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IGN France International at Global Geospatial Conference 2013 (Ethiopia)

IGN France International participates in the joint AfricaGIS 2013 and GSDI 14 World Conference that take place in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), November 4th-8th.

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IGN France International and OTC (Tunisian Office of Topography and Cadastre) signed a partnership agreement

IGN France International participated in the official French delegation that visited Tunisia on July 4th and 5th beside President François Hollande. At this occasion, a partnership agreement was signed between OTC (Tunisian Office of Topography and Cadastre) and IGN France International.  

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Materialization and mapping of the new border lines between Saudi Arabia and Qatar

Saudi Arabia and Qatar Final meeting

Saudi Arabia and Qatar Final meetingThe State of Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have decided to modify the border lines part of their common borders. In 2010, IGN France International was awarded a tender that will achieve the demarcation of the land borders and the determination of offshore borders lines between the two countries. Initiated in 2010, this project officially ended up last February.

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IGN France International has moved

IGN France International recently moved in an office building located into the northeast of Paris. You can reach now IGN France International at the following address: 90 avenue de Flandre - 75019 PARIS, FRANCE.

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IGN France International attended the INSPIRE conference

06/2013. At the occasion of the INSPIRE conference that took place in Florence at the end of June, IGN France International and RGZ (the Serbian geodetic institute) jointly presented the IGIS project. This project that aims to implement a National Spatial Data Infrastructure, generates data that are compliant with the Inspire European directive.

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Upgrading of Mali's cartography: First national mosaic with SPOT 6

04/2013. SPOT 6, the high-resolution satellite built and operated by Astrium, has been chosen by IGN France International (IGN FI) to update basemaps of Mali.

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IGN France International at SIG 2013 (France)

On the occasion of  SIG 2013, the Esri francophone conference which took place at Versailles on October 2nd and 3rd, IGN France International made a presentation of the Land Information System project in Uganda and its results.

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GABON: Success for the seminar of presentation of the PNG’s national implementation

The seminar organized on April 15, 2013 by ANINF (Agence Nationale des Infrastructures Numériques et des Fréquences gabonaises), INC (National mapping institute) and IGN France International was a success. More than 100 participants attended the conference. In the perspective of the implementation at a national scale of the National Geomatic Plan (PNG), the objective of the meeting was to present the main steps and the added value of implementing a National Spatial Data Infrastructure.

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New shareholders join IGN France International

Key player in the fields of mapping and geographic information, IGN France International has changed ownership. At the end of March 2013, new shareholders join the  IGN France International capital. The National Institute of geographic information and Forestry (IGN), that remains the majority shareholder,  Esri International et Esri France renewed their confidence in IGN France International.

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IGN France International chosen to assist the Abu Dhabi Dpt of Municipal affairs

In December 2012, IGN France International was selected to provide technical assistance to the Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) in unifying the standards and specifications of the survey activities in three municipalities and in implementing the Land Survey Act to organize and regulate the surveyors’ activities.

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Success for the regional land administration event in Kampala

IGN France International, the leader of the international consortium DeSILISoR Ougandaengaged in the Design, Supply, Installation, Implementation of the Lands Information System and Securing of Land Records (DeSIILISoR) project in Uganda organized a regional conference in Kampala, Uganda on the theme of land administration on January 17th and 18th, 2013.

The strong participation of more than 180 people from over then different African countries clearly reflects the strong interest in West Africa and East to secure land and developing the potential of land and natural resources.  

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Jeune Afrique magazine published an article on mapping issues

Jeune Afrique magazine published an article entitled "Treasure maps" / "Cartes aux trésors" that highlights the mapping issues in Western Africa and underlines the commitment of IGN France Internaitonal in Africa.

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IGN France International participated to the official French delegation in Algeria

François Hollande, the French President, visited Algiers on December 19th and 20th, for an official visit.
At his side, nine ministers and a large delegation of French companies including Nathalie MARTHE-BISMUTH, the IGN France International general manager, willing to reaffirm IGN FI commitments in Algeria.

