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Listed are our currently scheduled courses. To register for a course simply fill out our registration form. If you don't see a course you'd like to take scheduled, you can request training. For more information on Professional Developmental Hours (PDH's) please visit our FAQ page.

Designing Safer Roads for Pedestrians and Bicyclists

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: April 16-17, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm

Pedestrians and bicyclists are susceptible to traffic injuries and fatalities, perhaps more so than drivers. Yet we design highways for the mobility of motorized traffic perhaps neglecting the needs of the most vulnerable, such as pedestrians and bicyclists. This course, instructed by Juan M. Morales, P.E., will teach participants how to diagnose pedestrian and bicyclist safety deficiencies and select the appropriate countermeasures to make conditions safer for all users. The course includes an overview of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility requirements and a field trip where students will be exposed to various design elements. Engineering countermeasures will be emphasized but education and enforcement countermeasures will also be covered. Upon Completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand pedestrian and bicyclist traffic
  • Describe their needs,
  • Diagnose crash causes
  • Select proper countermeasures
  • Identify safety-related geometric design elements (including roundabouts and bicycle lanes), and
  • Describe disable pedestrian considerations as per the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The following modules will be covered:

  1. Course Introduction
  2. Infrastructure Safety Management
  3. Understanding Pedestrians and Bicyclists
  4. Pedestrians and Bicyclists Countermeasures
  5. ADA Requirements
  6. Roundabouts
  7. Field Trip
  8. Development of a Safety Action Plan

Audience: Engineer, Safety and Roadway Designers as well as individuals with Traffic/Transportation interests.

Professional Development Hours: 12.0
Registration Fees: The following registration fees will be charged for this course, $175 for Maryland Local Government participants, and $199 for all other participants.


Flagger Certification

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: April 18, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm 

Description
The safety of workers, motorists and pedestrians is dependent upon the flaggers' performance. Since the flagger position involves safety, proper training is vital; flaggers are expected to pass a test to prove their proficiency and competence level. A MD SHA-approved ATSSA (American Traffic Safety Services Association) flagger card will be issued upon satisfactory completion of this course. This will be valid for 4 years and is acceptable in several states, including MD, VA and DC.
The class instructed by Juan M. Morales, P.E. is presented in PowerPoint© and will include a 25-question multiple choice exam and a flagger demonstration (dexterity test).  Students will receive their ATSSA Flagger Certification card the day of the course (upon passing the exam).

The course is intended for anyone whose actions affect safety of contemporary traffic control work zones, including traffic managers, traffic technicians, inspectors and designers.

Professional Development Hours: 4.0.
Registration Fees: There is a $100 registration fee charged for all participants.


Construction Mathematics

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: May 7, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm

Construction inspectors may need to brush up on math skills specifically related to construction inspection, especially basic geometry, fractions, area, volume and conversions. The class lead by Ed Stellfox is a good refresher, and excellent preparation for the construction inspection class. The course was designed for road workers, foremen, superintendants, construction inspectors and supervisors in need of a refresher, especially in preparation for the Construction Inspections class.

Depending on the interest of the participants, the course may cover: whole number and fractions, decimals (for measurement and payment), mixed operation fractions and decimals, formula evaluation, techniques of algebra, ration and proportion, percentage, hints for problem solving, useful formulas, square and square roots, conversion, and transportation construction examples.

Participants should bring a calculator, scale and straight edge; notebooks will be provided.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fees: There is a $105 registration fee charged for all participants.


Traffic Engineering Fundamentals

Location MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: May 13-16, 2019

This course instructed by Dane Ismart and Juan M. Morales, P.E. condenses what was the five-day Traffic Engineering Short Course into a new four-day course.

Agenda Day One:

