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

FIG Newsletter – August/September 2020

Dear Colleague,

Do not miss the upcoming FIG Commission events: Next week, Commission 1 on Professional Standards and Practice is holding both face-to-face and virtual event, and you can still register. Check also the online Commission 7 event 20-22 October with the theme: Building community resilience: Urban-rural land linkages and strategies to deal with COVID-19. In this newsletter please find a selection of news items hereunder the call for nominations for Commission Chairs, commission newsletters and news, information on national happenings celebrating surveyors day, FIG and GLTN acitivites, and please mark the dates 21-25 June 2021 for the next FIG Working Week. Enjoy!

Article of the Month

Each month on FIG web site you can find a special selected paper called "FIG Article of the Month".

September 2020: Blended Learning in Support of Life-long Learning for Surveyors by David Mitchell, Australia; Winnie Shiu, Hong Kong Sar; Stig Enemark, Denmark; and James Kavanagh, United Kingdom. While blended learning is challenging to implement it offers many benefits and, when carefully developed, provides a range of learning options that suit many student learning styles and approaches. The benefits in blended learning for life-long learning is enhanced if education institutions, government, industry and professional institutions work together to develop online learning opportunities.

August 2020Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Topographical Mapping of Inaccessible Land Areas in Ghana: A Cost-Effective Approach by Naa Lamkai Quaye-Ballard, Daniel Asenso-Gyambibi and Jonathan Quaye-Ballard, Ghana This paper examines the suitability and accuracy of a topographical survey conducted with the combination of RTK-GPS instrument and a consumer grade UAV at an inaccessible tailings dam at Osino in the Eastern Region of Ghana

FIG Working Week 2021 - Save the Dates

Even though we are still dealing with the impact of COVID-19 on our daily lives, we want to look forward and to ensure we have an opportunity to meet. FIG and the Dutch Local Organizing Committee are happy to welcome you again in the Netherlands for the FIG Working Week 2021. Some of you may think, “but was it not Ghana this year”? You are right, but the Ghanaian local organizers have generously offered the Dutch to take over the Working Week in 2021.

FIG Working Week 2021 will be different. We face the challenge to take the impact of the global pandemic into account including all its uncertainties. We are looking for new and more flexible ways to organize a successful event. Most important is that we meet each other, talk, network, share knowledge, have fruitful discussions and enjoy. So that we become inspired by our peers and the developments in our profession. This is what you can expect in the Netherlands during the FIG Working Week 2021, from Monday 21 to Friday 25 of June, in the historical town of Utrecht in the central part of the Netherlands.

The theme for FIG Working Week 2021 will be the same as for the Working Week 2020 - however with an addition to reflect the impact of COVID-19 and other potential challenges to our profession:

Smart Surveyors for Land and Water Management

Challenges in a New Reality

FIG Working Week 2021 is shaping up and more information will follow.
For now - save the dates 21-25 June 2021 - and we will be looking forward to seeing you in Utrecht, Netherlands.


Call for Nominations for Chairs Elects for the 10 FIG Commissions

The current Commission Chairs at the FIG Working Week 2019

All member associations are encouraged to consider if you have a qualified candidate. Read more about the nomination and the commissions.
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Opening of the 11th Training Summer School in Naples Italy

FIG President Rudolf Staiger, Maria Scorza and Enrico Rispoli connect with John Hohol, President of FIG Foundation

Despite COVID-19 challenges our Italian colleagues decided to hold this workshop including young colleagues and students from Romania, Turkey, Bulgaria and Italy. FIG President Rudolf Staiger attended the opening.
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FIG and GLTN-International Professional Bodies Cluster activities

FIG, as cluster co-lead, is heavily involved in the GLTN cluster activities. This report gives you a short overview of the activities, aims and progress
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FIG Annual Review 2019

Join us in this review of some of all the many tasks, achievements and acitivites of FIG during 2019.
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Global Surveyors Day

The Global Surveyors Day that was initiated by NSPS and CLGE and endorsed by FIG is being celebrated around the world; not only on 21 March but also when it fits to a national schedule. FIG has with thanks received a letter from Iran where a celebration took place on 3 September 2020. If you have a scheduled or planned activity please let us know. It is our hope that ideas and experiences will be exchanged among FIG members. See letter from Iran and read more



FIG Commission 1: Professional Standards and Practice

Commission 1 will host a workshop on Professional Standards and Practice of Surveying and Mapping in the Countries along the Belt and Road Routes in Deqing in China from 16 to 18 September 2020. Due to COVID-19, the workshop will run both on-site and on-line.
Register now

FIG Commission 7: Cadastre and Land Management

The Commission 7 Annual Meeting will be held online with the theme: Building community resilience: Urban-rural land linkages and strategies to deal with COVID-19. Sessions are planned in several languages and in three different time zones. See overall programme



7-11 September 2020, Beijing, China
GTC Week 2020  (GIS Software Technology Conference 2020). Organised by SuperMap The conference will be held both physically and digitally. The conference venue will be expanded from Beijing to more core cities, and duration extended to 5 days.

14-18 September 2020, Timisoara, Romania
Romanian Surveyors Week

16-18 September 2020, Deqing, Zhejiang Province, China
FIG Commisison 1 Workshop:  Professional Standards and Practice of Surveying and Mapping in the countries along the Belt and Road Routes Organised by FIG Commission 1 jointly with the People's Government of Deqing County, China Website: 

25-27 September 2020, Qingdao, Shangdong Province, China

12-15 October 2020, Vancouver, Canada
YII2020 - The Year in Infrastructure 2020 Conference, Organised by Bentley Systems, supported by FIG.

13-15 October 2020, Berlin, Germany

Intergeo - has been changed to INTERGEO 2020 DIGITAL
Register to attend digitally.
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20-22 October 2020 Online
FIG Commission 7 annual meeting
Web site:

5-6 November 2020, Delft, The Netherlands
23rd ICA Workshop on Map Generalisation and Multiple Representation (ICAgen2020). The event will either take place entirely at the venue, or partly at the venue and partly online (hybrid), or fully online. Deadline for the submission of abstract is 24 August 2020.
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