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Cobb DOT Community Spotlight

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January 13, 2020

Cobb DOT’s Bill Helbig served as a judge at the Future City Competition held on Saturday, January 11 at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center.  Bill is a registered land surveyor at Cobb DOT and served as a judge for the Best Land Surveying Practices Award on behalf of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and Cobb DOT.

“As usual, not too many students knew what a land surveyor does on a daily basis, and part of my judging is to inform and teach the students how important land surveyors are to the engineering world,” said Bill.  “However, two groups knew what land surveying was all about and the team Smart Springs took home the prize.”

Future City is one of the nation’s leading engineering education programs, receiving national recognition and acclaim for its role in encouraging 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to develop their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

This project-based learning program challenges students to imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future.  This year students were tasked with choosing a threat to their city's water supply and designing a resilient system to maintain a reliable supply of clean drinking water.

“It was fun observing and judging the layout of cities that employ technologies to ensure that every citizen has clean water” said Bill.   “One enterprising team developed a unique transportation system that moved above the city, thereby freeing up space on the ground for future infrastructure.”

If you are interested in serving as a judge next year, please email [email protected].  Judges are desperately needed.  

For additional information, visit the Future City Competition website.