Article of the Month - July 2021

FIG e-Working Week 2021 Keynote:
The Challenges for Smart Surveyors in a New Reality

Jack Dangermond and FIG President Rudolf Staiger
Instead of a paper we would like to share with you a series of video recordings from the keynote sessions of FIG e-Working Week 2021.

In this video that is offered to you in this "Article of the Month of July 2021" the founder and President of Esri - Environmental Systems Research Institute, Jack Dangermond talks with FIG President Rudolf Staiger, about the impactful latest trends in GIS software technology, how they impact surveying and the FIG community as well as thoughts and considerations on the future of the profession.

The interview took place on Monday 21 June 2021 and duration of the video is 1½ hours.

Watch and be inspired by the keynote session here:

About the keynote speakers

Jack Dangermond, Founder and President Esri - Environmental Systems Research Institute

A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) in 1969 with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could help us design a better future. Under Dangermond's leadership, that vision has continued to guide Esri in creating cutting-edge GIS and Geodesign technologies used in every industry to make a difference worldwide.

Dangermond fostered the growth of Esri from a small research group to an organization recognized as the world leader in GIS software development.

Esri employs more than 4,000 people worldwide. Many who shared his passion for GIS in the early days are still with the company and remain dedicated to helping the users to be successful.

Rudolf Staiger, FIG President, Professor at the University of Applied Sciences Bochum, Dept. of Surveying Engineering and Geoinformatics

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rudolf Staiger is teaching Surveying Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Bochum (Germany). His areas of special interest are instrumentation and calibration of geodetic sensors, Laser scanning and data analysis. He studied Geodesy in Karlsruhe (Germany, University of Karlsruhe) and in Paris (France, ENSG). The subject of his doctoral thesis is “close range triangulation with theodolites for coordinate measuring purposes”.

Rudolf spent 6 years in industry with KERN and Leica-Geosystems (both in Switzerland) as Systems Engineer, Product Manager and Software Developer. From 1994 to 2005 he was teaching Surveying Engineering at the University of Essen (Germany). Since then he teaches in Bochum where he also served as Vice-President of the University for Research & Transfer (2009-2016). Rudolf is very active in FIG. He was the Chair of Commission 5 (Positioning and Measurement) and is currently acting as Vice-President. His language abilities are German, French and English.