimension Cadastre – Stepping Beyond Limits. The paper was presented at the FIG Working Week in Sofia,
Bulgaria, 17-21 May 2015 and questions what will happen to the
traditional surveyor. Many factors have an impact on the way how
geographic information systems, including cadastres, are perceived.
June 2015 - Zlatan ZLATANOV and
Georgi ZLATANOV, Bulgaria: Use of Photogrammetric Methods at the
Creation of a Cadastre Map. Three-Dimensional Model of the Cadastre Map.
This paper was presented at the FIG Working Week in Sofia, Bulgaria, 17-21
May 2015. The paper elaborates on the use of of photogrammetric methods in
the creation of a cadastre map. The paper is based on a field study from
May 2015 - Silvia Marinova,
Temenoujka Bandrova, Mihaela Kouteva-Guentcheva, Stefan Bonchev, Bulgaria:
Thematic Mapping for Disaster Risk Assessment in Case of Earthquake. In this
paper was presented at the FIG Working Week, 17-21 May 2015 in Sofia,
Bulgaria. The paper presents a conceptual model for information system for
expert express evaluation of the earthquake risk over the Bulgarian
territory using GIS. Several damaging earthquakes have shaken the Bulgarian
territory since 1818. To reduce the damages it is necessary to have at
disposal preliminary estimates of frequency and magnitude of the
earthquakes, particular engineering characteristics of the seismic action
and relevant opportunities for disaster management.
April 2015 - Potsiou, FIG President, Greece: Ensuring the
Rapid Response to Change,
Ensuring the Surveyor of Tomorrow. In this paper FIG President Chryssy
Potsiou unveils her ideas for the FIG action plan, which includes a close
cooperation among FIG in order to better prepare tomorrow’s surveyors today
to enable them performing in a sustainable way and within the framework of
the FIG vision. She also presents a summary of literature research and
brainstorming input accumulated mainly from the FIG kick-off seminar and the
FIG side event during the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty.
Marts 2015 -
Seafloor Swathe Survey for Search and Rescue Mission of Air Asia
On the 28 December, 2014, a commercial airplane, Air Asia QZ8501
flying from Surabaya (Indonesia) to Singapore, was reported missing and
believed to crash into the sea. This paper focuses upon the search for the
flight. Three survey zones were covered: Area-1 (the position of last
contact from the airplane), Area-2 (where debris and bodies from the crashed
airplane were recovered), and Area-3 (the last RADAR sighting). Area-2 is
about 15 km SE of Area-1 and Area-3 is about 89 km NW of Area-2. The survey
is executed as seabed search by using Side Scan Sonar imagery and Multi Beam
Echo Sounder point cloud data.
February 2015 - Please join us in this very different and unusual
| of the month - a Manga story, which we hope that you will enjoy as
much as we do. This is the amazing and true story of a Japanese survey marker uprooted by
Typhoon Talas in September 2011 and travelling for 6 months 8000 km (5000
miles) across the Pacific Ocean. The manufacturer of the survey marker,
Ripro Corporation, has turned this incredible story into a traditional
Japanese Manga graphic comic book. Enjoy!
LITTLE ORCA’S 5000 MILE ODYSSEY
- January 2015 - Anne B. O. Jensen and Anders Almholt, Denmark:
Geodetic Infrastructure and Positioning for the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link.
This paper describes the solutions and implementations chosen in
establishing a geodetic basis, or geodetic infrastructure, for the
construction work of the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link; a tunnel which is being
constructed between Germany and Denmark across the Fehmarnbelt.
- December 2014 - Talia Dror, Sagi Dalyot, Yerach Doytsher, Israel:
A Quantitative Geo-Evaluation of Crowdsourcing and Wisdom of the Crowd.
This paper was presented at the commission 3 meeting, 4-7 November 2014 in
Bologna, Italy. The paper aims at distinguishing between the Crowdsourcing
and Wisdom of the Crowd, via the quantitative and theoretical examination of
two widely used location based services: OpenStreetMap (OSM), and Waze.
- November 2014 - Tajul Ariffin Musa, Abdullah Hisam Omar, Ivin
Amri Musliman, Siti Syukriah Khamdan, Yip Kit Mengand Kamaludin Omar,
A Prototype of RFID-Based Cadastral Boundary Mark System (RCBMS) in Malaysia.
This paper is peer reviewed and presented at the 2014 FIG Congress in Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia. The paper discuss an RFID-based cadastral boundary mark
system (RCMBS). The aim of the RCBMS is to modernize the conventional
cadastral boundary marks with marks that are lighter, robust, and easy to
locate, and which offer the capability to perform spatial/non-spatial
cadastral information on site.
- October 2014 - Don Grant, Mark Dyer, Anselm Haanen, New Zealand:
A New Zealand Strategy for
Cadastre 2034. At the XX FIG Congress 1994 in Melbourne, commission 7
initiated a working group looking at trends and developments in the field of
cadastre. It projected the trends and developed visions of what cadastral
systems might be in 20 years' time – thus today! Today we look at the
visionary date of 2034 which has been proposed for an update of the FIG
Cadastre 2014 strategy. This paper was presented at the XXV FIG Congress in
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and focuses on the cadastral strategy for New Zealand
and proposes a number of significant changes to the cadastre. More
information about Cadastre 2014, click
- September 2014 - Daniel Roman and Xiaopeng Li (United States):
GRAV-D: Using Aerogravity to Produce a
Refined Vertical Datum. This paper focuses upon the aerogravity science
necessary to support the production of a cm-level accurate geoid height
model. The background is the Gravity for the Redefinition of the American
Vertical Datum (GRAV-D) Project in 2008 with a goal of developing a new
vertical datum realized through a regional (continental scale) geoid height
model. The paper was presented at the 2014 FIG Congress in Kuala Lumpur,
- August 2014 - Gary Strong and David Pilling (United Kingdon):
Why Technical Standards are not
enough for Professionals Working in Land, Property and Construction and the
Importance of International Standards on Ethics. This article was
presented at the FIG Congress 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The paper
explores the opportunities and very real benefits that could be afforded not
only to professionals working in land, property and construction but also to
clients, the public and society more generally by the setting, promotion and
monitoring of international standards on ethics.
