TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (June 12,
2014) – A group of students at
Tallahassee Community College recently got some valuable work experience without
even leaving campus. The students, members of instructor Jeremiah Slaymaker’s
Route Surveying class, had often practiced using common surveying equipment to
take measurements in TCC’s parking lots. This time, however, Slaymaker and Bill
Hunter, TCC’s construction coordinator, decided to enlist them in addressing some
very real drainage difficulties that were occurring during periods of heavy
rain near TCC’s softball field house.
Slaymaker, who is a professional surveyor at the Wantman
Group, Inc., was enthusiastic about giving his students the opportunity to
experience a real project—with a client and a deadline. So he took the group
out to the site, where water had been flowing from the parking lots into a
grassy area, pooling and then seeping into the field house.
“I told my students, from
here on out, this is our classroom,” said Slaymaker.
Hunter needed to know the
elevations in critical parts of the site so that he could design a plan for
pipes, a drainage swale or other features to improve the drainage pattern. The
students visited the area many times to collect spatial data using both
traditional and GPS tools and to prepare a map of survey for Hunter.
According to Slaymaker,
the project gave the students a good sense of what professional surveying
entails. “We had to deal with plenty of adverse weather conditions, and once,
after we had taken some measurements, we came back and it turned out that
Bill’s workers had made some changes, so we had to collect that data again. That’s
real life for a surveyor.”
Slaymaker passed the
survey map on to Hunter in May, and the two men plan to continue their
collaboration during future semesters.
“I can keep them busy with
projects for a long time to come,” said Hunter.
The Route Surveying class is
part of the surveying/GIS specialization within TCC’s drafting and design
technology program. For information, contact Bret Hammond at (850) 201-8334 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the TCC catalog at http://catalog.tcc.fl.edu.