Students were taught to employ latest tools of geographic information system (GIS) in a workshop held at the Foundation University Institute of Engineering and Management Sciences (FUIEMS).

 

Over 100 participants from different universities including FAST, NUST, UET, and IQRA as well as participants from within FUIEMS took part in the daylong workshop mainly organised by the students of software engineering (6th semester) and Professor Foundation University Dr M Ramzan.

 

Rector Foundation University, Dr Bilal A. Khan was the chief guest. Others who spoke included Director FUIEMS Dr Aftab Ahmed, President FUIEMS Continuous Professional Development (CPD) workshop Dr Muhammad Ramzan, Chief Resource Person from FAST National University Islamabad Naveed Iqbal, ArcGIS trainer from NUST Sahar Murad and Google Maps trainer Usman Younas from FAST National University.

 

A geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analysing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. The GIS allows viewing and understanding data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts.

 

“The GIS is a location based information system useful for almost all fields of life. It enhances the capability of informed decision making in day to day life. For example, by analysing the location of RWP with most traffic flow through GIS or indicating the change in the trends of property dealing over time through this system can make things much easier for common public,” said Dr Naveed Iqbal, a GIS specialist from FAST.

 

The participants were taught how to use Google maps and how it can be altered according to our requirements by some simple programming. The participants were keen to learn. This session was followed by a lecture on ArcGIS by Sahar Murad from NUST. The ArcGIS is software used to design maps in an efficient way.

 

The students who organised the event included Rida Arooj and Yafra Khan as event managers, Sidra Iftikhar, Rimsha Gishkori and Muhammad Ali Shahzad as web developers, Muhammad Hadi Raza, Muhammad Suleman and Mohsin Tanveer as graphic designers, Rashid Nadeem as photographer, Saeed Niazi as one of the leading event managers, and Sohail Ahmed, Nida Tasneem and Aneeba Anwar as other main event organizers.

 

In the end, the participants were awarded with certificates. In his concluding remarks, Dr Naveed Iqbal appreciated the efforts of teachers and students for organizing the event.

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