TAMUCC Takes 2nd Place at 2018 NSPS Competition
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Posted by: Kristen Evon
The Texas A&M Corpus Christi team took 2nd place out of 12 teams in the 2018 NSPS Student Competition in Las Vegas which was held in conjunction with the NSPS spring meeting during the Western Regional Surveying Conference on February 17-21.
The topic for the 2018 competition was “Surveying Service.” Students were asked “What would you do if you had an opportunity to be part of a team traveling to a developing country to provide surveying and mapping in support of an engineering design or construction project such as a community well, small bridge, new school or roadway/utility corridor?”
Many surveyors, students, and practitioners, have opportunities to work on projects in developing countries. This might be through organizations such as Engineers without Borders or other local, national or international organizations. One of the challenges they face is that they often must survey without all the “comforts of home” and go back to the basics. Sometimes this means that you are using outdated equipment that you see for the first time upon arrival, and sometimes it means that you have essentially nothing and must improvise and be particularly creative and clever to get the job done…and everything in between.
Teams were given a parcel of land and by used a very basic set of equipment to complete a project scenario meant to mimic what one might find on such short service trips. The teams were given one day to do their field work, and a second day to create their map and prepare a presentation. On the third day, they presented their project and map to a panel of judges.
Team projects could score a maximum of 140 points and were judged on Equipment & Preparedness, Field Work/Notes, Map, and Presentation.
Congratulations to Texas A&M Corpus Christi, we're all so proud of you!
All photos by Joe Paiva, PhD