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History of the Department

Department of Geoinformation Systems have celebrated its 16th birthday in 2012.

The creation of GIS department is objectively predetermined by rapid development and active penetration of geographic information systems (GIS) and technologies to all areas of human activity, as well as by improvement of components (vehicles, sensors, resources and methodsof transmission and processing of heterogeneous data), inextricably related with space-based remote sensing GIS.

The first steps to open the department were made in 1994, when the prepared set of documents, including justification of the structure and performance direction of the future department, was represented for the consideration of Ukraine National mining academy’s academic council. Issues of purchasing the computer equipment and specialized software were being solved in parallel with organizational questions. For those objectives, UNMA and National Committee on Geology and Mining have concluded the “Creation of Prospect Faculty based educational laboratory for geoinformation technologies and systems contract”. Chairman Gavrilenko has signed the contract on National Committee’s behalf. Funds for the computer equipment, peripherals and licensed GIS software purchasing were allotted on the basis of this agreement. ARC/INFOv7.03 University Lab Kit and ArcView v2.1 for University program sets were bought in USA and delivered to Ukraine for those purposes.

From 28.03.1996 the new department of geoinformatics has started its activity by the UNMA rector’s, academician’s Pivnyac G.G. order for 28.03.1996. At first, it was uniting four employees: head of department, professor, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Busygin B. S., deputy head of department, docent, Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Yakovlev S. V., docent, Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Saricheva L. V. and assistant, Nikulin S. L., and they, besides training sessions, conducted research complex, aimed at creation of mathematical methods, algorithms and software for processing space-bound data (geodata).

Research lab of geoinformation technologies was placed at 1/78 room, and the department was placed at 1/79.

First curriculum for the new specialty “Geoinformation systems and technologies” were carefully designed and all discipline were aimed at educational-qualification knowledge of the specialist and interrelated in such way, that as difficulty increases, so discipline of basic seven blocks are read (pict. 1). Professor Busygin B. S. has prepared lecture courses for “Geoinformatics” discipline block, Yakovlev S. V. – for “Computer Sciences” and “Information Theory”, Saricheva L. V. – for “Mathematics” and Nikulin S. L. – for “Earth Sciences”.

At 1997 the departments filial was created at the Municipal utility company called “Zemgrad” (Dnipropetrovsk), and at 1998 –at the Public information and geological Fund of Ukraine called “Geoinform” (Kiev).

As part of the academic work, department is preparing bachelors, specialists and masters of next specialties:

  1. “Geoinformation systems and technologies” (1996);
  2. “Computer ecological and economic monitoring” (1999);

At 2003 geoinformatics’ department was renamed. The new name is “department of geoinformation systems”. Staff of the department is: 4 Professors, 6 Docents, 7 Assistants, 2 Postgraduates and 1 PhD,2 Software Engineers, Head of GIS-lab, 1 superior technician and 2 technicians. Among the staff 11 employees are department’s graduates of several years (2004-2010).

Over 340 qualified specialists were prepared for 15 years of department existing by its staff for different areas of economy, using information technologies and geoinformation systems. The demand for such professionals is growing every year, because it’s impossible to imagine the progress in any of areas of society life without using IT, including science, education, government, economics, medicine and others.

Geoinformation is performing a special role – information about objects characterized by its location. They are economic zones, ecological systems, emergency, highways, real estate, urban neighborhoods, mineral deposits, and farmland and so on. Nowadays GIS conquered key positions in virtually every area of human activity.

Training of specialists, able to develop, implement and operate GIS, is performed at the department’s specialty 8.08010105 “Geoinformation systems and technologies” (training course 6.080101 Geodesy, cartography and land management).

Licensed limit for “Geoinformation systems and technologies” specialty is 25 places, education – daily, educational-training: bachelor, specialist and master. After ending of training graduates are awarded the qualification (the level of training, respectively):

  • Junior geoinformatics engineer;
  • Geoinformatics engineer;
  • Geoinformatics engineer with a research activity level, university teacher;

Graduates of this specialty work at computer centers, departments and labs of industrial, scientific, analytic and commercial organizations of all types of property, at municipal and government structures of different levels, at organizations involved in remote sensing of the Earth, municipal and land planning, price appreciation of land, etc.

Professional functions of specialists, using GIS technologies are quiet divertive. At first, it is applying analytical and design work at the research phase of the spatial characteristics of the object model; analysis of the subject areas and their formalization in the creation of an information system; development of conceptual and data models for infological modeling system; development of technical specifications, the creation of specifications and prototype software components of GIS; the final GIS-solutions and GIS-products realization.

Since tools for collection, storing and processing interacting flows of ecologic data are geoinformation systems, serving for support and acceptation of management decisions, based on different monitor models, specialists of this area of knowledge must learn the skills to create and exploit listed above systems on modern computer platforms and software and hardware complexes. Training of these specialists is performed at the specialty 8.05010105“Computer ecological and economic monitoring” (training direction – 6.050101 Computer sciences).

