Weather-related safety & operations courses available at no cost

Oct. 5, 2017

Get ready for the winter season with three TC3 courses available at no cost through November 2017. These courses cover topics to help ensure that your state's roadways and bridges are safe in light of recent weather events and future storm activity. Register before November 30, 2017, to take advantage of the promotion.

Maintenance Training Series: Weather-Related Operations

Storm control is a major component of roadway maintenance in many areas of the country. State, municipal and county agencies are responsible for providing safe, passable roadways, even in severe weather. While the majority of this course concentrates on snow and ice storms, many of the elements apply to other weather events as well. Tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding all require coordination and dedication of maintenance personnel. In any weather event, agencies need to restore roadways and bridges to ensure they are safe for motorists.

Participants in this course, which is recommended for one professional development hour (PDH), will learn about the planning requirements for an effective storm response, including scheduling and training personnel, identifying equipment needs, executing dry runs and the additional requirements posed by a multiday storm event. This training assists participants with planning and responding effectively to all weather-related operations.

Maintenance of Drainage Features for Safety  

This course, which is recommended for one PDH, highlights common roadway drainage problems that can cause an unsafe condition, and suggests inspection methods and corrective action. Maintaining roadway drainage is important for safety and for ensuring the long life of the roadway, as it prevents erosion of the roadway, saturation of the sub-base and damage to roadway structures. The training is broken into two modules:

  • Module 1: Effects of Drainage
  • Module 2: Safe Drainage Features and Work Zones

This training is not intended to be a design guide. Participants may want to contact their state local technical assistance program for more details on drainage design.

Managing Critical Path Method (CPM) Schedules

CPM scheduling is a step-by-step project management technique for planning that defines critical and non-critical tasks with the goal of preventing delays to a project. The objective of the CPM schedule is to provide a management tool for the proper and logical allocation and use of the resources needed to complete a project.

This course, which is recommended for three PDHs, focuses on schedule review and management. It also explores more advanced concepts related to critical path schedules, including determining if the schedule makes sense, identifying red flags, and realizing and mitigating risks before the baseline schedule is reviewed. This course goes beyond the black and white of CPM schedules and looks at how the contractor is approaching the job and if the schedule is set up for a successful project.

If your team is interested in learning about CPM schedules and believes this course covers topics that may be too advanced, they may want to take TC3’s CPM Scheduling course first.