120 Engineers Improve Their Construction Survey Skills for Infrastructure Projects

Today, 120 Afghan engineers finished a seminar on construction survey methods and instruments
Following last year’s training on topographical surveys, engineers from technical departments from the six Northern provinces in Afghanistan participated in the advanced training session. The German funded programme “Regional Infrastructure Development Fund” (RIDF) provided technical assistance and financed the training at a total cost of nearly AFN 1.5 million.

One participant highlighted: “In this course, I greatly strengthened my skills in using survey instruments. Even more, I now understand the way these instruments are functioning and I can properly interpret collected data.”

The participating engineers came from various line departments in Badakhshan, Baghlan, Balkh, Kunduz, Samangan and Takhar. The programme  was tailored to the needs of the Afghan departments of economy, rural rehabilitation and development, education, public works, power and water supply as well as to the demands of river basin agencies and municipalities. The topics ranged from data collection on a construction site to data analysis and map designs. During the training, participants had the opportunity to extensively use GPS devices and other survey devices such as total stations. The training was mainly dedicated to practical exercises, data collection and analysis. Participants are now expected to apply the newly acquired knowledge in local infrastructure projects.

The courses are part of a joint programme funded by the German government’s project Regional Capacity Development (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 collaboration among several organisations implementing German development cooperation programmes.

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