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International Federation of Surveyors
Fédération Internationale des Géomètres
Internationale Vereinigung der Vermessungsingenieure

Dear Colleague,
We are getting closer to this years main event - the FIG Working Week 2023. If you have not yet registered, make sure you do so before the fee increases. You should also secure your hotel room now - the local organisers have negotiated a very good rate, but this will expire after 20 April, and accommodation fee will hereafter be at market price.
The technical programme is also shaping up - there will be up to 10 parallel sessions in 9 session slots during the three conference days 29-31 May. Through the power of storytelling, this year will also include a Cinema track which aims to inspire and empower participants. Read more about the three main plenary session in this newsletter and see what awaits you.
For FIG members and observers the General Assembly will take place on 28 May and 1 June. Agenda and more information will be sent out to members in April.
March also means "Global Surveyors Day". The day, 21 March, was celebrated around the World - we have resumees of events from Mongolia and Hungary, and FIG President Diane Dumashie attended the celebration in Paris organised by the French Organisations together with FGF.
It is wonderful to see so many vibrant and engaged surveyors!
Stay tuned, and read on...

FIG and the local organisers from NSPS are looking forward to welcoming you to the FIG Working Week 2023. FIG, NSPS and local representatives from Florida are now working on bringing together an exciting programme for you.

Technical programme

The three plenary sessions will be the highlight of the technical programme of the FIG Working Week. These highlevel presentations and panel discussions will cover topics within the overall theme “Protecting our World, Conquering New Frontiers”.

Monday, 29 May 9:00 - 11:00 Hilton/Waldorf Bonnet Creek Ball Room

This first plenary session will have the relationship between climate change and sustainable development on the agenda.The climate focus is now the foundation of sustainability and underpins everything we do in our professional work. Unpacked by key note speakers they will relate this to land and the role surveyor’s can lead in land management, land administration and geospatial context that enables us to understand how we can take urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.

Tuesday, 30 May - 9:00 - 11:00 Hilton/Waldorf Bonnet Creek Ball Room

Mankind has forever embarked on progressing through and finding new frontiers. Our professional members throughout the generations are no different - we were all the future at one time. Interpretations of the new frontiers from our key note speakers are considering smarter working in digital transformation and impact of geospatial infrastructure, space research and development In addition, hearing perspectives from our young surveyors in relation to what this means them, and what it means to be at the forefront of the current generational frontier as well as upcoming generations yet to choose surveying as their profession.

Wednesday, 31 May - 9:00 - 11:00 Hilton/Waldorf Bonnet Creek Ball Room

Surveyors have much to contribute in society and to highlight, advocate and above all act to ensure change that builds on a sustainability agenda. In this plenary our key note speakers will elaborate further on selected challenges that is at the forefront of thinking and highlighted in some of the FIG commission working groups. Driven by the need for sustainable development and fit for the future, this includes: an introduction to the new Reference Frame system/Datum that is being introduced in the US and which is leading up to a special National Geodetic Survey Day/Track (NGS); Disaster responsiveness highlighting the sustainability of island states given the challenges that the Small Islands are facing (which will also be a special topic in the technical sessions); and technological sustainable applications for the development of urban areas.

The draft technical programme is available on the web site. Authors will be informed soon about their paper.

Unique venue

The conference centre is located in the Disney area. Having both accommodation and conference venue under the same roof is a great benefit to the conference participants.

The conference centre is located between the two hotels Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando. This means that you do not need any kind of transportation to the venue and it is easy to get around the compound.

 Please ensure your hotel room - there are not that many, and our local organisers have negotiated a really good fee for the stay of our participants. Please note that the rate includes the Disney Resort Fee that it otherwise always added to all rooms and represents a fee of USD 45 per day.

The guaranteed room rate will expire by 20 April, so secure your room now. Hereafter the room rate will be at market price.

Apart from the conference programme there is plenty to see and do in and around Orlando.
VisitOrlando has prepared a web site for the FIG Working Week participants. Here you can see special offers that you can use while being in Orlando:

Become a sponsor or exhibitor

This FIG Working Week 2023 will be held in the Americas for the first time in over 20 years. This will be your chance to showcase your company or organisation to both a large American and also to a truly international audience.