- July 2014 - Ken Harima et al. (Australia):
Performance of Real-Time Precise Point
Positioning Using MADOCA-LEX Augmentation Messages. This article is a
peer reviewed article presented at the FIG Congress 2014 in Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia. The topic covers the Asian-Pacific area but is relevant and
important internationally as well. The Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS)
is a satellite-based augmentation system for the GPS, GLONASS and Galileo
constellations, transmitting navigation signals that are compatible and
interoperable with the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). The
enhanced capacity allows augmentation messages aimed at centimeter-level
Precise Point Positioning (PPP) to be broadcasted over the QZSS wide area of
- June 2014 - John Brock, Australia:
The Great Wall of China: The World’s Greatest Boundary Monument! This
paper investigates which portions of The Great Wall(s) of China were mainly
erected as boundary demarcations and the others put up as protection as well
as attempting to highlight early techniques and equipment used by the
Chinese surveyors of antiquity hopefully supplemented by some translated
texts and historic art. The paper will be presented Friday 20 June 2014 at
the History Symposium held in conjunction with the 2014 FIG Congress in
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. The History Symposium is organized by the
International Institution for the History of Surveying and Measurement, a
Permanent Institution within FIG,
- May 2014 - Chee Hua Teng, Mohd Yunus Mohd Yusoff and Nur Zurairah
Abdul Halim, Malaysia: The
Development of 3D City Model for Putrajaya MPC Database.This paper is a
Malaysian Peer Review paper, which will be presented at FIG Congress 2014
16-21 June, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The leading agency in Malaysia on
Cadastral Survey, the Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia (JUPEM) has
experienced a need to move from a single purpose cadastre to a multipurpose
cadastre (MPC) environment. A pilot study was conducted at the Federal
Territory (FT) Putrajaya. This paper highlights the main component of the
pilot study which is the FT Putrajaya MPC database development and basics of
3D city model generated from the 3D point-cloud data acquired through Mobile
Terrestrial Laser Scanning (MTLS) technology. A general requirement for
setting up an MPC database for Malaysia has been established in this study
and it was concluded that the FT Putrajaya MPC Database and its 3D city
model have the potential as a spatial enablement to the government, private
sectors, and society in general based on the spatial accuracy achieved in
- April 2014 - Meng Chan Lim and Halim Setan, Malaysia:
A Practical Deformation Monitoring
Procedure and Software System for CORS Coordinate Monitoring. This paper
illustrates the combination of continuous GPS measurement with robust method
for deformation detection to GPS station position change. A window-based
software system for GPS deformation detection and analysis via robust
method, called Continuous Deformation Analysis System (ConDAS), has been
developed at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. This paper describes the design
and architecture of ConDAS and highlights the deformation analysis results
from two assessments. The paper is a Malaysian Peer Review paper, which will
be presented at FIG Congress 2014 16-21 June, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- March 2014 - Alexander Kohli, Switzerland:
Adjusting Laws to meet the Requirements of
Expansion in a Sus-tainable Property System. The paper of the
month presents a concept for Sustainable Land Management to secure a long
term successful development of informal urbanization. To create good
conditions for improving the property and planning situation, a solid legal
base has to be put in place before further land management activities are
undertaken. The author asks for the initialization of an intermediate legal
frame-work as an initial step to be applied to a special perimeter of
action, the so-called 'temporary development zones' TDZ. This paper was
presented at the Annual World bank Conference on Land and Poverty, in
Washington DC, April 8-1, 2013. You can hear Dr. Alexander Kohlis
presentation at the XXV International FIG Congress 2014 in Kuala Lumpur,
- February 2014 - Kien Hwa TING, Malaysia:
Retail Market Studies for the Capital
Market: Form versus Substance. This paper is a Malaysian Peer Review
paper, which will be presented at FIG Congress 2014 16-21 June, in Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia. We are pleased to share this Peer Review paper with you
already now prior the congress to highlight one of the topics - real estate
- covered at the congress. On the 19 and 20 June the Board of Valuers,
Appraisers and Estate Agents Malaysia has been invited to participate in the
Congress. and together with FIG Commission 9 and 10 special sessions on
valuation and estate management are being prepared i.e. the launch of the
Property Measurement Standards (IPMS). Mr.
See Lian ONG, Chair Elect of FIG Commission 10, is furthermore
facilitating a high-level session on Building Information Management, BIM.
- January - 2014 - Volker Schwieger, Germany and Mikael Lilje,
Sweden: Innovative and Cost
Effective Spatial Positioning. This paper was presented at FIG Working
week, 6-10 May 2013 in Abuja, Nigeria.This paper focuses on surveying of
land and the base infrastructure needed for surveying task. It shows how
geodetic marks may be replaced by new infrastructures like active control
networks. Apart from the technical basics, it outlines the economic benefits
with respect to costs and surveying instruments available to local
- December - 2013 - John Hannah, New Zealand:
Climate Change and Responsible
Governance: The Role of Surveyors in Assisting Small Island Developing
States. This paper was presented in a plenary session at the Pacific
Region Small Island Developing States Symposium, 18-20 September 2013
in Suva, Fiji. The paper discuss how surveyors can contribution to the
issues of climate change and responsible governance, particularly as they
affect Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The paper reflects some of the
work the FIG Task Force on Climate Change has been undertaking since it was
established in 2010. John Hannah is chair and at the FIG Congress 2014 in
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia the task force will deliver a final report.
- November - 2013 - Giselle Byrnes, New Zealand:
Boundary Makers: Land Surveying
in nineteenth-century New Zealand. This paper is a historical outline of
the early land surveyors importance to the history of New Zealand, as they
were among the advance guard of European settlers to walk the land and
assess its potential for future development. Surveyors around the world are
struggling with many current challenges. However, this article gives you a
possibility to reflect about the impact of surveyors through history in the
development and mapping of societies. The paper is a historical outline of
the early land surveyors importance to the history of New Zealand, as they
were among the advance guard of European settlers to walk the land and
assess its potential for future development. We are pleased to share this
paper with you since FIG Institution for the History of Surveying and
Measurement organises a very special trip, conference and event on Charting and Mapping the Pacific Paradise of the Pitcairners at Norfolk
Island, (an island half way between Australia and New Zealand), 6-10 July
- October - 2013 - Pasi Häkli, Ulla Kallio Jyrki Puupponen,
From Passive to Active Control Point Networks – Evaluation of Accuracy in
Static GPS Surveying. This peer reviewed paper was presented at
FIG Working Week in Abuja, Nigeria, 8 May 2013 and evaluates the accuracy of
static GPS surveying through active stations with regard to the official
passive control point networks in EUREF-FIN.
- September - 2013 - Frank F. K. Byamugisha, World Bank:
Improving Land Governance for Development: Opportunities and Challenges for
the Survey Profession. This paper is an annotated version of a keynote
addressed by Frank Byamugisha from the World Bank at the FIG Working Week,
6-10 May 2013 in Abuja, Nigeria. The central message of the paper is that
surveyors and other land professionals have an important role to play in
improving land governance in Africa, which is critical to unlocking the
continent’s potential of abundant land to end extreme poverty and boost
shared prosperity. For further information about land administration and
reforms in Sub-Saharan Africa, Frank Byamigisha has just published the book
Securing Africa's Land for Shared Prosperity. Download the book
- August - 2013 - Gary Strong, Alexander Aronsohn and Ben Elder,
United Kingdom: Innovative Approaches
to Spatially Enabling Land Administration and Management. This paper was
presented at the FIG Working Week, 6-10 May 2013 in Abuja, Nigeria. This
paper explores how, with only a small amount of investment, the development
and implementation of internationally agreed and recognised measurement
standards will support an improved market efficiency and providing a wide
range of beneficial tools to decision makers.
- July - 2013 - Solomon Haile, Ombretta Tempra and Remy Sietchping,
UN-habitat, Kenya: Towards a
capacity development Framework for Land Plocy in Africa. The article
discusses the Land Policy Initiative (LPI) and how relevant activities are
planned and implemented to think through and develop strategies and road
maps that will culminate into the development of a coherent, unified and
cutting edge Capacity Development Framework (CDF). LPI Capacity Development
was a sub theme at the Working Week 2013. The LPI was discussed at the
GLTN/Director General forum which were spread over 4 sessions during the
Working Week and furthermore there was a special session on Africa LPI
Capacity Development where Solomon Haile presented the proposed Africa LPI
Capacity Development initiative.