  • 8:30AM Introduction
  • 9:00AM Traffic Engineering Terms and Design Year Traffic
  • 9:45AM Break
  • 10:00AM Site Impact Analysis
  • 12:00PM Lunch
  • 1:15PM Safety Principles and Crash Principles
  • 2:30PM Break
  • 2:45PM Principles of Access Management
  • 4:15PM Adjourn
Agenda Day Two:
  • 8:30AM Intersection Analysis and Geometrics
  • 10:00AM Break
  • 10:15AM Signal Timing
  • 12:00PM Lunch
  • 1:15PM Arterial and Freeway Analysis
  • 2:45PM Break
  • 3:00PM MUTCD
  • 4:15PM Adjourn
Agenda Day Three:
  • 8:30AM Roundabout Basics
  • 9:30AM Break
  • 9:45AM ITS Overview
  • 10:45AM Break
  • 11:00AM Traffic Calming
  • 12:15PM Lunch
  • 1:30PM Pedestrian Safety
  • 2:45PM Break
  • 3:00PM ADA Accessibility
  • 4:15PM Adjourn
Agenda Day Four:
  • 8:30AM Temporary Traffic Control Standards and Guidelines
  • 9:30AM Break
  • 9:45AM Component Part of a TTC Zone
  • 10:45AM Break
  • 11:00AM Traffic Control Devices
  • 12:15PM Lunch
  • 1:30PM Traffic Control Devices, continued
  • 2:45PM Break
  • 3:00PM Work Zone Impact Analysis
  • 4:15PM Adjorn
Audience: This course is geared towards anyone with an engineering background and/or traffic engineering responsibilities in a related field. Also junior level traffic engineers, transportation planners, highway designers and city/county engineers.
Professional Development Hours: 24.0.
Registration Fees: The following registration fees will be charged for this course, $399 MD Local Gov't  Agency participants and $420 All Other Registrants

Flagger Certification

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: May 17, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm 

Description
The safety of workers, motorists and pedestrians is dependent upon the flaggers' performance. Since the flagger position involves safety, proper training is vital; flaggers are expected to pass a test to prove their proficiency and competence level. A MD SHA-approved ATSSA (American Traffic Safety Services Association) flagger card will be issued upon satisfactory completion of this course. This will be valid for 4 years and is acceptable in several states, including MD, VA and DC.
The class instructed by Juan M. Morales, P.E. is presented in PowerPoint© and will include a 25-question multiple choice exam and a flagger demonstration (dexterity test).  Students will receive their ATSSA Flagger Certification card the day of the course (upon passing the exam).

The course is intended for anyone whose actions affect safety of contemporary traffic control work zones, including traffic managers, traffic technicians, inspectors and designers.

Professional Development Hours: 4.0.
Registration Fees: There is a $100 registration fee charged for all participants.


Asphalt Recycling

Location:  MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: May 21, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm 

This course discusses the advantages of asphalt recycling as part of your road maintenance program. It covers techniques for recycling asphalt pavement, including surface recycling, hot mix recycling (both in plant and on-site), and cold mix recycling. The course instructed by Ed Stellfox emphasizes cold mix recycling, full depth reclamation, reviewing materials, equipment and operations. It also presents recent examples of asphalt recycling projects in several states. The following topics will be discussed: advantages; review of techniques -materials, equipment, and operations for surface recycling, hot-mix recycling, cold-mix recycling, and full depth reclamation.

Professional Development Hours: 4.0.
Registration Fees: There is a $75 registration fee charged for all participants.


Road Safety Audit

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: June 4, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm

The new half day course lead by Patrick Wright is for municipal officials who want to improve the overall safety of their roads will find the Road Safety Audit (RSA) is a good tool for meeting their goals. Conducted through a formal process, an RSA ends with a report and plan to improve safety for all road users. These audits can be completed quickly in the hopes of identifying potential safety issues before crashes occur. Municipalities may conduct road safety audits on existing roads and intersections or during any phase of project development, from planning and preliminary engineering through design and construction. 

Intended Audience: This course is intended for local government officials responsible for the installation, maintenance, and inspection of traffic signs, roadway safety, and asset management. This includes traffic technicians, public works directors, supervisors, roadmasters, and crews responsible for traffic signs.

Professional Development Hours: 4.0
Registration Fees: The following registration fees will be charged for this course, $75 for Maryland local government participants and $85 for all others.


Traffic Signs

Location:  MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: June 6, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm 

This half-day course instructed by Ed Stellfox  will cover the regulations and guidelines for traffic signs including; regulatory signs, warning signs, and guide signs. A review of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) will also be covered. An in depth discussion of sign examples, installation and maintenance, as well as sign management will be covered.

Professional Development Hours: 4.0.
Registration Fees: There is a $75 registration fee charged for all participants.

