Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Concrete Paving Inspection Class

  • April 19 from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - April 20 from 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at MnDOT Mankato Offices

This course will cover the duties and responsibilities of a concrete paving (field and plant) inspector. Topics covered: introduction to concrete paving, paving joint layouts, schedule of materials control, pre-production operations, pre-paving operations, concrete batch plant operations, concrete paving operations, and MnDOT procedures and tests.

Cost: $35

View the Concrete Paving Inspection Class (PDF,30 KB) announcement for further information and registration.

Geopak Corridor Modeling Site

  • June 7 -8 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (6/7) and 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (6/8) at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center

At training, participant may use the Geopak Corridor Modeling Site application and develop non-linear and simple linear models. Participant may use subset tools and incorporate coordinate geometry, graphical information, cross section templates and superelevation information.

Cost: $400

To register please fill out the Geopak Corridor Modeling Site registration form (PDF, 130 KB) and follow instructions to send in.

Geopak Drainage

  • May 4-5 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center

Geopak Drainage training is hosted in a computer learning lab. It offers interactive dialogue, skill-practice sessions, and a competency assessment. The Geopak Drainage software interface includes drainage system dialog features and graphical placement components. With training, a learner may use Geopak Drainage to organize spatial characteristics and hydraulic data for surface collection systems (inlets, drainage areas) and for conveyance systems (subsurface pipes, channels).

Cost: $400

To register please fill out the Geopak Drainage registration form (PDF, 130 KB) and follow instructions to send in.

Geopak V8I Coordinate Geometry (COGO)

  • May 17-19 from 9 a.m. (5/17) and 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (5/18-5/19) at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center

Geopak V8I Coordinate Geometry (COGO) is the initial training session for MnDOT’s Geopak course series. With training, a learner may increase his or her functional ability using theGeopak V8I Coordinate Geometry (COGO) software Interface and key Dialog features to populate a coordinate geometric database and to model a road project.

Cost: $600

To register please fill out the Geopak V8I Coordinate Geometry (COGO) registration form (PDF, 130 KB) and follow instructions to send in.

Geopak Quantity Manager

  • May 3 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center

Geopak Quantity Manager training is hosted in a computer learning lab. It offers interactive dialogue, skill-practice sessions, and a competency assessment. With training, a learner may use Geopak Quantity Manager software interface and feature library to organize graphical elements within a database and prepare proportion-biased reports (i.e. Cost Estimate, Statement of Estimated Quantities, and Inplace Utility).

Cost: $250

To register please fill out the Geopak Quantity Manager registration form (PDF, 130 KB) and follow instructions to send in.

Microstation V8I

  • April 26 - 28 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (4/26) and 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (4/27-4/28) at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center

Microstation V8I, training is hosted in a computer learning lab. It offers interactive dialogue, skill-practice sessions, and a competency assessment. The software offers user-controlled concept illustration functions for civil design projects.

Cost: $600

To register please fill out the registration form and follow instructions to send in.

Minnesota Statewide Truck-Weight Compliance Training

  • April 13 from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Bemidji, or
  • April 14 from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Duluth

The Minnesota Truck-Weight Education Program addresses concerns from state, county, city, and township transportation authorities regarding damage from heavy trucks. Explanations are provided that explain road weights during various times of the year, including the winter load increase and spring load restrictions.

The program promotes voluntary compliance to reduce damage to public roads and highways from overweight vehicles. The goal is to provide information and explanations to attendees on how to haul the most legal weight without violating the truck-weight laws.

Cost: Free

To register and learn more, visit: http://www.mnltap.umn.edu/training/topic/customized/truck-weight/

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 Sign Maintenance/Management and Sign Retroreflectivity Training

  • April 14 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at MnDOT District 7A
  • April 19 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at MnDOT District 8B
  • April 20 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at MnDOT District 7B
  • April 21 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at MnDOT District 8A
  • April 25 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at MnDOT District 3B
  • April 26 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at MnDOT District 3A
  • April 27 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at MnDOT District 4B
  • April 28 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at MnDOT District 4A
  • May 10 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at MnDOT District 1
  • May 11 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at MnDOT Administrative Office
  • May 16 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at MnDOT District 2A
  • May 17 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at MnDOT District 2B

This six-hour hands-on workshop will provide participants with an overview of sign retroreflectivity assessment and management methods as well as developing a sign inventory and understanding the crashworthiness of sign posts. Participants will learn about federal regulations, various sheeting materials, and how to determine the right assessment and management method for their agency.

A portion of the workshop will be hands-on in a shop setting, where participants will learn how to conduct the various sign retroreflectivity assessment and management methods, including nighttime inspection. Participants are encouraged to bring in a used sign to test in the class.

Cost: Free

For more information and to register, visit http://www.mnltap.umn.edu/training/topic/traffic/retroreflectivity/index.html. Please note space is limited to 10 participants per training, so early registration is recommended.