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IGN France International selected to upgrade the base map and the National Mapping Institute of Mali

Last October, IGN France International was awarded an European Union tender for the upgrading of Mali’s general map at a scale of 1:200 000 and for accompanying the IGM (Geographic institute of Mali) in its modernization process.  Expected to last 44 months, the project started on October, 15th and the missions on the field began in November 2012.  

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National Geomatic Plan roll-out phase in Gabon: ANINF and IGN France International signed a cooperation agreement

ANINF, the Gabonese national Agency for digital infrastructures and frequencies, the organization in charge of the implementation and deployment of the National Geomatic Plan in Gabon, and IGN France International signed a cooperation agreement on November 20th, in Libreville (Gabon). IGN France International will bring ANINF its technical assistance in order to implement the NGP at a national scale.

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End of the Land Information System project in Uganda: a regional conference to share experiences

Secure land rights are vital to the reduction of poverty in emerging economies and enhancing economic development.  With the support of international development banks several African countries have initiated the implementation of land information systems.
Existing initiatives clearly show that the land information systems projects are complex and require the attention of the highest authorities in charge of land issues.

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Vietnam : a technical seminar to present the Nha Trang patrimonial management GIS project

As a conclusion of the GIS implementation project led by G2C Environnement in partnership with G2C Informatique, IGN France International and Archetype Environnement, a seminar presenting this 17-month project was organized in Hanoi, November 6th.

 

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Algeria: IGN attended the first NSDI conference

In the perspective of encouraging the sharing of the geographic information in Algeria, its exchange and its interoperability, the Algerian National Mapping and Remote Sensing Institute (INCT), in partnership with others organizations such as ASAL, OGEFCRAAG and ANC organized on October 9th and 10th, the first conference on the theme of "National Spatial Data Infrastructure, INDG'12".

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Land tenure security at the service of social peace and the development of the African continent

IGN France International attended a land conference organized by the International Union of Notaries (UINL) on January 25th and 26th at Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).

The topic of the regional seminar « Land tenure security at the service of social peace and the development of the African continent » was an opportunity to focus on the importance of the land title as a factor of economic growth and social stability.

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IGN France International at Esri Middle East and Africa User Conference 

IGN France International attended the Esri Middle East and Africa User Conference that took place in Abu Dhabi (UAE) - December 10th/12th, IGN France International made a presentation in the land session of the Conference.

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Gabon will implement a GIS dedicated to food security issues

Will of the Gabonese President to set up a structure dedicated to food security issues, the Gabonese Agency for food security (AGASA) turned to IGN France International to implement its Geographic Information System (GIS).  

Gabon spends every year 250 billion FCFA to import food products. The objective of the Gabonese authorities is to achieve food self-sufficiency and to help the local farmers to develop new crops. 

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IGN France International at the Africa Geospatial Forum (Ghana)

IGN France International participated in the Africa Geospatial Forum that took place in Accra (Ghana), october 3rd/ 4th. It attended the seminar dedicated to "Public/ private alliances for Spatial Data infrastructures" and made a presentation on the road blocks in achieving NSDI projects.

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REDD+: Cameroon strongly committed to the fight against climate change

The official ceremony for the signature of the "national authority" license for the use of SPOT satellite images that took place on June, 1st at the Yaounde Hilton Hotel, marks the strong commitment of Cameroon in the fight against climate change. This ceremony occurs shortly after Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo and Central African Republic signed the same licenses on the occasion of COP17, the 17th United Nations Conference of Parties on climate change, last December. 

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Success for the regional seminar: African decision-makers met in Ouagadougou to elaborate on the discussions around NSDI

The regional event organised by IGN France International and the French IGN, in close collaboration with the Geographic Institute of Burkina (IGB), the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Africa  (CEA)  and Esri entitled “National Spatial Data  Infrastructures: which benefits for emerging countries?” was a success.

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IGN France International at SIG 2012 (France)

On the occasion of "SIG 2012", the Esri francophone conference  which took place at Versailles on October 3rd and 4th, IGN France International made a presentation of a pilot project of land occupation.

