News in 2022

Back at Intergeo

18-20 October 2022, Essen, Germany

It was a pleasure for FIG to be back at Intergeo with a stand in Essen, Germany. During the previous two years FIG has been represented with a virtual stand, but in 2022 Intergeo opened its doors in Essen with an exhibtion that was close to the size of previous years. it was clear to see that all enjoyed being back in person. Some exhibitors were back with smaller stands than usual, but the fact that it was possible to meet was reassuring.

Three exhibit halls were buzzing with excited exhibitors and visitors. Around 14,000 visitors had found their way to the fair in Essen, and FIG representatives had interesting talks with both seasoned and young surveyers, school kids who were hopefully inspired by this vibrant profession and the international perspective, as well as both German and International company representatives.

For the first time ever, FIG was located at a stand together with other associations in the so-called "Verbändepark" (Park of organisations) housing several German associations including DVW. CLGE was represented with a stand, too. It was a joy for FIG to be part of this bigger community.

The local organisers representing FIG Working Weeks 2023 and 2024 were on the spot. Our own Congress 2022 in Warsaw, Poland showed that we are getting back to a situation where all are longing for and appreciating meeting in person, and the importance of being able to meet and greet was clear. There is a big difference and the face-to-face meetings and talks should not be under-estimated.

Tim Burch, FIG Working Week 2023, and Kwame Tenadu, FIG Working Week 2024 at the FIG stand with FIG Director Louise Friis-Hansen

FIG Office staff Evelien Hertz - van Gelder and Claudia Stormoen together with FIG President Rudolf Staiger

Tim Burch, incoming Chair of FIG Commission 1 on Professional Standards and Practice and who is also part of the organising team of FIG Working Week 2023 that will take place in Orlando, Florida USA, was on a mission to promote the exhibition and sell booths/sponsorships giving International companies the opportunity to showcase the many new and exciting developments that companies have worked on over the past years. (more info at

Tim Burch was interviewed by IntergeoTV on the FIG Working Week 2023. Watch the interview

FIG Working Week 2024 was also represented and active spreading out the word to remember to incorporate budget for exhibition space or attendance in Accra, Ghana in 2024.

There were many visitors to the FIG stand. Some already knew FIG in advance and we enjoyed the reunification, and there were also many who did not know about FIG came by for a chat and information.

FIG President Rudolf Staiger was busy during the three exhibition days meeting with both international and German participants and exhibitors. On Thursday 20 October DVW kindly hosted a hand over session - read more here (link).

Rudolf Staiger was interviewed for Intergeo TV, too, talking about his time as President of FIG and his experiences. Watch the interview.
At the DVW meeting during Intergeo, Rudolf was elected incoming President of the German Association DVW.

FIG had meetings with FIG corporate members including Esri, Trimble, Leica and SuperMap.

Leica Geosystems Jürgen Dold visiting the FIG stand.

Tim Burch, FIG Working Week 2023, in talks with Leica representatives

Malaysia was alrso represented by Sr Hasan Jamil , who was Co-congress Director of FIG Congress 2014

Tim Burch got the chance to try the new hand-held  Leica scanner

High school students were also visiting Intergeo as part of their education to get to know more about the geospatial and surveying profession - it was nice to introduce them to the many international possibilities and perspectives.








Louise Friis-Hansen
14 November 2022