The first time in history Russia had hosted the International Mine Surveying Congress of the ISM. The venue for the Congress was the city of Irkutsk – the capital city of Eastern Siberia. Our region is one of the vastest and richest in Russia with the pearl of Siberia – its unique lake Baikal. The Congress was based at the facilities of Irkutsk National Research Technical University, the most easterly located Research University in Russia. The Department of Mine Surveying and Geodesy at INRTU possesses high-technology equipment, has a team of talented performers and maintains close contacts with the colleagues from Germany, Poland, China and Mongolia. We were pleased to see our colleagues from around the world in our rich and hospitable region at the XVII Congress. Registration has passed more than 400 people. The Congress program included: 47th ISM Presidium meeting, a conference, which inclouded about 50 reports, an exhibition of surveying and surveying equipment, which included: HEXAGON, Riegl, Carlson Software Inc., VIST GROUP, PRIN, Baikal Mining LLC Technology Center, Trimble, MICROMINE, DMT GmbH & Co. KG.
At the close of Congress, a power transfer ceremony was held for the new ISM president, which was Huang Latin, deputy head of the China Coal Engineering Group. The next congress will be held October 19-22 in 2022 in Beijing, China. The next meeting of the Presidium will be held in the city of Chindao, China, where colleagues from all countries are also invited. See you soon!