Students Collaborating on an Accessibility Project

East Fairmont High School in West Virginia will benefit from the fresh minds of Fairmont State University engineering students, who are taking a long hard look at the topography of the high school’s grounds and surrounding roads and land with an eye to making the high school property more accessible.

 The students and their professor are working with high tech land surveying team using LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging). LIDAR is a surveying method that measures distance to a target by illuminating the target with pulsed laser light and measuring the reflected pulses with a sensor. Differences in laser return times and wavelengths can then be used to make digital 3-D representations of the target. The surveyors are using lasers, pictures and other technology to accurately map out the area, detailing every curb, bush and even rocks on the ground.

The project will address accessibility on the most basic level: There is currently only one road access in and out of the school. “The problem we’re addressing is more of an emergency problem because there’s only one access point to this school, so the design teams are tasked with finding additional access out of here in case there is an emergency.”

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