Students study WWII concrete bunker

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Students in a Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program, a business intensive program that awards students with a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management, traveled to France in September to continue concrete bunker evaluation and research at the World War II D-Day landing site at Pointe du Hoc, Normandy.

Students from California State University, Chico  and Middle Tennessee State University learned about historic concrete deterioration, state-of-the-art non-destructive evaluation and about this important site and its history.

Pointe du Hoc is one of the most culturally important sites of the 1944 World War II Normandy invasion. Constructed as part of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall campaign, it was strategically placed between the Utah and Omaha invasion beaches. An American military cemetery is located near the Pointe.

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