June 1, 2013 by Dr. G
Today was the third and final full day of the NAGT-Eastern Section Conference. Today’s fieldtrip was to the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania – specifically, to the Leonard Harrison State Park to view the Pine Creek Gorge. This glacially-carved canyon extends for 47 miles in length and is 1450 feet at its deepest and almost one mile wide.
There was no way to fit the entire view of the “Grand Canyon” in one photo frame, but hopefully, this short video panorama I took will give you an idea of the scale of this feature – not just a state park, but also a National Natural Landmark (see also the PA listing).
The evening finished up with a guest speaker, dinner and awards ceremony. The speaker was from an engineering firm, and his talk was titled “Using Digital Photogrammetry for Rock Cut Slope Design.” I enjoyed the talk and was able to follow the surveying technique used. When I was an undergraduate student, I spent two summers as an intern for NOAA’s Field Photogrammetry unit in Norfolk, VA, so I had previous office and field experience working with this technology (follow this link to learn about careers on photogrammetry).
Another exhausting day! It’s amazing what a little fresh air, some geology and good company can do to a person. But it is now time to pack up and head to my next destination – State College – for a series of grant meetings.