FIG Congress 2018 is the main event for all ten FIG technical commissions.

The overall theme of the Congress is:

Embracing our smart world where the continents connect:
enhancing the geospatial  maturity of societies

A few years ago, we identified the need for providing reliable, evidence-based open and/or low-cost data which describe a “spatially enabled” society. But today we realize that we have an additional task to ensure that these data and tools are used intelligently by the society and governments and through that to ensure the transition from the stage of a “spatially enabled” society to the stage of a “spatially mature” society: a society that is able to use the available spatial information and tools in a smart way in order to achieve sustainable prosperity for all.

Since the time that surveyors have identified the need for enabling the society spatially a huge technological reform took place. This includes the massive creation and consumption of data (structured or not structured); the extended use of affordable smart devices (everyone now can afford to buy a smart device and download spatial data); the increasingly high downloading speeds; the Internet of Things; cognitive computing for all to improve human decision-making; and the provision of personalized information and the Internet of Me. We now realize that societies are to a great extent spatially enabled. The challenge for land surveyors and geospatial experts is that we will develop our skills properly in order to increase the usability of these spatial data, to process this available information and to develop fit for purpose tools to enable societies to “uncover” the missing information and reduce inequalities.

What should be done to increase our skills?

We need to be able to:

The theme of our FIG2018 Congress “Embracing our smart world where the continents connect: enhancing the geospatial maturity of societies” finds its meaning in the joint effort for the “Geospatial Transformation of the World” and is aligned with the above definition of “geospatial maturity” of societies.

We aim to share the gained experience and knowledge in the surveying profession- our progress in developing, retrieving and using spatial information and land tools intelligently- among the various cultures and societies, and to enhance the ability of all people and governments to use information and tools properly to optimize activities required to achieve the SDGs.

Topics of interest

Therefore proposals for papers are requested in all topics of interest of the following commissions:

1. Professional Standards and Practice - FIG Commission 1
2. Professional Education - FIG Commission 2
3. Spatial Information Management - FIG Commission 3
4. Hydrography - FIG Commission 4
5. Positioning and Measurement - FIG commission 5
6. Engineering Surveys - FIG Commission 6
7. Cadastre and Land Management - FIG Commission 7
8. Spatial Planning and Development - FIG Commission 8
9. Valuation and the Management of Real Estate - FIG Commission 9
10. Construction Economics and Management - FIG Commission 10

Papers are also invited on the areas of the FIG Task Force on Real Estate Market Study, Standards Network, and on the History of Surveying and Measurement (Permanent Institution of FIG).

Specific Topics of FIG Congress 2018

In the open call for papers non-peer review and peer review papers are invited from following
the detailed topics selected by FIG Commissions:

Commission 1Professional Standards and Practice

Commission 2Professional Education

Commission 3Spatial Information Management (SIM)

Commission 4 - Hydrography

Commission 5Positioning and Measurement

Commission 6Engineering Surveys

Commission 7Cadastre and Land Management

Commission 8Spatial Planning and Development

Commission 9Valuation and the Management of Real Estate

Commission 10Construction Economics and Management



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