A $25,000 donation was made to Saint Francis University Environmental Engineering program to purchase state-of-the-art surveying equipment. The new equipment expands the engineering department’s drone capabilities as well as their ability to supply measurements needed by community partners.
The donation was made through Gwin, Dobson, & Foreman Inc. (GD&F). The president of GD&F, Mark Glenn, has been a long term supporter of the environmental engineering program and was a charter member of the program's Visiting Council.
With the donation, the Environmental Engineering department purchased a Topcon total station and a survey grade GPS unit. The total station measures distances and angles at a precision needed for engineering design and construction, and the GPS unit ties into their drone-based mapping capabilities.
The engineering department will be using the equipment to train students, making them even more competitive for internships, but also allowing students to use the equipment to do projects that support our community partners. Most immediately, the Topcon instrumentation will ramp up the department’s ability to do design and do maintenance work in the region's many passive treatment systems for abandoned mine drainage.