Six Northeast Wisconsin civil engineering students are preparing to be sent out into the desert without a map. The NWTC team will travel to Las Vegas this month for a surveying competition organized by the National Society of Professional Surveyors. There, they will face 12 teams from two-year and four-year colleges throughout the United States.
The team includes Connor Christopherson, Sturgeon Bay; Brock Rupiper, Suamico; Tyler Hill, Sheboygan; Zach Tillmann, Green Bay; Dylan Larson, Green Bay; and Jared Block, Ripon. Team members were chosen based on a local competition run by NWTC’s Civil Engineering student club.
Rupiper said they won’t know anything about the property they will survey until they get there. They will have a meeting to get instructions, and the next day they will conduct boundary and topographic surveys. “All we know right now is that we’ll be given equipment that is older or dated,” he said. “After we collect the data we’ll put that on our computer, creating a map, and make a presentation.”
The team will leave Feb. 17 and return Feb. 22.