Smart cities take centre stage at cadastre and land management meeting

September 6th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT, Featured: PositionIT

The annual meeting of FIG Commission 7 (Cadastre and Land Management) in Seoul, South Korea, from 5 to 9 August 2019 saw more than 100 people from 23 countries participate and sharing their knowledge and experience in the field of cadastre, land administration and geospatial information.

The meeting featured high-quality technical presentations, discussions and camaraderie among Commission 7 delegates. The meeting comprised two days of seminars, a day to visit the Smart Geospatial Expo, another day for the annual meeting and the last day a technical tour.

Group photo of the FIG Commission 7 annual meeting 2019 in Seoul, South Korea.

Day 1 started with the welcoming speeches from FIG Commission 7 chair Daniel Paez, FIG Vice President Orhan Ercan, Director General of MoLIT Woo-Jun Sohn, CEO of LX Chang-hak Choi, and UN-GLTN leader Oumar Sylla. Then came an introduction of Korean Cadaster, followed by the sharing of surveyor experiences from Korea, Australia, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, Russia, among others.

The main seminar took place on day 2, with 17 presentations across three sessions: Smart City and Digital Twin, Cadaster and Land Administration, and Cadaster 4.0. Through the seminar, participants shared current contexts, challenges and methodologies in line with the themes of each session.

On Day 3, all the FIG participants visited the Smart Geospatial Expo 2019 in Seoul to see the current technologies the country is promoting to improve and develop the geospatial industry and create an environment where all countries can share their knowledge and experience for future cooperation and projects. The participation of FIG members at the expo was a good opportunity to share the role of the FIG and surveyors more generally with other countries, and to emphasise the importance of cadastre and land management.

Day 4 involved country reports to enhance understanding of local situations in specific countries and how they compare to one another.

Urbanisation and the role of geospatial technologies in smart cities to improve productivity and living standards for all received special attention. Geospatial technologies were recognised as having the potential to increase service access and improve liveability in both urban and rural areas.

The commission’s chair also expressed his delight that the commission is maintaining its role as a discussion platform for ideas, technologies, trends and challenges. SDGs are the Commission’s compass, and its key interest include fit-for-purpose land administration, public-private partnership (PPP) and geo-technologies. The commission’s believes that land tenure improvement is needed and these improvements are a powerful vehicle to achieve many SDGs.

Presentations and pictures from the event are available at The commission’s next meeting will be in FIG 2020 Working Week in Amsterdam (, followed by its 2020 annual meeting in Switzerland.

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