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Designing Pedestrian Facilities for ADA Accessibility

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: June 11-12, 2019
Time: Day 1: 8:30am - 3:30pm, Day 2: 8:30am - 12:30pm

Upon completion of this day and a half course instructed by Juan M. Morales, P.E., the participant will be able to identify applicable laws, regulations, guidelines, and standards pertaining to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Know the requirements for ensuring accessibility in existing facilities vs. work in new construction and alterations. Identify some of the challenges in the Public Right-of-Way (PROW) faced by persons with disabilities. Review design elements necessary for achieving accessibility in the PROW, including work zones. Identify best practices. There will be (weather permitting) a field visit to a nearby intersection to assess its design and accessibility. Topics covered in the course include: 

  • Laws, Regulations, and Pedestrian Characteristics
  • Pedestrian Access Routes
  • Curb Ramps and Other Transitions
  • Detectable Warning Surfaces
  • Pedestrian Crossings
  • Accessible Pedestrian Signals
  • Pedestrian Facilities and Temporary Pedestrian (TPAR) in Work Zones
  • Field Visit

Professional Development Hours: 10.0.
Registration Fees: The following registration fees will be charged for this course, $175 for Maryland Local Government participants and $199 for all other participants..


Introduction to Temporary Traffic Control

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: June 13, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm 

An introductory course to temporary traffic control (TTC)  in highway work zones. This one-day course instructed by Juan M. Morales, P.E. is designed to give participants a complete overview of TTC in work zones, including applicable standards, guidelines, traffic control devices, component parts and their requirements, installation/removal considerations, and pedestrian accessibility. This course will prepare participants to take the Maryland SHA Traffic Manager’s course.
 
Topics Covered/Agenda:

  • Introduction to temporary traffic control (TTC)
  • Quantification of the work zone safety problem
  • Standards and guidelines applicable in the State of Maryland (MD SHA)
  • Fundamental principles of TTC
  • Component parts of the TTC zone
  • Temporary traffic control devices
  • Tapers and other transitions 
  • Installation and removal considerations
  • Pedestrian accessibility

The instructor will briefly cover the use of temporary portable rumble strips in work zone areas.

The course is intended for anyone whose actions affect safety on temporary traffic control work zones, including traffic managers, traffic technicians, inspectors and designers.

 

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.

Registration Fees: The following registration fees will be charged for this course, $110 for MD local government participants and $125 for all others.


Preventive Pavement Maintenance (Learn about seal coats, slurry seals and microsurfacing)

Location:  MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: July 23, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm 

This course is the first step in making your asphalt pavements last longer at lower costs. The course instructed by Ed Stellfox covers preventive maintenance treatments such as chip seals, slurry seals, and micro-surfacing and discusses when and where each technique could be effective. It presents application methods, including preparation, materials, equipment, operations and safety, along with practical tips on how to avoid trouble.

Audience: This course is open to municipal officials, road commissioners, supervisors, and superintendents; public works and maintenance personnel; equipment operators; and city or town managers.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fees: There is a $105 registration fee charged for all participants.


Gravel Road Maintenance

Location:  MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: August 8, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm 

This course instructed by Ed Stellfox addresses basic maintenance techniques for unpaved and gravel roads. Topics include road materials, blading or dragging, reshaping or regrading for proper crown, regraveling, stabilization or full-depth reclamation, and dust control, with an introduction to road management techniques.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fees: There is a $105 registration fee charged for all participants.


Blueprint Reading for Highway Workers

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: August 21, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

Today’s highway workers use a variety of blueprints and drawings to guide them in accurately performing the construction and maintenance of roadways and related components. Upon successful completion of this course instructed by Glynn Stoffel, the student will be able to read and interpret the drawings included in a set of highway plans. At the conclusion of the course, the student will be able to:
  • Recognize and define the various lines and symbols used in plan construction.
  • Describe and discuss the characteristics of plans, plats, profiles, views, details and other drawings found in a set of working plans.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use engineer’s and architect’s scales.
  • Describe how to effectively use plans in the field.
  • Obtain a score of at least 70% on the review test.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fees: The following registration fees will be charged for this course, $110 Maryland Local  Agencies and $125 All Other Registrants.


Context Based Complete Streets

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, MD
Date: August 27, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

By definition, Complete Streets design serves multiple travel modes. However, street and highway designs should also vary significantly to accommodate varying land development context, existing and future.

In the past, agencies placed greater design emphasis on faster moving motor vehicles. The auto industry was producing more powerful vehicles every year, but the planning areas were not changing. They remained fixed within two coarsely defined contexts; rural or urban, as defined by the census based, catch-all, urbanized area definition. Suburban roadway design guidance, by focusing on faster vehicle flow, usually compromised walking and biking design.

