Welcome Address

Dear colleagues,

As Chair of "Colégio Nacional de Engenharia Geográfica, Ordem dos Engenheiros (OE)” (the Land Surveying Engineering College of Portugal’s Engineers Professional Association), I am glad to welcome you all to the Annual Meeting of FIG Commission 7 in Coimbra and to invite you to the associated Geoconference.

This Annual Meeting continues to be an excellent opportunity for land surveyors from around the world to meet up and hear first-hand about cadastral developments in different scenarios, to share experiences, and to learn about what is happening in your particular sector of activity.

The Geoconference is a unique opportunity for practitioners from all fields of Commission 7 to bring together their expertise for the benefit of all, while at the same time enjoying the pleasure of seeing old friends and making new ones in a wonderful city like Coimbra.

Coimbra is a truly beautiful relaxed city for you to spend a few days. It is a city made for strolling, and for absorbing much of the Portuguese history, going back to before the foundation of Portugal, in 1143.

As you surely know by now, Coimbra is home for the oldest university in the Portuguese speaking world, being also one of the oldest and most characteristic in Europe. It was established by King Dom Dinis, and formally acknowledged by Pope Nicholas IV in 1290, on the 9th of August. More recently, in 2013, the University of Coimbra (currently with more than 20 000 students) was declaired as World Heritage by UNESCO.
Enjoy your time in Coimbra! I look forward to seeing you around.

Teresa Sá Pereira, Chair of "Colégio Nacional de Engenharia Geográfica” of "Ordem dos Engenheiros”.

Dear delegates, colleagues and friends!

It is a great pleasure to invite you to the FIG Commission 7 Annual Meeting 2016 being held in Coimbra/Portugal, Europe on 24-28 October 2016.

As a part of the Annual Meeting, FIG Commission 7 will organise a two-day international Geoconference on "Cadastre 4.0 Transparency-Participation-Collaboration” on 25-26 October 2016.

Coimbra is a city in the central part of Portugal, with its beauty reflecting the long-term history of culture and science and at the same time surrounded by a scenic landscape and pure nature. Excellent public transport facilities from Porto or Lisbon international airports will bring you in short time to Coimbra.

The local organisers from OE (Portugal's Engineers Professional Association), supported by our colleagues from the University of Coimbra have already prepared a very much interesting programme including social events and including a one-day special excursion up to Porto city and the famous vineyard region of Douro, on banks of the river Douro, both classified by UNESCO as World Heritage.

The technical topic of the Geoconference as well as the social programme forsee most exciting week in Portugal.

I look forward to meeting all of you in Coimbra!

Gerda Schennach, Chair FIG Commission 7

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