FIG Working Week, from 22-26 April 2019, is an exciting week-long conference that brings the international community of surveying and spatial professionals together to experience a mix of interesting technical sessions and workshops, a trade exhibition and a variety of side events and social functions.
With the theme Geospatial information for a smarter life and environmental resilience the conference will focus on how to work towards a smarter life both through the development of smart sustainable cities and the development of rural areas. Spatial information, big data, surveying, BIM, land administration and much more are essential factors in this development.
The FIG Working Week will be the major event in the global community of surveying and geospatial professionals. It is organised by FIG - International Federation of Surveyors and VGCR - Vietnam Association of Geodesy, Cartography and Remote Sensing. The main objective of the FIG Working Week is to bring together experts from academia, governments/public administration and industry to report on recent developments, trends and research results.
You are invited to submit an abstract by 1 November 2018.
The Working Week in Hanoi is an opportunity for the entire FIG community to meet, discuss learn an get inspired on overall emerging challenges currently faced by our world. As Surveyors and related professions, we have not only the ability but the responsibility to actively participating in the solutions of these challenges.
FIG invites high quality contributions of practitioners and researchers in the following overall topics:
Beyond the Information Age
New technologies and the overall trend of automation in the society are changing the role of surveyors and other professions in the world. While many recognised the importance of maintaining the core role and responsibilities of key professions, others have suggested the need to adapt to a changing world moving from the information era to new frontiers. What is the next era? Are we already in the experience age? Or the automated era? How do we need to prepare in the public, private and academic sectors?
Smart cities are an urban development concept based on achieving sustainable development by using new technologies and multiple information sources to optimise resources. Hanoi has set the target to turn into a smart city by 2030. Many cities, especially in Asia, are going through the same transformation. What are the lessons learnt? What are the challenges? What are the key steps to consolidate a smart city? How do we monitor progress? Are our citizens benefiting from Smart cities? How to fund required investment to achieve a smart city?
Climate Change and Disaster Management
Over the past years, due to climate change, the frequency and intensity of natural disasters have increased, such like floods, landslides, inundations, droughts, soil and water salinity and other calamities. Vietnam is considered as one of the countries most affected by climate change.
How to monitor climate change? How to prepare the society for its short-term and long-term consequences? How can we know, mitigate and respond before and after disasters?
Urban – Rural Interdependencies
Rural areas hold for example ecosystem functions and food production systems, while urban areas hold supra-regional services and facilities. Vietnam is currently experiencing one of the most intensive urban transitions in the world. What are the implications for continuing urbanization? Where countries need to focus to get the balance right between urban and rural development? What topics can among others address accessibility of rural and urban areas, infrastructure to connect societies and functions, food security, fair distribution of resources, migration patterns and their effects on rural and urban areas.
FIG Working Week is the main event of the year and it covers themes within all ten FIG technical Commissions, Networks and Permanent Institutions. Many topics are multi-disciplinary and are relevant in both developing and developed world contexts.