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Binning, Jack (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 58, Number 1 (October 1953)

White, Richard
Summer survey camp,   p. 16

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Summer Survey Camp
                                 By Richard White, c'55
  The University of Wisconsin summer survey camp for
civil engineers is located at Devil's Lake State Park near
Baraboo, Wis., on the southwest shore of Devil's Lake.
Nestled between two rocky bluffs, the camp is reputedly
one of the finest of its type in the country. The park pre-
sents innumerable types of terrain, with its high bluffs
and spring fed lake being the most significant features.
Most of the work done is within walking distance of the
  Every CE at Wisconsin must attend this summer camp
in order to receive his degree. Most of the fellows go to
camp after their sophomore year, or as soon as they
complete their surveying courses on the Madison cam-
pus. The camp usually starts the first Monday after final
exams and runs for six weeks.
  The camp is established and run much in the same
manner as a regular surveying party operates, with the
faculty serving the duties of foremen and chief engineers
in addition to their regular roles as instructors. Every
man in camp gets a chance at each of the various posi-
tions of the party in which he is working, which vary in
size from two to ten men, depending on the type of prob-
lem. Instructors accompany the parties on every survey
to make certain that everyone understands the proce-
dures involved.
  The purpose of the camp is twofold. First of all, the
CE's are presented with the fundamentals of a wide range
of surveying subjects, and then given a chance to apply
these principles in the field. After the field data has
been taken, every man must prepare a complete set of
maps and drawings, and a written report on each project.
In this manner the CE's gain a thorough conception of
the problems encountered in each of the different proj-
ects, i.e., transit and plane table topography, which along
with aerial photography serve as the three important
methods of map-making; hydrography (mapping lakes);
primary triangulation and base-line measurement using
first order equipment; and a water power survey of the
Baraboo River. Also included is a current meter dis-
charge measurement of the Wisconsin River at Portage;
land surveying and city platting; and railroad mainte-
nance work, such as re-aligning the tracks on horizontal
curves and raising or lowering the tracks on vertical
curves. All of these surveys are covered in CE 116, a four-
week, four credit course.
  The other aspect of the camp is to present some prac-
tical experience in surveying. Although this is empha-
sized in every subject taught in CE 116, it is really brought
out in CE 122, a two week course in highway location
                  (continued on page 40)

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