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150 engineers improve topography survey skills for civil engineering projects

150 engineers improve topography survey skills for civil engineering projects

Nov 11, 2015 - 11:07

Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh Province, 11th November 2015 – To successfully build roads, bridges and buildings, engineers need to collect and analyse topographic data. Over the past month, more than 150 engineering specialists from various line departments in six northern provinces refreshed their skills in use of topographical survey instruments. Today, the final course finished in Mazar-e-Sharif, and engineers can now apply their knowledge in local infrastructure projects. Through its programme for regional infrastructure development (RIDF), Germany provided technical assistance and funded the training at a cost of nearly AFN 1.5 million.

The engineers taking part in the topographical survey training came from various line departments in Badakhshan, Baghlan, Balkh, Kunduz, Samangan and Takhar. The syllabus was tailored to the needs of the departments of economy, rural rehabilitation and development, educationinfo-icon, public works, power and water supply, and to the demands of river basin agencies and municipalities.

During training, 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. By being able to practice the exercises on an actual construction site, they learnt how to better understand the data collected on the spot, both technically and practically.

Apart from data collection and analyses, participants discussed questions of safety on construction sites for a safer working environmentinfo-icon. “There were good suggestions on how to improve safety on construction sites. Some-times it’s not even difficult or expensive to put it into practise,” one participant explained.

After completing their training in Mazar-e-Sharif, one participant from Kunduz said, “In this course I greatly im-proved 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.”

The courses are part of a joint programme by the German government’s Regional Capacity Development pro-gramme (RCD) implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, and the Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF), funded through KfW Development Bank and implemented by Joint Venture Grontmij-GOPA-INTEGRATION, in partnership with Afghan ministries and provincial institutions. Both RCD and RIDF are examples of German and Afghan partners working together successfully and collabora-tion among several organisations implementing German development cooperation programmes.

Released by the PR-Unit of the German Cooperation with Afghanistaninfo-icon.

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