Internship Field: Civil Engineering
Major: Civil Engineering
Host: Hochtief Construction AG
Duration: 3 months in summer 2003
Description: Infrastructure development in Greece: toll road system, CAD planning of roads, including bridges and tunnels.
My main project was a pre-tender information gathering project for the Maliakos-Kleidi Motorway project in Greece. I and the others involved in the project filtered through the information we received from Greece regarding the project and made
preliminary assessments of this information and made it available to the people who needed it. I spent most of my time going over electronic documents received (CAD files for AutoCAD) and assessing their content, summarizing, and plotting them. I also was tasked with finding information where it was lacking (documents like seismic codes, etc.). I did not have any involvement with any actual engineering analysis, however. I was given small parts for other projects as well, measurement and assessment of plans for a golf course/ resort project, and did some analysis of time expenditure for a series of other projects.
Comments: The time I spent assessing the plans that we had received and doing AutoCAD summary drawings and plots was very valuable as it was education that is not a large part of Stanford's civil engineering program, but is useful as practical experience. I also learned a lot about dealing with the problems of an international project, and about the pre-tender course of a (roadway) project. /.../ Being assigned to Hochtief Consult, and moreso just to the city of Essen, where I would be completely away from everyone in the program and suddenly thrust into an unfamiliar place was actually very rewarding for me, as it proved to be a Major confidence boost as I figured out how to handle everything and rely on myself to make my way".
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