Engineers Across Borders

Students in front of LCPCThe GMU student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers visited Paris this year for an international engineering education trip, from January 6 to 13. The group was accompanied by Dr. Barry Liner. The group visited the Laboratoire Central des Ponts et Chaussees (LCPC, or Central Laboratory for Bridges and Roads) where Dr. Jean-Francios Semblat, Director of the Dynamics, Waves, and Vibrations Unit of the LCPC’s Division for Soil and Rock Mechanics and Engineering Geology, presented a discussion on seismic impacts of urban development. After the seminar, the students toured LCPC’s soil mechanics and structural laboratories, under the direction of Dr. Myriam Duc. The group also attended an workshop on the use of earth as a building material. The cultural highlights of the trip included day trips to the WWII Normandy Beaches and to Versailles. Of course, no trip to Paris would be complete without touring the Eiffel tower, for both the structural engineering aspects and cultural significance.