Learning by doing
Civil engineering students apply knowledge to benefit Town of Dyer
Twenty-two Purdue Calumet civil engineering students, last spring, successfully conducted an experiential learning project that will enable the Town of Dyer to recalculate a more appropriate storm water fee for its residents.
The students, enrolled in the CE 34200 Hydrology and Hydraulics course taught by Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Chandramouli Viswanathan, applied concepts they learned in class to re-estimate the Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) for more than 130 urban parcels. ERUs are used in calculating the storm water fee for each resident by incorporating recent land use pattern changes.
“Each student created coverage files for seven parcels using aerial photographs and capturing different land use coverage such as pavements, grass cover, roof tops, parking lots, etcetera,” Viswanathan said. “For each coverage, the town of Dyer established runoff coefficients.”
Viswanathan added that the students cross-verified coverage areas in each parcel using linear measurements and also cross-verified their computation before submitting their findings to Dyer officials.
Students Sarah Misiunas of Dyer, Kevin Phelan and Nilay Parikh of Munster, Daniel Schultz of Hobart, Marissa Carrillo of Portage, Zijie Li of Hammond and Adeyemi Adeleke of Calumet City, Ill. conducted project work in February.
Peter Les of Highland, Loai Obaidat of Midlothian, Ill., Emad Alhusseini of Orland Park, Ill., Yasin Mohammad of Merrillville, Keith Whyte of Munster, Hilary Anthony of Dyer, Heather Jones of Hobart and Ryan Ordonez Haggard of Gary continued in March.
Completing the project in April were Robert Ridge of Wheatfield, Brent Slawnikowski of Portage, Joshua Roux of St. John, Shuo Qu and Wang Zhongyi of Hammond, Jeremy Woodard of Chicago and Michael Beeching of Demotte.
Six students presented the project findings to the Dyer Storm Water Board in early June.
Assisting the students from the Town of Dyer were Storm Water Board Director Bryan Lane, IT expert Frank Jachim, Town Manager Rick Eberly, as well as engineer Ron Hunter of Superior Engineering.
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