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Christy Gabler teaching about permeable concrete.

Christy Gabler teaching about permeable concrete.

North Coast Engineering hosts 6th and 7th grade students

–On Thursday May 12, North Coast Engineering hosted a group of select students from San Miguel Cappy Culver School. The 6th and 7th grade students, led by advisor and math teacher Julie Bower were introduced to the world of civil engineering and surveying by Christy Gabler and John Sanders.

Christy Gabler, a Professional Engineer, introduced the students to the many fields of civil engineering with a power point presentation showing the many and diverse aspects of engineering including mechanical, structural, water resources, and civil engineering. The presentation included examples of the various disciplines of engineering and actual projects that North Coast Engineering had been involved with.

The introduction was followed by a demonstration of surveying equipment by John Sanders, a licensed land surveyor, where the students were able to see surveying equipment set up and were able to see how the equipment worked by viewing a target through the total station.

The highlight of the day was a demonstration by Gabler of permeable concrete. Using a sample of permeable concrete, the students were able to hold the sample and pour water on the top of the concrete and see how the water permeated through the concrete. The students were fascinated by the demonstration and had lots of questions about how the material was constructed, environmental benefits and applications.


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