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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. 

Asphalt Resurfacing

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: March 28, 2024
Time: 8:30am-12:30pm

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


Site Impact Analysis

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: April 2, 2024
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm

This course will cover the ITE Trip Generation Report and ITE’s procedure for conducting a traffic impact study.  The content includes discussions on site impact methodology, development of background traffic, evaluation of existing and future conditions, trip generation rates, trip distribution, mode split, traffic assignment, and impact mitigation strategies.  Special attention is paid to trip generation and includes how to use the ITE tables, pass-by trips, and internal capture.  The completion of the course will increase the participants understanding of traffic impact studies.  

This course is designed for transportation engineers, traffic engineers, and planners concerned about the impacts of site impact development. 

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fee: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


Construction Mathematics (all seats are reserved for this course!)

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: April 4, 2024
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.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fee: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


Introduction to Temporary Traffic Control

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: April 9, 2024
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: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


Road Surface Management Systems

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: April 11, 2024
Time: 8:30am-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 Fee: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


Intersection Design, Safety and Capacity

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: April 16, 2024
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm

The Intersection Design course will address how design affects the safety and capacity of the intersection.  The course will start with the determination of whether to signalize an intersection.  Signal warrants will be discussed and the class participant will conduct a warrant exercise.  For the rest of the class geometric design issues will be addressed.  Design features covered include deceleration lanes, corner   clearance, vehicle corner clearance, and corner radiu

Also, functional areas of an intersection will be defined and an exercise to calculate the functional area will be conducted.  A quick review of roundabout design and a comparison will be made of roundabouts versus intersections will be presented.

Finally, the class will end with a summary discussion of how design affects intersection capacity. 

 Agenda:

  • Warrants and Warrant Exercise
  • Geometric Design
  • Deceleration Lanes
  • Corner Clearances
  • Functional Areas
  • Vehicle Clearances
  • Roundabout Design Summary
  • How Design Affects Capacity

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fee: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


Recycling Asphalt Roads (Asphalt Recycling)

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: April 18, 2024
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 Fee: This 4-hour virtual classroom course has a $35 registration fee.


Traffic Engineering Fundamentals

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: April 23-24, May 6-7, 2024 (must attend all four days)
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm

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:

  • Introduction
  • Traffic Engineering Terms and Design Year Traffic
  • Break
  • Site Impact Analysis
  • Lunch
  • Safety Principles and Crash Principles
  • Break
  • Principles of Access Management

Agenda Day Two:

  • Intersection Analysis and Geometrics
  • Break
  • Signal Timing
  • Lunch
  • Arterial and Freeway Analysis
  • Break
  • MUTCD

Agenda Day Three:

  • Roundabout Basics
  • Break
  • ITS Overview
  • Break
  • Traffic Calming
  • Lunch
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Break
  • ADA Accessibility

Agenda Day Four:

  • Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)
  • Break
  • Temporary Traffic Control (TTC) Standards and Guidelines
  • Break
  • Component Parts of a TTC Zone
  • Lunch
  • Temporary Traffic Control Devices
  • Break
  • Positive Protection

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 Fee: This 24-hour virtual classroom course has a $220 registration fee.


Speed Management and Establishing Speeds

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: May 8, 2024
Time: 9:00am-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 a speed 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

  • Introduction
  • Speeding Characteristics
  • Establishing a Speed Limit
  • US LIMITS2 Class Exercise
  • Speed Related Roadway Departures
  • Fatality Analysis Reporting System Class Exercise
  • Speed Related Intersection Fatalities
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Speeding Fatalities
  • Traffic Calming Techniques to Control Speed

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fee: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


Crashes and Statistics

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: May 14, 2024
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm

This course is designed to relate crashes and crash statistics.  The relationship is an important component for analyzing crashes and developing mitigation efforts.  As part of the class, we will start out with the on-line Fatality Analysis Reporting System.  The class will conduct on-line exercises to identify crash statistics for their city, county, or state.  A second on-line program - USLIMITS2 - will be demonstrated and the class will run the program.  USLIMITS2 develops recommendations for assigning the appropriate speeds for roads.  Statistical analysis techniques such as significant crash rates will be demonstrated as well as speed surveys and calculation of 85 percentile speeds.  Also sight distances and speed differentials and their affects will be discussed.   

