Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Trainings & Workshops

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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 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.

Highway Safety Manual Practitioners Guide for Geometric Design Features

June 7 - 8 at 9 a.m. - 4: 30 p.m. (6/7) and 8 a.m. - 4: 30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center

This FHWA-NHI-380070 course includes both 2-lane and multi-lane highways and provides a proven methodology for
the safety performance of geometric design decisions in a like manner to that of predicting capacity and level of service
based upon large scale definitive research. The crash prediction models for total crashes and cross-section related
crashes based upon lane width, shoulder width, roadside hazard, traffic volume (exposure) and other characteristics are
presented. Examples of safety performance prediction are presented for highway segments and intersections.
Discussion of research and the interactive effects of lane and shoulder widths, hazard rating, and access density
(driveways) on safety performance are presented.

Cost: $200

Please fill out and send the Highway Safety Manual Practitioners Guide for Geometric Design Features registration form (PDF, 0.5 MB) to register.

OMB OMNI-Circular Training

  • May 31 - June 1 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in St. Paul

With training, participant may increase awareness of 2 CFR Part 200 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost
Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (also known as the "Uniform Guidance"). At training, participant
will outline grant making and oversight business processes, identify monitoring and audit functions, and discuss risk
management initiatives for federal regulations. With training, participant may increase awareness of the new guidance
to adhere to the requirements of the guidance from a State agency perspective.

Cost: $100

Please fill out and send the OMB Omni-Circular registration form (PDF, 0.5 MB) to register.

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

  • 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.