FERL Bridge Blowup

Each summer, rising civil and environmental engineering second class cadets engage in the cornerstone of their major’s curriculum: a three-week field course designed to introduce the students to their discipline and lay the foundation for their future coursework. The course is known as Field Engineering and Readiness Laboratory (FERL).

According to the USAFA Facebook page, this summer the course included explosive ordnance activities and briefings about civil engineering operations in conflict.

The course has over 20 activities including surveying, roadway paving, concrete beam construction and testing, wood frame house construction, heavy equipment operations, steel bridge erection, pipe and open channel flow design, expeditionary wastewater treatment and field trips to material and processing plants in the local area.

These activities allow the students to assume the role of technician under the watchful eyes of mentors. In the following two years of classroom academic work, students can relate their theoretical classroom education to real-life construction experience gained during FERL.



Go to GALLERIES > Summer Programs > FERL. Set your sort order from OLDEST to NEWEST. Photos begin at the bottom of page 10. 

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FERL Bridge Blowup Photos