Second semester Construction Management student, Nicole Granciosa, recently won the surveyors challenge at the annual Hawai’i Land and Surveyor Association Surveying Conference that was held on January 29th – 30th, 2015 at the Hawai‘i Prince Hotel.

Nicole with the perpetual plaque.


The surveyor’s challenge is an annual competition held at the conference. This year’s challenge was to figure out the height and area of the Hawai‘i Prince Hotel ballroom foyer. The person with the closest estimation of the height and area of the foyer to the nearest tenths received their name on a perpetual plaque. Granciosa competed against experienced surveyors as well as licensed surveyors in the state of Hawai‘i.

Assistant Professor, Norman Takeya said, “Nicole is an example of the quality of instruction that our students receive here at Honolulu Community College.  Our students can complete locally as well as at the national level and be successful.”

I didn’t know what to think when I won. I was shocked,” exclaims Granciosa. “I was competing against surveyors with years of experience. Some of them have backgrounds in civil engineering or geodetic engineering. I’m nowhere near that, but it was a fun and an amazing experience. I’m learning from great teachers everyday.”

In addition to her studies, Granciosa is also interning at not one, but two agencies – the Department of Transportation, and Leaps & Boundaries, Inc.

“Both internships are teaching me the basics of land surveying,” she says. “I am learning how to pace, calibrate points, sketch in a field book, draw maps on the computer and much more. My co-workers from both internships try their best to teach and pass on their knowledge to me and other students who are willing to learn about this field.”

The greatest lesson that I’ve learned so far in my internship experience is that you never stop learning. All my co-workers from both internships tell me that they learn something new everyday regardless of how long they’ve been in this career. No two days are the same and that gets me excited to go to work.”

Granciosa plans to graduate in the spring of 2016. After graduation she plans to obtain a bachelor’s degree in a field related to construction management.

“Honolulu Community College has been a great experience so far. Within a semester I’ve made friends, made close relationships with my teachers, and I was lucky enough to land two internships. The college has definitely made me feel comfortable compared to other UH campuses I’ve attended. Everyone is so friendly and helpful that it feels like I’ve been going to this school for years,” shares Granciosa.