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Students get virtual peek at PennDOT’s real-life projects

Students tour PennDOT's district office without leaving College Avenue Labs ...
Students tour PennDOT’s district office without leaving College Avenue Labs …
... seeing technology at work, including a LiDar (light detection and ranging) vehicle that uses photogrammatry to accurately measure the landscape surrounding a project site.
… seeing technology at work, including a LiDar (light detection and ranging) vehicle that uses photogrammatry to accurately measure the landscape surrounding a project site.

About 25 students in the Technical Drawing-Related Disciplines class (CCD237) recently took an online tour of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s District 3 office in Montoursville, where a variety of presenters shared on-the-job examples of road and bridge design, along with firsthand application of cutting-edge technology. “Although the pandemic has prevented an on-site visit, we are grateful for the opportunity to tour virtually,” said Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor of engineering design technology. “It is very beneficial for students to connect their classroom experience to real-world applications.” The tour – coordinated by PennDOT’s Ronald A. Newcomer – directly relates to the course, which is required for students in the School of Engineering Technologies’ two-year engineering CAD technology and four-year engineering design technology majors. Newcomer is an alumnus in welding (1983) and computer aided drafting technology  (1998).
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