FIG Working Week 2017 photo gallery

General Assembly I – Monday 29 May 2017

During the FIG Working Week 2017 in Helsinki, Finland, the 40th FIG General Assembly was held; the first session on 29 May and second session on 2 June 2017. FIG Vice President Orhan Ercan (left), FIG Vice President Rudolf Staiger, FIG Director Louise Friis-Hansen, FIG President Chryssy Potsiou, Vice President Diane Dumashie , and Vice President Mikael Lilje.


At the first General Assembly 107 Member Associations were represented.


FIG President Chryssy Potsiou welcomes FIG members to Helsinki and the 40th General Assembly. Read the President's Report

Each commission chair gave a short report on their comission activities. Read the commissions reports.

Enrico Rispoli, Chair of Commission 3 making his report to the General Assembly.

Angela Etuonovbe, Chair of Commission 4 making her report to the General Assembly.

Gerda Schennach, Chair of Commission 7 making her report to the General Assembly.

Kwame Tenadu, Chair of Commission 8 making his report to the General Assembly.

Yerach Doytsher and FIG President Potsiou

FIG President Potsiou with Daniel Steudler

Welcome Reception

Warm welcome by Pekka Halme, Chair, Local Organising Committee, Co- Conference Directior. The welcome Reception was held at Helsinki City Hell.

Brian Coutts,Simon Ironside


Opening Ceremony


FIG President Chryssy Potsiou welcomed all participants to this Working Week in Finland.

Pekka Halme, on behalf of the local organising committee welcomed all participants to this Working Week in Finland.


FIG President Chryssy Potsiou hands over the certificate of appreciation to Paul Munro-Faure during the Opening Ceremony of the FIG Working Week 2017

Paul Munro-Faure making his speech, in his acceptance speech Paul Munro-Faure mentioned that his very first FIG event took place also in Helsinki, Finland

Participants listening to the FIG fanfare at the Opening Ceremony.

The key note speaker of the Working Week was Ed Parsons, who is the  Geospatial Technologist of Google, with responsibility for evangelising Google’s mission to organise the world’s information using geography. In this role he maintains links with Governments, Universities, Research and Standards Organisations which are involved in the development of Geospatial Technology.

From left: FIG President Chryssy Potsiou, Mr. Juha Talvitie, Mr. Jari Leppä


Plenary sessions

Tuesday 30 May 2017 – Living of Tomorrow – In a Digitalised World

From left: FIG President Chryssy Potsiou, Mr. Pekka Halme, Mr. Greg Bentley, Mr. Arvo Kokkonen


Mr. Arvo Kokkonen, Mr.Oumar Sylla

Mr. Arvo Kokkonen,Director General National Land Survey, Finland,

Mr. Greg Bentley, Chief Executive Officer Bentley Systems

Mr.Oumar Sylla Land and GLTN Unit Leader UN Habitat / Global Land Tool Network


Wednesday 31 May 2017 – Professional behaviour – In a Digitalised World 

From left: Mr. Rudolf Staiger, Mr. xxx, Prof. Yola Georgiadou, Dr. Jolyne Sanjak


Dr. Jolyne Sanjak, Chief Program Officer Landesa

Prof. Yola Georgiadou Professor in geo-information for governance Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) University of Twente


Thursday 1 June 2017 – Theme: The Contribution of our Profession – In a Digitalised World 

From left: Mr. Paavo Häikiö, Prof. Juha Hyyppä, Mr. Fredrik Zetterquist, Prof. Markku Poutanen.

Prof. Markku Poutanen Director, Geodesy and Geodynamics, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute, National Land Survey, Finland

Mr. Fredrik Zetterquist Chair UN-ECE WPLA CEO Swedesurvey

Prof. Juha Hyyppä, Head of Department, Prof. (Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry), Distinguished Prof., Adjunct Prof. Dr. Sc. (El. Eng.), Finnish Geodetic Institute, Department of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing



Technical sessions, Special Forums, Workshops and Pre-events

Young Surveyor European Meeting

BIM for Surveyors
Presidents' meeting

Technical sessions


Meeting with Chinese Society of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation, Dr. Qian Wang (left), Ms. Louise Friis-Hansen, Prof. Jixian Zhang


FIG office together with Loc is having a meeting for the preparation of the Working Week


Social Events

Finnish Evening/ FIG Foundation Dinner – Tuesday 30 May

Gala Dinner – Thursday 1 June

General assembly part 2


Ms.Diane Dumashie making her report to General Assembly

Ms.Eva-Maria Unger making her report

Prof.Volker Schwieger making his report

Mr.John Hohol making his report

Mr.John F. BROCK making his report

Ms Paula Dijkstra making a speech about FIG Working Week 2020 will hold in Netherlands.


Dr Orhan Ercan


Co-conference director Pekka Halme receives a drum from the local organising committee 2021

The Ghanese participants


Farewell Reception


Ms. Louise Friis-Hansen, Mr. Christiaan Lemmen