This project takes part of the National Geomatics Plan of Gabon (PNG).

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Togo & Benin GIS Forum, August 28, 2012 - Cotonou  

COTONOU

IGN France International participated in the first GIS Forum Togo / Benin organized by ESRI France. Aurelie Milledrogues, Technical and Quality Manager has present several achievements including the pilot phase of the National Geomatic Plan of Gabon, the cartographic projects of  Senegal and Burkina Faso. The importance of baseline data in NSDI was also the heart of the intervention. 

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Land tenure security at the service of social peace and the development of the African continent  

IGN France International attended a land conference organized by the International Union of Notaries (UINL) on January 25th and 26th at Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).

 

Capacity building in Senegal: a successful endeavor!  

In December of 2010, IGN France International won an important European Union tender for the completion of an urban mapping database for the seven main cities of Senegal (Dakar, Thiès, Mbour, Saly, Louga, Kaolack and St-Louis).

Scheduled to last for 25 months, this project boasts production that is entirely executed locally thanks to a heavy capacity building phase. Today, thanks to the progressive climb in efficiency that the teams have managed to implement, the endeavour is well on its way to becoming a successful one. 

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NGP Gabon: IGN France International presented the results of the pilot projects during a final seminar

Gabon is a country full of mineral and environmental resources. The country wishes to develop an appropriate economic strategy that will allow them to benefit from these resources without destroying or depleting them, all the while striving towards well balanced management of the territory. It is with this in mind that the President of the Republic created the priority sectors of Green Gabon, Gabon Services and Industrial Gabon within his societal “Emerging Gabon” programme. In order to better accompany this strategic vision, the General Directorate of the Budget initiated the National Geomatic Plan (NGP).

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THE FRENCH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC INSTITUTE (IGN) BECOMES THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF GEOGRAPHIC AND FOREST INFORMATION

Since January 1, 2012 the IGN (the French National Geographic Institute) has become the National Institute of Geographic and Forest Information. This new organisation will be responsible for the implementation of the French national geographic information infrastructure and will also strive to provide information relative to the fields of ecology, energy, forestry, land use planning and climate change.

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IGN FI wishes you a Happy New Year 2012 

Click here or on the image below to see IGN France International's animated greeting card for 2012. Happy New Year!

REDD+: IGN FI continued its awareness action in Durban 

IGN France International travelled to Durban on December 11th to attend the 17th annual United Nations conference on climate change.

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transportation and Housing presided the ceremony in Durban for the signature of licenses corresponding to the use of high resolution satellite images by her African counterparts. The images will be used in the fight against deforestation and the degradation of forests in Central Africa. 

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NGP Gabon: IGN France International presented the results of the pilot projects during a final seminar

Gabon is a country full of mineral and environmental resources. The country wishes to develop an appropriate economic strategy that will allow them to benefit from these resources without destroying or depleting them, all the while striving towards well balanced management of the territory. It is with this in mind that the President of the Republic created the priority sectors of Green Gabon, Gabon Services and Industrial Gabon within his societal “Emerging Gabon” programme. In order to better accompany this strategic vision, the General Directorate of the Budget initiated the National Geomatic Plan (NGP). 

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Securing land in Vietnam

The group comprised of IGN France International, Bull and the Superior Council of Notaries (CSN) completed a study for the plan to modernise and update the land system of three main cities in Vietnam: Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh. The project was divided into several phases: the analysis of legal foundations and an inventory for the modernisation of the land administration system, the modernisation of the system of cadastral files, capacity building for LROs (Land Registry), the modernisation of the information system and proposals for the improvement of the single information point mechanism. 

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See the article about 2 of our recent projects in Vietnam

Burkina Faso is updating its national cartography 

The country of Burkina Faso is updating its mapping at a scale of 1:200,000, much like Senegal did recently. This project, backed by European financing in the context of the 10th European Development Fund, will be entirely completed by the Geographic Institute of Burkina (IGB) with technical support from IGN France International. 

