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FIG Congress 2018, 6-11 May 2018 In Istanbul Turkey

By [email protected] - 12th November 2017 - 15:32

Note Deadline Of The Submission Of Abstracts: 15 November 2017

FIG Congress is an exciting week-long conference that brings the international community of surveying and spatial professionals together. Scientists, experts, policy- and decision-makers, students, and stakeholders are invited to join the discussions on issues affecting the international surveying and spatial community today and in the future.

The theme of the Congress is

  • Embracing our smart world where the continents connect:
  • Enhancing the geospatial maturity of societies

Spatial enablement requires information to be collected, updated, analyzed, represented, and communicated, together with information on land ownership and custodianship, in a consistent manner to underpin good governance of land and its natural resources, whole-of-government efficiency, public safety and security towards the wellbeing of societies, the environment and economy. A society can be regarded as spatially enabled when location and spatial information are commonly available to citizens and businesses to encourage creativity and product development. Societies and their governments need to become spatially enabled in order to have the right tools and information at hand to take the right decisions.

Once we were in need of reliable, evidence-based open and/or low-cost data which describe “spatially enabled” society. But today we have to provide transition from being “spatially enabled” society to “spatially mature” society for decision-making. It is a well-known fact that location information has changed people’s perceptions. We cannot measure or monitor sustainability and growth without the intelligent use of evidence-based geospatial data. Technology helps us to “uncover” the missing information and reduce inequalities.

It is now time to submit your abstract for the FIG Congress 2018. Emphasis will be on the overall theme of the Congress in the design of the technical programme.

The technical programme will be comprised of peer reviewed, scientific, academic, technical and practical papers and participants will be from differing cultural backgrounds and diverse surveying traditions, who possess varying professional experiences and apply multi-professional disciplines. Together with the exhibition and a combination of side events and social activities, FIG Congress 2018 will be of interest to participants from all over the world and will be a memorable experience not to be missed.

Please see the call for papers here:

Final deadline for submitting the abstract is 15 November 2017 if you would like to have your paper included in the programme and present it during the conference.

You can submit your abstract either for a regular or a short presentation. A regular presentation is a 10 minute presentation in a session. The short presentations will be included in special "Short Inspirational Sessions" featuring 5 minute presentations from authors and a following general discussion on the theme. Full paper is required, and deadline for full paper submission is 20 February 2018.


  1. Submit your abstract online at: Deadline is 15 November 2017
  2. Get accepted - All proposals will be reviewed before end of January 2018. See important deadlines here
  3. Register - Once your proposal is accepted, you must register before our Technical Committee can schedule your presentation.


  • Professional Standards and Practice – FIG Commission 1
  • Professional Education – FIG Commission 2
  • Spatial Information Management – FIG Commission 3
  • Hydrography – FIG Commission 4
  • Positioning and Measurement – FIG Commission 5
  • Engineering Surveys – FIG Commission 6
  • Cadastre and Land Management – FIG Commission 7
  • Spatial Planning and Development – FIG Commission 8
  • Valuation and the Management of Real Estate – FIG Commission 9
  • Construction Economics and Management – FIG Commission 10
  • Real Estate Market Study – FIG Task Force
  • History - The International Institution for the History of Surveying and Measurement

The Congress, which is organised jointly by FIG and the Turkish Chamber of Survey and Cadastre Engineers (CSCE), will take place in beautiful Istanbul. Istanbul – a city that straddles two continents: Asia and Europe and a city with a distinct history and charming culture. Istanbul is an extraordinary mixture of modern city-life and historic sightseeing attractions. The Istanbul Congress Center – the biggest congress center in Istanbul – is our selected venue for this large Congress that takes place only every 4 year. The Conference Center is located in the city center, in walking distance to surrounding hotels.

The Conference Center gives a unique possibilities for companies to showcase products and services. All session rooms are located on one floor with the exhibition in the hallways ensuring a lively traffic throughout the four conference days. For companies there are special opportunities for sponsorships. We work this year also with the à la carte options for sponsors. We invite you to have a look at the sponsorship proposal:

For the exhibitors there is also this year an opportunity to have an affordable way to connect with the conference attendees. Have a look at the floorplan and your possibilities at

The Reference Frames in Practice seminar aims at surveyors, operational geodesists and spatial professionals who are interested about the practical aspects of reference frames from some of the world’s leading geodesists an geodetic surveyors. More information will be posted at

Following up on the success from the Working Week 2017, the Congress offers a BIM for Surveyors Workshop. BIM is changing the way how surveyors work, think, collaborate and make money. Th workshop will teach you the theoretical background of the BIM method (concepts, workflows and standards), present best practice experiences from large projects and SME (from surveyor’s point of view), inform about innovative BIM software (surveying, integration and collaboration with BIM, CAD, GIS) and will give you the opportunity to get a professional international network. The workshop will take place on Saturday 5 May and includes a field programme on 6 May 9:00 - 12:00
More information will be posted at:

Also this year FIG in connection with the Young Surveyors will organise the 4th FIG Young Surveyors Conference. A special program dedicated for young surveyors all over the world, where they can learn, share and meet. All the information can be found at

More information about the Congress including the technical and social programme and registration information will be posted on the event website.

We are having a full program ahead of us. To stay updated, check the website:

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