Read more about your possibilities as

Register now

Many exciting experiences are awaiting you during the Working Week and at the destination:

  Several pre-event options
  Three conference days on 29-31 May with a packed techincal programme
  Networking opportunities
  Special plenary sessions setting the scene of each day
  Spectacular Working Week Dinner
Do you play golf? Or what about joining the Cornhole game

Read more about the Working Week and what to expect, and register at

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Global Surveyors Day: FIG President Diane Dumashie invited by FGF to attend the 2023 Global Surveyors' celebrations in Paris

FGF President Marc Vanderschueren (The Federation of French Speaking Surveyors) invited FIG President Diane Dumashie to attend the 2023 celebration of Global Surveyors Day held in Paris. To mark 2023 Global Surveyors Day, FGF nominated two French mathematicians and astronomers, Jean-Baptiste Joseph Delambre (1749- 1822)astronomer, historian, and geodesist and Pierre François André Méchain (1744- 1804).
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Happy Global Surveyors' Day 21 March 2023  

Global Surveyors' Day is a way to globally recognize the ground-breakers, pioneers, individuals and the industry that has shaped our history and continues to be the foundation of our communities. Read here about events that have taken place in Mongolia and in Hungary
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FIG President Diane Dumashie attends the belgium Surveyors Celebration of the Belgium Parliament Vote

The special celebration was a historic moment ensuring that the Belgian property surveyors are fully recognised in the statute books
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Reflections on UN CSW67 

Claire Buxton represented FIG Commission 7 at the UN Compound in New York in a session on Innovation and Digital Technology - A facilitator to Secure Land Tenure and Natural Resources for All organised by S4HL (Stand for Her Land) during the Commission of the Status of Women CSW67.
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Congratulations to FIG Foundation Young Surveyor Grant Recipients

FIG Foundation and Young Surveyors have found the four Grant Recipients to attend the FIG Working Week 2023 and Young Surveyors meeting in Orlando, Florida. Congratulations!
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Current open grants:

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The Article of the Month in March 2023 is a recording of the FIG Congress 2022 Keynote: Geospatial Excellence for a Better Living - Digitalisation and Modern Surveying and Cadastre in a Post-Covid19 Era in which Ewa Surma, Rumyana Tonchovska and Paweł Hanus take the audience through their undertakings and experiences during these past years with the Covid19 pandemic, how the transformation has been handled, and what learnings can be drawn from this.   Read more and watch the video

The History of Surveying - Secure your special edition set

A must-see collection item. Reserve your copy of this special edition now.
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Check the events page

19-21 April, Lviv - Yavoriv - Brukhovychi, Ukraine
XXVI International Scientific and Technical Conference GEOFORUM-2023
More information

10-13 May 2023, Oradea, Romania
”Modern Surveying Technologies for 3rd Millennium” is the theme for the fourth edition of the Romanian Surveying Week, a joint event with CLGE General Assembly, 12-13 May, 2023. The international symposium is organized by the Romanian Surveyors Union in collaboration with The Romanian Association of Private Surveyors and Faculty of Constructions, Cadastre and Architecture, from University of Oradea.”
Web site:

28 May - 1 June, Orlando, Florida USA

FIG Working Week 2023
Web site:

27-28 June 2023, Beijing, China
2023 Geospatial Information Software Technology Conference (GIS TECH 2023) hosted by Geographic Information System Technology Innovation Center of Ministry of Natural Resources of the People’s Republic of China, supported by FIG Website:

5-7 July 2023, TU Delft, Netherlands
CAAD Futures 2023 - INTERCONNECTIONS: Co-computing beyond boundaries
Abstract submission - deadline 17 June 2022
Web site:

Kind regards,
Ms. Louise Friis-Hansen

International Federation of Surveyors
Fédération Internationale des Géomčtres
Internationale Vereiningung der Vermessungsingenieure
International Federation of Surveyors
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DK-1780 Copenhagen V
Tel. + 45 3886 1081
Direct: + 45 9391 0810

FIG Working Week 2023,
28 May – 1 June 2023, Orlando, Florida, USA
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FIG Working Week 2024,
Accra, Ghana
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FIG Working Week 2025, Brisbane, Australia
FIG Congress 2026, Cape Town, South Africa
FIG Working Week 2028, Paris, France - CELEBRATING FIG 150 ANNIVERSARY

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