After the interview, I began my search for graduate schools; if you have done this before, you know how stressful this can be. It was almost a month until Forsyth Schools called me-- they offered me one of the two internship positions, and I accepted it. I still had to fill out some paper work and get a background check, which almost took another two weeks itself. I didn't actually start working until the very end of January.
|A school displaying the floor plan polygons (orange) and some|
outside GPS attributes
|Collecting Storm Water-|
Single Wing Catch Basin
Once all of the structures were digitized, we added to the floor plan shapefile-- we would create a polygon of the outside of the school and snap it to the outer-most structure (so that all of the line features were in the big polygon). After we created our huge school polygon, it was time to split that polygon into smaller polygons. From the edit toolbar, we used the cut-polygon tool. You would select the large school polygon, then trace around the structure features to create a classroom (or gym, or closet, or mechanical area, etc.).
|Storm Water- Drop Inlet Catch Basin|
After each classroom had its own polygon, it was time to attribute it. Each feature in the floor plan shapefile has attributes for room type, room number, square feet, comments, administrative area, etc. Sometimes this information was on the scanned plan, but sometimes it wasn't. Doing this whole procedure took some time to do-- and a little longer if the school had two floors.
|Storm Water- Curb Inlet Catch Basin|
|Storm Water- |
Single Wing Catch Basin
|Storm Water- Yard Inlet Catch Basin|
We would spend days outside collecting all of this data. Then, we would go back to the office and transfer it to the computer. Even though we have SBASS turned on for the GPS (real-time correction), we would still run the differential correction tool to see if we can post process the points. Once we are confident, we would export the data out into a geodatabase, and then import it into ArcMap with our huge GPS database. We would copy the data from the exported geodatabase, then paste it into the right layer.
|Finding a Headwall|
|Storm Water -Headwall|
Our supervisor says that we are going at a nice pace, and not to worry about running out of stuff to do. I'm glad this internship is paid-- it's not a whole lot and only 20 hours a week, but I get to do something that I like, and it's in my field. I will have this internship until I move for graduate school.
|We collected 2,085 fence post points for one high school in a month|