Field trips are an essential part of education in geotechnical engineering outside of the classroom. The ability to design geotechnical structures requires an understanding of general construction techniques and procedures, under which site conditions these techniques may fail or succeed, and how to perform quality control among other important construction aspects. Moreover, field trips provide students an opportunity to connect and make friends with practicing engineers and specialist contractors.
As part of an effort to foster this familiarity of construction aspects with students, the GGSS organizes field trips every quarter to project sites in the greater Sacramento and San Francisco Bay Area. Past field trips have included visits to earth-fill and concrete dams, deep excavations, tunnels, landfills, as well as trips to observe various drilling and pile installation techniques, as well as slurry wall construction.
For more information about the GGSS field-trips program or if you are interested in hosting a GGSS field trip please contact the current field trip coordinator email@example.com