I honestly cannot believe that it is mid-February already! I have been on co-op for 6 weeks today already at Parsons Brinckerhoff and I could not be happier! It is a lot different than my last job… before I was working with a general contractor where is now I am working with mostly consulting work and some design. They are very different, but both of these experiences have helped me to decide that I would like to pursue a masters in geotechnical engineering! For those of you who are not familiar with this term, it is a specialty of civil engineering that prodominently deals with soils and rocks and how they interact with construction projects. Obviously there is a lot more that goes into it, but I am currently working in the hydro power division where we do some geotechnical work. I am learning a lot about dams and the processes behind design and consulting, which will be very helpful to me in the future and is interesting right now!
Another exciting thing going on right now is the concrete canoe! Part of the reason why this semester has flown by was because we have been preparing to pour the concrete, or place it really. We had to prepare the mold and finalize the mix design before we could pour, and make sure there were enough of each material, but we finally were done last weekend for our pour day! It was very stressful, especially being captain and having everything fall on me, but it was so worth it to see the final product! After four hours, about 20 people, and 32 3 gallon batches of concrete we were done! Now we just have to water it twice a day over the next month so that it will stay hydrated, allowing it to get stronger and resist cracking!