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Call for Papers


The overall theme of the Congress is “Engaging the Challenges – Enhancing the Relevance”, within the context of the FIG Work Plan for 2011 - 2014 that has a vision to extend the use and usefulness of the Profession for the betterment of society, environment and economy towards a world that we want.

The technical programme will include a broad professional and scientific programme: during 4 consecutive days, offering up to 10 parallel sessions and workshops. This will allow more than 700 presentations in the entire broadness of the surveying profession. The carefully prepared Technical Programme will offer both specially invited high profile presentations and papers that are selected through the open call for papers procedure.

FIG Congress 2014 is the main event for all ten FIG technical commissions. Therefore proposals for papers are requested in all topics of interest of the following commissions:

1. Professional Standards and Practice - FIG commission 1
2. Professional Education - FIG commission 2
3. Spatial Information Management - FIG commission 3
4. Hydrography - FIG commission 4
5. Positioning and Measurement - FIG commission 5
6. Engineering Surveys - FIG commission 6
7. Cadastre and Land Management - FIG commission 7
8. Spatial Planning and Development - FIG commission 8
9. Valuation and the Management of Real Estate - FIG commission 9
10. Construction Economics and Management - FIG commission 10

Papers are also invited on the areas of three FIG Task Forces: Surveyors and Climate Change; Property and Housing; and the FIG Africa Task Force. In addition papers on the History of Surveying and Measurement (Permanent Institution of FIG) are welcome.

The subthemes identified by FIG Commissions together with the local organising committee include:

  • Professional Standards, Ethics and Practice
  • Professional Education and Capacity Development
  • Emerging and Changing Roles of Surveyors
  • Surveyors and Climate Change
  • Spatially enabled government and society
  • Spatial Information Management and Data Infrastructure
  • Spatial Information for Sustainable
  • Development and Disaster Risk Management
  • Hydrography and Administration of Marine Spaces
  • Positioning and Measurement
  • Global, Regional and National Geodetic Reference Frames
  • GNSS Development and Modernization
  • Location-based Services and Precision Positioning Possibilities
  • Engineering and Mining Surveys
  • Airbone and Terrestrial Laser Scanning
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and Mobile Mapping
  • Cadastre, Land Administration and Management
  • Innovative Land Administration Approaches and LandTools
  • Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land and the Seas
  • Securing Land and Property Rights for All
  • Global Geospatial Information Management
  • Sustainable Spatial Planning and Urban Development
  • Valuation and Management of Real Estates 
  • Land and Property Market and Taxation
  • International Property Standards and Practices
  • Building Information Modelling and Management
  • Green Construction and Innovation
  • Sustainable and Affordable Housing
  • Construction Economics and Management


In the open call for papers non-peer review and peer review papers are invited from following
detailed topics selected by FIG Commissions:


Commission 1 Professional Standards and Practice

  • Governance and sustainability
  • Development of professional qualifications, standards and review systems
  • Professional services to the public and the marketing of the profession
  • Young professionals (sessions organised by Young Surveyors Network)
  • Changing role of the surveyor, innovation and new ways of working
  • Institutional development and legislative issues

Commission 2 Professional Education

  • Educational standards and accreditation
  • Attracting new generations and students to surveying programmes
  • Innovation in surveying curricula
  • Life-long learning - educational and training services
  • Good educational practices
  • Building capacity for training and education

Commission 3 Spatial Information Management (SIM)

  • Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) at all levels – local, regional, national and global
  • e-Governance and SDI in supporting decision making – theory, applications and best practice
  • Integration of spatial data – cadastre, land use, real estate, utilities, environment, socio-
    economic information, etc.
  • 3D/4D geospatial models, algorithms, standards and applications
  • Business models, public-private partnerships and economic aspects of SDI
  • SIM meeting challenges – natural and environmental risk prevention and
    disaster management, waste management, etc.
  • SDI interoperability aspects – standards, technical tools, metadata, portals and clearinghouses
  • Web and mobile GIS – challenges, services and real-time capabilities
  • Geospatial visualisation (2D/3D/4D)

Commission 4 - Hydrography

  • Hydrographic surveying and mapping
  • Hydrographic standards and guidelines
  • Hydrographic education, training, and professional development
  • New and emerging science and technologies for hydrography
    (e.g. sensors, systems, AUVs, electromagnetic wave propagation etc.)
  • Maritime and marine spatial information management (including data processing
    and management of hydrographic data, data structures, marine spatial data infrastructures,
    marine information systems)
  • Hydrography and society (Offshore surveying in support of energy, environment, submarine
    telecommunications, ports and harbours, economies, national and international political

Commission 5 Positioning and Measurement

  • GNSS and infrastructural development
  • Geodetic and positioning measurement – infrastructure, methodology,
    adjustment and analysis
  • Standards, best practice guidelines, quality assurance and calibration for
    survey (including geodetic) measuring instruments
  • National or geospatial reference systems and associated infrastructure
  • Terrestrial and airborne laser scanning
  • Cost-effective surveying (GNSS and other survey methods)
  • Ubiquitous positioning techniques and applications -such as RFID, WiFi,
    AGPS, mobile phones, MEMS inertial sensors, Locata
  • Geoids and gravity - modelling, measurements and applications

Commission 6 Engineering Surveys

  • Deformation measurement
  • Engineering surveys in managing natural disasters
  • Precise height measurements for engineering
  • Recent industrial surveying and sensing technologies and applications
  • Laser scanning applications
  • Machine control and guidance with surveying technologies

Commission 7 Cadastre and Land Management

  • Emerging trends in land administration and cadastre
  • Land policy and reform
  • Land administration to support sustainable development
  • Development of pro poor land management and land administration
  • Customary and group land rights
  • 3D and 4D cadastre
  • State land management
  • Land administration in post conflict and post natural disaster areas

Commission 8 Spatial Planning and Development

  • Environmental challenges in megacities
  • Disaster and environmental management
  • Urban and rural land use planning
  • Planning policies and environmental improvement
  • Informal settlement issues in spatial development, planning and governance
  • Planning and managing urbanisation
  • Public-private partnerships in planning and land development

Commission 9 Valuation and the Management of Real Estate

  • Tax Bases for Real Estate Taxation
  • Mass Appraisal Techniques
  • Large Scale Acquisitions of Land (“Land Grab”)
  • Real estate valuation
  • Valuation methods for properties where no markets exist for them
  • Valuation profession and valuation standards
  • Real estate finances and investments
  • Compulsory purchase and compensations in land acquisition and takings
  • Real property practises and sustainable cities

Commission 10 Construction Economics and Management

  • Quantity Surveying
  • Project Tendering (Bidding)
  • BIM - Building Information Modelling - the hottest one,
  • Construction standards and regulations
  • Construction economics
  • Innovative house building and mass customisation in housing