My Sundt Internship Experience
My Internship Experience By: Matt Burnett
U.S. 175 Henderson County Roadway expansion project
Project Value: $37,849,155.31Unit Price Contract
Survey equipmentMeans and methods Stake Reading
Total Station Most accurate tool. Gets within a few hundredths of an inch to finished grade. GPS More of a day to day instrument. Grade checking. How much cut/fill is left. Means and Methods for Total Station.Computer model is made from existing elevations from plans given. Control points are set from benchmarks given in plans.Grade is checked throughout the project using control points. Means and Methods for GPS. - Computer model is made from existing elevations from plans given. Model is imported into GPS device. Base is set up in a central location of the project. Check grade throughout the day. StakingEdge of pavement Slopes How much cut or fill is left. Ditch lines.
Cut/FillLearned how to make scrapers efficient and the best ways to move dirt.Only want to move it once.Start on one side of thee cut and work your way over. Same with fill. Fill in 1 lifts, then compact. Process/CompactSmooth drum and padded drum are used for compacting purposes. Scrapers will wheel roll the fill they are working on to compact material.ProductionTime is of the essence. How long the scrapers spend in the cut/fill, dump times, and haul times. 4
Cut and Fill
Learned how to make scrapers efficient and the best ways to move dirt.Only want to move it once.Start on one side of the cut and work your way over. Same with fill. Fill in 1 lifts, then compact.
FormworkConcrete PlacementBox Culvert Process
Form workTakes a long time to form up walls, short time to strip. Deck forms by Peri.Pre-built wall forms, using a snap tie and whaler fastening system.Slump tests and adding water to the concrete deliveries. Concrete pour coordination. Site set up (pad for pump truck). Ordering the right sized pump.Figuring out the correct amount of concrete needed. Ideal to have 2 concrete trucks at pump at the same time.
Form Work Snap ties and whalers used as the fastening system to secure wall forms. Deck forms purchased by Peri were used to place the cast in place deck.
Form workTakes a long time to form up walls, short time to strip.Pre-built wall forms, using a snap tie and whaler fastening system.Deck forms by Peri.Were moved and placed with a trolley device. Allows for easy placement and little labor to complete.
Concrete PlacementConcrete pour location needs to be prepared.Coordination with aggregate supplier.
Concrete Placement- Correct slump, adding water to the concrete deliveries, and TxDot samples. Concrete pour coordination. Site set up (pad for pump truck). Ordering the right sized pump.Figuring out the correct amount of concrete needed. Ideal to have 2 concrete trucks at pump at the same time. 11
Concrete Box Culvert Process
Office Software and tools Time cards in HCSS heavy job. Daily reports in Prolog. Scheduling and sequencing work.Excel spreadsheets.Quantity take-offs.Invoices.
HCSS Looking over and recording equipment and labor time. Recording productions achieved from previous days. PrologWriting daily tasks and daily journalsSummarizing what happened each day.13
What I likedHands on experience.Great work environment.Everyone wants you to learn.Traveling to headquarters.Project manager asks me what I want to learn.
Hands on ExperienceDay to day tasks of field/project engineer. Budget and quantities. Doing what I will be doing when I graduate.
Great work environmentEveryone wants to teach you something. You are not just a number. Get experience in several different tasks.
Headquarters Showed me that Sundt cares about their people. Invest time/money into potential new hires.
PMChris would sit down and talk to see how things are going. Got me into a little bit of everything throughout the summer. Asks me what I am interested in learning more of. 16
What can improve?Coordination with interns getting to projects.
Moving/SettlingNot having to pay for everything upfront with personal money. Less stressful during last few weeks of school. 17