Brisbane maps out bright future with surveying conference win

Brisbane has won the right to host a major global surveying conference in 2025.

The International Federation of Surveyors’ (FIG) Working Week will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) and is expected to attract 1,700 of the world’s leading surveyors and spatial experts.

The city is in a prime position to host the 2025 conference having been recently announced as the host city of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Paul Digney, president of conference host association Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), led the successful bid with the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre team, supported by industry partners, Tourism & Events Queensland, Tourism Australia and Brisbane Economic Development Agency.

Digney said Brisbane was viewed very positively by the FIG selection committee and that as the future Olympic 2032 city, there was an opportunity to raise the bar even higher for the major event of the world’s surveying industry.

“Brisbane has a rich and very long history of surveying,” he said.

One of the key goals of the conference was enhancing the capacity of the profession to develop the knowledge and innovative thinking to help deliver more sustainable and resilient communities, aligning with the theme of the conference, ‘Surveying and geospatial: Creating resilient solutions for sustainable communities.’

“We want the conference to be a focal point to work together and unite us as one,” Digney said.

“As an industry we tend to be fairly fragmented at times. Uniting the sector would be a real positive for the industry and we think Brisbane, with so much new infrastructure happening, will be perfect as a ‘living lab’ of best practice surveying technology innovation.

“It will be an exciting time for Brisbane and a great time for our global profession to visit Australia.”

BCEC general manager Bob O’Keeffe said FIG Working Week was one of 15 international conference bid wins for Brisbane and the Centre so far this year, with a strong line-up of other international meetings in the pipeline.

“The Centre was honoured to work with its long-term association partners, the SSSI for a great outcome, on bringing this conference to Brisbane for the very first time and I look forward to welcoming delegates from the surveying and spatial sector to an exciting and energised future Olympic city,” he said.