This project which will last three years will allow for the creation of 34 topographic maps at a scale of 1:200,000 as well as the updating of the national topographic database. The project's different products will strengthen the national heritage of spatial reference data that will be made available to administrations, the private sector or civil society for better decision-making.

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Deforestation in the Congo basin: France to finance the provision of satellite images of the period 2000-2015 

In December, 2009, France committed to make Spot4, 5, 6 and 7 satellite images available to the countries that make up the Congo basin. These images, acquired between 2010 and 2015, will be accompanied by images from the SPOT archive, dating from around the year 2000. This project is part of the United Nations programme entitled REDD+.

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Workshop on land in the Mediterranean (October 12-13, in Marseille) – IGN France International is an official partner 

The workshop entitled "Geographic information: cities and territories in the Mediterranean area" is organised by the Club International AFIGEO (French Association for Geographic Information), in partnership with the Centre for Integration of Marseille (CMI), the CNIG (National Centre for Geographic Information), the OGE (Ordre of Expert Surveyors) as well as several companies including IGN France International. This event will take place on Wednesday October 12th and Thursday October 13th, 2011 in Marseille, France. Organised in the context of the Meditteranean Economic Week, this workshop will bring together French and international decision-makers dealing with questions of land within communities and ministries, university scholars and representatives from different companies.

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25 years of technological advancements: Geographic information, an ever changing field

In 1986, the same year that the SPOT 1 satellite was launched, IGN France International was born. It is thus celebrating 25 years of existence, which gives us the perfect opportunity to look back at the most significant technological evolutions of the last 25 years with Christophe DEKEYNE, IGN FI’s Business Development Manager.

“What about geographic information has changed over the last 25 years? Practically everything! No GPS, no digital photogrammetry, no Lidar, no computers, no internet … It seems almost prehistoric!   

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IGN France INTERNATIONAL AND SHOM JOIN FORCES FOR EXPORT

IGN France International and SHOM (French Navy hydrographic and oceanographic service) recently signed a partnership agreement that will contribute to joint offers in the fields of marine cartography and hydrography.

Patrice LAPORTE, Manager of affairs, Chief of the Development – Affaires department at SHOM and Aurélie MILLEDROGUES, technical and quality director at IGN France International, explain the added value of such cooperation. 

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Project management assistance in the context of the REDD+ initiative in the Congo Basin

 

IGN France International, the export subsidiary of IGN France, is providing project management assistance in the context of the REDD+ initiative within a programme for the supply of SPOT images for the countries of the Congo Basin. This programme, financed by the French Agency of Development (AFD) and implemented by the French company ASTRIUM, is part of the Reduction of Emissions linked to Deforestation and the Degradation of forests (REDD+) process.

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Tunisia's aerial cartography: the training begins

Training sessions for the Tunisian personnel of the CNCT (National Centre of Cartography and Remote Sensing) and the OTC (Office of Topography and Cartography) that are meant to help the implementation of an Intergraph DMC camera continued in France with a week-long session at Moulins in the Allier region.

The Tunisian Ministry of Defense signed a contract in  2009 for the acquisition of an aerial photography aircraft (F406 from Reims Aviation Industries of the GECI Group) and a digital video camera (DMC I) and sent four aircraft photographers (Captain Gasbi and lieutenant ESSAFI for the CNCT and Mrs. Hetem REBAI and Hichem BEN MOUSSA for the OTC) to France in early September for a practical training session organised by IGN FI.

After visiting the Aerial Activities Department of the French IGN in Creil on the first day, the trainees moved to the airfields of MOULINS-BEUGNY where the APEI (Aéro Photo Europe Investigation) company is based and has been operating two DMC video cameras for several years now.