Licensed limit for “Computer ecological and economic monitoring” specialty is 50 places, education – daily, educational-training: bachelor, specialist and master. After ending of training graduates are awarded the qualification (the level of training, respectively):

  • Information technologies specialist;
  • Computer systems engineer;
  • Computer systems engineer with a research activity level, university teacher;

Graduates of this specialty work as lead specialists of structured departments at companies and institutions to perform ecologic monitoring, project managers, computer web administrators, computer ecological and economic monitor systems analytics, application programmers and database administrators.

Professional functions of computer ecological and economic monitoring specialists are, at first, examination of the original object and rationale for creation of computer monitor systems (CMS); formation of user requirements for CMS; learning the nature object and performing necessary research works, performing options for concepts of CMS and selecting satisfying the requirements of the user; developing terms of reference for modernization CMS, conceptual and technical projects of CMS, user interface forms and scenarios with software, and also adapting CMS software at user organization’s computer clusters.

At department students acquire knowledge in wide specter of modern discipline of fundamental and general directions (table 1).

Particular attention in students’ training process is on professional mastery of different information technologies and software products. In computer classrooms students work with variety of versions of operating systems (OS) MS Windows, and also studying features of OS with open source Linux. Studying of wide known object-oriented and specialized program languages is held in different courses: Object Pascal, C/C++, Java, C#, Prolog, SQL, HTML, JavaScript, Python and VBA. Studying students to interact with complicated systems is held at integrated application development environment, packages of mathematical modeling, GIS and DBMS – Borland Delphi, Visual C/C++, MathCAD, Matlab, ArcGIS, ArcView, 2008, MS SQL, MySQL and others.

Students consolidate skills, acquired during the studying planned disciplines, at educational, industrial practices and externship.

The curricula of both specialties GIS Department provides the following types of practices:

  • courseware(for specialty GIS -geodesic)practice;
  • educational practice in the specialty;
  • industrial practice;
  • externship;

Educational practices are held in GIS department’s computer classrooms and in specialized laboratories of geodesy department. Industrial practices and externship are held in organizations and at companies of Dnipropetrovsk city and Dnipropetrovsk region, and also in Kiev city. During the passing of these practices students use knowledge, acquired at educational process, to solve specific problems. In many cases, successful passing of industrial practice is the first step for students to be hired for a job at organization, where they passed industrial practice.

Organizations and companies, where students of GIS Department pass industrial practice and externship are listed below:

· PC «Yevraz-BP», Dnipropetrovsk

· Manufacturing and commercial private company Ltd. «Cross», Dnipropetrovsk

· JSC «Interpipe NTRP them. Liebknecht», Novomoskovsk

· Mining and Metallurgical Combine of Vilnogirsk, Vilnogirsk

· National enterprise “Scientific and Production Association "Pavlograd chemical plant"”, Pavlograd

· Center of bridge building, architecture and cadaster, Dnipropetrovsk

· Ltd. «Agile talent network», Dnipropetrovsk

· Ltd. «Geomatika», Dnipropetrovsk

· Ltd. «ORI STROY», Dnipropetrovsk

· Ltd. «SavannaGroup», Dnipropetrovsk

· Ltd. «Setif», Dnipropetrovsk

· Ltd. «Friends Time», Dnipropetrovsk

· Ltd. «Freestyle-Center», Dnipropetrovsk

· Ltd. «Agrotrading», Dnipropetrovsk

· Ltd. «Kvartal», Dnipropetrovsk

· Ltd. «Kometa 2007», Dnipropetrovsk

· Ltd. «Pro-Stoy»», Dnipropetrovsk

· AKB «Privatbank» Dnipropetrovsk

· College them. Brodsky of Erastovka DNAU, Erastovka

· PC «ORC-79», Dnipropetrovsk

· PC «Service Station», Dnipropetrovsk

· PC «Mag», Dnipropetrovsk

· PC «Lesnitskaya», Dnipropetrovsk

· PC «Istochnik», Dnipropetrovsk

· PC «Veron», Dnipropetrovsk

· PC «Alina», Dnipropetrovsk

During 2008-2009 department’s postgraduate Sergeeva E. L. passed probation in Polytechnic university of Vrotslav city at Geodesic and Geoinformation Department by invitation of College of Eastern Europe. During the probation an experience of European colleagues at scientific-methodical approaches to the use of GIS, and also to the technologies of processing data of remote sensing of the Earth was acquired.

Teachers of the department are involved in work of scientific-methodical commission of Scientific and Methodological Council ofMinistry of Education and Science, Youth and Sports of Ukrainein the “Information technologies” area, in developing of national standards of educational and professional program and educational qualification characteristics of Bachelors and Masters of Computer Sciences.

During all 16 years, every second Wednesday of November at department students and teachers celebrate World Day of GIS. World Day of GIS is annual large-scale event, designed to attract the attention and interest of people around the world to geography, and also to practical and educational aspects of geographical information systems technologies. World community performs exchange of information and results achieved during the celebration of this day through the site

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