Tappen Zee Bridge Trip
A recent visit to the New NY Bridge site allowed Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute junior- and senior-year students to observe some of the engineering work — structural, geotechnical, transportation engineering, and environmental — they’re studying, especially now that most of its underwater work is completed.
“It was interesting to see what (how) what we learned is applied to real life design and construction — installing and designing piles (foundation or how mass transit needs evolve and change over time (transportation engineering).” – Antonio D’Elia, structural engineering
Symans’ bridge design classes are within the structural engineering portion of RPI’s civil engineering program. “We offer concentrations in other areas like geotechnical, which relates to what’s been done on the project: soil conditions, piles that support the bridge. Students were really interested in this aspect.”