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Contract Cost and Negotiation looks at a case study of the most expensive mile of subway track on earth.  This review covers nine interesting reasons of how NOT to build a project. This 3.5-hour class is designed to enable learners on ways to begin thinking critically about how to look at contracting challenges for better transportation project planning and design; early and continuous innovations; right-of-way phasing; real-time pricing and accelerated design that may require additional cultural and educational shifts. 

 

Learning Outcomes:  

After completing Contract Specification Writing, participants should be able to; 1.  Recognize alternative contracting approaches; 2.  Understand best practice for selection of contracting methods; and 3.  Define preconstruction services and preparation of proposals. 

 

Agenda: 

Module 1:  Course Introduction 

Module 2:  The Discovery 

Module 3:  Smart Contracting 

Module 4:  Selection Process 

Module 5:  Preconstruction 

Module 6:  Proposal 

Module 7:  Course Wrap-Up 

 

Who Should Take This Class: 

This class is intended for Tribal Leaders, Tribal Planners and anyone involved with the selection of contracting methods for transportation projects, preconstruction services, and proposal preparation

 

Contract Execution provides the “Who”, “What”, and “Why” of a transportation project contract while defining the responsibilities and obligations of the Tribe and the contractor. This 3.5-hour class is designed to enable the learner to define the rights of the Tribe and the Contractor with respect to ownership of the project and obligations of each upon termination of the development activities.   

 

Learning Outcomes:  

After completing Contract Specification Writing, participants should be able to: 1.  Describe the various segments of contract responsibilities.  2.  Explain project development and allowable costs.  3.  Discuss alternative contracting methods. 

 

Agenda: 

Module 1:  Course Introduction 

Module 2:  Your Contract Basics 

Module 3:  Responsibilities 

Module 4:  Development Activities 

Module 5:  Contracting Methods 

Module 6:  Course Wrap-Up 

 

Who Should Take This Class: 

This class is intended for anyone involved with writing/reviewing contracts for transportation projects and working with contractors during the development activities of a transportation project. 

Contract Specification Writing consists of careful consistency of requirements throughout a contract and conformity with what is written in other documents.  This 3.5-hour class is designed to enable the student to understand Specification Documentation, Writing, and Language using individual practical application that includes writing “specifications” for brewing coffee.   

 

Learning Outcomes:  

After completing Contract Specification Writing, participants should be able to: 1.  Explain the elements of plans/specifications/estimates and FP-14.  2.  Understand the different forms of specifications on roadway construction.  3.  Explain the Tribe’s involvement in specification review/approval.  4.  Describe the different initiatives that have helped advance specification quality/consistency. 

 

Agenda: 

Module 1:  Plans/Specifications/Estimates 

Module 2:  Specification’s Role 

Module 3:  Different Forms of Specifications 

Module 4:  Different Types of Specifications 

Module 5:  Best Practices FHWA Specification Development 

Module 6:  Division Office Participation after Review/Approval 

Module 7:  Specification Effectiveness 

Module 8: Course Wrap-up 

 

Who Should Take This Class: 

This class is intended for anyone involved with communicating with bidders prior to contract award; managing a transportation project; or administering a transportation project. 

Data Use in Planning addresses transportation planning challenges; how emerging transportation data, technologies and application can be integrated with existing systems; and how advanced data and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) can be used to reduce congestion, keep travelers safe, protect the environment, and support economic vitality.  In this 3.5-hour class, students will receive insight into current transportation data technology and how it is revolutionizing transportation safety and mobility while reducing costs and environmental impacts.  A student Transportation History Trivia competition will provide a fun perspective of how transportation has evolved and how rapidly transportation is progressing. 

 

Learning Outcomes:  

After successfully completing Data Use in Planning, participants should be able to; 1. Explain the challenges of transportation delivery and logistics; 2. Communicate the link between Data Use and Safety; 3. Describe how Data Use helps relieve congestion; and 4.  Explain the link between Data Use and the Environment. 

 

Agenda: 

Module 1:  Course Introduction 

Module 2:  Transportation and Data Use 

Module 3:  Data Use and Safety 

Module 4:  Data Use and Congestion 

Module 5:  Data Use and the Environment 

Module 6:  Course Wrap-Up 

 

Who Should Take This Class: 

This class is intended for anyone involved with transportation that wants to learn more about the identifying areas where advanced technologies can be integrated into the aspects of the community and how data plays a critical role in helping their communities address challenges in safety, mobility, sustainability, economic vitality and climate change. 

Developing your Tribal Transportation Improvement Plan (TTIP) can be challenging, especially for low funded Tribes.   In this 3.5-hour class, students will receive guidance on basic elements of developing strategies for transportation projects that are eligible for funding within the next 3-5 years.  The hands-on activity will include group participation to complete an online FHWA TTIP Template. 

 

Learning Outcomes:  

After successful completion of Developing Your Tribal Transportation Improvement Plan, students should be able to: 1. Explain the importance of coordinating with federal and state planning to leverage funding.  2. Describe the process of identifying the Gap between the Tribe’s vision/goals and what currently exists. 3. Describe the ways to use the FHWA TTIP Template. 

