FIG Asks for Input on Future Structure

The International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) is seeking input from its members to help shape the governance structure of the organization. The Task Force on Governance is working on an evaluation and proposal of potential changes to the current FIG governance. The Task Force had planned several activities, including a roundtable session and a General Assembly briefing, at the Working Week 2020 in Amsterdam, last May. As this conference was cancelled due to Covid-19, the Task Force is now asking for online engagement and for contributions and input. The Task Force has prepared two videos for members: the first video is... (read more)
2020-06-30 04:07:31

CHC Navigation’s GNSS Receivers Reach the Peak of Everest

CHC Navigation’s P5 geodetic GNSS receiver has been used successfully by China's National Geodetic Survey Team and Mountaineer's Team to complete the 2020 Mount Everest Elevation Survey. This extreme GNSS surveying project leveraged the performance, reliability and operability of CHC Navigation’s receivers in very challenging temperature and altitude conditions. This was the first time that a team of Chinese surveyors had climbed the summit of Mount Everest, and was also the first time that BeiDou-based Chinese GNSS receivers had been used to measure the height of Mount Everest. In order to promote research on the Mount Everest elevation and to... (read more)
2020-05-28 11:15:54

Fit-for-purpose Land Administration for All

Over the last decade, fit-for-purpose land administration (FFPLA) has developed into a viable philosophy with accompanying methodologies and tools for delivering land tenure security on a large scale. A new publication called 'Fit for Purpose Land Administration for All', which is backed by Kadaster International, suggests that FFPLA should be recognized as a once-in-a-generation opportunity for all stakeholders, and specifically for private surveyors. The methodologies and tools of FFPLA contribute to large-scale land tenure in several ways: by encouraging participatory approaches, simplifying legal procedures, streamlining institutional processes and making use of innovative frontrunners and leading-edge technologies. The benefits of the... (read more)
2020-05-19 04:49:15

Software with Strip Adjustment Streamlines Point Cloud Acquisition for 3D Mapping

A newly enhanced software program from YellowScan, an international geomatics company based in France, is streamlining the acquisition of point-cloud data for Lidar. In March, the company announced the release of its new strip adjustment module, a point cloud-enhancing toolbox for its proprietary Lidar software, CloudStation. Even with high-end Lidar systems, some data refinement is required to improve precision and accuracy; the catch is that strip adjustment software is often complex. Here, the adjustment of strips or flight lines and the production of LAS files are done in a few clicks. The Robust method is typically suitable for area-like (or... (read more)
2020-05-18 03:23:02

KlauPPK Usage Leads to Changes in GCP Regulations in Japan

Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has rewritten its UAV capture specifications based on results using KlauPPK technology. The guideline for work-type management using aerial photogrammetry (earthwork), which outlines the procedures to be used to perform aerial surveys, has until now specified that surveyors must “set up ground control points every 100m”. When KlauPPK technology is deployed, the use of GCPs is now optional. The tests conducted by GeoLink Japan proved that +/-5cm XYZ accuracy can be achieved without GCPs, as verified with check points. This improves the work efficiency and productivity across sites in Japan including public... (read more)
2020-05-16 02:48:55

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

Devin Kowbuz

Devin Kowbuz is portfolio manager for the Trimble Forensics business area within Trimble Geospatial. He is responsible for the current portfolio of solutions and the forward-looking development of the market. He holds a degree in geomatics engineering from the University of Calgary, Canada, and is a licensed professional land surveyor in Colorado and Ohio, USA. (read more)
2020-05-13 03:36:19

An Afternoon of History

Crazy about history? Crazy about history? Join us in an Afternoon of History… This year, The FIG Permanent Institution of History of Surveying joint forces with De Hollandse Circle to put together a programme for an afternoon of history during the FIG Working Week. In this article we have highlighted a few of the papers that are related particularly to the history of Dutch Surveyors and Dutch Surveying which takes you all the way to Japan. Enjoy. Reclamation Cooperation Between the Netherlands and Japan from the Samurai Period by Kengo Okada, RIPRO Corporation, Japan, Bronze Sponsor of the FIG Working... (read more)
2020-05-13 11:32:06

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

Alan Muse

Alan Muse is Chair, FIG Commission 10 - Construction Economics and Management, International Federation of Surveyors (FIG). (read more)
2020-05-12 10:50:45
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