Mapping for Sustainable Development
Kasarani, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 723 786161

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The Professional courses are for those who already have previous qualifications or are employed and wish to boost their careers, are seeking employment after graduating from university or tertiary colleges and wish to acquire hands on new technology skills to improve their CVs or those currently practicing but wish to acquire skills on current technologies. These courses act as refresher courses and an introduction to new technology. We offer several courses.

Short Courses target those who require basic knowledge in a specific field and do not require entry level qualification. These courses equip the candidates with knowledge and skills which are required in most professional. They are also a foundation for college and university education. These courses are also appropriate for those who want to refresh or enhance their skills in ICT and other applicable fields.

Introduction to Earth Observation (Remote Sensing- RS)/ Digital Image Processing

Preamble: Spatial distribution of Natural Resources such as water, forests, arable land and even minerals; their availability and accessibility determines who gets them and who doesn’t. Proper understanding of their distribution can go a long way in enacting laws and policies that will ensure sound management, equitable sharing and environmental protection as we go about their exploitation. This understanding can only be achieved if their spatial distribution is properly documented visa viz morphological and demographic characteristics of the ground in which they appear. Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing uses satellite Images which can help us capture large areas of the ground with its characteristic and features. The images can then be processed; the resources can be located on the images, digitized and compiled into GIS layers which will assist in their management.

This is a 10-day course and covers the following:

  • Opening and displaying an image
  • Importing image
  • Understanding bands and their usage (Land sat 7 & 8)
  • Layer stacking, Mosaicking images
  • Subset image, Image rectification and geo-referencing
  • Resampling and interpolation of image
  • Change detection, Image Classification
  • DEM and STRM and generation of contours
  • NDVI
  • Principle Component Analysis & Tussled cap

Open Source Tools Data and Applications

Open-source data and tools offer the possibility to monitor our planet in a spatial and temporal extent. RCMRD seeks to bring the requisite technical capabilities to member States so that they can harness these opportunities. This course has been prepared in that spirit.The Training will provide participants with the opportunity to develop crucial skills required for spatial data processing to address thematic challenges or any particular challenge of interest). Throughout the learning week participants will focus on developing skills in natural resource mapping using Earth Observation (EO)/Remotely Sensed (RS) data. Many different, complementary and sometimes overlapping tools will be presented to provide an overview of the existing arena of open source software available for spatial data processing. Participants are expected to gain knowledge from a series of lectures and practical sessions. It also provides a platform for the participants to communicate with experienced practitioners and industry experts as well as widen their professional networks.

Course Objectives

The training will equip participants with skills to access, process and analyze various open datasets using recent and up-to-date available tools. Most importantly, it will allow them to start using remote sensing data from the various platforms, with continuous practice during the learning week, participants will get more familiar with the EO data as well as developing competencies in areas, including;

  • Work with earth observation and Geo-Information technologies
  • Use of open source data and tools
  • Earth observation data applications
  • Applications of the 2.5 Meter datasets
  • Automated segmentation and merging of the data

Expected Outcomes

  • How to access open source data
  • Capability to pre-process and analyze remote sensing/GIS data
  • Use open-source tools in the analysis of GIS and remote sensing data
  • Build institutional linkages of participating institutions as well as technical capacities


  • Internet
  • Laptop
  • Background in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
  • Prior knowledge of the different common GIS data types
  • Desire to learn satellite data processing.


  • ArcGIS
  • QGIS 3.10 and above.
  • IMPACT Tool

Duration:10 days

Fee Charges:USD 300

Introduction to Geographic Information System (GIS)

Preamble: GIS has become essential in decision making, planning, and management of multi-layered spatial database. GIS software used by RCMRD includes Open source QGIS and Commercial GIS (ArcGIS).

This is a 10-day course and covers the following:

  • Exploring GIS concepts
  • Displaying data, Querying database
  • Working with spatial data
  • Working with tables
  • Editing Data, Working with georeferenced data
  • Working with layers and maps
  • Displaying locations from tabular data
  • Automating data, Editing the database schema
  • Editing spatial and attribute data
  • Presenting data

Introduction to Digital Cartography & GIS Mapping

Preamble: This course provides an introduction and practices associated with digital cartography principles, concepts, software and hardware required to create good maps, particularly in GIS.

