03 September 2014


aka keep calm and survey on.but camp is also a convenient acronym for civil and mineral practical, which is a good description of what you do there: sunrise to sunset of fieldwork, then finishing up assignments until 10/11.

It does teach you a lot of things, technical skills which we won't use (cause engineers hire actual surveyors) and soft skills which we will use. Things like team work, problem definition, time management etc.
Example: I actually understand sig figs now. Beforehand, when it's just theoretical problems, sig figs feel like an arbitrary thing that you do because you've been instructed to. Now, after having to squint through the eye piece of an automatic leveler to measured 5 pages worth of elevation readings, I get that the numbers I write down are estimates of the "actual" value and that it's simply impossible to know to the millimeter. Thus it's wrong to write "293.458", whereas it should just be "293.5". As Collins say, separate the signal from the noise.

But the most rewarding aspect of camp is the bonding between classmates that happen when we all have to go through these two tiring weeks. United against a common enemy haha.

Anyways, here's some photos since I don't trust myself to think coherently. Funny I've slept less now that I'm back due to frosh shenanigans.

Gull Lake is beautiful, especially in the mornings.

 Stream where we measured velocity and area to determine flow rate.

 I battled many mosquitoes to get good picture of clovers.

Making artificial rain and a rainbow in the process.

To end this post, a quote from the highway curve lecture:
You should run as far as you can see, when you get there, you'll see farther.

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