Two of APEI's aircraft photographers led the training session using both theoretical and practical exercises to illustrate the entire image acquisition process:

  • Flight plan
  • Flight preparation and pre-flight briefing with the pilot
  • Flight aboard a P68
  • Backup and archiving of the data after the flight
  • Post-processing of the photographs and calculation of trajectories

With the help of favourable weather, each trainee was able to participate in several flights and to operate the camera him or herself, under the supervision of the trainer. The trainees were also able to perform processing with a pixel size ranging from 5-20 cm on several photographs taken during the training flights. 

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IGN France International is working in Vietnam using French aid funding for the private sector (FASEP)

The first Vietnam FASEP project was composed of the study of a plan for the modernisation and updating of the land system of theSG Vietnam three main cities in Vietnam: Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh. It was completed by the group comprised of IGN France International, Bull and the Superior Concil of Notaries (CSN).

The project was divided into several phases: the analysis of legal foundations and an inventory for the modernisation of the land administration system, the modernisation of the system of cadastral files, capacity building for LROs (Land Registry), the modernisation of the information system and proposals for the improvement of the single information point mechanism. 

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The second project on which IGN France International is currently working, this time with the company G2C, focuses on the improvement of the performance of Nha Trang's drinking water services. It consists in the implementation of a GIS, the constitution of databases necessary for the exploitation of the tool and the training of the executives and technicians from the local company for the distribution of drinking water and sanitation.

See the article on G2C's website (French)

ICC2011 : IGN France International, exclusive partner of the mapping agencies day

June 30th, 2011

IGN France International is the official partner of the day dedicated to mapping agencies that will take place July 6th, 2011. Nathalie MARTHE-BISMUTH, General Manager, speaks about the participation of the company. 

IGN France International will participate in the International Cartographic Conference. What will that consist of exactly?

IGN France International will of course be very visible on the conference. It will have a stand located beside the IGN booth. In addition, it will be the exclusive partner of the day dedicated to mapping agencies.

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IGN France International and Reims Aviation provide an airplane for the aerial mapping of Tunisia

In June 2009, the Tunisian authorities chose the aerial cartography technical solution jointly proposed by Reims Aviation and IGN France International. The aircraft was delivered on April 19th. This is the second tender offer that the two companies have won together internationally.

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THE LAND ISSUE: A STATE-WIELDED INSTRUMENT FOR BETTER GOVERNANCE

The issue of land is at the heart of agricultural policies, rural development, territorial planning and the management of natural resources. Africa, Asia, Latin America... no continent is left indifferent! Today, development banks have placed this subject in the heart of the 'country' based strategies that they establish.

Given that geographic information is an essential component of these projects, IGN France International has developed an incredibly complete expertise in this field: completion of preparatory studies, implementation of projects and supervision of teams in the field... The company also surrounds itself with exceptional partners. 

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Urban mapping databases: Senegal officially launches the project

The National Agency for Territorial Development (ANAT) has officially launched the project for the elaboration of mapping databases of the 7 priority cities in Senegal, financed by the EU and awarded to IGN France International.

The General Manager of the ANAT inaugurated the first project-related seminar that brought together numerous potential beneficiaries such as the National Office of Sanitation of Senegal (ONAS) as well as top-ranked decision-makers including the President of the National Order of Expert Surveyors.

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IGN France International will supervise work for the updating of Cameroon's geodetic network

Last December, IGN France International was awarded the technical assistance contract for the supervision of work leading to the update of the country’s geodetic network. The work will be completed by the Fugro Geoid company.

The updating of this geodetic network clearly stands out as a priority defined in the action plan created by the government for the period from 2010-2020. Even though each city had its own local network, these networks were not connected to each other, nor were they united on a national level. They were not at all compatible with modern positioning technologies, more specifically with GPS.

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See the project sheet for the geodetic supervision

IGN France International will complete an urban cartographic database in seven Senegalese towns

IGN France International was awarded a European Union tender last December for the creation of an urban cartographic database. The main Senegalese towns (Dakar, Thiès, Mbour, Saly, Louga, Kaolack and St Louis) are lacking in both databases and accurate and up-to-date cartography. This project will thus provide relevant information useful for the sustainable urban development of these areas.

