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International Training Courses on GIS. Yerevan

From 6th to 20th of  November 2011 the Training Courses on GIS were held in the Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction under the framework of the Tempus project (511322-2010-SE-JPCR) “Geographic Information Technology for Sustainable Development in Eastern neighbouring countries”. Representatives of the Institute of Geodesy participated in this event.

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In training courses was participated teachers and post-graduate students of the Institute of Geodesy: senior Lecturer Lyubov Babiy (chair of photogrammetry and geoinformatics), post-graduate student Iryna Dolynska (chair of photogrammetry and geoinformatics), assistant Borys Chetverikov (chair of photogrammetry and geoinformatics), assistant Olesya Tkachyk (chair of cadastre of territory), who represents those chairs of the Institute of Geodesy where subjects concerning on GIS are very important.

Also scientists and teachers from Moldova, Armenia and Kiev participated in the training courses.

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Main themes of lectures and practical exercises were studying of ArcGIS. Responsible for the training was Prof. Dr. Dietrich Schroeder (Higher Technical School of Stuttgart, Germany), and his assistant Ole Mensing (Higher Technical School of Stuttgart, Germany).

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The training courses were organized in six mini-projects, which covered most of the functionality of a desktop GIS: GIS in Tourism; GIS in Land Management Landslide Risk Zone Mapping; GIS in Land Management and Environment: Location Analysis; GIS in Water Management; GIS in Environment: Terrain Analysis for Flood Risk; GIS in Real Estate.

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There were interesting and exciting excursions:

Matenadaran (the world’s largest repository of ancient Armenian manuscripts)

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National Art Gallery of Armenia, National History Museum of Armenia, the Museum of Parajanov,

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and unforgettable excursions to Tsitsernakaberd (memorial dedicated to victims of Armenian Genocide of 1915),

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Garni (pagan Temple of the Sun, about 2 thousand years BC),

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Echmiadzin – ecclesiastical capital of Armenia (Echmiadzin cathedral was built in 302-303, soon after Armenian Christianity in 301),

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Geghard – the monastery located in the rocks in the Kotayk province (IV century).

Also incredible impressions of grand architectural ensemble of Yerevan, one of the oldest cities in Armenia (founded in 782 year BC) and the hospitality of Armenians.

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