2011 Junior Class Field Trip
New York City Infrastructure Basics: September 22-25, 2011
Sponsors: Murphy Travel Fund; University of Notre Dame Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences
Hosts: ATLSS Center, Lehigh; AECOM Transportation; Skanska USA Building; Skanska Koch; Columbia University; Granite Construction Northeast; St. Patrick's Cathedrals
Organizers: Diane Westerink, Joannes Westerink
Purpose of this trip: To expose students to some of the biggest and most innovative infrastructure design and construction efforts going on in the United States; to see first hand that the need to rebuild our often failing infrastructure is huge; to see first hand the complexity of these structural, transportation, water resources, and environmental projects that keep our nation productive, efficient and healthy; and to interact one on one with project and design engineers. These trips help students see the wide range of opportunities for them to be innovative leaders and also help them connect the classroom to the real world.
Lehigh Structures Laboratory
AECOM 2nd Ave. Subway and WTC Transportation Center Design
Skanska USA Green Building
Rehabilitation of Brooklyn Bridge
Dinner in Brooklyn
Access Tunnel Under the East River
Game Watch at New York Public House
Empire State Building
St Patricks Cathedral
Fall 2011 Geology Field Trip
Upper Michigan Fall Break 2011
Sponsors: University of Notre Dame Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences
Organizers: Jeremy Fein
Purpose of this trip: Emphasis of the trip was on understanding the regional geology before, during, and after the formation of Proterozoic banded iron formations and the Marquette Mineral District. A wide range of sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rock types and geologic structures are studied, and the trip includes a structural geology field exercise. Prior to the trip, there were lectures on the regional geology, and each student had prepared a presentation on one aspect of the geology that was seen in the field.
Spring 2012 Geology Field Trip
Death Valley California: March 10th-17th, 2012
Sponsor: University of Notre Dame Department of Civil Engineering and Geological
Organizers: Ralph E. Milliken and Antonio Simonetti
Itineary: Excursions to various sites of geological interest within Death Valley were carried out during the day, which involved much hiking and field exercises such as identification of faults, folds, and “strike and dip” measurements of geological units. “Home base” for the field party was at the Panamint Springs campground, where students prepared meals for the entire group in the evening.
Purpose of this trip: This trip gives students exposure to two large scale tectonic processes, these are extension and volcanism.