The FIG Standards Network and Standards in Surveying

A simple inspection of still-existing Roman roads, aqueducts and canals shows that the Romans were exceptionally skilled engineers. Shoe sizes provide a person’s shoe fitting size. There are many different shoe-size systems used in the world today. Wi-Fi is a family of wireless networking technologies, commonly used for local area networking of devices and Internet access. Wi-Fi and internet technologies are particularly important in the situation we find ourselves in today. But what do Roman roads, shoe sizes and Wi-Fi have to do with surveying and indeed FIG? Surprisingly they have a lot in common… What do Roman ruts have... (read more)
2020-05-08 01:44:28

COVID-19 Responses and FIG2020: Lessons for Surveying Education

FIG Commission 2: Professional Education
The focus of FIG Commission 2 is on innovative and effective professional education and training for surveyors. This involves curriculum development, innovations in teaching and learning, life-long learning, attracting new students, and continuing professional development (CPD). A key aim of this term is to update the FIG Commission 2: FIG Publication No. 46. Enhancing Surveying Education through e-Learning with a focus on “Blended Learning” and better understanding how to combine face-to-face (f2f) and e-learning approaches. We seek to understand how current students best learn, good practices in e-learning, and in blending f2f and e-learning approaches for both teaching and training.... (read more)
2020-05-08 01:23:13

Need for International Ethics Standards, Peace and Gender Equality

FIG Commission 1: Professional Standards and Practise
Commission 1 focuses on establishing a set of ethical principles that fits the surveying profession for reference by professional institutions. It also focuses on promoting greater understanding and improving community perceptions about the surveying profession, which is underlined by the foundation’s vision to improve gender equality and maintaining global peace and justice, in line with Goal No. 5 and 16 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) respectively. Highlighting the sessions of FIG Commission 1 Commission 1 received a well coverage of technical papers for the topics related to Professional Practice, Boundaries and Women in Surveying. All the submissions... (read more)
2020-05-08 01:06:49

Shedding Light on Earth

How Nighttime Lights Have Revolutionized the Way We Understand Our World
Images of Earth taken at night are revolutionizing our ability to measure and understand nearly every dimension related to human activity on Earth and allow us to get a glimpse into human/Earth interactions in near real time. The recent COVID-19 outbreak exemplifies how nighttime lights can help us understand the impacts of shocks on populations, economies and markets. Given the interdisciplinary nature of remote sensing-based socioeconomic research, a special issue of 'Remote Sensing' journal will bring together original and novel studies demonstrating innovative applications of nighttime lights-based analysis to broaden our understanding of human society and its further implications. Seeing... (read more)
2020-05-07 08:25:58

From Bulb to Flower, the Road towards FIG2020(+1)

From the Perspective of the Local Organising Committee
The tulips have been our signature symbol for the FIG Working Week in Amsterdam in 2020. We included this symbol wherever possible: in the logo of FIG2020, in our images and of course with the orange stickers on the badges. The timing of the Working Week would have allowed you to visit the flower fields, or to buy tulip bulbs in any colour you desired and to plant them for the years to come as a reminder of FIG2020. Our Local Organising Committee (LOC) was looking forward to welcoming you with a specially designed ‘Tulip Entrance’. Hosting the event would... (read more)
2020-05-01 05:53:52

FIG Working Week 2020 – Distance Matters…

What is the ‘FIG Working Week’? It’s a strange name for a conference, but a name that has become close to a trademark and is significant for the many varied activities that are going on during the – almost – week-long event. Since 1878, when FIG was established and gave surveyors the possibility to meet and network, the yearly FIG Conference has proven to be a unique meeting place for surveyors and geospatial experts around the world. But does it really matter to attend a conference, and to meet? Hanoi, Istanbul, Helsinki, Christchurch, Sofia, Kuala Lumpur, Accra, Rome, Marrakech, Sydney,... (read more)
2020-05-01 05:06:10

FIG Young Surveyors Network: Geospatial Agents of Change

Reclaiming the Future by Mapping the New World
With geospatial information being more important now than ever, location-based data is the key to solving the societal challenges of our time. Young geospatial and surveying professionals especially sit in the driving seat towards the goal of meeting the most urgent global and local challenges with location-based information and analysis. But we cannot do it alone. Resilience, collaboration and global networks are the key to unlocking our sustainable common future. The FIG Young Surveyors Network provides a platform for young geospatial professionals from all over the globe to share, learn, network and take action. The FIG Young Surveyors Network (YSN)... (read more)
2020-05-01 04:40:58

Submission Period for Galileo Masters 2020 Now Open

While completion of the Galileo constellation is still in progress – the last four Galileo satellites are scheduled for launch at the end of 2020 – the European Space Agency (ESA) is already looking ahead to the system’s second generation. In fact, the first ideas, first studies and first technology developments started four years ago. The Galileo Masters competition is fostering the development of new business cases, service delivery and applications based on Galileo/EGNOS. This year’s edition incorporates the brand-new Galileo Prizes powered by the European Commission (EC). The submission period for entries opened on 1 April 2020. Four years... (read more)
2020-04-15 12:08:54

The Role of Spatial Data and Technologies towards Building Smart Nations

Leveraging and Scaling the Smart Cities Paradigm
In the last couple of decades, many cities around the world have adopted new innovative technologies to help them address some of the most fundamental challenges of the 21st century. More and more cities are becoming what is often referred to as 'smarter', by utilizing a wide range of emerging technologies that collect, analyse, monitor and communicate information to enable the efficient delivery of essential services, improve people’s quality of life, and allow a more effective city governance. Recognizing the potential of integrated technologies to improve governance efficiency, social and human capital and people's well-being, nations are now also aiming... (read more)
2020-04-09 01:01:41

State of the Art in 3D City Modelling

Six Challenges Facing 3D Data as a Platform
Semantically enriched 3D city models have the potential to be powerful hubs of integrated information for computer-based urban spatial analysis. This article presents the state of the art in 3D city modelling in the context of broader developments such as smart cities and digital twins, and outlines six challenges that must be overcome before 3D data as a platform becomes a reality. (This article is a co-production of seven authors, all of whom are mentioned at the end of the text.) 3D city models, as digital representations of urban areas, can be used to facilitate many applications, such as urban... (read more)
2020-04-09 10:46:22
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