FIG Working Week - What’s Next?

It is Thursday 14 May 2020, and today should have been the closing day of FIG Working Week in Amsterdam. The programme of today would have been the second General Assembly session and closing ceremony. Also a comprehensive tour, 'Dutch land and water management', was scheduled to take place today. The intention of the tour was to give a unique insight into the Netherlands, with a focus on how water has shaped spatial planning and development in the Netherlands. It should have taken attendees on an exclusive journey using various modes of transport, starting at the historical Fort Vechten and... (read more)
2020-05-14 09:17:05

Teledyne Optech Partners with Aerial Surveys International to Provide Extremely Realistic Mapping Solution

Teledyne Optech, a Teledyne Technologies company and global leader in advanced Lidar sensors, has signed an agreement with Aerial Surveys International (ASI) to sell a Galaxy T2000, upgrade its existing Galaxy Prime to a Galaxy T2000 and install both sensors in the productivity-doubling G2 Sensor System.This purchase will enhance ASI’s capabilities through the effective two million points per second PRF of each Galaxy T2000.  Moreover, by combining both sensors on the G2 Sensor System, ASI will bolster its capacity to a true, effective four million points per second that provides extreme point density with one of the highest available efficiencies.... (read more)
2020-05-13 04:23:11

UAS Mapping – Where Is It Heading?

The use of an unmanned aerial system (UAS) – cameras and Lidar sensors mounted on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’) – to acquire geodata for mapping purposes has evolved beyond infancy and is now rapidly maturing. How will UAS mapping evolve in the foreseeable future? To envisage where exactly UAS technology is heading, it is appropriate to start with the big picture before examining the details. So what is the current big picture for unmanned aerial systems? How are they embedded in today’s society? First of all, our planet is confronted with climate change. The most threatening effects... (read more)
2020-05-13 04:05:36

Ten Years to Go to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Unlocking Valuable Contributions of the FIG Working Week 2020
The countdown begins, only one decade to go to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all and surveying professionals have a key role to play. It is therefore of crucial importance that FIG member organisations and surveyors are aware and prepared on how their work contributes to the achievement of the SDGs and vice versa.  The SDGs were appointed as one of the central themes during the FIG Working Week 2020. Many colleagues from the FIG community shared their experiences at practical and strategic level. In... (read more)
2020-05-12 11:02:05

Richard Pagett

Richard Pagett is Chair, FIG Working Group 8.5, Africa Water Governance. (read more)
2020-05-12 10:14:33

Highlighting Spatial Planning and Development at FIG2020

Contributions to the Working Week from FIG commission 8
Spatial planning – the focus of commission 8 – is logically much related to the subtheme ‘integrated land and water management’ of the FIG Working Week 2020. From a planners’ perspective it is key to optimize the spatial allocation of various land use types. This applies to both land-based and water-based functions and activities. As such, spatial planning aims to balance the interests of various policy domains and stakeholders in pursue of an overall sustainable development. As land and water are a limited and often scarce resource, those interests may clash, and sometimes hard decisions have to be made. Based... (read more)
2020-05-12 10:08:59

Land Challenges in a Revolving World

FIG Commission 7: Cadastre and Land Management
Has your world changed in the last four weeks? It has for Commission 7 also, and we are adjusting quickly to the new needs of our world. Commission 7 is about the relationship between land and people, and how surveyors and other professions support nations to administer their land resources. During this pandemic, every day the COVID19 virus is changing how we relate to our land from border closures to restrictions to citizens to be confined into private parcels. The current pandemic has shown how important it is to have a land inventory (the cadastre), and to be able to... (read more)
2020-05-12 09:53:17

Changed Perspectives in Land and Water Management

Situated in the delta of the rivers Meuse and Rhine, the Netherlands have a long tradition in land and water management. The fertile soils along the rivers and coast were quickly occupied for food production, the waterbodies were used for transportation of people and goods, and along this transportation network settlements emerged. However, the proximity to water bodies also meant the risk of flooding. Since the very first beginning, the main aim was to reduce the risk of flooding by embanking the rivers. Dams and locks were constructed as well to keep water levels high enough for – cross border... (read more)
2020-05-11 11:51:40

Asia Pacific Capacity Development Network

The FIG Asia Pacific Capacity Development Network (AP CDN), comprises of a group of dedicated individuals from our Commissions, the corporate sector, academic networks, and our sister organizations.  Our main outcomes are the development of the technical and soft capabilities of geodetic surveyors; the modernization of a nation's geodetic datum and infrastructure; and preparing surveyors for the geospatial trends and challenges that lay ahead.   To deliver these remits, and to convene reference frame in practice workshops, seminars and meetings, the Network relies on the will to succeed of participants, significant collaboration and relationship building with like-minded agencies and professional... (read more)
2020-05-11 11:33:11

Accuracy Near, Far, Above or Under – How is FIG Working Week 2020 Contributing

The skills that engineering surveyors had to acquire in order to respond to the challenges of the construction world have made them capable, also, of fulfilling other challenges, several of which motivated by an awareness of the limitations of our planet. Engineering surveyors have learned that they need to push the equipment and techniques to its limits, while having recognized the necessity to integrate new techniques which can present more complete answers, without forgetting an important qualifier: accuracy. The instruments and methodologies have allowed for the surveying engineers to start working either very closely to the studied object, or, otherwise,... (read more)
2020-05-11 11:12:24
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