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You asked for it... We listened! We've put together fourteen (Yes 14!) of our premium construction training courses AND 14 PDH/1.4 CEU credits for a fraction of the price!

Subscribe and save to get exclusive access for an entire year to on-demand, educational webinars covering a wide range of construction topics—from greening your roads, sidewalk and trail design, and roadway design, to stormwater management, project efficiency, and bridge construction. Presented by thought leaders in the industry, including David Hein, Mike Peters, and Gordon Keller, our Construction Course Subscription gives you instant access for the first time to learn new skills and techniques when you want, where you want.

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Low-Volume Roads Engineering Best Practices

Presenter: Gordon R. Keller, PE, GE
Across the world, almost 70% of our road infrastructure is classified as “low-volume”. When not designed and constructed correctly, these roads contribute to substantial sediment and erosion, cause slope instability, adversely affect the environment…and are statistically unsafe AND costly.

Join Gordon Keller for the first session of our Roadway Erosion Control Best Practices Master Class to explore low-volume road design best practices and mitigation measures for well-designed and constructed roads that are sustainable, cost-effective, and produce minimal environmental damage.

In this online training webinar, Keller will outline the best practices in low-volume road design and construction, including: project planning and location selection, safety considerations, drainage analysis, stable slope preparation and maintenance, and roadway material selection. Additionally, we’ll take a look at environmental impacts of low-volume roads (e.g., sediment and erosion production, slope instability, channel modifications, fish and wildlife impacts, etc.) and discuss the practical mitigation measures to counter these. Finally, we’ll discuss the available and coming innovative technologies and how to select and implement these to optimize your low-volume road design, construction, and maintenance, and save money. These technologies include: GIS Mapping, geosynthetics, trenchless technology, mechanically stabilized earth structures, biotechnical erosion and slope stabilization methods, and simple in-situ site characterization.


Sustainable Shallow Slope Stabilization and Erosion Control

Presenter: Gordon R. Keller, PE, GE
Shallow slope failures (e.g., raveling, cracking fills, erosion gullies, etc.) are far too common our along roadways and sites…especially because they're easily fixed (or avoided all-together).

Stabilize your slopes—effectively AND affordably. Join Gordon R. Keller in the 2nd session of our Roadway Erosion Control Best Practices Master Class to explore common shallow slope failures (typically found along roadways and sites) and how to effectively counter these with simple, sustainable, and low-cost stabilization and erosion control measures.

In this online training webinar, we'll take a look at the common shallow slope failures (e.g., slope instability, raveling, cracking fills, and erosion gully formation) found along roadways and sites and their cost and performance impact on your operations AND the environment. Addressing these issues, Keller will present several effective and affordable shallow slope stabilization and deep erosion control measures and techniques available, including: small gravity walls and geotextile-reinforced earth retaining structures; earthwork and drainage options; biotechnical slope stabilization measures; and additional effective methods for erosion control and avoiding water accumulation. 


Roadway Surface Drainage Crossing Structures

Presenter: Gordon R. Keller, PE, GE
Poor roadway drainage is one of the leading culprits responsible for roadway infrastructure damage, increased maintenance costs, and roadside environmental impact. The solution? Get the water off the road surface quickly and effectively.

Join returning speaker, Gordon Keller, in the 3rd session of our Roadway Erosion Control Best Practices Master Class to explore the challenge of roadway drainage, the essential design elements and requirements, and how you can effectively apply available solutions (e.g., culverts, fords, bridges, etc.) and design best practices to better handle your surface drainage, reduce your roadway damage and maintenance needs, and improve your roadside water quality.