- June - 2013 - Paul
Munro-Faure and Andrew Hilton, FAO, Italy:
Building on the
consensus: FAO’s first twelve months after endorsement of the Voluntary
Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure. In May 2012 the
Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land,
Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security, which
represent an unprecedented international agreement on the governance of
tenure, and place secure access to land, fisheries and forests firmly in the
context of food security, was officially endorsed. This paper describes the
first twelve months of the FAO work, with its partners, in developing and
implementing a programme for making improved governance of tenure a reality.
FIG is co-organising a Pacific Small Island Developing States Symposium at
Fiji, 18-20 September 2013 addressing the specific challenges for the
Pacific area as a follow up on the SIDS (Small Island Developing States and
the Millennium Development Goals) Agenda for Action, started at the FIG
Congress 2010 in Sydney.
- May 2013 - Ismail Ojetunde, Nigeria:
Revisiting the Interaction between
the Nigerian Residential Property Market and the Macroeconomy. This
paper is a Nigerian Peer Review paper, which was presented at FIG Working
Week 2013, 6-10 May, in Abuja, Nigeria. Like last month article, this paper
also highlight one of the challenges Nigerian surveyors are dealing with,
namely the Nigerian property market. At the conference many papers
highlighted the current challenges Nigerians surveyors are faced with, but
also international challenges. You can find the papers
April 2013 -
Iyenemi Ibimina Kakulu, Simeon
Igbara, Isaac Akuru and Nekabari Paul Visigah, Nigeria:
Land Access and Community Entry Challenges in Environmental Surveys Selected
cases from Nigeria. This paper is a Nigerian Peer Review paper,
which will be presented at FIG Working Week 2013 -6-10 May, in Abuja,
Nigeria. We are pleased to share this Peer Review paper with you already now
prior the conference to highlight one of the challenges that Nigerian
surveyors are dealing with, namely land access restrictions. Together with
UNEP, the authors have undertaken a comprehensive environmental survey of
several communities in the Niger Delta region, and their findings and
methods are interesting not only in Nigeria but can be used in countries all
over the world. At the conference you will be presented to many further
papers both from Nigeria, Africa, and Internationally, that highlight the
current challenges for surveyors.
- March 2013 -
Peter Van Oosterom, Christiaan
Lemmen and Harry Ultermark, The Netherlands:
Administration Standardization with focus on Evidence from the Field and
Processing of Field Observations. The 'Land Administration Domain Model
(LADM)' was approved as an official International ISO Standard a on 1
November 2012, a milestone for FIG. The proposal for this standard was
submitted by FIG to ISO almost five years ago. LADM defines terminology for
land administration, based on various national and international systems
that is as simple as possible in order to be useful in practice. LADM covers
the compete domain, surveying included.It is highly relevant that documented
field surveys can be included, in combination with reconstructable
adjustments to the spatial database.
- February 2013 -
Michael Barry, Richard Molero and Abdel-Rahman Muhsen, Canada:
Evolutionary Land Tenure Information System Development: The Talking Titler
Methodology. This article was presented at the 8th FIG Regional
Conference, 26-29 November 2012 in Montevideo Uruguay. The authors argue
that conventional land registration systems often do not produce the desired
results in uncertain land tenure situations such as peri-urban areas in
developing world cities, post-conflict situations, land restitution cases
and aboriginal lands. They introduce a methodology “The Talking Titler”
system. The methodology was conceived in South Africa, and has recently been
tested in Canada and Nigeria.
- January 2013 -
Msc. Ing. Raquel SOSA, Msc. Ing.
Agrim. Rosario CASANOVA, Facultad de Ingeniería and Ing. Agrim. Jorge
FRANCO, Dirección Nacional de Topografía, Uruguay:
gvSIG Batoví an Educational GIS.The
paper summarises a keynote presentation given at the 8th FIG Regional
Conference, Montevideo, Uruguay, 27 November 2012 and describes a
comprehensive and impressive Uruguayan project called "Plan Ceibal". All
school children have received a free lap top, and a software to manage
geographic information has been developed, implemented and used at all
Uruguayan schools. At the same time the project shows a remarkable
cooperation between different Uruguayan organisations.
December 2012 - Volker Böder,
Thomas P. Kersten, Thomas Thies and Arne Sauer, Germany:
Mobile laser scanning on board
hydrographic survey vessels - applications and accuracy investigation.
The first author of the paper, Volker Böder, died
31 August 2012 in a tragic ship accident on duty and we would like to
remember him on the remarkable research he has done over the years with the
publishing of this article.
Volker Boeder was Vice-Chair of Commission 4, Chair of Working Group 4.3
“Multi-Sensor Systems for Hydrographic Applications”, and was a very active
member of Commission 4. Among other things he worked on a publication
related to the development of technical guidelines for sensor integration
(best practises). Volker Böder shall be very much missed both as a colleague
and a friend.
- November 2012 - Atsushi Yamagiwa, Yohei
Hiyama, Toshihiro Yahagi, Hiroshi Yarai, Tetsuro Imakiire and Yuki Kuroishi,
Revision of the Results
of Control Points After the 2011 off the Pacific Coast of Tohoku Earthquake.
In this paper our Japanese colleagues show in a very impressive way how the
huge and dense GEONET – GPS network of Japan was used after the Tohoku
earthquake, which occurred on March 11, 2011. The Geospatial Information
Authority of Japan (GSI) stopped providing ‘Survey Results’, but was able to
restart this service in a effective and accurate way just some months later
after a very active and fundamental phase of re-measurement and
- October 2012 - C.J. (Kees) de ZEEUW, The
Land administration for people, profit and planet. This paper was
presented at FIG Working Week in Rome, 8 May 2012 and describes twelve
trends relevant for land administration systems. These trends are related to
actual and future user demand in society. Trends, developments and proposed
concepts are explained and examples are given of land administration
products, services and business approaches recently developed at Kadaster in
- September 2012 - Karl-Friedrich
Environmental Issues - A Challenge for Surveyors and Surveying Associations.
The paper summarises a keynote presentation given at the FIG Working Week in
Rome, 8 May 2012.
- August 2012 - Paul van der Molen, the Netherlands:
After 10 Years of
Criticism: What is Left of de Soto’s Ideas? This paper was presented at
the FIG Working Week 2012 in Rome, Italy. In 2000 Hernando de Soto published
his book The Mystery of Capital. Professor Paul van der Molen aims at
collecting the critical remarks published since 2000 and at analyzing
whether the ideas of de Soto still stand today. He concludes: ‘De Soto’:
yes, but governments which demonstrate political will and which adopt the
principles of good governance, are a prerequisite. When this is not the
case, formalization - in whatever form - is without meaning and likely will
harm the poor.
- July 2012 - Diego Alfonso ERBA
and Mario Andrés PIUMETTO, Argentina:
3D Cadastre in the Federal
Countries of Latin America. This paper was presented at the FIG Working
Week 2012 in Rome Italy, and the main question asked is: Is it realistic to
develop spatial concepts for parcels and legal land objects and to propose a
3D cadastral model in the federal countries of Latin America at this time?
The conclusion indicates that this is the right time to start thinking about
it, compiling the legislation and systematizing the 2D definitions as a
first step. Latin America occupies approximately 15% of the Earth's land
surface and therefore a focus on this continent is appropriate. The next FIG
Regional Conference will therefore take place in Uruguay, 26-29 November
2012, with emphasis on the challenges of the region.
