More than 150 engineering specialists from various line departments in six northern provinces improved their skills in use of topographical survey instruments through Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) of Germany over the past month.
Total cost of the program was nearly AFN 1.5 million and its final course ended in Mazar-e-Sharif on Wednesday and engineers can now apply their knowledge in local infrastructure projects.
The engineers who took part in the 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, education, 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 environment.
“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 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.”
The courses are part of a joint programme by the German government’s Regional Capacity Development pro-gramme (RCD) implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaftfür 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.