Article of the Month in 2011
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.
- 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