In this presentation, we’ll explore the importance of minimizing water accumulation on our roadways, and how you can apply the design elements and solutions to your design to accomplish effective drainage. Within this discussion, we’ll explore culverts, including their prominence within our roadway system and their unique challenges (e.g., plugging, bank erosion, overtopping, stream diversion, etc.), as well as outline culvert proper sizing, installation, alignment, bedding, compaction, and use of headwalls and end sections. Keller will also discuss low-water crossings and fords, their design requirements, advantages and disadvantages, as well as how when properly designed, these can offer a cost-effective alternative to culverts. Additionally, we’ll explore bridges and their associated challenges—both structural (e.g., hydraulic capacity, structural capacity, scour, etc.) and environmental (e.g., channel plugging with debris, streambank stabilization, changes in the channel)—and the available solutions to mitigate these issues. And finally, attendees will receive a useful set of references for addressing surface drainage issues, and the design and installation of culverts, fords, and bridges.


Road Environmental Impacts and Mitigation

Presenter: Gordon R. Keller, PE, GE
As our roadways stretch across more and more of our landscape (over 2.5 million miles of low-volume roads in the U.S. alone), the environmental impact on water quality, wildlife, and vegetation is significant. However, through Environmental Analysis and proper planning we can minimize the negative environmental impacts of roads and increase their positive impact on our environment.

Join Gordon Keller in the final session of our Roadway Erosion Control Best Practices Master Class to explore the environmental impact of our roadways, and how you can use Environmental Analysis and engineering best practices within your projects to identify possible environmental issues, evaluate viable options that satisfy user/environmental needs AND are cost-effective, and incorporate key design elements and mitigations to minimize common environmental issues and impacts along your roadways and projects.

In this presentation, we'll explore the impact—both positive and negative—that our roadways have on the environment, and how through Environmental Analysis and holistic planning, we can mitigate the negative and promote the positive impacts. Within this discussion, we'll examine the theory, elements, and applications of Environmental Analysis and how you can use it to gain a thorough view of your project's impact. We'll take a look at the design and mitigations needed to address many issues such as water quality protection, traffic safety, wildlife protection, fish passage at culverts, noxious weeds, and invasive species along road corridors. Keller will also discuss the importance of good planning and how you can apply engineering best practices to evaluate your environmental issues and viable options, and incorporate the key design elements to cost-effectively meet your project goals and mitigate your environmental impact. Finally, attendees will receive a useful set of references that address the environmental issues and mitigation measures available for roads.


A Cost-Efficient Asset Management Approach

Presenter: Bryan A. Chappell
Develop your asset management in-house…and save! Join Bryan Chappell to explore how to develop a cost-efficient, in-house stormwater and roadway asset management program focused on resource optimization, prioritized workloads, and increased productivity, and resulting in effective maintenance, repair, and operation of a MS4 Stormwater System applicable for maintenance organizations of any size.

In this online training webinar, Chappell outlines how Pierce County Public Works Road Operations developed its current successful, in-house asset management program for stormwater drainage and roadside features, including Pierce County’s approaches for inspection, prioritization, and maintenance of assets while meeting NPDES requirements for an MS4; scoping and assessment processes; collection tools; and data management strategies. Through Pierce County’s real-world case study, we’ll learn how to build a process that not only asses individual features, but identifies key information and determines the severity and extent levels of each asset (both linear and point features) leading to proper corrective action. Additionally, we’ll discuss the benefits of using this full-featured asset management approach and how it allows for the development of long-range planning, service level goals, and adaptive management. Finally, we’ll explore the implementation costs (e.g., labor, equipment, materials, etc.) tracked year-to-year, revealing real cost-over-time and how these implementation costs become cost-neutral and cost-saving over time.

Join Chappell to learn how Pierce County’s asset management process and program can successfully be implemented in a maintenance organization of any size, and for all asset categories that any Public Works entity maintains.


Qualifying Rain Events, Sampling, & The Construction Site Monitoring Plan

Presenter: Mike L. Peters, CPESC, QSD​
Are you knee deep in planning your SWPPP Construction Site Monitoring Plan (CSMP) to meet stormwater regulations…or about to be? Your success depends directly on your stormwater effluent sampling and monitoring plan (CSMP). So…are you covered?

