Published October 2018
What were your duties?
My main responsibility was to document any change in conditions and photograph the daily operations of the construction project. My day consisted mainly of writing detailed daily reports and photographing the heavy equipment operations. I also assisted with various tasks such as gathering daily measurements of the remediation area and building station markers.
What did you learn?
I learned a basic knowledge of how a heavy civil construction operation is conducted and the terminology needed to write a detailed description for the photologs. Documenting a construction project was a different kind of photography than I’m used to. I had to keep in mind that
What did you enjoy?
I enjoyed getting the opportunity to learn about all the different jobs and duties involved in a heavy civil construction project. It was exciting to learn how to read plans and specifications. I enjoyed taking photos and videos for documentation purposes. I believe that’s an important skill to have, especially since I want to produce and film a documentary someday.
What was challenging?
Not having an extensive background in construction or a similar field made my first week challenging, but I was able to adapt quickly. Learning to write a detailed report was another challenge, given the fact I had little experience. However, I was surprised how detailed and professional my reports were after my first couple of days. This wasn’t my first time in Delta Junction, but it was challenging being so far from home and working long hours. It can get overwhelming with few days off, but I was able to stay grounded and still have the energy to explore Interior Alaska and take photos.