Jason Smith, President, Institute of Civil
Engineering Surveyors, UK:
BIM – A Contractors Perspective
Building information modelling (BIM) is an approach to designing and
documenting building projects and is gaining acceptance in many
jurisdictions across the world. It allows all stakeholders and actors within
a building project the seamless link between the owner, the designers, the
construction professionals, the master builders and the end users. In an era
where our profession works towards managing all information spatially, BIM
is an enabling a platform that should bring not only sharing and
collaboration, but also avoidance of duplication, timeliness and value
adding. This paper was presented at FIG Working Week 2012 in Rome
- May 2012 -
Graeve, Belgium: Mercator. The paper is written to celebrate the
500 anniversary of Gerand Mercator
by Jan de Graeve, FIG International Institution for the History of
Surveying and Measurement and honorary member of FIG. Furthermore it will be
presented at the FIG Working Week, History Workshop in Rome, Italy May 2012.
The paper is a short introduction to the life and work of Gerand Mercator to
highlight the exceptional place he has in the history of the surveying
- April 2012 - Oren
Gal and Yearch Doytsher, Israel: Spatial 3D Analysis of Built-up Areas.
This paper has been successfully peer reviewed for the FIG Working Week May
2012 in Rome, Italy. The paper presents a unique solution to the 3D
visibility problem in built-up areas and will be presented in the session
TS08H - 3D Principles and Technology. Yerach Doytsher is also chair of FIG
- March 2012 - Chryssy Potsiou and Ifigenie Boulaka, Greece : Informal Development in
Greece: New Legislation for Formalization, the Chances for Legalization and
the Dead Capital. FIG-Vice President Chryssy Potsiou is beside other
responsibilities leading the new Task Force (TF) on “Property and Housing”
which is very relevant in these turbulent times. The TF will have two
special sessions during the Working Week in Rome, May 2012. In this
peer-reviewed paper the authors present the results of a recent scientific
research on the problem of informal development in Greece and explain the
new legislation for formalization of those informal constructions, that are
built on legally owned land in the planned and the non-planned areas; the
existing informalities refer only to planning and building regulations.
- February 2012 -
Xavier Comtesse and Dr. Giorgio Pauletto, Switzerland: Vision for the Future
- The Impact of New Dimensions. This paper was presented at Commission 7
Meeting in Austria, September 2011. The authors state that in the
professions of cadastre both external and internal changes apply
considerable pressure. This paper identifies the major trends that will most
likely have an impact, apprehend the consequences expected and provide a
structure for this development.
- January 2012 - John F.
BROCK, Australia: Four Surveyors of Caesar: Mapping the World! In this
article you will hear about the masterpiece of cartography which highlights
most of the men responsible for the Survey of the known World, along with
aspects of Roman land surveying which underpinned the program of
colonisation and settlement within the Roman Empire. The article is an
excellent contribution to the FIG Working Week 2012 in Rome, Italy.
- December 2011 -
Robin McLaren, Scotland,
UK: Crowdsourcing Support of Land Administration – A Partnership Approach.
In this visionary paper Robin McLaren is exploring one potential solution to
the security of tenure gap through establishing a partnership between land
professionals and citizens that would encourage and support citizens to
directly capture and maintain information about their land rights. It was
presented at the annual FIG-Commission 7 meeting last October in Innsbruck
(Austria) and is the result of a common research work executed by Robin
McLaren and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
- November 2011 -
Amarsaikhan, Mongolia: Advanced Applications of Optical, Microwave and
Hyperspectral RS in Mongolia. In 4 different case studies the
capabilities of these techniques and the usage nowadays in Mongolia are
demonstrated. This paper was presented at the FIG Commission 5 and 6
workshop in September 2011 in Ulaan-Baatar. The author, Prof. Damdinsuren
Amarsaikhan is Head of the Geoinformatics Laboratory at the Institute of
Informatics and Remote Sensing, Mongolian Academy of Sciences and Professor
at the National University of Mongolia.
- October 2011 -
and Anna Lukyanchikova, Russian Federation: Development of Agricultural Land
Market in the Russian Federation. The development of Agricultural Land
Market is unique in Russia compared to other countries. The authors have
developed a new method for calculating the value of agricultural land
because the banks have not accepted the cadastral value as a basis for
agricultural land mortgages. This value was calculated on the basis of the
land market auction price model of a certain region. This paper was
presented at the FIG Working Week in Marrakech May 2011.
Graeme Blick, Chris
Crook, Nic Donnelly and John Beavan, New Zealand: The Impact of the 2010
Darfield (Canterbury) Earthquake on the Geodetic Infrastructure in New
Zealand. The article is reporting on the dramatic impact of the 2010
(Canterbury) Earthquake on the Geodetic Infrastructure in New Zealand.
Before the earth quakes happened there was already a fully implemented
geodetic Infrastructure in place. On one hand over 1 million geodetic and
cadastral marks are affected within 60 km of the earthquakes epicenter where
significant ground movements occurred. On the other hand these marks can be
used for a detailed and long-term deformation analysis. This article does
also underline the need and importance of our profession to the society.
September 2011 -
- August 2011 -
Frances Plimmer and
William J McCluskey, United Kingdom:
Sustainability and Property Taxation. Property Taxation is one of the
key topics on the agenda of FIG-Commission 9 for the next years. The authors
are discussing sustainability in the context of property taxation. They
consider that sustainability in property taxation should be considered from
three perspectives – the sustainability of the tax object (land and
buildings), the sustainability of the tax system itself and the
sustainability of the uses to which the yield from property taxation are
put. This paper was successfully peer reviewed and presented at the FIG
Working Week in Marrakech May 2011.
- July 2011 -
Kate Fairlie, Mark
Whitty, Mitchell Leach, Fadhillah Norzahari, Adrian White, Stephen Cossell,
Jose Guivant and Jayantha Katupitiya, Australia: Spatially Smart Wine –
Testing Geospatial Technologies for Sustainable Wine Production. Among
the authors from our paper of the month July 2010 are 5 part of the Sydney
Young Surveyors group. Kate Fairlie is at the same time also Chair of the
FIG Young surveyors network. “Spatially Smart Wine” was a project initiated
by an enthusiastic group of Sydney Young Surveyors, with the support of the
Institute of Surveyors New South Wales and the School of Surveying and
Spatial Information Systems and the University of New South Wales. In this
research geospatial technologies are evaluated for precision viticulture,
supporting organic and biodynamic principles. The vineyard application is
demonstrated of a teleoperated vehicle with three dimensional laser mapping
and GNSS localisation to achieve centimetre-level feature position
- June 2011 -
Bennett, Abbas Rajabifard, Mohsen Kalantari, Jude Wallace and Ian
Williamson, Australia: Cadastral Futures: Building a New Vision for the
Nature and Role of Cadastres.This paper has been selected to the article
of the month because of it is the background paper for the special session
on Cadastre 2034 at the FIG Working Week in Marrakech in May 2011. This
paper was originally presented at the FIG Congress in Sydney in 2010. It was
also a starting point for the special issue of GIM International on future
Handouts of this presentation.
You can download the special issue of GIM International from the
here. It includes an interview with
Hernando De Soto and the series of articles Beyond Cadastre 2034.
- May 2011 -
Peter van Oosterom,
Jantien Stoter, Hendrik Ploeger, The Netherlands, Rod Thompson and Sudarshan
Karki, Australia: World-wide Inventory of the Status of 3D-Cadastres in 2010
and Expectations for 2014.
This paper has been selected to the article of the month because of the
increased interest on 3D-cadastre. The paper has been presented at a session
on 3D-cadastres at the FIG Working Week in Marrakech in May 2011.
