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A Day in the Life of a Civil Engineer – Day 23

Day 23

Drinking Fountain

This morning we had our regular engineering staff meeting. It was a pretty typical meeting with GIS sharing what they were doing and then our engineers and technical staff letting us know the status of all the projects. After our meeting, we started driving the roads to determine their condition. We also spent most of the afternoon working on this. It’s really helpful to get out into the neighborhoods and check things out. And since this is my second year doing this, I’m finding it helpful to go back to check things we noted last year as things to watch or things to follow up on.

We also got a new drinking fountain installed in our building today which was so very cool. I added a photo of it because it not only dispensed great city water, but it’s got a place to fill water bottles. And even better, it shows on a digital read out how many bottles have been filled. What a great way to encourage people to drink city water!

I forgot to mention yesterday that our new intern started. He will be coming in two days a week for the afternoons. The internship was set up through his school. He spent his first day working with one of our project engineers marking out driveway removals for our alley reconstruction project. Tomorrow I plan to have him set up a summary of the invoices of where we have spent money for each of the accounts I help manage. So today I collected the information needed so he could begin preparing the summary. It’s helpful to have this summary to refer to as we go through the fiscal year, and I usually like to start putting it together after we get a couple months or so under way.

At the end of the day, I really wanted to go to the social networking event our local APWA chapter was having, but I decided to stop home before heading over there. I guess it’s a good thing I did because I walked into some major problems at home that I needed to resolve, but unfortunately it kept me from attending. So hopefully I’ll be able to make the next one. We have a great group of members, and I always enjoy hanging out talking to everyone.


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