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GIS Center

The fundamental objective of the GIS center in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Balamand is:
"to prepare skilled GIS personnel who can participate in building, using and maintaining GIS applications."
Students participating in GIS center are able to:
  1. work comfortably in a computer environment,
  2. use GIS software to enter data into a GIS database,
  3. use GIS software and hardware to create custom map products,
  4. use GIS software to perform a variety of basic analytical tasks, and
  5. use GIS software, programming tools and database management system to develop GIS applications.
The GIS center projects in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Balamand are:

Case Study 1: Implementing GIS at the Municipality of Amioun
GISC was able to embrace digital techniques for capturing spatial data. This process involved the conversion of analogue base maps to digital data format. The data were manipulated for tasks such as parcels zoning, streets numbering, linking descriptive data to its geographic features, and converting CAD data. Also, GISC is in the process of building the water, electricity and telephone utility network. The spatial data layers are land parcels, street centerlines, parcels zoning, water canals, annotated landmarks, and geological boundary. The layers were acquired from different data source such as scaled maps, global positioning system (GPS), digital pictures and descriptive data.

Case Study 2: Implementing GIS at the Municipality of Beshmezzine
The major objective for establishing GIS-base unit was to view, understand, interpret, and visualize the data in ways simply not possible in the rows and columns of a spreadsheet. The local authority at Beshmezzine had existing database information available. The GISC team had to link the data to its geographic location in order to build an intelligent map system. The second phase in the project was updating both graphical and descriptive data to facilitate locating subscribers geographically and help in decision making.

Case Study 3: Building a GIS Socio-Economic database for Joumeh Region
The effort of GISC in this project is to build a GIS socio-economic database. The main output is a GIS database will include the geographic data from the satellite imagery, geographic data from base maps and descriptive data from physical survey. A database is designed at this stage that consists of three types of tables and four kinds of relationships between these tables. Geographic area data is nested as mohafaza, caza, cadastral, district, sub district and blocks. Others that are still in progress phase are: street centerlines, street casing, building identifier, building footprints, landmarks and households. The final results will show statistical data in a graphical or report form plus the digital base maps. The objective of this component is to provide a statistical database for municipality in Joumeh region to be used by the municipalities as a basis for identifying and prioritizing local problems and needs.
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