The theme for FIG Working Week 2023 is:

Protecting Our World, Conquering New Frontiers

As the world emerges from the grips of a global pandemic and the renewed enthusiasm of in-person conferences, the focus of the geospatial professions is becoming clearer. Our world and the population residing on it needs our assistance in finding better ways of sustaining our environment.  This vision for helping with making those changes are reflected in this year’s theme for our Working Week and is strategically aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as adopted by the Member States in 2015.

The 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) are located here:

GOAL 1: No Poverty
GOAL 2: Zero Hunger
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
GOAL 4: Quality Education
GOAL 5: Gender Equality
GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
GOAL 13: Climate Action
GOAL 14: Life Below Water
GOAL 15: Life on Land
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal

The FIG Working Week 2023, being held in Orlando, Florida, USA, will foster an environment that looks at the world we currently live in and help to create ideas and visions that use the SDG goals for detailing new strategies to align with our Working Week theme. The theme is intended to inspire surveying and geospatial professionals to seek to expand our presence through technology, experience, collaboration, and good will for a better tomorrow. As our world and climate changes around us, we aspire to leverage our knowledge base and tools for measuring, monitoring, and forecasting how to improve the outlook for our future generations. 

Many topics covered by the ten (10) Commissions of FIG cover areas that are directly related to the SDGs, so having our attendees participate in submitting technical papers and providing presentations on new and advancing ideas is key to achieving progress towards these goals. The FIG Working Week is an exceptional platform to discuss experiences, innovations, best practices, research and much more to support the shaping of the future.

Proposals for papers non-peer review and peer review are requested in all topics of interest of the following:

Professional Standards and Practice – FIG Commission 1 
  • The Aging Profession/Renewal of the profession (and also the profession itself) – make the profession younger
  • Diversity/inclusion within surveying, and also in provision of surveying services to the community 
Professional Education – FIG Commission 2 
  • Innovations in surveying education 
  • Blended learning: good practices and lessons learned 
  • Alternative teaching methodologies, activate students in the classroom 
Spatial Information Management – FIG Commission 3 
  • Spatial data collection and management, including contributed, crowdsourced and user-generated geodata, ubiquities and emerging technologies
  • Standards and ethics related to the use and dissemination of spatial data
  • Spatial data handling and processing, including data-mining and knowledge recovery, AI and ML models
  • Spatial data usage, including nD cadaster, smart cities, land and city planning, and environmental knowledge 
  • Spatial intelligence / Space technologies / Digital transformation / Innovation
  • Empowering communities through geospatial data know-how and best practice  
Hydrography – FIG Commission 4 
  • The surveying of wetlands 
  • Conquering new frontiers of Hydrography 
  • Hydrographic applications in blooming the blue economy 
  • Hydrographic datums and unified reference framework 
  • Hydrographic education and continual professional development 
  • Marine environment protection and marine space administration 
Positioning and Measurement – FIG Commission 5 
  • Dynamic Datums and working with resultant data (for both surveyors and geospatial experts)
  • Novel Low-Cost Positioning Sensor Systems and their Applications
  • GNSS Reference Stations and Networks
  • Scanning the World around us
  • Combining Positioning and Measurement Systems  
Engineering Surveys – FIG Commission 6 
  • New sensing technologies in surveying: Image assisted and scanning total stations, IoT Sensors, Laser scanners; Radar/SAR; Unmanned aerial or underwater vehicles (UAV & UUV) etc.
  • Applications of augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in Engineering Geodesy
  • Deformation monitoring and analysis of engineering structures and environment; Mines and other geo-resources (including of energy); Landslides and other geohazards
  •  Dynamic monitoring of civil engineering structures: bridges, high rise buildings, towers, wind turbines etc.
Cadastre and Land Management – FIG Commission 7 
  • Framework for Effective Land Administration, Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration and linkages to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 3D 
  • Implementing the Framework for Effective Land Administration (FELA) 
  • Digital transformation of cadastre and land registries, including issues of data quality and cybersecurity concerns (linked with Commission 8) 
  • 3D/4D Land administration (linked with Commission 3) – including technical aspects on data capture and boundary issues 
  • Land Administration Domain Model (LADM), BIM and Standards – including marine cadastres 
  • Women and vulnerable groups access to land, and participation in land administration systems (linked to other FIG initiatives) 
  • Capacity building and awareness raising for cadastres and land management (linked with Commission 2) 
  • Legal, policy, financing and institutional issues in land administration 
Spatial Planning and Development – FIG Commission 8 
  • The involvement of surveyors in climate crisis prevention 
  • Participation and Bottom-Up Implementation of Spatial and Land Use Planning Objectives 
  • Digital Transformation and Spatial Intelligence – including Digital Twins, Smart solutions,
  • Digitising change intervention processes of spatial decisions (co-operation with Commission 3 and 7). 
  • Land Management tools for Spatial Governance - Evaluation of land management tools such as expropriation/compulsory purchase, land banking, land consolidation, land readjustment, pre-emption rights and others 
  • Land value change and spatial interventions (possible co-operation with Commission 9) 
Valuation and the Management of Real Estate – FIG Commission 9 
  • Property data transparency as a basis for good decisions in favour of a healthy world
  • Approaches to a definition for the term "transparency on the real estate market" 
  • Legal regulations for valuation and transparency on the real estate market in your country 
  • Professional approaches for automatic mass appraisals of real estate properties 
  • Examples of transparent real estate markets through good data availability 
  • Visualisation of real estate market data via the internet for use by professionals and citizens 
  • Valuation and taxes - an important partnership and how it works well 
  • Future forecasts about the real estate market; are they at all meaningful and possible? 
Construction Economics and Management – FIG Commission 10 
  • Digital twins and building information model: what is the difference? 
  • What is the role of Construction Economics and Management as we build back better? 
FIG Permanent Institutions

The Permanent Institution of History for Surveying and Measurement invites contributions on the history of surveying and measurement, and the techniques and instrumentation involved. 

FIG Networks

FIG Young Surveyors Network would like to see contributions from young surveyors in all 10 Commissions. 

Papers are also invited on the areas of the FIG Networks: 

  •  FIG Standards Network 
  • Regional Capacity Development Network 
    • Africa 
    • Asia/Pacific

There will furthermore be a special focus on Latin America and South America and the challenges in this region. 







The theme
Call for Papers
Abstract Submission
Guide for Presenters
Important dates

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