Join speaker and author Mike Peters to explore how to design and implement a SWPPP Construction Site Monitoring Plan (CSMP) that thoroughly maps out the stormwater effluent sampling, monitoring, data collection, and analysis at your construction site AND meets compliance.

 In this online training webinar, we'll start with a look at the SWPPP Construction Site Monitoring Plan (CSMP), its key elements, influencing factors, and requirements. We'll define what determines a Qualifying Rain Event (according to NOAA, etc.) and how you can define this for your site. Peters will then walk us through the what, when, where, and how of stormwater effluent sampling. Within this discussion, we'll take a look at the key sampling parameters (pH, turbidity, etc.), considerations (e.g., TMDLs, receiving water risk, NELs, ATS, etc.), and equipment. Peters will outline the best practices for sampling and monitoring of visible and non-visible pollutants, including: scheduling, sample collection and handling, and documentation. Building on this, we'll take a look at the sample data collected, the best practices for analysis, and how you can use this to prove compliance or determine the necessary actions/mitigations at your site. Finally, Peters will weigh in on the different roles (e.g., QSD, WPCM, etc.), plans (e.g., Water Quality Monitoring & Protection Plan, Sampling & Analysis Plan, etc.), requirements, and possible non-compliance penalties pertaining to the SWPPP Construction Site Monitoring Plan.   


Building a Better Road

Presenter: David Hein, P. Eng.
Lasting infrastructure begins with good design and construction. Join David Hein, P.Eng. to explore the design, specification, and construction elements that impact the performance of asphalt and concrete pavements, as well as the primary factors that contribute to the long-term functional and structural performance of pavements ranging from parking lots to municipal roadways, airports, and major highways.

Through a series of photographs, we’ll explore the positive and negative features to gain a comprehensive understanding of what we can do better to ensure the cost-effective use of transportation investments.

Discussion will cover elements that may cause problems for concrete pavement construction, including:

  1. Subgrade preparation
  2.  Dowel bar alignment
  3.  Dowel and tie bar placement
  4.  Dowel bar insertion
  5.  Dowel bar quality
  6.  Joint detailing
  7.  Proper detailing around utility covers
  8.  Finishing
  9.  Joint and crack sealing
  10.  Deleterious materials in the concrete mix
  11.  General construction site cleanliness

Discussion will also cover elements that may cause problems for asphalt pavement construction, including:

  1. Subgrade preparation
  2.  Thickness
  3.  Instability
  4.  Cracking
  5.  Segregation
  6.  Asphalt stripping
  7.  Mix problems
  8.  Drainage
  9.  Maintenance procedures

Planning & Executing an Effective Pavement Preservation Program

Presenter: David Hein, P. Eng.
As roadway networks and commercial vehicle loading continue to increase and Municipality taxation power remains limited, the need to effectively maintain and improve our pavement infrastructure is paramount. Join David Hein, V.P. of Transportation for ARA, to explore the key concepts of an effective pavement preservation program, program implementation needs and guidelines, and common roadblocks to successful implementation.

 Several agencies, including FHWA and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), have championed the use of preventative maintenance (PM)  early in the life of a pavement, before any significant deterioration, as a cost-effective way to extend service life.  

In the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) publication, Pavement Preservation, A Road Map to the Future, preventive maintenance (PM) is defined as “the planned strategy of cost-effective treatments to an existing roadway system and its appurtenances that preserves the system, retards future deterioration, and maintains or improves the functional condition of the system (without significantly increasing the structural capacity)”.  FHWA adds that “PM is typically applied to pavements in good condition having significant remaining service life.  As a major component of pavement preservation, PM is a strategy of extending the service life by applying cost-effective treatments to the surface or near-surface of structurally sound pavements.”


Greening the Road: Using Green Rating Systems

Presenter: David Hein, P. Eng.
How can we design a better and greener roadway? Join David Hein, P.Eng., vice president of transportation at Applied Research Associates, to explore transportation project design, specification, and construction elements used to develop long-lasting roadways that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce and recycle road-building resources, and promote environmental stewardship.