 

Agenda: 

Module 1:  Course Introduction 

Module 2:  Your Transportation Improvement Plan 

Module 3:  What is in My TTIP? 

Module 4:  How Do I Use the TTIP Template? 

Module 5:  The Next Steps of TTIP 

Module 6:  Course Wrap-Up 

 

Who Should Take This Class: 

This class is intended for Tribal Leaders; Tribal Planners and anyone involved with Tribal Transportation projects that want to learn more about the transportation improvement plan process.

 

Evaluation and Selection of Consultants is the process by which a tribe must decide on the service need; how broad of a list of consultants to have for initial consideration; how to develop the proposal; which selection process to use; what criteria to use; and who will be involved in the selection. In this 3.5-hour class, students will receive guidance on the basic process of selecting a consultant and/or contractor.  Students will complete this class by reviewing a set of engineer firms (AE Firms) submittals to an agency’s Request for Proposals/Qualifications.  After reviewing students will determine the most qualified proposals based upon criteria established.  The student will walk away with the knowledge of how to better select a consultant based upon qualifications. 

 

Learning Outcomes:  

After successfully completing Evaluation and Selection of Consultants, participants should be able to; 1. Develop a written process to evaluate and select consultants/contractors; 2. Create a process to attract consultants/contractors; and 3. Explain the importance of consistency. 

 

Agenda: 

Module 1:  Course Introduction 

Module 2:  Scope of Work 

Module 3:  The Selection Process 

Module 4:  The Process Continues 

Module 5:  Course Wrap-Up/Group Exercise 

 

Who Should Take This Class: 

This class is intended for Tribal Leaders, Tribal Planners and anyone involved with Tribal Transportation projects that want to learn more about the selection process for consultants and/or contractors, and ways to successfully promote full and open competition while fostering innovation and creativity. 

Long Range Transportation Planning (LRTP) is a cooperative, coordinated, communication-driven process by which long and short-range transportation improvement priorities are determined which impact the Environment, the Economy, Land Use, Social Equality and Safety.  In this 3.5-hour class, students will receive guidance on the basic components of the LRTP which include the plans, programs and process.  A fun “LRTP Jeopardy” competition will challenge the participants knowledge of commonly used acronyms and abbreviations, some tribal history, and general knowledge about the planning process. 

 

Learning Outcomes:  

After successfully completing Long Range Transportation Planning, participants should be able to: 1. Understand importance of the “3 C’s”, Continuing, Cooperative, and Comprehensive.   2. Become familiar with how projects are selected and how funds are distributed. 3. Understand the benefits and key products of the LRTP. 

 

Agenda: 

Module 1:  Course Introduction 

Module 2:  What Is Long Range Transportation Planning 

Module 3:  The Benefits of Transportation Planning 

Module 4:  The Transportation Planning Process 

Module 5:  Tribal Sovereignty & Transportation Planning 

Module 6:  Course Wrap-Up 

 

Who Should Take This Class: 

This class is intended for Tribal Leaders, Tribal Planners and anyone involved with Tribal Transportation projects that want to learn more about the process of developing strategies for constructing, operating and financing transportation facilities to achieve the community’s long-term transportation goals. 

Project Prioritization strengthens the Tribes ability to strategically plan and address tribal transportation needs.  In this 3.5-hour class, students will receive guidance on the basic steps of Project Prioritization and practical application of techniques for performing tasks.  The formal prioritizing of transportation projects heightens opportunities for funding and partnership.  Hands-on activities will include the development of a Project Data Book and a Project Summary Spreadsheet.    

 

Learning Outcomes:  

After successfully completing Project Prioritization, students should be able to: 1. Identify projects and develop project criteria and evaluation measures.  2.  Report findings and seek public input for consensus.  3.  Finalize prioritized projects and insert them into the Tribal Priority List, the Tribal Transportation Improvement Plan, or both. 

 

Agenda: 

Module 1:  Course Introduction 

Module 2:  What is Project Prioritization? 

Module 3:  How do I Prioritize Transportation Projects? 

Module 4:  What do I need in a Project Prioritization Toolbox? 

Module 5:  Course Wrap-Up 

 

 

Who Should Take This Class: 

This class is intended for Tribal Leaders, Tribal Planners and anyone involved with Tribal Transportation projects that want to learn more about the importance of how prioritizing projects strengthens the Tribe’s ability to strategically plan and address tribal transportation needs.   

Developing Your Tribal Transportation Improvement Plan (DTTIP) - Self-Paced is a two hour asynchronous online training session. It is comprised of four 15 minute video lectures and four quizzes.

Developing your Tribal Transportation Improvement Plan (TTIP) can be challenging. Students will receive guidance on basic elements of developing strategies for transportation projects that are eligible for funding within the next 3-5 years. Coordinating with federal agencies to leverage funding will be discussed. The process of identifying the gap between the tribe’s vision/goals and what currently exists will be reviewed. Students will become familiar with ways to use the FHWA TTIP template and reshape to create their own TTIP.

