University of Salento, Italy - 26, Jun / 28, Jun 2024

Mapping the city, Fundamentals & the Knowhow


In this course, we’ll dive into key topics such as GIS and RS applications, cartography, the relationship between GIS and RS, software installation, interface navigation, and the use of essential ArcMap tools. You’ll learn how to work with geographical layers, create data frames, and design layouts for producing stunning maps. Our lessons will guide you through understanding shapefiles, their storage, creation, and management using Arc Catalogue.

The art of editing shapefiles and drawing vector data will become second nature, and you’ll grasp the difference between saving edits and saving the ArcMap project. We’ll also explore the integration of satellite imagery, converting raster to vector through on-screen digitization, and the significance of attribute tables, where you can add and manipulate various data fields.

On-screen digitization will allow you to fine-tune your mapping skills, from adding tabular data to drawn features to classifying and symbolizing them. With this knowledge, you’ll be well-prepared to create exceptional maps and deliver final projects that leverage the power of GIS and RS technology.

Dr. Mohamed Mehaina
PhD | Geo-Spatial Consultant | Heritage Management


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 Outline

Day 1

1. PowerPoint presentation - Introduction to GIS and Remote 

Sensing (RS) - 1.5 Hrs.

  • What is GIS and RS
  • Applications
  • Cartography and mapping
  • Relation between GIS and RS


2. Introducing the ArcGIS-ArcInfo-ArcMap desktop software from 

ESRI - 2.5 Hrs.

  • Installing the software
  • Getting familiar with the interface
  • Using ArcMap toolbars
  • Adding and viewing geographical layers
  • Creating data frames and inserting layers
  • Creating layouts and outputting a map

Day 2

3. Understanding the concept of GIS layers (shapefiles) – 1.25 Hr.

  • What is a shapefile
  • Storage of shapefiles
  • Creating shapefiles
  • Managing shapefiles through Arc Catalogue


4. Working with shapefiles – 1.25 Hr.

  • Editing a shapefile / Drawing vector data
  • Snapping
  • Saving edited drawings
  • Understanding the difference between saving the edits and saving the ArcMap project


5. On-screen digitization exercise – 1.5

  • Adding a satellite image raster layer to the ArcMap
  • Creating shapefiles that represent the layers in the raster map
  • Converting raster to vector process through on-screen digitization of the satellite image

Day 3

6. Working with tabular data – 1 Hr.

  • Understanding attribute tables
  • Adding new fields with different types


7. Exercise application, creating a complete GIS for a selected study area – 3 to 5 Hrs.

  • On-screen digitization
  • Adding tabular data to drawn features
  • Classifying and symbolizing draw features
  • Preparing the layout and delivering the final project

Workshop Fees

  • Held in-person at University of Salento, Italy., the fees below guarantee your attendance for the workshop and all days of the International Conference on Geographic Perspectives on Climate change Mitigation in Urban and Rural Environments



Piazza Tancredi, 7, 73100 Lecce LE, Italy. 

Instead of using regular classes, Professor Fabio Pollice took the initiative to use the Castello Carlo V for the opening session venue. You can find more information about the Castello at This magnificent castle, constructed in the 12th century AD, provides a captivating setting for our event.

Your Trip To Lecce

Lecce is famous with the best-knowns sights in Italy that it would take weeks to see everything in it, also it is one of Europe’s most popular cities. It has many breathtaking views and tourist attractions from museums to churches and palaces.


As one of the leaders and most avid supporters of the research and academic community, IEREK has always endeavored to develop and enrich innovative production. Constantly advocating for forward-thinking became our modus operandi.

Because of this driving passion, we’ve hosted many successful workshops where participants were able to widen their horizons and feed their love of their craft using real-life applications and concentrated, global, expert knowledge. We’ve hosted schools abroad in such locations as culturally rich Italy and the diverse United Kingdom, where our future architects received an enriching and engaging learning experience on subjects.

It has taught us what one could gain from investing in themselves. Studying overseas has many fantastic benefits, from helping you find a good job to improving your social life. A few of these benefits are compiled here.