April 2011 -
Tarja Myllymäki and
Tarja Pykälä, Finland: The Challenge to Implement International Cadastral
Models - Case Finland. This paper has been presented at the FIG Congress
in Sydney, April 2010, and has been revised March 2011. The article is a
contribution to develop models for transferring cadastral information at
international level. In Europe, INSPIRE theme Cadastral Parcels has
introduced a model for cadastral spatial data. Work with a wider perspective
is currently taking place as ISO work, where the objective is to provide an
international standard for the information used in land administration (Land
Administration Domain Model). This article presents the Finnish cadastre and
the concepts of basic property unit, parcel and right-of-use unit. The
implementation of the INSPIRE Cadastral Parcels model in Finland is analyzed
and could work as inspiration for other countries in their work.
Handouts of the
presentation as pdf (1,7 MB)
- March 2011 -
Macedonia (FYROM), Pal Nikolli, Albania, Murat Meha and Ismail Kabashi,
Kosovo: Data Quality of Global Map and Some Possibilities/Limitations for
Its Wide Utilization for Global Issues. This paper has been presented at
the joint Commission 3 and Commission 7 Workshop in November 2010 in Sofia.
It has been selected as the article of the month because it gives a good
introduction on Global Map, its consistent quality and data standards and
its value as a handy tool to monitor the environmental status at regional
and global scale. FIG has also selected this paper as recognition of the
professional development in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia (FYROM)
February 2011 -
and Heiner Kuhlmann, Germany: Validation of the Laboratory Calibration of
Geodetic Antennas based on GPS Measurements. This paper is a peer
reviewed paper presented at the FIG Congress in Sydney, Australia in April
2010. The topic of the paper is relevant to all who are interested in high
precision GNSS surveying and it is presenting a new and innovative method
for antenna calibration.
- January 2011 -
Dr. Juha Talvitie, FIG
Honorary President, Finland: The Evolution of FIG during the Last 20 Years.
The paper is an extended version of the keynote presentation that Dr. Juha
Talvitie gave at the FIG Handover Ceremony in Copenhagen, Denmark 27th
November 2010. Dr. Talvitie was FIG President 1988-1991 and has been
appointed as an FIG Honorary President for his contributions to the
- December 2010 -
Stig Enemark, FIG
President 2007-2010: From Cadastre to Land Governance in Support of the
Global Agenda - The Role of Land Professionals and FIG. The paper
facilitates an understanding of how the cadastral concept has evolved over
time into the broader concept of Land Administration Systems in support of
sound Land Governance. The role of land professionals and FIG is underlined
in this regard. The paper also represents the essence of a range of papers
presented by the author as President of FIG over the term of office
- November 2010 -
UN-HABITAT: Social Tenure Domain Model: What It Can Mean for the Land
Industry and for the Poor. This article is an invited paper presented at
the FIG Congress 2010 in Sydney, Australia, 11-16 April 2010. The paper is
written by Dr. Clarissa Augustinus from UN-HABITAT, with whom FIG has had an
outstanding cooperation for many years. Therefore - in addition of being an
excellent presentation on social tenure domain model - this paper also
recognises the long-term cooperation between UN-HABITAT and FIG. Clarissa
Augustinus is a social scientist who has had large impact in the land
Handouts of this presentation as a .pdf-file.
- October 2010 -
David Mitchell, Australia:
Reducing Vulnerability to Natural Disasters in the Asia Pacific through
Improved Land Administration and Management. This paper is a peer
reviewed paper prepared for the FIG Congress 2010 in Sydney, Australia,
11-16 April 2010 and draws on the lessons from recent major disasters and
existing literature on land issues.
of this presentation as a .pdf file.
- September 2010 -
ARKO-ADJEI, Ghana and Jitske de JONG, Jaap ZEVENBERGEN and Arbind TULADHAR,
The Netherlands: Customary Tenure Institutions and Good Governance. This
paper is a peer reviewed paper prepared for the FIG Congress 2010 in Sydney,
Australia, 11-16 April 2010. At the Congress it was presented by Prof. Jaap
Zevenbergen in an invited session about land governance in Africa. It gives
good information about customary tenure and good governance in Ghana, and
could be of interest to other African countries.
Handouts of this presentation as a .pdf file.
- August 2010
Mike Pinkerton, New Zealand:
Terrestrial Laser Scanning for Mainstream Land Surveying. This paper has
been prepared and presented at the FIG Congress 2010 in Sydney, Australia,
11-16 April 2010. This paper provides a good introduction for those who are
thinking about the question whether to invest in laser scanning.
Handouts of this presentation as a .pdf file.
- July 2010 -
John Hannah, New Zealand: The
Difficulties in Using Tide Gauges to Monitor Long-Term Sea Level Change.
The article is a peer reviewed paper and was presented at the XXIV FIG
Congress in Sydney 11-16 April 2010 in the session on Vertical Reference
this presentation as a .pdf file. John Hannah is a Registered
Professional Surveyor and is a former President of the NZ Institute of
- June 2010 -
Mohamed El-Sioufi: Climate
Change and Sustainable Cities: Major Challenges Facing Cities and Urban
Settlements in the Coming Decades. The paper was presented as a keynote
presentation at the XXIV FIG Congress in Sydney 11-16 April 2010 in the
plenary session on "The Big Challenges". Dr. El-Sioufi is Head of the
Shelter Branch at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme,
- May 2010 -
Abbas Rajabifard, Australia:
Spatially Enabled Government and Society - the Global Perspective. The
paper was presented as a keynote presentation at the XXIV FIG Congress in
Sydney 11-16 April 2010 in plenary session on spatially enabled society. Dr.
Rajabifard is the President of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI)
Association. He is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for
Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration at the Department of
Geomatics, the University of Melbourne. At the FIG Congress in Sydney FIG
and GSDI signed a memorandum of understanding.
- April 2010
- Warwick Watkins and
Pedro Harris, Australia: Spatially Enabled Government in New South Wales,
Australia. This paper is based on the keynote presentation of Warwick
Watkins, Surveyor General of New South Wales, that he presented at the 2nd
plenary session on Spatially Enabled Society at the FIG Congress 2010 in
Sydney. The article gives an introduction to the advanced conceptual
approach to SDI as used by the Land and Property Management Authority in New
South Wales, Australia.
- March 2010 -
Chryssy Potsiou, Greece
(edit.), Yerach Doytsher, Israel, Paul Kelly, Australia, Rafic Khouri,
France, Robin McLaren, United Kingdom and Hartmut Mueller, Germany: Rapid
Urbanization and Mega Cities: The Need for Spatial Information Management.
This paper has been prepared for the XXIV FIG International Congress in
Sydney, Australia, 11-16 April, 2010 and will be presented in the Commission
3 Key Note Session "SIM in Support of Mega City Management". The paper gives
an introduction to FIG publication no. 48 – “Rapid
Urbanization and Mega Cities: The Need for Spatial Information Management”
that will be launched in Sydney.
- February 2010 -
Jude Wallace, Australia:
Land Acquisition in Developing Economies. This paper is based on the
keynote presentation that Jude Wallace gave at the 7th FIG Regional
Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, 19-22 October 2009. This invited paper
addresses the issue of land acquisition in emerging economies that will be
further explored in the FIG publication to be launched at the FIG Congress
in Sydney in April 2010.
