FIG is the premier international organization representing the interests of surveyors worldwide. It is a federation of the national member associations and covers the whole range of professional fields within the global surveying community. It provides an international forum for discussion and development aiming to promote professional practice and standards.
The Netherlands’ Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency – in short Kadaster – collects and registers administrative and spatial data on property and the rights involved. This also goes for ships, aircraft and telecom networks. Doing so, Kadaster protects legal certainty. We are also responsible for national mapping and maintenance of the national reference coordinate system. Furthermore, we are an advisory body for land-use issues and national spatial data infrastructures.
The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science and earth observation using remote sensing and GIS. The aim of ITC's activities is the international exchange of knowledge, focusing on capacity building and institutional development in developing countries and emerging economies.
GIN is an interactive meeting place and is an open knowledge network for everyone who is professionally involved with geographic information. GIN organizes activities and encourages and facilitates sharing and transferring knowledge of its members in development of all members and to strengthen the position of the field of geo-information in society.
The subsequent strategic goals are:
• Creating an accessible and connected network within geo-users
• to provide an interactive knowledge platform
• increasing the relevance geo-information in the ‘outside world’
The week-long conference offers an interesting mix of plenary and technical sessions and workshops, a trade exhibition and a variety of side events and social functions. The technical programme will consist of over 500 presentations within the field of surveying, including best practice and new research. Some 1700 participants and 40 exhibiters are expected.
Registration for the conference will open in October 2019
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the FIG Working Week 2020 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This welcome is on behalf of all organizing partners GIN, Kadaster, and ITC.
The Netherlands is known for its tulips, wind mills and polder landscapes, and it is also known as one of the best surveyed areas in the world; every square meter has been mapped, registered and documented. Being small sized, densely populated, partly below sea level and the second exporter of agricultural goods in world, the management of land and water is crucial in our society.
Mapping and surveying are basic activities to support the management of land and water. Having almost 200 years of experience with mapping and more than 100 years of land consolidation, the Netherlands offers an inspiring environment for the FIG Working Week 2020. Not only the rural and urban environments show the important role our profession plays, also the institutional and professional context are renowned for its high level standards.
The theme of the Conference is “Smart Surveyors for Land and Water Management“. How to build and manage a densely populated coastal country with a land area of which nearly half is below sea level? We, the Dutch know how to do just that and have done so for centuries. The role of surveyors in this endeavour has been crucial. And their role is even more crucial today when we have to protect our country against the impact of climate change causing sea level rise.
Together with the other Dutch partners we believe that we will be able to host the FIG Working Week in 2020 in an excellent way and make your stay in Amsterdam fruitful and unforgettable at the same time.
|Welcome by Paula Dijkstra
Co-Conference Director FIG 2020