Mapping the city, Fundamentals and the Knowhow
Mapping the city, Fundamentals and the Knowhow

IEREK Workshop

  • 28, Jul / 30, Jul 2022
  • IEREK Headquarters, Cairo
Workshop Email
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IEREK Workshops Series - Thinking Spatial Addressing Regional and Urban Challenges using GIS

Cities are human incubators. Around the clock, cities serve inhabitants and accommodate their activities. Yet, as urban population increases, cities struggle to endure their purpose, consequently urban challenges occur and flourish. Overpopulation, sanitation problems, slums, environmental hazards, crime and traffic congestions are just few examples of these challenges. For the city to continue its mission serving the populous and to achieve sustainable development, urban planners and practitioners, tend to address these challenges. Adding the spatial perspective to their strategic thinking and analysis, assures best results.

Geographic information system (GIS) provides the state of the art tools to address such challenges from a spatial perspective. As such, IEREK being a world leader in education services provides training workshops targeting architects, urban planners and GIS analysts to get acquainted with different methodologies to address urgent urban matters.

The first workshop in the Thinking Spatial workshops series titled:

 Mapping the city, Fundamentals and the Knowhow

In this 3 days’ workshop, attendees will get to know the power of spatial thinking and the vast use of GIS and remote sensing capabilities in multidisciplinary fields. By the end of this workshop, attendees will be fully informed by the fundamentals of GIS and the different means to map the city on both urban and regional scales. Moreover, the workshop will include digitizing and analyzing satellite images to acquire different GIS layers that represent existing phenomena. The workshop will also feature creating tabular databases and building GIS layers from CAD files. For detailed information on the contents, please check the workshop program.


IEREK Headquarters, Cairo

39 Lebanon Street, El Mohandseen.

Tel. : (+2) 02 33037810

Mob. : (+2) 01000028021

Workshop Fees

Workshop Duration will be 3 consecutive days (18 hrs) for EGP 1500.

About The Instructor

Dr. Mohamed Mehaina is an architect/spatial planner acquiring more than 20 years of academic knowledge and practical experiences related to GIS/RS applications in multi-disciplinary fields. His practice includes professional experience in regional/urban planning, heritage preservation, public health, oil and gas, climate change, and cartography. He also has a long history in education managing GIS capacity building programs.

Graduated in 2001 from Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, where he also got his Master’s degree in 2006, in the environmental planning field. Later in 2016, he achieved his Ph.D. in the field of regional planning with special emphasis on using composite indices and advanced spatial planning.

Through his career, Dr. Mehaina participated in extensive national and international strategic development projects related to governmental authorities and international entities like the UNDP, UNESCO and the UNHES. His publications vary from books, articles, atlases, city guides and official national reports. During the period from 2006–2017, he was responsible for the GIS capacity Building Program at the Community Service Programs within the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transportation in Alexandria. Currently working as, the Deputy Director of the Alexandria and Mediterranean Research Center at Bibliotheca Alexandrina. He also serves as the GIS Program Manager at IEREK.

Workshop Program

Workshop Duration will be 3 consecutive days (18 hrs)


Day 1: 28 July


• Why thinking spatial and why mapping the city.

• Fundamentals of GIS and remote sensing.

• Overview on the GIS software available in the market.

5-9 pm (4 hrs) 

Day 2: 29 July


• Getting introduced to ESRI-ArcGIS software interface.

• Engaging with layers and satellite images.

• Acquiring the software capabilities.

• Knowing different types of spatial data representation.

• Learning how to digitize digital maps and satellite images on urban and regional scale.

10 am -12 pm (2 hrs) and

1:30 – 7:30 pm (6 hrs)

Day 3: 30 July


• Building GIS databases by adding and linking information to the digitized layers.

• Creating land cover maps by conducting supervised classification for satellite images.

• Converting CAD files to GIS databases.

10 am - 4 pm (6 hrs)


Who Can Attend
  • Who can attend?

    • Architectural and urban planning students.
    • Geography students.
    • Post grad students conducting their research in the field of urban planning or geography.


    • Laptop availability.
    • Computer knowledge is essential.
    • No prior knowledge of GIS or remote sensing is required.