This is a 2-week course covering:

  • Introduction to digital cartography
  • Fundamentals and applications
  • Practical Digital Cartography and GIS mapping functionality

Radar & Lidar Remote Sensing

Preamble: This course introduces the basics of radar remote sensing from the viewpoints of basic image capture theory and applications. Also, the course will introduce the fundamental concepts and techniques used in Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR).

Applied Remote Sensing & GIS

Preamble: This course and othertailor-made courses will be based on the different needs of the clients.

Mobile GIS

Preamble: Mobile GIS is the combination of Geographic Information System (GIS) software, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and mobile computing devices. Mobile GIS improves processes such as asset inventory, asset maintenance, among others.

CAD Drawings (AutoCAD Civil 3D)

Course Objectives 

The purpose of the course is to provide knowledge and technical skills in AutoCAD drawing using AutoCAD Civil 3D for applications in areas such as cadastral surveys, road and highway designs, building designs structural designs among others.

Course Content

  • Introduction to Civil3D. 
  • Working with Points.
  • Generation of Surfaces.
  • Survey.
  •  Alignments
  • Project Management
  •  Profiles.
  • Parcels.
  • Grading.
  • Assemblies
  • Corridors.
  •  Intersections and round abouts
  •  Cross sections.
  • Material calculation.
  •  Pipe Networks.
  •  Part builder
  •  Labels and Tables.
  •  Plan Production

Duration: 10 Days

 Fee Charges: 300USD

Target Group: Land surveyors,  Engineers,  Architects,  Draftsmen,  Cartographers,  Students and other interested individuals.

Digital Photogrammetric Mapping and Terrain Modeling

Target Group

The qualifying participants shall be Land surveyors, Geodesist, Engineers, Earth Research Scientists, Cartographers from African countries with experience in Surveying, Mapping, Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry System (GNSS).

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Technologies for Precise Applications

Preamble: The purpose of the course is to provide knowledge and technical skills in GNSS technologies and precise applications including engineering, construction and cadastral.

Target Group

The qualifying participants shall be Land surveyors, Geodesist, Engineers, Earth Research Scientists, Cartographers from African countries with experience in Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technologies.


5 days


March, June, September

Global Positioning System and Mobile Mapping for General Applications

Preamble: The purpose of the course is to provide knowledge and technical skills in GPS technologies for Data collection and navigation applications.

Target Group

The qualifying participants shall be Land surveyors, Geodesist, Engineers, Earth Research Scientists, Cartographers from African countries with experience in Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technologies.


5 days


May, July, September, November

Level Use and Applications

Target Group

The course is designed for site managers, foremen, supervisors , leveler and potential levelers who are required to set out for construction and civil engineering work. Little or no previous experience is required but some basic understanding of the need to work and transfer levels is desirable.


2 days


May, July, September, November

Service, Repair & Adjustment of Opti-Mechanical Surveying Instruments

Preamble: The course is aimed at imparting skills in the care and maintenance of surveying instruments.

This is a 2-week course covering:

Introduction of various surveying instruments and accessories like

  • Principles of levels
  • Principles of theolites
  • Principles of EDMs
  • Alignment of EDMs with theodolite
  • Dismantling theodolite (practical)
  • Dismantling of levels (practical)
  • Field test-level
  • Field test-theodolite
  • Recording procedure and storing
  • Store conditions/requirements (discussion)
  • Procedures/ways of handling survey instruments

Total Station, Use and Applications

Preamble: This course exposes the participant to aspects of the use and applications of modern total station. Basic concepts and specifications of total station followed by practical exercises shall be addressed.

Target Group

The qualifying participants shall be Land surveyors, Engineers, Earth Research Scientists, Cartographers among others requiring to use total station in their applications.


3 days


May, July, September, November

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Roysambu, Kasarani
Nairobi, Kenya

+254 020 2680748 / 2680722
+254 723 786161 / +254 735 981098


P.O. Box 632-00618 Nairobi, Kenya

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