While many other approaches (e.g., mass transit, green vehicles, etc.) warrant consideration, this online training webinar concentrates on green roadway initiatives and solutions. Defining green pavements as roadways using fewer long-term resources and/or creating lower levels of “greenhouse” gasses over the life of the pavement, this webinar explores the achievement of these goals through: 1) utilizing few resources during construction, rehabilitation, and maintenance of pavements; 2) utilizing pavement materials that create fewer greenhouse gasses during production, transportation, and construction; and 3) construction of pavements that result in better fuel economy. As a result, there are several green rating systems developed to evaluate the environmental friendliness of transportation design and rehabilitation projects.  This webinar introduces the concepts and key features of green rating systems and provides worked examples of three of the more commonly used systems for roadway projects.

Through an introduction of sustainable options and green rating systems, as well as three real-world, worked green road rating system examples, we’ll explore the roadway planning, design, construction, commissioning, maintenance and operation, and life-cycle assessment activities enabling the development of sustainable, safe, and resilient roadway infrastructure.


Sidewalks & Recreational Trails Design, Evaluation, and Management

Presenter: David Hein, P. Eng.
Did you know that there are more than 1 million miles of sidewalk in North America, and 15-20% need repairs…estimated at $15 BILLION? And this doesn't even include the newly mandated sidewalk inventories, condition assessments, and legislation put forth by the U.S. Public Access Board.

How do your sidewalks & trails look? Are they hazard-free AND compliant?

Join David Hein to explore the latest innovations in sidewalks and recreation trail design, construction, and maintenance, and how you can apply these techniques to your sidewalks and trails to extend their lifetime, meet compliance, AND reduce your costs.

In this online training webinar, we'll start with a look at the various types of sidewalk and trail surfacings, including: concrete, asphalt, rubber, recycled materials, natural stone, paving stones, bricks, etc. For each surface we'll outline the key components, design and construction best practices, maintenance, safety considerations, expected life, and costs. Hein will then walk us through the methods and tools of inspection, quality assurance, and condition assessment (e.g., manual, automated, etc.), and demonstrate how you can use these to thoroughly assess the condition of your sidewalks and trails (e.g., surface condition, longitudinal and transverse slope, surface texture, etc.). We'll take a look at maintenance, rehabilitation, and asset preservation techniques (e.g., expansion joins, surface texture improvement, slab jacking and stabilization, etc.), and the condition management processes (e.g., condition ratings, performance curve development, future maintenance and rehabilitation needs assessments, etc.), and discuss how you can apply these to improve the condition and elongate the life of your sidewalks and trails. Finally, we'll consider the national and local legislation and ordinances, and discuss how you can mitigate your risk, meet compliance, and limit your liability.

The webinar is designed for all levels of municipal involvement in the management, delivery, and maintenance of municipal sidewalks and recreational trails including: asset management, capital construction, inspection, and testing staff, operations, and maintenance.


Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil-Integrated Bridge Systems

Presenters: Kevin Earley & Scott Vollmer
Sponsored by: Belgard Hardscapes

Geosynthetic reinforced soil-integrated bridge systems (GRS-IBS) abutments are a key part of the Federal Highway Administration's Every Day Counts (EDC) initiative to reduce bridge construction time and cost. These shallow foundations (constructed of gravel, closely spaced layers of geotextile or geogrid, and masonry facing) allow you to build faster for less money AND provide a smoother roadway transition from the approach fill to the bridge. Are you in the know about GRS-IBS systems and what they can do for your bridges and banks? You should be.

Join Kevin Earley and Scott Vollmer for a webinar exploring geosynthetic reinforced soil-integrated bridge systems, including design concepts, the construction process, performance assessments, advantages, example applications, and field-tested implementation recommendations.