Learning Outcomes:

After successful completion of Developing Your Tribal Transportation Improvement Plan, students should be able to:
1. Explain the importance of coordinating with federal agencies to leverage funding.
2. Describe the process of identifying the gap between the tribe’s vision/goals and what currently exists.
3. Describe the ways to use the FHWA TTIP Template.

Agenda:

• Your Transportation Improvement Plan
• What is in My TTIP?
• How Do I Use the TTIP Template?
• The Next Steps of TTIP

Who Should Take This Class:

This class is intended for tribal leaders; tribal planners and anyone involved with tribal transportation projects who want to learn more about the transportation improvement plan process.

A link to class materials will be sent to you by email upon completion of class registration. Questions: Call the TTAP Center at 833-484-9944 or email info.ttap@virginia.edu

Low Cost Safety Improvements (LCSI) - Self-Paced is a two hour asynchronous online training session comprised of four 15 minute video lectures and four quizzes.

LCSI is designed to provide tribal agencies with practical and effective ways to implement low cost safety solutions to reduce collisions, injuries, and fatalities. Students will learn how to ‘read the road’ and identify roadway safety issues. A review of practical and low-cost countermeasures to improve safety, both on existing roads and during road construction, will be provided.

Learning Outcomes:

After completing LCSI, participants should be able to:
1. Explain the need for making roads safer.
2. Separate safety myths from reality.
3. Demonstrate how to “read the road,” and identify roadway safety issues.
4. Describe practical and low-cost countermeasures to improve safety, both on existing roads and during roadway construction projects.
5. List existing resources to address potential safety issues and concerns as they arise.

Agenda:

• Introduction to Low Cost Safety
• The Need for Road Safety with a Focus on Tribal Crash Data
• Road Safety- Myth vs. Reality
• Reading the Road- How You Can Help Improve Safety in Your Community
• Making Roads Safer – Low Cost Countermeasures and Case Studies

Who should take this course:

This class has been developed to provide safety training to managers and workers alike. Tribal engineers, road supervisors, council members, crew leaders, equipment operators, and laborers will learn how to reduce the potential dangers for the public on the road. Students will gain knowledge of how to incorporate a safety focus into daily activities, and how important their work is to reducing injuries and fatalities.

A link to class materials will be sent to you by email upon completion of class registration. Questions: Call the TTAP Center at 833-484-9944 or email info.ttap@virginia.edu

This two hour asynchronous online Pipe Installation and Maintenance (PIM) class is comprised of four 15 minute video lectures and four quizzes.

As budgets for drainage structure replacements are decreased, the importance of proper culvert installation and maintenance increases. Any organization capable of properly installing and maintaining storm drainage pipe provides a valuable service to the citizens they support. The proper installation and maintenance practices of storm drainage pipe will be reviewed. Students will review current industry standards for both flexible and rigid pipe options and learn effective practices that prevent damaging culverts during installation.

Learning Outcomes:

After completing Pipe Installation and Maintenance, students should be able to:
1. Identify flexible and rigid storm drainage pipe options;
2. Define the importance/benefits of proper pipe installation and maintenance practices;
3. Properly install and maintain both flexible and rigid pipe;
4. Describe common culvert installation and maintenance practices;
5. Define basic trench and embankment terminology;
6. Illustrate proper and safe excavation techniques;
7. Explain the importance of proper bedding;
8. Describe proper maintenance techniques.

Agenda:

• Pipe and Culvert Basics
• Trench Fundamentals
• Installation Procedures
• Culvert Maintenance

Who will benefit from the training?

Members of a roadway/bridge crew, culvert installers, inspectors, engineers, and maintenance teams responsible for installation and/or maintenance of culverts or piping systems should attend this training.

A link to class materials will be sent to you by email upon completion of class registration. Questions: Call the TTAP Center at 833-484-9944 or email info.ttap@virginia.edu

Procurement 101 (P101) - Self-Paced is a two hour asynchronous online training session that is comprised of four 15 minute video lectures and four quizzes.

Procurement standards and requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be detailed as well as a demonstration of the steps necessary to obtain a DUNS# and a SAMs profile. Students will become familiar with the five procurement levels and standards as illustrated in the “CLAW”. Students will also gain understanding of the guidelines set forth in the 2 C.F.R. Cost Principles and Super Circular handout.

Learning Outcomes:

After completing Procurement 101, participants should be able to:
1. Understand the consequences of not following state, local and tribal governments procurement standards.
2. Be familiar with the 5 procurement levels and standards as illustrated in the “CLAW”.
3. Recognize the importance of awareness to guidelines as set forth in the 2 CFR Cost Principles and Super circular handout.
4. Identify the steps necessary to obtain a DUNS# and create a SAMSs profile.

Agenda:

• The “Birds” and the FBI
• The Bear “CLAW” of procurement standards
• The “Bees” of procurement requirements

Who Should Take This Class:

This class is intended for tribal leaders, financial officers, project managers and anyone involved with administration and procurement for tribal transportation projects who want to learn more about the importance of procurement requirements for federal funding.

 A link to class materials will be sent to you by email upon completion of class registration. Questions: Call the TTAP Center at 833-484-9944 or email info.ttap@virginia.edu