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July Trainings

How to Inspect Traffic Signs to Meet Retroreflectivity Requirements (Webinar)

  • July 24 from 11 am - 12 pm (7/15)

Sign retroreflectivity—referring to how much light from vehicle headlamps is redirected back at drivers, enabling signs to be seen at night—is a critical issue, as it helps keep your city's citizens safe.

As of June 13, 2014, cities are required to adopt a sign maintenance program designed to maintain sign retroreflectivity at or above specific levels.

So what can your city do to ensure your sign inspectors are trained properly to assess retroreflectivity levels?

Though there is no nationally-recognized training course or certification for sign inspectors, this webinar will enable cities to establish a training program for their sign inspectors.

Learn what methods are best when assessing the condition of traffic signs, and how to train qualified personnel to test that your signs are meeting minimum retroreflectivity levels.

Cost: Free

Learn more and sign up at http://lmc.org/page/1/webinar-retroreflectivity.jsp.

August Trainings

Geopack - Quantity Manager

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: $200

To register, complete registration form (PDF, 135 KB) and mail form and check payment to:

James Pontius
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd, MS 676
St. Paul, MN 55155

September Trainings

Microstation V8I

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, complete registration form (PDF, 130 KB) and mail form and check payment to:

James Pontius
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd, MS 676
St. Paul, MN 55155

Geopak - Geotechnical Tools

With Geopak - Geotechnical Tools, participant may diagram borehole information into project design files. At training, participant will: Discuss MnDOT’s Data Dictionary for field collection. Use MS Access and MnDOT Soils Database. Import borehole data. Use borehole data in 2D/3D DGN files. Draft elevation surfaces.

Cost: $300

To register, complete registration form (PDF, 135 KB) and mail form and check payment to:

James Pontius
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd, MS 676
St. Paul, MN 55155

Geopak V8I Coordinate Geometry (COGO)

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 the Geopak 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, complete registration form (PDF, 135 KB) and mail form and check payment to:

James Pontius
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd, MS 676
St. Paul, MN 55155

October Trainings

Geopak Earthwork

Geopak Earthwork training is hosted in a computer learning lab. It features earthwork diagraming, cut/fill, aggregates, generating reports, unsuitable materials and backfilling, match lines and earthwork quantities, quantities for staging, retaining walls and associated quantities, and troubleshooting and verifying quantities. With training, participants may use MnDOT standards.

Cost: $600

To register, complete registration form (PDF, 135 KB) and mail form and check payment to:

James Pontius
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd, MS 676
St. Paul, MN 55155