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Construction Tour of the Nelsonville Bypass

Nick Sparks

Nick Sparks,
Junior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 19 November 2013 – The Nelsonville bypass is an 8.5 mile road around the city of Nelsonville, Ohio, not far from Ohio University in Athens. It was completed and open to the public in October 2013. About three weeks after completion my transportation class took a field trip to visit specific areas on the bypass so that we might have a better understand how designing and constructing a road way through a wooded area will impact the wildlife.

The ODOT officials who were responsible for overseeing the project went along so that they could explain what measures were taken to protect the wildlife. We made two stops throughout the trip, including one where we got to go under the road at an overpass and one so that the ODOT officials could explain and show how they are trying to reduce the number of deer on the road.

Our first stop was to see how the overpass was helping the wildlife. This overpass was put in for the animals so that they are able to cross under the road instead of having to cross on top of the road. Also the Wayne National Forest had built bat boxes and they were attached to the concrete under the overpass. (Click for a larger version of the image.)

Overpass across Deer Crossing on the Nelsonville Bypass

Our second stop was to see the deer fence. This fence travels along the entire length of the road on both sides and is eight feet tall. This is to prevent deer from getting onto the road way and getting hit by cars. This fence leads up to the overpass so that it acts like a funnel and is able to direct deer from one side to the other.

Interesting facts:
• 8.5 miles and cost over $160 million
• 26.6 million cubic yards of earthwork
• 18 bridges
• Over 200 thousand square yards of concrete pavement
• Over 150 thousand square yards of asphalt pavement

Seeing Engineering at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Connor Mitchell

Connor Mitchell,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 12 November 2013 – I came to Ohio University undecided as to what engineering major I wanted to pursue. Halfway through my freshman year, I decided that Industrial and Systems Engineering was the right fit for me. Not long after that, I decided I wanted to become more involved with the engineering, specifically the Industrial and Systems Engineering department.

At the end of my freshman year, I decided to join the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). IIE can offer a lot for its members. Normally three to four times during the academic year, IIE provides students with the opportunity to tour various industries. Industrial and Systems Engineers can work in a variety of settings, so being able to tour different facilities certainly helps students understand what Industrial and Systems Engineers do. It also helps you understand what type of career path you want to take following graduation. As an added bonus, students don’t have to worry about paying for the tour because IIE pays for the tour itself and transportation.

Last week, IIE took a trip to Columbus to tour Nationwide Children’s Hospital. It was interesting when one of the associates of the hospital presented an example of a typical project she was working on. She explained how she is working to reduce the waiting time for their patients to see a doctor. She continued by explaining the different tools and techniques she used to reduce the waiting time, some of which are very similar to what we have learned in class.

After touring the hospital, I feel sure that working in a hospital setting would be an ideal option for me. It allowed be to see what I’ve enjoyed learning in class in a professional setting. I enjoy being around people and I feel it would be rewarding knowing I’ve improved different processes and systems within the hospital and how these improvements could impact the lives of so many individuals. I’m really fortunate to have joined IIE because it has taught me what I enjoy and what I want to do after graduation.