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AGC - MnDOT Grading Innovations Technology Forum

  • December 6 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in Brooklyn Center

At this 9th annual Forum, hear from industry experts, learn from other attendees, and freely discuss issues of importance to you and your firm. Project managers; engineers and technicians; superintendents, foremen and equipment operators; soils and material engineers; county superintendents and engineers; and state and federal highway personnel should plan to attend.

Cost: $95

For further information or to register view the Grading Innovations Technology Forum flyer (PDF, 205 KB).

Culvert Design

  • January 4-6 in Shoreview

The National Highway Institute's (NHI) 3-day Culvert Design course provides participants with an in-depth, hands-on understanding of how to hydraulically size and design a highway culvert. The course covers a range of design topics, including allowable headwater at the inlet, permissible outlet velocity, energy dissipation measures, aquatic organism passage, mechanisms of culvert failures, and repair and rehabilitation options.

Cost: $900

For more information and to register visit, https://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/training/course_search.aspx?tab=1&typ=1&srt=7&sta=MN&sf=0&course_no=135056.

Earth Retaining Structures

  • February 7-9 in Shoreview

The goal of this course is to provide agencies with state-of-the-practice design tools and construction techniques to expand implementation of safe and cost-effective earth retention technologies. This course addresses the selection, design, construction, and performance of earth retaining structures used for support of fills and excavations or cut slopes. Instructors cover factors that affect wall selection, including contracting approaches with an emphasis on required bidding documents for each approach. Class discussions will include design procedures and case histories, demonstrating the selection, design, and performance of various earth retaining structures. Detailed information on subsurface investigation, soil and rock property design parameter selection, lateral earth pressures for wall system design, and load and resistance factor design (LRFD) for retaining walls are provided.

Cost: $925

For more information and to register visit, https://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/training/course_search.aspx?tab=1&typ=1&srt=7&sta=MN&sf=0&course_no=132036.

Federal Aid Highways - 101 (state version)

  • January 14-15 in Shoreview

During this time of economic expansion and growth, there are dramatic workforce changes taking place. Given the increasing demand by our partners and customers, it is critical to develop the knowledge of State DOT employees in the area of the Federal-aid highway development processes and regulations.

Therefore, the overall course goal is to provide participants with an overview of the key elements of the Federal-Aid Highway Program. Specifically, this course focuses on general requirements and laws that govern the Federal-Aid Highway Program; processes and procedures followed in the entire project development process, including financing, planning, environment, right of way, highway and bridge design, construction, operations/ITS, maintenance, and technology; and identifying flexibility inherent in the Federal-Aid Program.

Cost: $400

For more information and to register visit, https://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/training/course_search.aspx?tab=1&typ=1&srt=7&sta=MN&sf=0&course_no=310110.

Forensic Investigation of Recycled Unbound Base and Asphalt Surface Materials

  • November 15 in Maplewood OR online

This seminar presents the findings from 8 years of performance evaluation of 8 test sections (Cell 16-23) built at MnROAD in 2008. The test sections include two studies: 1) performance evaluation of an unbound base materials (i.e., recycled asphalt pavement, recycled concrete aggregates, and taconite) and Class-5 as road base materials and 2) performance evaluation of surface materials that incorporate warm mix additives, recycled asphalt pavement, and different PG binders. 

For more information visit, http://www.dot.state.mn.us/mnroad/researchpaysoff/index.html.

Geotechnical Aspects of Pavements

  • February 28 - March 2 in St. Cloud

This course covers the latest methods and procedures to address the geotechnical issues in pavement design, construction, and performance for new construction, reconstruction, and rehabilitation pavement projects. The course content includes geotechnical exploration and characterization of in-place and constructed subgrades; design and construction of subgrades and unbound layers for paved and unpaved roads, with emphasis on the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) 1993 empirical design procedure and on the new Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG); drainage of bases, subbases, and subgrades and its impact on providing safe, cost-effective, and durable pavements; problematic soils, soil improvement, stabilization, and other detailed geotechnical issues in pavement design and construction; and construction methods, specifications, and QC/QA (quality control/quality assurance) inspection for pavement projects.

Cost: $925

For more information and to register visit, https://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/training/course_search.aspx?tab=1&typ=1&srt=7&sta=MN&sf=0&course_no=132040.

Geometic Design: Applying Flexibility and Risk Management

  • May 9-10 in Shoreview

Highway designers often face complex trade-offs when developing projects. A "quality" design may be thought of as satisfying the needs of a wide variety of users while balancing the often competing interests of cost, safety, mobility, social and environmental impacts. Applying flexibility and risk management in highway design requires more than simply assembling geometric elements from the available tables, charts and equations of design criteria. This course provides participants with knowledge of the functional basis of critical design criteria to enable informed decisions when applying engineering judgment and flexibility. The course exercises and case studies provide practical applications of current knowledge from research and operational experience of human factors and safety effects for various design elements.