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See the press release for the urban cartography project

A successful technical symposium organised by IGN FI on the contribution of geographic information in agricultural projects

IGN France International and the ARC (Egyptian Agricultural Research Center) organised a technical symposium on the contributions of geographic information in the agricultural field, which was held on December 19th at the Marriott hotel in Cairo. Nearly 100 participants from 12 different African countries (Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Tunisia, Senegal, Mali, Algeria, Syria, Jordan, Sudan, Lebanon and Egypt...) were present and shared their experiences while learning more about the projects recently completed in Egypt.

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See the official press release
See the symposium programme

See the symposium photos on our FlickR page
See the UbiFrance press release, in Arabic

See other articles about the symposium in the Arabic press

IGN France International wishes you a happy new year

Click on the image below to see IGN France International's animated card for 2011. Enjoy 2011!

IGN France International maps the border zone between Saudia Arabia and Qatar

Ten years after the completion of a first demarcation of the border between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, IGN France International, export subsidiary of the French National Geographic Institute (IGN), has been awarded a new tender which will carry on from the previous project. "This project marks the return of major projects able to mobilise all of the skills found within the IGN," said Eric BROUSSOULOUX, regional director for IGN France International.

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Find out more about IGN France International's expertise in geodesy

IGN France International maps flood zones in the Dakar region

For more than 20 years, the Dakar region in Senegal has been faced with problems linked to flooding. In 2005, the government decided to take serious measures to stop these problems. IGN France International, as part of a group of companies, offered to complete a detailed analysis of the topography of the flood zones. Christohpe GRATEAU, an IGN France International expert in the SIG field, explains: "The production of a digital land model allowed us to better understand what is at stake. The flood zone at first seems large and very flat, but is also littered with many pools, created naturally or by urbanisation. The colour aerial photography that was acquired in December of 2009 allows us to better distinguish the flood zones and to accurately measure their extent." 

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IGN France International will participate in the Map Africa conference in November, 2010

IGN France International will participate in the Map Africa conference which will take place in Cape Town, South Africa on November 23-25, 2010. The event organised by GIS Development will focus on geospatial information and its impact on the development of a continent, specifically in Africa. For more information on IGN France International's participation, or if you wish to meet us during the conference, contact us!

For more information on the conference itself, visit the official Map Africa website

ESRI's ArcNews magazine publishes an article outlining the success of the land assessment application implemented by IGN France International

Taking place in Namibia, the goal of this project was to develop a land assessment application that would allow the automatic calculation of land values and that was customised to the specific Namibian context. IGN France International set up the equipment needed for the use of the application that was created for the Directorate of Valuation and Estate Management, a branch of the Namibian Ministry of Lands and Resettlement. 

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land assessment project in Namibia
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IGN France International's savoir faire in the field of land administration

IGN France International and BCI Navigation are collaborating in the field of mobility

IGN France International and BCI Navigation have decided to form a partnership for the production of cartographic data and the commercialisation of Mobility solutions for export. Through this collaboration, the two companies hope to become major players in this field, notably in emerging and developing countries.

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Things are changing at IGN France International!

Nathalie MARTHE-BISMUTH, General Director of IGN France International, explains: "The graphic identity of the company had not evolved for several years and no longer fit with the messages that IGN France International wished to insist on. 

First of all, we wanted a smooth evolution for our graphic identity that allowed us to confirm our strong ties with the IGN. Our new logo is much more legible: IGN France International, the IGN's export subsidiary, promotes the French Geographic Institute's quality label outside of our borders via our expertise.

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See the evolution of our logo
See our e-card 'Things are changing at IGN France International'

IGN France International, opened its subsidiary company in Abu Dhabi.  

The opening of this new office will allow the company to respond to the growing needs of leaders yin the Middle East in the field of geomatics (cartographe, geodesy, geographic data, GIS, web portals…) and to accompany them in their infrastructural projects.
Sylvain GEVREY, regional director for the Gulf countries, confirms the area's potential where geographic information is concerned. 

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