Affinis Intern Hits the Ground Running

Posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by
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Affinis Corp is excited to be hosting two interns this summer. We love the opportunity to add fresh perspectives to our team and to share our expertise with the up-and-coming professionals. Check back for updates from both of them on how the summer is going.

As a junior-year engineering student (at the University of Kansas, Rock Chalk!) I was drawn to the internship at Affinis for a couple of reasons: I recently took a transportation engineering class that was very interesting and while at the Spring Career Fair I spoke with Kurt Rotering, PE. Affinis designed a project on College Boulevard in Overland Park that widened the road from 4 to 6 lanes. Because I drive through the area often, this project directly impacts my daily life. Kurt explained the design process and some of the issues that go into a project like this. I was intrigued to learn more.

The first few weeks of my internship have come with lots of opportunities to experience both sides of the engineering profession, in the office and out in the field. For example, in the office I have been working on preliminary design plans for new access roads for the reconstruction of the K-68 Highway. Supporting Affinis’s survey crews, I have also been able to visit the project site, which gave me a better feel for what I am designing in the office.

In the office I have been able to learn Microstation and GeoPak, which are CADD progams. I had some general AutoCad experience; therefore, learning Microstation adds to my toolbox. It has been great to learn new things, and I’m also enjoying the chance to put some classroom topics to work in the “real world”. Transportation of Materials and Introduction to Transportation are two classes that I have been able to apply to what I am doing here. Transportation of Materials deals with asphalt and concrete; I just recently attended a lunch-and-learn where the topic was precast pavement which deals with concrete mixes. I did a lab that dealt with concrete mix this past semester so I was familiar with the topic. The Introduction to Transportation course introduced me to the basic of roadway design such as crest and sag curves which ties in to my K-68 access road design. I have also taken part in a traffic count for an access study we are completing for KDOT in Parsons, Kansas. The counts will be used to evaluate various intersections and determine needed improvements.

I’m looking forward to gaining exposure to other types of projects as the summer continues.

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