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To increase public awareness of civil engineering landmarks and accomplishments in Texas, as part of our centennial legacy, the geocaching challenge will launch this Summer. This program - geared toward families, students, scouts and geocaching enthusiasts - will feature significant civil engineering projects around the state. It will include a competition whereby players locate important civil engineering sites and record their findings for a chance to win one of 100 collectable challenge coins.
 
Branches are asked to identify geocaching enthusiasts in their area and one Geocaching Champion in particular who will nominate noteworthy landmarks in his/her area of responsibility for inclusion in the activity, select sites and exact locations (gps coordinates) to place the physical “challenge caches,” provide information about the landmarks for entries on Waymarking.com and Geocaching.com, and maintain the caches. We are also looking for someone to organize the contest at the state level, managing submissions and logs, making sure contestants receive prizes, and making sure things run smoothly. Volunteers do not have to be Texas Section members; they can be anyone interested in geocaching or civil engineering. Feel free to recruit your friends and neighbors! If you know of someone who'd like to volunteer, please contact the Section Office for further details on volunteering, including a list of sites that need to be investigated in your area. Preliminary site locations will include ASCE Texas Section Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievements and Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks.


HOW THE GAME IS PLAYED:

1. Using a gps device, find and log at least two of the following waymarks celebrating civil engineering achievements in the State of Texas in a given branch area. After you have completed that task, you may log the challenge geocache for each branch. Please include in your log which waymarks you found. Here is short list of some of the waymarks that have already been posted, but these are just starting points. Sign up for a waymarking account, and check postings by 'Tygress', especially in 'Engineering Landmarks'; new waymarks are being added every day!
 
Hanger 9, Brooks AFB, San Antonio
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA), Austin
Mills Building, El Paso
Alamodome, San Antonio
Astrodome
, Houston
Alliance Intermodal Transportation Center, Alliance (Haslet)
Sonny Carter Neutral Bouyancy Laboratory, Houston
Alamo Portland and Roman Cement Works, San Antonio
Arapaho Road Bridge, Addison
Lake Brazos Labyrinth Weir, Waco
Holly Pump Station and North Holly Water Treatment Plant, Fort Worth
Fred Hartman Bridge, Baytown

2. After visiting two waymarks for a branch, contact the Section office and find the branch challenge cache, which is a physical cache placed in your area and registered on geocaching.com. The cache is at the posted coordinates; however, remember, it is a CHALLENGE cache, so this part of the challenge is not only a virtual activity, you are also looking for a secret ‘treasure’ box!

3. There is an ASCE pathtag and geocoin challenge associated with the Texas Section Challenge caches. Pathtags will correspond to the ASCE Branch in which you found the challenge cache. If you've visited the challenge cache for a branch and wish to receive an ASCE local branch pathtag (limited in numbers), contact the ASCE Texas Section Office:

1524 S. Interstate 35, Suite 180
Austin, TX 78704
512-472-8905
geocaching@texasce.org

Please include the following information:
• GC Number – Cache Name
• Waymarks used for the challenge
• Pictures of yourself at the waymarks should be posted on Waymarking.com (required)
• Your address

4. When you have collected 8 of the pathtags, you may again contact the office and request the ASCE Texas Section Geocoin (limited numbers). Please include the following information:
• The GC Number and Cache Name for all the completed ASCE Texas Challenge Caches
• All of the Waymarks used for the challenge
• Your address

5. CONGRATULATIONS, YOU ARE A TEXAS CIVIL ENGINEERING GEOCACHING SUPERSTAR!

 


 
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