ISLAMABAD – Students from various universities honed their skills to employ latest tools of Geographic Information System (GIS) at a workshop held at Foundation University Institute of Engineering and Management Sciences (FUIEMS) on Monday.

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 of Foundation University Dr M Ramzan.

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 system helps answer questions and solve problems by looking at the data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared.

The GIS technology can be integrated into any enterprise information system framework.

Dr Naveed Iqbal, a GIS specialist from FAST, briefed that “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 analyzing 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,”. The participants were taught how to use Google maps and how it can be altered according to our requirements by some simple programming. 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. Rector Foundation University, Islamabad, Dr. Bilal A. Khan was the chief guest on the occasion.

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.

The enthusiastic team of students who organized the event included Rida Arooj, Yafra Khan, Sidra Iftikhar, Rimsha Gishkori, Muhammad Ali Shahzad, Muhammad Hadi Raza, Muhammad Suleman, Mohsin Tanveer, Rashid Nadeem, Saeed Niazi, Sohail Ahmed, Nida Tasneem and Aneeba Anwar.