- January 2010 - Teo
Chee Hai, FIG Vice President, Malaysia - Building the Capacity:
Professionalism and Ethics. This paper has been prepared and
presented as a keynote presentation at the 7th FIG Regional Conference in
Hanoi, Vietnam, 19-22 October 2009. Handouts of the Powerpoint presentation
are available at:
- December 2009 -
Germany, Mikael Lilje, Sweden, Rob Sarib, Australia - GNSS CORS - Reference
Frames and Services. This paper has been prepared and presented at the
7th FIG Regional Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, 19-22 October 2009.
- November 2009 -
Keith Bell - Trends in Land Administration and Management with Particular
Reference to World Bank Support for Projects in the East Asia Region.
This paper has been prepared and presented as a keynote presentation at the
7th FIG Regional Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, 19-22 October 2009.
- October 2009 -
Isaac Boateng - Spatial Planning and Climate Change Adaption in Coastal
Regions: The Case of Vietnam. This paper has been prepared for
presentation at the 7th FIG Regional Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, 19-22
October 2009 and offers an interesting view to one of the key themes of the
- September 2009 -
Weldegiorgis - Cadastral System in Eritrea: Practice, Constraints and
Prospects. This is a peer reviewed for the FIG Working Week in Eilat,
Israel, 3-8 May 2009. This paper has received a grant from the FIG
Foundation to allow the author to attend the conference and present his
- August 2009 -
Paul van der Molen - Cadastres and Climate Change. This is a peer
reviewed paper that has been prepared and presented at the FIG Working Week
in Eilat, Israel, 3-8 May 2009.
- July 2009 - Stig
Enemark - Facing the Global Agenda – Focus on Land Governance. This
paper is based on the keynote presentation that Prof. Stig Enemark, FIG
President gave at the FIG Working Week in Eilat, Israel, 3-8 May 2009.
- June 2009 - Rudolf
Staiger - Push the Button – or Does the “Art of Measurement” Still Exist?
This paper has been prepared and presented as a keynote presentation in
Plenary Session 3 – GNSS, Geo-sciences and Surveying at the FIG Working Week
2009 in Eilat, Israel, 7 May 2009.
- May 2009 - Jude Wallace -
Making Land Markets Work for All. This paper was prepared and presented
for the first time in session MKT1: Potential and Challenges for Land
Markets at the FIG and World Bank Conference on Land Governance in Support
of the MDGs: Responding to New Challenges, Washington DC, USA, 9-10 March
- April 2009 -
Silke Boos and Hartmut Müller, Germany - SDI Developments in the World’s
Currently Existing Mega Cities. This paper has been prepared as part of
FIG Commission 3 WG 3.2 (Spatial Data Infrastructure) project. Interim
reports of the project have been presented at the Commission 3 Workshop “Spatial
Information for Sustainable Management of Urban Areas” in Mainz,
Germany, 2-4 February 2009 and will be presented at the FIG Working Week in
Eilat, Israel, 3-8 May 2009. Final report will be presented at the FIG
Congress in Sydney, Australia in April 2010.
- January 2009 -
Prof. Bela Markus, Hungary - Thinking about e-Learning. This paper was
prepared and presented as a keynote presentation at the FIG International
Workshop 2008 ”Sharing Good Practices: E-learning in Surveying,
Geo-information Sciences and Land Administration” in Enschede, the
Netherlands, 11-13 June 2008.
- December 2008 -
Mr. Willi Zimmermann,
Germany - Effective and Transparent Management of Public Land. This paper
is an updated version of the paper that has been presented at the FIG/FAO/CNG
International Seminar on State and Public Land Management in Verona, Italy,
9-10 September 2008.
- November 2008 -
Ms. Kari Strande, Norway - e-Government for e-Citizens – NSDI as Tools in
Good Governance Examples from eNorway and Norway Digital. This paper is
an updated version of the paper that was presented at the FIG Working Week
2008 in Stockholm, Sweden, 14-19 June 2008.
- October 2008 -
Dr. Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director UN-HABITAT - Improving Slum
Conditions through Innovative Financing. This paper has been presented
as the keynote address at the Opening Ceremony of the FIG Working Week 2008
in Stockholm, Sweden 15 June 2008.
- September 2008 -
Mr. David Martin, France
- Review of Standards, Best Practice, Testing and Calibration in Global
Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). This paper has been prepared for and
was presented at the FIG Working Week in Stockholm, Sweden 14-19 June 2008.
- August 2008 -
Mr. Tony Burns and Dr.
Kate Dalrymple, Australia - Conceptual Framework for Governance in Land
Administration. This paper has been prepared and was presented at the
FIG Working Week in Stockholm, Sweden 14-19 June 2008.
- July 2008 -
Mr. Cemal Özgür Kivilcim, Turkey and Ms. Chris McAlister, Australia - A
Model for Integrating Generations - Young Surveyors Working Group. This
paper has been prepared and presented at the FIG Working Week in Stockholm,
Sweden 14-19 June 2008.
- June 2008 - Mrs.
Agneta Ericsson, Sweden - What Makes the Swedish Cadastral System so Special
and Successful? This paper has been prepared for presentation at
the FIG Working Week in Stockholm, Sweden 14-19 June 2008.
- May 2008 -
Dr. Mathias Lemmens, Christiaan Lemmen and Martin Wubbe, the Netherlands -
Pictometry: Potentials for Land Administration. This paper was
originally prepared for and presented at the 6th FIG Regional Conference in
San José, Costa Rica 12-15 November 2007.
- April 2008 - Prof
Ian P. Williamson, Australia - Using Cadastres to Support Sustainable
Development. This paper was presented for the first time at the Spanish
IX National Congress of Surveying Engineers TOP-CART 2008 in Valencia, Spain
18-21 February 2008.
- March 2008 -
Neil D. Weston,
Gerald L. Mader, Tomás Soler, USA: Opus Projects – A Web-Based Application
To Administer And Process Multi-Day Gps Campaign Data. This paper was
presented at the FIG Working Week 2007 in Hong Kong SAR, China, May 2007.
- February 2008 -
Stephen T. Mague and
Robert W. Foster, USA: Where's the Shoreline? Sources of Historical High
Water Lines Developed in the Context of Massachusetts Coastal Regulations.
This paper was presented at the 6th FIG Regional Conference in San José,
Costa Rica, 12-15 November 2007.
- January 2008 -
Grenville Barnes, USA: Developing Cost-effective and Resilient Land
Administration Systems in Latin America. This paper was presented at the
6th FIG Regional Conference 2007 in San José, Costa Rica, 12-15 November
- December 2007 - Teo
Chee Hai, Malaysia: Changing the Game: Sustaining the Profession. This
paper presented at the 6th FIG Regional Conference 2007 in San José, Costa
Rica, 12-15 November 2007.
- November 2007 -
Diane Dumashie, United
Kingdom: Land, Sea and People: Equitable Access to Coastal Resources.
This article was presented as a keynote paper at the 6th FIG Regional
Conference 2007 in San José, Costa Rica, 12-15 November 2007.
