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2399 Profile Summary Worksheet Training

  • April 5 from noon - 3 p.m. in Rochester
  • April 11 from noon - 3 p.m. in Virginia
  • April 5 from noon - 3 p.m. in Detroit Lakes

This refresher course will cover changes to 2399 (Pavement Surface Smoothness Specification), ProVAL reports and Profile Summary worksheets, and reviews the ride incentive/disincentive process.

Cost: No cost

For further information and to register, view the 2399 Profile Summary Worksheet Training registration form (PDF, 40 KB)

Bituminous Plant Monitor Training

  • March 15 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Rochester
  • March 23 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Mankato
  • March 29 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Willmar
  • April 4 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Maplewood
  • April 7 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Detroit Lakes
  • April 10 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Duluth
  • April 17 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Bemidji
  • April 18 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Baxter

This refresher course will cover the duties and responsibilities of a plant monitor. Topics covered: required certifications, material testing issues, test summary sheets, sampling rates, schedule of materials control, and other plant issues. In addition, 2016 Specification changes and the density incentive/disincentive worksheets will be covered. The course will consist of lecture/discussion, hand completion and analysis of worksheets and case studies.

Cost: $50

For further information and to register, view the Bituminous Plant Monitor registration form (Word, 50 KB)

Bridge Asbestos/Regulated Material Inspector Training

  • February 8 from 10 a.m. - noon at Stearns County Highway Department in Waite Park

This training is for indivuduals that are certified MDH asbestos inspectors and inspect bridges or may want to become one. We will go over what to look for, what we are finding, and current law changes.

Cost: No cost

For further information or to register, contact Kelvin at kelvin.howieson@state.mn.us or 218-828-5707.

Bridge Maintenance Academy II

  • February 6 - 10 at the Plymouth MnDOT Truck Station

Participants will receive an introduction to the fundamentals required to perform bridge maintenance effectively including strategies for structural steel, shotcrete, timber bridge maintenance and formwork. Participants will also be given the opportunity to observe experts and perform hands-on bridge maintenance tasks, such as concrete formwork, rebar placement, concrete placement, finishing and curing, chain dragging, concrete removal, patching and structural steel repair.

Cost: $100

For further information and to register, view the Bridge Maintenance Academy II registration form (Word, 115 KB)

Contract Administration Prevailing Wage Guidelines for Project Personnel

  • February 8 from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in Arden Hills
  • February 13 from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in St. Cloud
  • February 22 from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in Detroit Lakes
  • February 28 from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in Bemidji
  • March 14 from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in Windom
  • March 15 from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in Mankato
  • March 16 from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in Rochester
  • April 11 from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in Duluth
  • April 12 from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in St. Cloud

Audience: For governmental personnel and consultants that are involved in contract administration, specifically
monitoring a contractor’s compliance with prevailing wage, truck rental rates and the contract labor provisions.

Topics covered:

  • What is prevailing wage law and why it’s important?
  • Vendor registration
  • How to determine an appropriate classification of labor
  • Federal conformance process
  • Apprentices
  • Trucking, who’s covered?
  • Prevailing wage, fringe benefits, overtime and reporting requirements
  • Truck rental rates and reporting requirements
  • Strategies to ensure compliance

Cost: No cost

For further information and to register, view the Contract Administration Prevailing Wage Guidelines for Project Personne form (PDF, 100 KB)

Earth Retaining Structures

  • February 7-9. 2017 in Shoreview, MN

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

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. Other topics include removals (i.e. topsoil, muck, etc.) and backfilling with materials.

Cost: $400

For more information and to register view the Geopak Earthwork flyer (PDF, 140 KB)

Geopak Drainage

Geopak Drainage training is hosted in a computer learning lab. It offers interactive dialogue, skill-practice sessions, and a competency assessment. The 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

For more information and to register view the Geopak Drainage flyer (PDF, 145 KB)

Geopak Office for Survey

Cost: $400

GEOPAK OFFICE FOR SURVEY training is hosted in a computer learning lab. It offers interactive dialogue, skill-practice sessions, and a competency assessment. This course is an overview of the GEOPAK tools Survey office personnel utilize to process survey field data.

For more information and to register view the Geopak Office for Survey flyer (PDF, 140 KB)

Geopak - V8I Corridor Modeling

Participant may use the Geopak - V8I Corridor Modeling application to develop a multilayered 3D Model along a given corridor. Each model incorporates a TIN surface for 3D viewing and for cut cross sections. Corridors may consist of single roadways, divided roadways, and secondary roadways, such as frontage roads. Participant may use the application to demonstrate 3D Models and Cross Sections.

Cost: $600

For more information and to register view the flyers

Geotechnical Aspects of Pavements

  • February 28 - March 2, 2017 in St. Cloud, MN

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.

Geometric Design: Applying Flexibility and Risk Management

  • May 9-10, 2017 in Shoreview, MN

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, 2017 in Shoreview, MN

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

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

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

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.

Temporary Traffic Control Plan Development

This is a 2 day TTC Plan Development Course designed to enable the participants to obtain an understanding of the fundamental concepts and MnDOT standard practices related to the design of temporary traffic control plans for MnDOT let projects. Participants will receive a MnDOT Traffic Control Design Manual that serves as a reference and contains links to appropriate documents used in the development of a TTC Plan.

Cost: $200 for government employees and $300 for non-government employees

For more information or to register view the Temporary Traffic Control Plan Development flyer (Word, 75 KB)

Traffic Signals 101

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: $100 for MnDOT employees and $200 for non-MnDOT employees

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