This year 97 students got to enjoy the nice wintertime in Al-Khod Mountains while they participated in one of the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering’s traditions: Survey Camp.
ENGR3006: Industrial Training I, is normally a two-week course in the winter break. This year and due to the late start of the fall semester, it was only one week.
The work consisted of 5 days of intensive field work; waking up at 6 am everyday to start working from 7 am to 2 pm, followed by computer laboratory. Students had to help themselves loading and unloading the equipment required for each day’s work. Ten groups of approximately 10 students were formed with a group leader for each. They worked in the rugged terrain of Al-Khod Mountains; the students carried out differential and trigonometric leveling to establish a temporary benchmark from an existing one. Total stations were used to carry out the topographical survey of the area. Additional different surveying equipments were used to carry out the work.
In the computer lab, students learned and used ArcView program to analyze the collected data and generate the Digital Terrain Model (DTM) of the area and estimate the volume storage capacity in case a recharge dam is built in the valley.
Dr. AbdulWahid Hago, the head of department, having supervised the course himself, says that this course is one of the main traditions of the department where the students get exposed to real-world engineering problems away from the traditional teaching in the classroom.
Dr. Hossam F. Hassan, the course supervisor, says that the camp provides a valuable practical training opportunity for any Civil Engineering student. The students were at their best, enjoying the field engineering work as real as it gets.
The course was also supervised by Eng. Jamil Al Yacoubi, Eng. Salim Al Ruzaiqi and Mr. Nafeer Abul Hudha.
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“It was an interesting experience! Although, it took a lot of effort, we enjoyed applying what we’ve learned during the semester”
said Abdulrahman Al Hatali, a junior CE student.
“Team work was a new experience for us, I miss training days and wish we could do it again”
said Lubna Al Harthy, a CE student.
“The training was useful and interesting for all the participants. Students were interested and active in performing the training tasks”
said Fatema Al Hakmani, a senior CE student who assisted in the course supervision.