Agenda:

  • FARS Analysis and Exercise
  • Speed Limits and USLIMITS
  • Significant Crash Rate Analysis
  • Calculation of Median and 85th Percentile
  • Spot speed studies
  • Sight Distance and Speed Differentials
  • Mitigation Measures

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fee: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


Traffic Signs

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: May 16, 2024
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 Fee: This 4-hour virtual classroom course has a $35 registration fee.


Basic Drainage

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: June 6, 2024
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm

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


Street Access Design and Driveway Location (New Course!)

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: June 12, 2024
Time: 9:00am-3:30pm

This one-day course will include:

  1. Discuss the impact of access management on highway safety and operations.
  2. List benefits of access management.
  3. Discuss typical roadway access challenges in your area.
  4. Choosing access management techniques to mitigate roadway challenges.
  5. Discuss Maryland’s access management guidelines and designs.

Who should attend:

  • Designers, planners, and safety city, county,  State, and consultant staff.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0
Registration Fee: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


To Signalize or not to Signalize: MUTCD Warrants
(Signal Warrant and Intersection Control Analysis)

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: June 26, 2024
Time: 9:00am-3:30pm

The To Signalize or Not To Signalize Course instructed by Dane Ismart covers the MUTCD criteria for determining whether the installation of a traffic control signal is justified at a particular location. The course includes an analysis of the factors for existing operations and safety at study locations and the potential to improve these conditions. The following warrants are discussed in detail and include:

  • Warrant 1 – Eight-Hour Vehicular Volume
  • Warrant 2 – Four-Hour Vehicular Volume
  • Warrant 3 – Peak Hour
  • Warrant 4 – Pedestrian Volumes
  • Warrant 5 – School Crossing
  • Warrant 6 – Coordinated Signal System
  • Warrant 7 - Crash Experience
  • Warrant 8 – Roadway Network
  • Warrant 9 – Intersection Near a Railroad Grade Crossing

The course will also cover warrants for four-way stops as well as alternatives to traffic control signals. A detailed discussion of the advantages and disadvantages both in the terms of capacity and safety of various types of traffic controls will be presented. The basis for both the installation and the removal of traffic control devices will be discussed.

As part of the course, workshop problems will be given to the class participants. The class will be provided intersection field data and will determine if signals are warranted for the sample intersections. After completing the intersection analysis. MUTCD signal analysis software will be demonstrated and the workshop problems will be evaluated based on the microcomputer analysis.

Who Should Attend: Traffic Engineers and transportation planners involved in the design and planning of corridors and intersections.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fee: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


Designing Pedestrian Facilities for ADA Accessibility

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: August 6, 2024
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm

Upon completion of this one-day 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: 6.0.
Registration Fee: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


Road Safety 365 - A Safety Workshop for Local Governments

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: September 10, 2024
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm

This course instructed by Juan M. Morales, P.E. is designed to provide local and rural agencies with practical and effective ways to mainstream safety solutions into their day-to-day activities and project development process. This one-day workshop focuses on processes for incorporating safety into all aspects of local and rural projects, and on making safety a priority through inclusion in the traditional decision-making process - 365 days a year. The course stresses the importance of road safety, and illustrates how it can be integrated into rural/local transportation project development at all stages: planning, design, construction, implementation, operations, and maintenance. Through practical exercises and facilitator-led discussions, the emphasis is on operations and maintenance to reflect the predominant, day-to-day responsibilities of rural/local transportation agencies. The benefits and potential cost savings of safety initiatives are shown using examples from rural/local agencies.

The workshop audience ranges from decision-makers to road crews. It is aimed primarily at local and rural road and public works supervisors. Others who would benefit include: elected officials, public safety advocates, State DOT personnel, law enforcement, consultants, regional and rural development organizations, municipal associations.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fee: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


Strategies to Alleviate Traffic Congestion

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: October 1, 2024
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm

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


Winter Maintenance

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: October 8, 2024
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm

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

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