Finals time is now here. For engineers this is a very interesting part of life. It mainly includes many students getting together at school to panic and talk about their hatred for specific classes, group projects, professors and how the air conditioner is not run in our building on the weekends. I currently have a few finals to study for and 1 project left. I was one of five students in my Technical Communications class to have an ‘A’ and not have to take the final. The only girl I might add :]

I am moving along slowly but feeling confident that I will not only pass all of my classes but score high marks in them! I do have one presentation to give on my group analysis of soils and a footing design which I am NOT looking forward too and it is taking up all of my time. Ugh.

On a lighter note this past week I went on my very first construction site! I got to wear a hard hat and all of the protective gear and see different parts of the job in progress.

Cal Poly Pomona is building a new business development with three buildings to house offices, classrooms and lecture halls. Below are some pictures of the foundations and rebar going in for the footings. Some compaction devices are shown as well. The length of proposed footing is large as well as being about 20 ft deep. The site lies directly North of the San Jose Fault. It’s interesting because when designing buildings the fault can change so much on a site including groundwater table and soil layers. A building should always be on either side of the fault and not cross it perpendicular due to shifts in the plates on either side of the fault. Check out the pictures below while i get back to studying! There is a fun one of my group and I and the end too! GO TEAM BLUE! :]]

-Diane  ❤