150 engineers complete topographic survey skills course
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): More than 150 engineering specialists from northern Afghanistan on Wednesday completed a training course in Balkh province on Wednesday.
The participants, who refreshed their skills in using topographical survey instruments, would be able to apply their knowledge in execution of local infrastructure projects.
Under a programme aimed at regional infrastructure development (RIDF), Germany provided technical assistance and funded the 1.5 million afs training course.
The engineers came from various line departments in Badakhshan, Baghlan, Balkh, Kunduz, Samangan and Takhar provinces, a statement from the German Cooperation with Afghanistan said.
The syllabus was tailored to meet the needs of the departments of economy, rural rehabilitation and development, education, public works, power and water supply and demands of river basin agencies.
During the course, participants used topographical survey instruments commonly used in infrastructure projects, such as GPS, theodolite and levelling systems. The engineers also learnt how to enter data into computers and then analyse it.
They engineers also discussed questions of safety at construction sites. “There were good suggestions on how to improve safety on construction sites. Sometimes it’s not even difficult or expensive to put it into practise,” one participant explained.
Another participant from Kunduz said: “In this course I greatly improved my skills in how to use survey instruments. What is even more important, I now feel I understand and can interpret the data I collect. This is crucial for proper management of infrastructure projects. I look forward to applying my knowledge at work.”
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