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FIG Working Week 2016 - The programme

By [email protected] - 29th March 2016 - 18:25

The FIG Working Week 2016 is just around the corner! FIG and NZIS look forward to seeing you in Christchurch, New Zealand from 2-6 May 2016. We are excited to share the detailed technical programme for the 2016 conference! It is shaping up to be another great FIG experience and we hope you can come to Christchurch, New Zealand from 2 – 6 May to join in the fun.

FIG Working Week is an exciting week-long conference that brings the international community of surveying professionals together to experience a mix of interesting plenary and technical sessions and workshops; a trade exhibition and a variety of side events and social functions. The week gives a unique opportunity to discuss best practices within the surveying profession with fellow peers.

The overall theme of the FIG Working Week is Recovery from Disaster. New Zealand is a (relatively) geologically active country with a history of seismic events and post-earthquake Christchurch is an ideal location from which to consider this theme. Many inhabitants throughout the World face various kinds of disasters, apart from earthquakes as in Christchurch, such as flooding, storms, tsunamis, drought and the after effects of conflicts etc. Surveying and spatial professionals are key actors, on the land, in the sea, in the air and in space, in making an important contribution to improve, simplify and to shorten the disaster mitigation, rehabilitation and reconstruction phase.

For the detailed programme, please visit

Extend your Working Week experience by attending one of the pre-conference programme:

30 April-1 May 2016
FIG and NZIS have decided on a special focus on the young surveyors and to give Young Surveyors an outstanding opportunity to participate both in the Working Week with its variety of sessions and a special Young Surveyors Conference. The Young Surveyors conference will include a tailor made programme aimed at young professionals.

30 April-1 May 2016
Prior to the FIG Working the IIHSM is hosting a two day symposium. Day one will focus on the boundaries of South Pacific and answer the question "Are the Islands Sinking?". The second day has the theme "From Mercator to Cook to Silent Cinema: Surveyors of the World".

1-2 May 2016
The technical seminar is aimed at surveyors, spatial professionals, students and operational geodesists who are interested in learning more about practical aspects of reference frames from some of the world’s leading geodesists and geodetic surveyors. As well as covering reference frame basics, the two-day seminar will focus particularly on dealing with deformation and datum unification. There will be ample opportunity for networking with other seminar participants and presenters, including at the seminar dinner. Numbers are limited so early registration is advised.

30 April-1 May 2016
FIG has organised several regional forums on the role of land professionals in supporting SIDS. Again this year a workshop is taken place. The workshop is entitled “Responding to Climate Change and Security of Tenure in Small Island Developing States: The Role of Land Professionals”. New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade (NZAID), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations Human Settlement Program (UN-Habitat) and its Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) and the FIG Foundation are supporting the workshop.
The key topics will be: the specific context and vulnerabilities for SIDS;

  • the specific challenges faced by SIDS in the land sector;
  • climate change, vulnerability and the risk of natural disasters;
  • urbanisation; and
  • challenges for improved land governance.

FIG Working Week wouldn’t be anything without the interaction and networking of our participants.
Join these events to get to know your fellow peers.

  • Home Hospitality - 1 May, 19.30 -
  • Welcome Reception - 2 May, 19.00-22.00 at Transitional Cathedral
  • Kiwi Evening / FIG Foundation Dinner - 3 May, 19.30-23.00 at Horncastle Arena
  • FIG Commission Dinner - 4 May, 19.30
  • Gala Dinner - 5 May, 19.30-23.00 at Air Force Museum of New Zealand
  • Farewell Reception - 6 May hosted by #FIG2017, Helsinki, Finland
  • Rugby Match - 6 May, 19.35 at AMI Stadium, Addington Christchurch

We look forward to seeing you in Christchurch in May – for more information and to register, please visit

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