In this online training webinar, we'll start with an overview of GRS-IBS technology, its development, components, current applications, and advantages for your projects. Earley and Vollmer will then review GRS-IBS design key factors and considerations, and walk you step-by-step through the GRS-IBS design, construction, and implementation process and best practices. We'll also take a look at GRS-IBS performance, and discuss what you need to look for to ensure your bridge will withstand traffic and time. Earley and Vollmer will then take us on the road (virtually) to tour several real-world case studies, their results, and the lessons learned to apply to your projects. Finally, we'll round out the presentation with a look at what's to come in geosynthetic reinforced soil-integrated bridge systems.


Get Schooled in Gravelology 

Presenters: Steve Jenkins, P.E., M.E.Ken Skorseth
Sponsored by:
 Gravel Roads Academy

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that the better a gravel road is made, the less it costs to maintain. Get your degree in Gravelology with the Gravel Roads Academy™ Gurus! Join Steve Jenkins, P.E., M.E. and Ken Skorseth for a webinar exploring how to help your budget go the extra mile by using the latest techniques in unpaved road construction and maintenance.

Enroll in the Gravel Roads Academy and benefit from information and training on how to better maintain your gravel roads for superior stabilization, greater cost savings and better air quality. The esteemed Gravel Gurus will increase your Gravel IQ in the classroom and out in the field with real world tips and techniques on all things gravel.


Go Lean: Cutting Waste and Increasing Productivity  

Presenter: Mikael Reckley
Sponsored by: Procore Technologies, Inc.

What is LEAN construction? How does it help solve operational waste and inefficiency? And…how can you apply it to your organization to improve your productivity?

Join Mikael Reckley for a webinar exploring LEAN construction, including its principles, processes, applications, and tools, as well as how you can apply it to your organization to reduce waste and increase productivity.

In this online training webinar, we’ll start with a look at LEAN construction’s foundation principles, process, and key elements, as well as how LEAN helps solve waste, inefficiencies, and productivity issues. Reckely will walk us through the impact of waste in organizations, and how you can identify waste within your operations. We’ll then walk through the LEAN principles: customer focus; culture and people; workplace organization and standardization; elimination of processes; and continuous improvement. Within this discussion, Reckley will outline each principal, its benefits, real-world applications, and results. We’ll also explore LEAN’s 5S Plan, its processes, and how you can apply it within your organization to streamline your operations and develop continuous improvement via the PDCA Cycle. Finally, Reckley will take us on a tour of the latest LEAN tools and technologies (e.g., VSM / A3, BIM, Mobile, etc.) and how each fits and assists real-world LEAN operations.


Designing Permeable Pavements for Heavy Loads and Lower Costs  

Presenters: Kevin Earley & Chuck R. Taylor
Sponsored by: Belgard Hardscapes
Permeable interlocking concrete pavers (PICP) have been performing in North Americafor well over 25 years. And when designed right…can support your heavy traffic loads, mitigate your stormwater, AND keep your costs low.

Join Chuck Taylor and Kevin Earley as we explore Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement systems (e.g., components, design principles, benefits, etc.), and how you can successfully design, implement, and maintain your PICP systems to improve your stormwater runoff management, handle your heavy traffic loads, AND reduce your total lifecycle costs.

In this presentation, we'll start with a look at permeable interlocking concrete pavement systems, including: key components, design criteria, benefits, and implementation best practices. We'll then outline PCIP performance criteria and recommended maintenance, and how you can determine these for your project. Taylor and Earley will walk us through budget analysis and how you can use this during project design/development to determine the PICP lifecycle cost advantages. Finally, we'll tour real-world examples of commercial and industrial PICP projects and their results (e.g., heavy load durability, lifecycle cost benefits, etc.), and how you can put these to practice at your site.

 

* Presentations are scheduled for approximately one hour with a 15-20 minute question and answer session to follow. Presentation may exceed scheduled time. 
* Each state and certification agency has different requirements; it is your responsibility to know what they are. Note that 1 PDH = 0.1 CEU.
* Purchase of this course allows you one year access to the presentation(s) from the order date.


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