Last Friday, ten CM students visited the San Francisco Transbay Terminal project (where Justin Burke, CM '10 and Stacy Wilson, CM '12 work for Turner Construction, which is the agency CM on the project). Involving six blocks in a heavily congested city, it's needless to say that this project is unbelievably complex. The terminal portion is just over $1 billion, with the excavation (just the excavation!) being $200 million (and trending more).
If you ever get a chance to visit this project, make the effort to go. If you're going to San Francisco anytime soon, just walk in the vicinity of the project so that you can get a feeling for the magnitude of the project. One other thing: if you walk any construction site, be sure to wear pants and sturdy shoes. Which means definitely don't wear shorts and mountain biking shoes.
On Saturday, the Sac State Construction Alumni Chapter held it's 3rd annual Sporting Clays Shoot at Camanche Hills. It was a fantastic event*. THANK YOU to all the CM students that gave up a beautiful Saturday to volunteer. If you're on a Reno team and did not volunteer, thank your teammates that did. The proceeds go to the Reno effort. Every dollar made from the event means a dollar you don't have to raise. You should be grateful that the alumni like you.
I don't know the final dollar amount raised, but I'm sure it was a good chunk of change. Combine that with the $20k raised at the Tricorp Hearn/TMCS golf tournament (and THANK YOU for the students that volunteered at that event as well), and the CM program is getting a lot of love from the construction industry. I wish I could have stayed for the raffle and the peach cobbler.
*My only gripe about the event was that my team was callously robbed of first place. We didn't have five shooters, but we were able to get the best score, in a perfectly reasonable way, with only four shooters. Not that I'm bitter. I'm not. Well maybe a little. OK, a lot. But hey, it's for charity, right?
Quote of the Week
"If you're not in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?" -- T.S. Eliot
I love that quote--it's possibly my favorite. This is the time of year when things start getting busy (really busy in some cases). Just remember, everything you're going through is a test of your character. The more work you're juggling, the more character you're building.
CM News and Events
October 12: The American Society for Professional Estimators is hosting Dr. Jim Adrian of Bradley University to Sac State. ASPE has graciously covered the cost ($100) for 22 students! It's all filled, but if you want to be added to the wait list, shoot me an e-mail.
October 12-14: CMSA Camping Trip. I'm not sure what happens at the camping trip (not sure I want to know), but I hear it's fun. Just don't let Tommy feed chili and hot dogs to random dogs.
Gilbane Building Company: Gilbane will be on campus for an info session on October 16 and ill be conducting interview on October 17. They are looking for interns. Several Sac State CM students have interned for them and have great things to say.
What's Going On in Classes
CM 10: NO CLASS THIS WEEK! I think we have a guest speaker the next week (John and Scott of Unger). If not, we will have the first exam. I will clarify this in next week's update.
CM 121: More on Goodyear. Monday's lab section will be working on footings, while Tuesday and Thursday will be working on the slab(Monday will work on the slab next week). If I get my act together, we will also have Homework #2 assigned this week.
Remember in the first lab session I said that I'm pretty relaxed about lab but I expect everyone to make an strong effort to complete as much of each weekly lab assignment in lab? Well, that lasted about a week. Already people show up for lab and leave 30 minutes later. There will be some labs that you will be left up to you own devices, but for now, I want people to work in lab. So this week, your labs will be due at the end of lab. Plan on putting in a full lab session. REMEMBER: name your files "Week 6 <last name>.xlsx
CM 126: I cannot recall off the top of my head who is responsible for the Tool Box presentation(s) on Monday, but hopefully they remember. We will have a presentation after the Tool Box(es). On Wednesday, CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED! The presentations for that day will be rescheduled. I'll try to e-mail you the revised schedule.
By the way, a homework assignment was posted on Wednesday that is due this Wednesday to SacCT. I was going to make you ask me how many people could work together, but I'm not sure I want to get 20 e-mails, so I'll just tell you that you can work in pairs (that means no more than 2 per group. If you cannot find a partner, you can easily finish the assignment by yourself. In fact, the only reason I'm allowing people to work in pairs is because I'm behind in grading and don't want to create more work that I can handle. Even though that's the case, don't try to convince me that it's smart to allow groups of 10 because it will reduce my work load even more. I'm cool with groups of two).
Also, remember to put you name(s) in the files you upload.
I teach people who will be building our country's infrastructure.