The Complete Streets movement has successfully motivated over 1,000 policies nationwide. They require mobility for all people, regardless of age, ability, income, race or ethnicity. Policies specify safe, comfortable & convenient access to community destinations & public places. All modes are specified; allowing travelers greater comfort when they desire to walk, drive, bicycle or take public transportation.

These multi-modal policies must also consider unique places in the design of transportation systems. Context based design must specify street and highway elements scaled to match the great diversity of surrounding context. For example, lower target speeds, on-street parking and street tree shade all match the Urban Center context. Conversely, higher speed design, off-street parking and fewer trees, match the Suburban context. Successful land development patterns and context-sensitive street design are symbiotic and state and federal agencies are moving in context sensitive directions.

This course explains emerging context classifications and the way street designs must vary significantly in each context. Many unique design elements, well suited for suburban context are wrong for the urban context. Policies and standards are described to meet the new challenge of greater efficiency and safety for all modes, in all diverse context areas. In class, and in the field, workshop exercises yield better understanding of unique street designs based on adjacent context. 

Professional Development Hours: 6.0
Registration Fees: There is a $110 registration fee charged for all participants.


Introduction to Geosynthetics

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: September 10, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm

This course is an introduction to geosynthetics, beginning with a discussion of geosynthetics, what they are, how they are made and how they can be used in a road maintenance program. The course then looks at other geosynthetics and their road system uses, including geogrids, geocells and geowebs, presenting new materials with new applications. Designed for municipal officials, road commissioners, supervisors, and superintendents; public works and maintenance personnel; equipment operators; and city or town managers. This course instructed by Ed Stellfox, will cover the following topics: history; materials (geotextile fabrics, geogrids, geocells and geowebs); uses and applications of drainage, erosion control, reinforcement, separation, and reflective crack control.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fees: There is a $105 registration fee charged for all participants.


Techniques for Reducing Construction & Maintenance Costs

 

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: September 12, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm

Counties and municipalities bear a considerable financial burden with respect to the construction and maintenance of roadways. Inflation, increasing cost of labor, materials and fuel have risen steeply in the past few years. At the same time, municipal budgets have not kept pace. It is essential to conserve resources, find energy efficient and low maintenance materials and to use more efficient techniques. This workshop instructed by Ed Stellfox, will conclude with groups of participants developing a cost control plan for a project.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fees: There is a $105 registration fee charged for all participants.


Winter Maintenance

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: October 29, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm

This course covers all aspects of winter operations- planning and organizing, methods of snow and ice control, salt usage, and winter equipment maintenance. Instructed by Ed Stellfox this lesson will include usage of snow maps, formal snow plans, snow plow and salt spreader operation. This course in intended for municipal officials, road commissioners, supervisors, superintendents, publics works and maintenance personnel, equipment operators, and city or town managers.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fees: There is a $105 registration fee charged for all participants.


Speed Management and Establishing Speeds

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: November 19, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm

The Speed Management One-day Course reviews the relationship between speeding and fatalities as well as injury accidents. As part of the Course the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and the Query System are demonstrated and incorporated into fatal crash analysis to determine what works for reducing the crash rate. An important issue that is included in the course is how to establish aspeed limit. The free online FHWA USLIMITS2 expert system for developing recommended speed limits for both urban and rural areas is demonstrated and incorporated in a class exercise. A series of lectures are given to establish a toolbox of techniques for reducing fatal and injury crashes. The class is presented with a problem and asked to establish their safety program. 
When discussing the toolbox of safety techniques, the participants are presented with various traffic calming techniques. The techniques are discussed in terms of safety, speed,diversion, and cost effectiveness.

Course Outline
8:15 Introduction
8:45 Speeding Characteristics
9:30 Break
9:45 Establishing a Speed Limit
10:00 US LIMITS2 Class Exercise
10:30 Break
10:45 Speed Related Roadway Departures
11:45 Lunch
12:30 Fatality Analysis Reporting System Class Exercise
1:15 Speed Related Intersection Fatalities
2:00 Break
2:15 Pedestrian and Bicycle Speeding Fatalities
3:15 Traffic Calming Techniques to Control Speed
4:00 Adjourn

Professional Development Hours: 6.0

Registration Fees: The following registration fees will be charged for this course, $110 MD Local County Agencies and $125 All Other Registrants.

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