Cost: $400

For more information and to register visit, https://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/training/course_search.aspx?tab=1&typ=1&srt=7&sta=MN&sf=0&course_no=380095.

Integrating Geometric Design & Traffic Control for Improved Safety

  • May 17 in Shoreview

This course provides an overview of the inter-relationship of geometric design and traffic control device applications. The primary focus of the course concerns interchange areas where lane elimination, lane configurations, and traffic control devices on freeways and expressways may present challenges for both designers and motorists. This course addresses lane balance effects, degree of control (markings) practices, arrows (signs and markings) usage, advance vehicle positioning, short auxiliary lanes, and geometric design influences on signing and marking. This course includes discussion and guidance for meeting driver expectations and the human factors associated with roadway geometry and the application, selection, and placement of traffic control devices. Participants engage in group exercises to strengthen and apply the principles covered in the workshop.

Cost: $310

For more information and to register visit, https://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/training/course_search.aspx?tab=1&typ=1&srt=7&sta=MN&sf=0&course_no=380118.

Intelligent Compaction and Paver Mounted Thermal Profiling Special Provisions and Veta Software

  • March 2 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center
  • March 7 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center
  • March 21 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center
  • March 23 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center
  • March 28 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center
  • March 30 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center
  • April 3 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center
  • April 10 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center
  • April 18 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center
  • April 20, 2017 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center

This one-day course will cover the duties and responsibilities related to “(2016) Quality Management – Paver Mounted Thermal Profile (PMTP) Method” and “(2016) Quality Management Special – Intelligent Compaction (IC) Method”. Hands-on computer training on how to use Veta for analyzing and reviewing data will also be provided, along with instruction on how to complete forms. Topics covered: background information on both the PMTP and IC technologies; system requirements; lot and sublot establishments; standardized naming of lots; design file requirements; monetary price adjustments; import of data, design files and spot test data into Veta; creation of Veta filters and standardized filter naming conventions; creation of sublots within Veta; Veta mapping, viewing and analyses; completion of required forms.

For more information or to register, view the Intelligent Compaction and Paver Mounted Thermal Profiling Special Provisions and Veta Software flyer (PDF, 30 KB).

Signal and Lighting Certification

  • January 10-11, 2017, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center
  • February 14-15, 2017, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center
  • April 25-26, 2017, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center

This two-day course includes review of contract documents, Gopher State One Call procedures, staking traffic signals, installation of traffic signal and lighting components above and underground, final inspection of electrical systems, activating traffic signals and roadway lighting systems, as-built plans. This course is designed to educate participants on MnDOT standard procedures for traffic signal and lighting system inspection and construction. This class comes with 12 PDH (Professional Development Hours), 16 IMSA (International Municipal Signal Association) credits and 8 MnDLI Electrical/Elevator continuing education credits.

Cost: $350

For more information and to register visit, http://www.dot.state.mn.us/trafficeng/education/Signal_Lighting.html.

Signal and Lighting Recertification

  • January 12, 2017, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center
  • February 16, 2017, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center
  • April 27, 2017, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center

This one-day course includes the latest changes in technology, signal and lighting hardware, specifications and procedures.

Cost: $250

For more information and to register visit, http://www.dot.state.mn.us/trafficeng/education/Signal_Lighting.html.

Sign Maintenance and Management for Local Agencies

This online distance-learning course was created to provide a concise, cohesive set of sign maintenance and management materials to employees of cities, counties, and municipalities. The development of this course stemmed from the realization that no consistent sign training is available locally and that many key maintenance staff are retiring without transferring their knowledge to younger staff. In addition, it is often challenging for maintenance staff to attend workshops and training in person, since their schedules change frequently and are often weather-dependent.

This course will help maintenance staff better understand sign materials, placement, installation, and retroreflectivity, as well as general maintenance and management practices. In addition, students will learn how to use and navigate the Minnesota Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MN MUTCD) and understand new federal requirements related to sign maintenance and management.

The course consists of 10 lessons, each containing a narrated presentation, video clips, and a quiz. Participants can complete the course, which will take about 10 hours, at their own pace.

Course Lessons

  • General overview
  • Minnesota Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
  • Sign policy
  • Sign materials
  • Safety
  • Sign placement
  • Sign installation
  • Sign retroreflectivity
  • Sign maintenance and management
  • Addressing and street name signs

Cost: $65 ($75 to register for a Continuing Education Credit)

For further details and to register, visit http://www.mnltap.umn.edu/training/topic/traffic/onlinesign/index.html.

Traffic Signals 101

  • January 25

This is a one day introductory traffic signal course designed to enable entry level traffic personnel to acquire a basic knowledge of traffic signals. The course study will be broad and basic. After completion of the course, the student will have an understanding of how/why a signal is installed, what a signal agreement is, and will have a basic understanding of signal plans, operations, and component names. Each participant will receive a course manual.

Cost: $200

For more information or to register view the Traffic Signals 101 flyer (Word, 40 KB).