- October 2007 -
Frances Plimmer, United Kingdom: Mutual Recognition of Professional
Qualifications. This paper was also presented in a technical session
during the FIG Working Week 2007 in Hong Kong SAR, China, May 2007
- September 2007 - Thomas
Kalbro, Sweden: Private Compulsory Acquisition and the Public Interest
Requirement. This paper was presented at the FIG Commission 9 Seminar in
Helsinki, Finland in September 2007
- August 2007 -
Volker Schwieger, Germany: High-Sensitivity GNSS – The Low-Cost Future of
GPS?! This paper was also presented in a technical session at the FIG
Working Week 2007 in Hong Kong SAR, China, May 2007
- July 2007 -
Rob Mahoney, Peter
Dale and Robin McLaren, United Kingdom: Land Markets – Why are they required
and how will they develop? This paper was also presented in a technical
session at the FIG WW2007 in Hong Kong SAR, China, May 2007
- June 2007 - Peter
Byrne and Gail Kelly, Australia: The ABC of x,y,z - 21 Principles for
Consideration by Surveyors and Other Geospatial Professionals. This
paper was also presented in a technical session at the FIG WW2007 in Hong
Kong SAR, China, May 2007
- May 2007 - Paul Kelly,
Chair of FIG Commission 3 Working Group 3.2: Role of Spatial Data
Infrastructures in Managing Our Cities. This paper was presented as
keynote address at the FIG Commission 3 2007 Annual Meeting and Workshop
“Spatial Information Management Toward Legalizing Informal Urban
Development”, Sounio, Athens, Greece, 28-31 March 2007
- April 2007 - Stig
Enemark, FIG President: Integrated Land-Use Management for Sustainable
Development. This article was also presented at a FIG Commission 3
Workshop in Athens, Greece, March 28-31, 2007
- March 2007 -
Paul van der Molen
and Arbind Tuladhar, International Institute for Geoinformation Science and
Earth Observation: Corruption and Land Administration. This
article was also presented as a paper in a technical session during the 23rd
FIG Congress in October 2006 in Munich, Germany.
- February 2007 -
Ventura-Traveset, Ankit Raj Mathur and Felix Toran, European Space Agency
(ESA), EGNOS Project, and Hans-Peter Plag, University of Nevada, USA:
Provision of Emergency Communication Messages through Satellite Based
Augmentation Systems for GNSS: The ESA ALIVE Concept.
- January 2007 -
Dr. Lars Reuterswärd,
Director of the Shelter and Sustainable Human Settlements Development
Division of UN-Habitat: Urban-Rural Interrelationship in Land Administration
– Urban Perspective. This paper is written and presented as a keynote
presentation at the XXIII FIG Congress in Munich, Germany, 8-13 October
- December 2006 -
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Magel, FIG President: Changing FIG – Model for a
Changing World. Farewell speech at the Handover Ceremony on 2 December
2006 in Münster, Germany.
- November 2006 - Mr.
Keith Clifford Bell, World Bank: World Bank Support for Land Administration
and Management: Responding to the Challenges of the Millennium Development
Goals. This paper is written and presented at the XXIII FIG Congress in
Munich, Germany, 8-13 October 2006.
- October 2006 - Ms.
Nsame Nsemiwe, Zambia: Gender Dimensions of Land Customary Inheritance under
Customary Tenure in Zambia. This paper is based on the paper written and
presented by Ms. Nsame Nsemiwe at the XXIII FIG Congress in Munich, Germany,
8-13 October 2006. The FIG Council has decided to award the Congress Prize to
two papers presented by Ms. Nsemiwe. The other paper is
"Negotiating the Interface: Struggles Involved in the Upgrading of Informal
Settlements -a Case Study of Nkandabwe in Kitwe, Zambia".
- September 2006 -
Sutherland and Dr. Sue Nichols, Canada: Issues in the Governance of Marine
Spaces. This paper is the introduction chapter of FIG publication no. 36 “Administering
Marine Spaces: International issues”. This publication is result of
FIG Commissions 4 & 7 Working Group 4.3 and published by FIG in September
- August 2006 - Ms.
Gabriele Dasse, Germany: Enhancing the Representation of Under-Represented
Groups in FIG. This paper is based on the FIG publication no 35 ”Enhancing
the Representation of Under-represented Groups in FIG”, Copenhagen 2006.
- July 2006 -
Mr. Gerhard Muggenhuber, Austria and Mr. Rob Mahoney, United Kingdom -
Changing Minds in an Evolving Society
- June 2006 - Mr. Markku
Markkula, Finland - Creating Favourable Conditions for Knowledge Society
through Knowledge Management, eGovernance and eLearning. This paper has
been prepared and presented as a keynote presentation at the FIG Workshop on
e-Governance, Knowledge Management and e-Learning in Budapest, Hungary, 27-29
April 2006. This workshop was co-organised by FIG Commissions 2,3 and 7.
- May 2006 - Chief
Kumbun-Naa Yiri II, Ghana - Customary Lands Administration and Good Governance
– The State and the Traditional Rulers Interface. This paper has been
written for the 5th FIG Regional Conference – Promoting Land Administration
and Good Governance in Accra, Ghana, March 8-11, 2006.
- April 2006 - Surv.
(Chief) Innocent N. Egbuh, Nigeria - Charting Nigerian Waters for Safer
Navigation. This article has been presented at the 5th FIG Regional
Conference – Promoting Land Administration and Good Governance to be held in
Accra, Ghana, March 8-11, 2006.
- March 2006 - Dr.
Babette Wehrmann, Germany - Cadastre in Itself Won’t Solve the Problem: The
Role of Institutional Change and Psychological Motivations in Land Conflicts –
Cases from Africa. This article has been prepared for the 5th FIG Regional
Conference - Promoting Land Administration and Good Governance, Accra, Ghana,
March 8-11, 2006.
- February 2006 -
Dr. Isaac Bonsu Karikari, Ghana - Ghana’s Land Administration Project (LAP)
and Land Information Systems (LIS) Implementation: The Issues. This
article has been prepared for the 5th FIG Regional Conference - Promoting Land
Administration and Good Governance to be held in Accra, Ghana, March 8-11,
- January 2006 -
Tony S. Haroen, Chairul B. Achmad and Wenny Rusmawar, Indonesia - Cadastral
Reconstruction in Aceh: A Newborn Concept of Adjudication. This article
has been presented for the first time at the South East Survey Congress in
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, 21-25 November 2005. It is published
as the Article of the Month to show respect to the memory of the victims of
the tsunami disaster in December 2005.
- December 2005 - FIG
President Univ. Professor Dr.-Ing. Holger Magel - About Surveyors’ Commitment,
Role and Education for Society and Sustainable Development. Keynote
Address at the Opening Ceremony of the 8th SEASC 2005 on 22 November 2005 in
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.
- November 2005 - Adam
J. Kerr, United Kingdom - Hydrography and Disaster Management. This paper
has been for the first time presented at the FIG Forum at the Intergeo 2005 in
Düsseldorf, Germany, 4 October 2005.
- October 2005 -
Matthew B. Higgins and S. Hewitson, Australia - New Global Navigation
Satellite System Developments and Their Impact on Survey Service Providers and
Surveyors. This article is based on a paper in Proceedings of SSC2005
Spatial Intelligence, Innovation and Praxis: The national biennial Conference
of the Spatial Sciences Institute, September 2005. Melbourne: Spatial Sciences
Institute. ISBN 0-9581366-2-9
- September 2005 -
Mette Fosgaard Kragh, Denmark - New Danish Regional Development Plans – An
Effort of Combining Economy and Spatial Aspects for Urban and Rural Areas.
This article was for the first time presented at the FIG/GSDI Conference in
Cairo, Egypt, 16-21 April 2005.
- August 2005 - Ian
P. Williamson, Australia - Opportunities for Surveyors in Modern Land Markets.
This paper was for the first time presented at the FIG/GSDI Conference in
Cairo, Egypt, 16-21 April 2005.
