Welcome to the 1st FIG Young Surveyors Americas Meeting

Surveyors are problem solvers. We move beyond boundaries to thrive. Now, imagine what we can accomplish together sharing a safe space to inspire with knowledge from all around the world. 

For the first time, in May 2023, the Young Surveyors Meeting will include all of the Americas in this reunion, with a focus on “Moving Beyond Boundaries” to look into detail not only in international technology advances but in cultural differences we can relate to and complement each other with, in our Surveyors world.  

The 1st Young Surveyors Americas Meeting (1YSAMM) is a two-day meeting, held in Orlando, Florida, USA. It will provide young surveyors with different cultures, countries, languages, academic qualifications and professional backgrounds the opportunity to meet, connect, learn and create links for a greater social good, especially in the Survey Community. Even if it's a professional event, everyone will have the freedom of exploring the fun state of Florida and its well known entertaining locations such as Disney, Universal Studios and NASA. 

FIG Young Surveyors Network
Ferah Köksal , Chair
Shirley Chapunza, Co-Chair
Jacob Heck, Local Organizing Committee (LOC)  Representative


You can register for the Young Surveyors Conference via the registration form for the FIG Working Week. In case you have problems with your registration, please contact: FIGRegistration@conferencemanagers.com



Workshops, seminars, technical tours, and paper presentations during FIG Working Week 2023 will qualify for Continuing Education Units of Professional Development Hours (CEU/PDH) as authorized by the Florida Board of Professional Surveyors and Mappers (the Florida’s Surveying and Mapping licensing entity) through Florida Surveying and Mapping Society’s (FSMS) Florida Continuing Education provider status - Provider No. CE11

Saturday 27 May 2023

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 - 9:30 AM Opening Ceremony

Welcome to the first Americas Regional Meeting for the FIG Young Surveyors. Let’s begin with opening remarks from the leaders in our profession. 

Winnie Shiu - FIG Vice President
Tim Burch - NSPS Executive Director
John Hohol - FIG Foundation President
Shirley Chapunza and Jacob Heck - FIG Young Surveyors Network

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Leveraging Technology to Move Beyond Boundaries (10603)

To begin with our 1st America’s Young Surveyors Meeting, join our keynote speakers with their presentations about the important role technology plays in solving key issues within the Survey Community.

Sustainability -  Craig Hill - (Vice President Marketing and Services, Leica Geosystems)
Leveraging Technology - Bryn Fosburgh (Senior Vice President, Trimble Inc.)Mapping the Plastic - Simon Ironside (Chair, FIG Working Group 4.3)

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Coffee Break and group photo

Now, let’s get a hot beverage for an ice breaker to get to know each other, after all it's not everyday we're surrounded with colleagues from all around the world with the same passion. Let’s not forget the group photo!

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Updates from regional networks


Let’s take an opportunity to hear from colleagues from the Americas and other places to see the kinds of interesting activities that young surveyors are doing. 

Activities with German Young Surveyors - Adrian Weng (KonGeoS, IGSO/IGSM)

Updates from Puerto Rico - Nicole Rodriguez-Bonilla (College of Engineers and Surveyors of PR)

12:00 PM - 1.00 PM

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (10604)


Six different cultural backgrounds but one passion in common: Survey. Join these Young Surveyors on their path of becoming professionals, their work and personal experiences, boundaries & challenges they have encountered, and how they managed to overcome them and where it got them to be.

FIG Diversity Task Force: Nigel Sellars (RICS)
TBD: Ali Gonzalez Perez (University of Florida)
FIG Foundation Grant Award Winners:
Darion David Mahadeo (Trinidad) 
Hilda Steen (Sweden)
Angel Collado Murillo (Spain) 
Angela Omamuyovwi Anyakora (Nigeria)

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch Break
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Charity Event (Sponsored by Trimble)



The proceeds from the Charity event will go to the FIG YSN’s Volunteer Community Surveyor Program, and the FIG Foundation. This year’s Charity Event  is sponsored by Trimble Inc.! Let’s gather and have some fun playing the classic game of BINGO!

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM VCSP: Volunteer Community Surveyor Program

The VCSP will take its turn to discuss the role and responsibilities of young surveyors in addressing emerging challenges within the surveying and land administration sector. The discussion will explain to participants how the VCSP has engaged tenure security and mentorship. It will also help participants understand how they can get involved in addressing tenure security challenges and mentoring.

  • Roshni Sharma (Chair, VCSP)
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

What is GIS (Presented by Esri) (10605)


Who better than representatives from Esri to speak to us about one of the most important pieces of the geospatial puzzle. In this session we will learn about GIS and some of its applications to the work that we do.

What is GIS? - Brent Jones (Global Manager, Land Records/Cadastre at Esri)

Community GIS program and Africa Geoportal - Katherine Smyth (Technical Director, Global Partners & Alliances at Esri)

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Wrap-up Day 1


Let’s reflect on what was covered today, while preparing for the events of tomorrow. We will also discuss logistics for the evening event and hear from our sponsors at GeoMax about a surveying competition that they are sponsoring this week.


6:00 PM -

Dinner/ Social Event - Splitsville - Bowling and American Fare

Bowl down memory lane while enjoying an upscale spin on this classic American pastime—with fun to spare! A dinner buffet, drinks, and bowling are provided free of charge from our wonderful sponsor Leica Geosystems.

Sunday 28 May 2023

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM Developing and Engaging with the Next Generation (10606)

The key to maintaining sustainability within the geospatial industry lies in the engagement and making opportunities for the next generation. In this session we will listen to and engage with industry professionals who are going above and beyond to not only provide career growth but are also marketing the profession to new people. 

Public Outreach and Awareness:

  • Get Kids Into Survey: Trent & Heather Keenan (Diamondback Land Surveying)

Workforce Development: 

  • Apprenticeship program for surveyors: Tim Murphy (SAM - Surveying & Mapping, Inc.)
  • Mentoring Mondays & Wisdom Wednesday:Trent Keenan (Diamondback Land Surveying)
  • Training the next generation of surveyors: Dr. Youssef Kaddoura (University of Florida)
10:30 AM - 10:50 AM Coffee Break
10:40 AM - 11:45 AM Future of the Young Surveyors Network

This session provides an open discussion on how the FIG Young Surveyors Network and its affiliate members will continue to grow and keep the geospatial industry relevant.

  • Shirley Chapunza (Vice Chair, FIG YSN)
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Closing and wrap-up


After two long days of discussion, we will look back on what we learned and see what we can do to move forward together.

12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Free afternoon


Attend the FIG General Assembly, or take some time to enjoy the amenities at the conference resort, or go off-site on your own to explore Orlando.

4:30 PM

FIG Working Week 2023 Opening Ceremony


The opening ceremony will provide a spectacular introduction to the FIG  Working Week, its theme, and its unique location – a festive start of the week.

See - Opening

1st FIG Young Surveyors Americas Meeting Sponsors: