FIG Working Week 2016 - Preliminary Programme Released

FIG Working Week, 2-6 May 2016, Christchurch, New Zealand, is an exciting week-long conference that brings the international community of surveying and spatial professionals together to share innovative science with policymakers and stakeholders. Scientists, 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.

One of the important and unique features of FIG is its capability to cover the entire spectrum of the surveying profession reflected by the range of the FIG ten technical commissions. Each commission will have a stream during the conference, allowing you to navigate the FIG Working Week with ease and maximise your time at the conference. The key themes to be discussed each day are seen through the lens of the different streams, providing a unique angle and focus - be it technical, strategic or operational.

· FIG Commission 1 stream – Professional Standards and Practice

· FIG Commission 2 stream – Professional Education

· FIG Commission 3 stream – Spatial Information Management

· FIG Commission 4 stream – Hydrography

· FIG Commission 5 stream – Positioning and Measurement

· FIG Commission 6 stream – Engineering Surveys

· FIG Commission 7 stream – Cadastre and Land Management

· FIG Commission 8 stream – Spatial Planning and Development

· FIG Commission 9 stream – Valuation and the Management of Real Estate

· FIG Commission 10 stream - Construction Economics and Management

Unveiling the latest innovations and technological thinking, the peer-reviewed technical papers remain the cornerstone of each stream and the FIG Working Week. We have received around 400 papers of which 60 papers have undergone the double-blinded peer-review process and graded on relevance, originality, breadth, completeness and clarity.

The programme will be underpinned by invited high-level presentations in three plenary sessions covering topics within the overall theme “Recovery from Disaster”. The nine powerful keynote speakers will set the stage on knowledge sharing and cover best practices, trends and case studies. Presenters include:

· Ms. Lianne Dalziel, Mayor of Christchurch

· Representative from Government of New Zealand

· Mr. Duncan Gibb, Founding General Manager of SCIRT

· Dr. Hiroshi Murakami, Deputy Director General

· Mr. Gregory Scott, UN-GGIM

· Mr. Keith Bell, World Bank

· Mr. Bryn Fosburgh, Trimble Navigation

· Prof. Pengfei Cheng, Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping

· Mr. Sam Johnson, Student Volunteer Army

Altogether an inspirational and comprehensive programme will be offered.

Get inspired by the preliminary program:

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

· FIG IIHSM History Symposium (30 April-1 May)

· 3rd FIG Young Surveyors Conference (30 April – 1 May)

· Technical Seminar on Reference Frames on Practice (1-2 May)

· SIDS Workshop (30 April – 1 May)

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The annual FIG Working Week is the premier conference in the community of surveying and spatial professionals combining the disciplines of land surveying, engineering, positioning and measurement, hydrography, remote sensing and photogrammetry, spatial information, cartography, construction and real estate and much more.

The Working Week is bringing together a diverse range of scientists, policy- and decision-makers, students, and stakeholders to develop and strengthen their skills, knowledge base and sector network. It offers an unrivaled opportunity to discover how others are doing things, meet people who share your passion and share your own knowledge and experiences.

The 78 th FIG Working Week will take place from 2-6 May in post-earthquake Christchurch in New Zealand.

Early bird registrations are open now, and close on 8 February 2016.