- July 2005 - Dorine A.
J. Burmanje, Chair of the Board Dutch Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping
Agency, The Netherlands - Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration
in Europe. This paper has been prepared and presented as a keynote
presentation in a plenary session ”Co-operation between Land Administration
and SDI” at the FIG/GSDI Conference in Cairo, Egypt, 16-21 April 2005. It is
based on material presented during a UN/FIG/PC IDEA Conference in
Aguascalientes, Mexico in November 2004.
- June 2005 - Richard
Wonnacott, South Africa - AFREF - Background and Progress towards a Unified
Reference System for Africa. This paper has been prepared and presented at
the FIG Working Week / GSDI-8 Conference in Cairo, Egypt, April 16-21, 2005.
- May 2005 - Daniel Roberge,
Canada: After the Tsunami – How the Surveying Profession Can Participate in
the Reconstruction. This paper has been prepared and presented at the FIG
Working Week / GSDI-8 Conference in Cairo, Egypt, April 16-21, 2005. It is
also a contribution to the discussion how professional associations can
contribute to risk and disaster management. At its meeting in Cairo the Joint
Board of Geospatial Information Societies decided to establish an ad hoc
working party on risk and disaster management, chaired by Prof. Bengt Rystedt
- April 2005 -
Stig Enemark, Denmark and John Parker, Australia: The Development of Land
Information Policies in the Americas
- March 2005 - John Brock,
Australia: Who Were the First Surveyors?
Four Surveyors of the Gods: In the
XVIII Dynasty of Egypt – New Kingdom c. 1400 B.C.
- February 2005 -
David J. Powell, FRICS, MAE, Chairman of the Geomatics Faculty of the
R.I.C.S., United Kingdom: Boundary Dispute Resolution in England & Wales –
Surveyors and Lawyers Working Together to Resolve Problems
- January 2005 - Univ.
Prof. Dr-Ing. Holger Magel, FIG President: Surveyors and Politics – the Need
for Dialogue. This summary is based on the purely orally given lecture of
Univ. Prof. Holger Magel, President of FIG at the RICS as the “Christmas
Lecture” of the Geomatics Faculty, December 2, 2004.
- December 2004 - Klaus
Deininger, World Bank: Land Policies for Growth and Poverty Reduction: Key
Issues and Challenges Ahead. This paper was presented for the first time
at the UN, FIG, PC IDEA Inter-regional Special Forum on The Building of Land
Information Policies in the Americas in Aguascalientes, Mexico 26-27 October
- November 2004 - Teo
Chee Hai, Malaysia: Mutual Recognition of Surveying Qualifications within the
ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services. This paper has been for the first
time represented as a keynote presentation at the 3rd FIG Regional Conference
in Jakarta, Indonesia 6 October 2004.
- October 2004 -
Marie Christine Robidoux,
C.L.S., LL.M., Calgary Alberta, Canada: Geomatics and Traditional Knowledge –
Liidlii Ku’e First Nation. This report was originally prepared for FIG
Foundation and submitted in October 2003. It has been updated in August 2004.
- September 2004 -
Helge Onsrud, Senior Advisor, Statens kartverk Norway: Land Administration in
Europe. This article is based on a keynote presentation that the author
gave at the FIG Working Week in Athens in May 2004.
- August 2004 - Prof.
Dr.-Ing. Theo Kötter, University of Bonn, Germany: Risks and Opportunities of
Urbanisation and Megacities. This paper was for the first time presented
as a keynote presentation at the plenary session of the FIG Working Week 2004
in Athens, Greece 25 May 2004.
- July 2004 - Prof. Gerhard
Beutler, President President of the International Association of Geodesy, IAG,
Switzerland: Revolution in Geodesy and Surveying. This paper was for the
first time presented as a keynote presentation at the plenary session of the
FIG Working Week 2004 in Athens, Greece 24 May 2004.
- June 2004 - Univ.-Prof.
Dr.-Ing. Holger Magel, FIG President: Breathing the Olympic Spirit - The
Mission of FIG in the 21st Century. This paper was for the first time
presented as the opening speech at the FIG Working Week 2004 in Athens,
Greece, 23 May 2004.
- May 2004 - Dr.-Ing. Ralf
Schroth, FIG Vice President, Germany: Direct Geo-Referencing in Practical
Applications. This paper was for the first time presented at the ISPRS
workshop WG 1/5 about Theory, Technology and Realities of Inertial/GPS Sensor
Orientation in Castelldefels/Barcelona, Spain, 23 September 2003. It has been
partly revised for the FIG Article of the Month published in May 2004
- April 2004 - Alick R.
Mwanza, Zambia: White Collar Malpractices in Cadastral Surveying and their
Effects on Secure Land Tenure and Sustainable Development.
This paper has been produced with the financial support of the FIG Foundation.
- March 2004 - Joel
Bailey, Amanda Lewis and Frances Plimmer, United Kingdom: Locating the
“Country” in Town and Country Planning: the Urban Bias in English Planning.
This paper has been produced with the financial support of the FIG Foundation.
- February 2004 -
Mr. Svein Tveitdal, Director, Division of Environmental Conventions and
Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, UNEP: Urban-Rural
Interrelationship: Condition for Sustainable Development. This paper was
first presented at the 2nd FIG Regional Conference for Africa and the Arab
Countries in Marrakech, Morocco, December 2-5, 2003.
- January 2004 - Prof.
Neville Ying, Professor of Business Develoment & Director, Labour Studies at
the Mona School of Business, University of West Indies, Jamaica: Contact a
Land Surveyor - Speech for the 75th Anniversary Function for Land Surveyors
Association. This paper was first presented as a keynote speech at the
occasion of the 75th Anniversary Function for the LSAJ in Kingston, October
- December 2003 -
Iain Greenway, Chair, FIG Standards Network: Standards – Are They Relevant in
a Surveyor’s World? This article was for the first time presented at the
FIG Working Week and 125th Anniversary in Paris, France 13-17 April, 2003. It
has been updated in November 2003 for the FIG series Article of the Month.
- November 2003 -
Prof. Heinz Rüther, South Africa: The Situation of Geomatics Education in
Africa – An Endangered Profession. Keynote paper at the 2nd FIG Regional
Conference, Marrakech, Morocco, December 2-5, 2003 and background paper for
the Special Round Table on Surveying/GIS Education in Africa, Marrakech,
December 2, 2003.
- October 2003 -
Mr. Bogdan Ney and Mr. Andrzej Sambura, Poland: IT Developments Enabling
Customer-Oriented Cadastre. Originally represented at the 2nd Cadastral
Congress, September 19-21, 2003 in Krakow, Poland
- September 2003 -
Muggenhuber, Chair of FIG Commission 3: Spatial Information for Sustainable
- August 2003 - FIG
President Univ.-Prof. Dr-Ing. Holger Magel: "Survey and GIS – Bridging the
Gap". Originally presented as the Opening Speech at the ESRI “Survey and
GIS Summit – Bridging the Gap 2003” in San Diego, California, USA, 6 July,
- July 2003 - Prof. Stig
Enemark: "Capacity Building for Developing - Sustainable Land Administration
Infrastructures". Originally presented at the UN ECE WPLA / FIG Workshop
in Athens in May 2003.
In his article Prof. Enemark argues that "when a
project is established to create land administration infrastructures, it is
critical that capacity building is a mainstream component of the project. The
capacity building aspect should be addressed up front, not as an add-on.