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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. 

Basic Drainage

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: August 5, 2021 
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

This course instructed by Ed Stellfox emphasizes the importance of good drainage with discussions of water and its effects on roads, problems caused by improper drainage, and ways to handle these problems. It covers types of drainage facilities, ranging from ditches, culverts, subdrains, inlets and end structures. Their uses, materials, installation and maintenance as well as erosion control are addressed. It also introduces geosynthetic drainage applications. The following topics will be covered: importance of drainage, characteristics of water, system maintenance, drainage principles, surface and subsurface drainage, ditches, driveways, drainage culverts – materials and placement, headwalls, endwalls and inlets, erosion control, and geosynthetics in drainage.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.

Registration Fees: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


Gravel Road Maintenance

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: August 12, 2021 
Time: 9:00am – 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: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


Context Based Complete Streets

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: August 17, 2021 
Time: 8:30am – 3:30pm

This one-day course describes how Context Based Design grows Complete Streets. Context Classification and Functional Classification are joined in the design process to yield great walkability and true Complete Streets where design elements change from one context zone to the next. Walkability is defined in this course, as achieved in many compact urban areas. Planners, Engineers, Architects and elected officials will benefit from these discussions.

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: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


Introduction to Geosynthetics

Location: Virtual Classroom 
Date: August 26, 2021
Time: 9:00am – 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: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


Culvert & Storm Drain System Inspection and Management

Location: Virtual Classroom 
Date: August 31, 2021
Time: 8:30am – 12:30pm

Culvert and storm drain systems are a vital part our of infrastructure that require periodic review and maintenance to achieve their design life, service life and function. This training provides component-based rating systems that enable inspectors to assess culvert and storm drain systems that are newly installed and those that had been installed for a number of years for agency reporting. AASHTO has developed two new guidance documents that delineate acceptable installations for new pipe installed within 30 days of installation and existing culvert asset management rating for previously installed systems. This training helps agencies to develop a transportation asset management plans for their culvert and storm drain system inventories. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Appendix X5 Pipe Culvert Inspection and Evaluation for New Construction and the AASHTO Culvert and Storm Drain System Inspection Guide, 1st Edition for existing systems will be covered to  provide inspectors with tools for routine conditional assessment of culverts and/or storm drains, along with a reliable and reproducible method to rate the condition of all system components.

Professional Development Hours: 4.0

Registration Fees: This 4-hour virtual classroom course has a $35 registration fee.


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

Location: Virtual Classroom 
Date: September 2, 2021
Time: 9:00am – 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.
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: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


Asphalt Roads - Common Maintenance Problems

Location: Virtual Classroom 
Date: September 14, 2021
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Municipal employees with road maintenance responsibilities should understand the causes of common maintenance problems on asphalt roads and be  familiar with proper repair materials and methods. This course instructed by Ed Stellfox discusses causes and repair procedures for common problems such as cracking, potholes, rutting, corrugations, etc. The procedures cover materials, equipment, and techniques for lasting repairs. Also included, a brief discussion of surface treatment.

Professional Development Hours: 4.0.

Registration Fees: This 4-hour virtual classroom course has a $35 registration fee.

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Asphalt Resurfacing

Location: Virtual Classroom 
Date: September 14, 2021
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

This course instructed by Ed Stellfox reviews the various asphalt mixes, their components and their uses. Asphalt resurfacing procedures are covered, including preparation, material, equipment, operation and safety. Special emphasis is placed on proper rolling and compaction of the asphalt overlay. Superpave mix design is discussed as well.

Municipal officials, road commissioners, supervisors, and superintendents; public works and maintenance personnel; equipment operators; and city or town managers are encouraged to attend.

Professional Development Hours: 4.0. 

Registration Fees: This 4-hour virtual classroom course has a $35 registration fee.


Strategies to Alleviate Traffic Congestion

Location: Virtual Classroom 
Date: September 30, 2021
Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm

This 1-day course presents an overall framework for developing a coordinated program to provide a good multimodal transportation service to the community; thus alleviating the traffic congestion problem. Course Objectives:

  • To help participants understand the traffic congestion problem
  • To discuss development of a coordinated program to alleviate traffic congestion
  • To discuss strategies available to help alleviate the traffic congestion problem

Upon completion, participants will:

  • Understand the traffic congestion problem
  • Have the knowledge necessary to develop a coordinated program to alleviate traffic congestion (improve mobility & accessibility)
  • Know strategies available to fight congestion:
    • Existing roadways
    • New roadways
    • Providing transit services
    • Managing transportation demand

Modules Covered:

  • Module 1:  Understanding Traffic Congestion
  • Module 2:  Development of a Coordinated Program
  • Module 3:  Existing Highway Systems
  • Module 4:  Building New Capacity
  • Module 5: Providing Transit Services
  • Module 6: Managing Transportation Demand
  • Module 7: Closing

Professional Development Hours: 6.0

Registration Fees: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


Asphalt Recycling

Location: Virtual Classroom 
Date: October 7, 2021
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

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: This 4-hour virtual classroom course has a $35 registration fee.


Gravel Road Maintenance

Location: Virtual Classroom 
Date: October 14, 2021
Time: 9:00am – 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: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


Winter Maintenance

Location: Virtual Classroom 
Date: October 21, 2021
Time: 9:00am – 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: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.

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Traffic Signs

Location: Virtual Classroom 
Date: November 4, 2021
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

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: This 4-hour virtual classroom course has a $35 registration fee.


Introduction to Geosynthetics

Location: Virtual Classroom 
Date: November 10, 2021
Time: 9:00am – 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: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


Techniques for Reducing Construction and Maintenance Costs

Location: Virtual Classroom 
Date: November 18, 2021
Time: 9:00am – 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: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


Construction Mathematics

Location: Virtual Classroom 
Date: December 2, 2021
Time: 9:00am – 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.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.

Registration Fees: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


Road Surface Management

Location: Virtual Classroom 
Date: December 9, 2021
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

This course instructed by Ed Stellfox provides participants with the basic concepts of road surface management including inventory, distress identification, condition survey, strategies, programs, budgets, and field surveys. A Road Surface Management Systems software demonstration will also be conducted during this course.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.

Registration Fees: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.

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