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Excessive construction periods due to project inefficiencies can frustrate drivers and can extend the possibility of additional hazards driving through work zones. Two of the primary constraints of a project are the schedule and the cost. The focus of this 3.5-hour class will help participants gain information about the importance of scheduling and budgeting a project. Participants will learn techniques to set plan schedules and budgets with key stakeholders.  Learners will understand the importance of monitoring and controlling the project performance and why it is imperative to provide continual schedule and budget updates.

 

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion, Project Management students should be able to: 1. Use various tools to make cost and schedule decisions and establish baselines; 2. Apply various techniques to develop effective project cost estimates; 3. Interpret and analyze cost and schedule performance; and 4. Identify and manage cost and schedule changes.

 

The course content includes: 

  • Project cost management
  • Cost estimating terms and concepts
  • Units of project time
  • Project cost estimating techniques
  • Time management
  • Key scheduling terms and concepts
  • Benefits of accurate schedules and the downfalls that can impact them
  • Monitoring cost and schedule performance
  • Recognize key activities for cost and schedule control

Various federal programs support tribal governments in times of natural disaster. Funds to restore travel, minimize damage and protect the remaining facilities are available for emergency and permanent repairs to roads and highways. This 3.5-hour class will review options related to submitting, adopting, implementing and funding relief projects. A variety of federal resources will be reviewed including the FHWA’s Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) program and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) tribal resources including Emergency Preparedness grants. The class will address damage assessment, damage survey report checklists and field measurements. 

 

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon completion of the class, participants will be able to; 1. Identify disaster relief programs and their authorization; 2. Identify Emergency Relief, Emergency Relief Federally Owned program intent, funding sources, and key policies; 3. Describe disaster assessment and approval; 4. Learn assessment and approval responsibilities; 5. Learn emergency repair definition and timeline; 6. Explain permanent repairs and approvals; 7. Describe steps of the EFRO program administration process; 8. Understand which of your agency’s transportation facilities will be approved for funding; 9. Use eligibility statements to discuss if damage is eligible; 10. Explain how to safely collect field data; 11. Complete an acceptable damage survey report; and 12. Prepare for closeout. 

 

Agenda: 

Module 1- Emergency Relief Programs OverviewModule 7- Eligible Damage and Repairs 

Module 2- Disaster Assessment and ApprovalModule 8- Site Assessment 

Module 3- Emergency RepairsModule 9- Damage Survey Repairs 

Module 4- Permanent RepairsModule 10- Repair Approval 

Module 5- Program AdministrationModule 11- Betterments 

Module 6- Eligible FacilitiesModule 12- Closeout 

 

Who Should Take This Class: 

This class is intended for area engineers, maintenance leaders, contract specialists and administrators, maintenance supervisors/leaders, those who work in emergency repair projects, and those wanting to learn more about the emergency relief program.

Meeting the environmental requirements to begin a transportation project demands a knowledge of the needed permits and processes. Individuals responsible for meeting these tasks prior to the construction must have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to document the process and needed permits so projects can meet letting and schedules. In this 3.5-hour class students will gain knowledge of the environmental permits in relation to the NEPA process needed to begin a project and bring it to construction. Students will also become familiar with the language and necessary elements to produce quality environmental documents for a successful outcome.   

 

Learning Outcomes: 

After successful completion of Environmental Permits, Certificates, and Licenses, students should be able to; 1. Identify the various permits and certifications in the environmental process; 2. Demonstrate when to apply for the various permits in relation to transportation projects; 3. Identify the process used to fill out necessary documents; and 4. Define the necessary steps to ensure successful documentation.  

 

Agenda: 

Module1: Permits and Acts 

Module 2: NPDES Phase II 

Module 3: Section 404 Permits 

Module 4: Section 401 permits 

Module 5: Wildlife and Habitat Approvals 

Module 6: Air Quality Standards 

Module 7: Historic Permits 

Module 8: Stream and Wetland Permits 

Module 9: Local Ordinances 

Module 10: Honoring Commitments 

Module 11: Erosion Control Measures 

 

Who Should Take This Class: 

This class is intended for project managers and developers.  This class is introductory, so it will also help prepare an individual who wants to enter the management field. 

Getting your project off the ground can sometimes be challenging when there are so many details involved.  In this 3.5-hour class students will learn the appropriate steps to take when starting a project.  We will review the basics of project management and how planning, organizing, controlling, and measuring a project is key to success.  Students will learn the project life cycle and how each phase of a project leads to the next. Learners will gain an understanding of the role of a project manager and how their leadership has a large impact on team and project success. 

 

Learning Outcomes: 

After successful completion of Getting Your Project Started students should be able to; 1. Construct a project roadmap; 2. Describe key elements of project management; 3. Define the project cycle; 4. Define and initiate a planning process; 5. Identify the role of the project manager; 6. Summarize the communication process and its critical role in project success; and 7. Select a project team and identify their roles. 

 

Agenda: 

Module 1: Introduction 

Module 2: Meetings 

Module 3: Planning Phase 

Module 4: Environmental Phase 

Module 5: Design Phase 

Module 6: Right of Way Phase 

Module 7: Construction Phase 

Module 8: Maintenance and Operation Phase 

 

Who Should Take This Class: 

This class is intended for project managers, construction administrators, or anyone wanting to learn the step by phases of getting a project started. 

Project inspectors play a critical role in ensuring contractors meet all elements and requirements of the construction plans. They are the “eyes and ears” ensuring the procedures and requirements of the plans are followed and are important stewards of resources involved in project construction.  A good project inspector is one who not only understands the desired outcomes and processes involved to successfully complete a project but is able to work with the contractor to help steer them toward solutions to potential problems.  In this 3.5-hour class students will gain knowledge of the construction inspection process and the elements needed to be a good inspector.  

 

Learning Outcomes: 

After successful completion of Introduction to Highway Construction Inspection, students should be able to; 1. Explain the importance and need for good project inspection; 2. Identify the elements of a transportation project; 3. Identify the role of project inspection in the QA/QC process; 4. Define the requirements of the highway inspection process; 5. Identify and be able to implement the official duties of a project inspector; and 6. Utilize the needed documents and tools in the inspection process.  

 

Agenda: 

Module 1: Introduction 

Module 2: Highway Construction Inspection 

Module 3: Official Inspector Duties 

Module 4: Additional Duties 

Module 5: Your Authority as An Inspector 

Module 6: PPE 

Module 7: Documentation 

 

Who Should Take This Class: 

This class is intended for project managers, construction and maintenance inspectors, area engineers, record keepers, and anyone involved or interested in wanting to learn more about the highway construction inspection

Successfully completing a project involves not only meeting the requirements of the contract and plans, it includes completion of the needed process to receive reimbursements. Individuals responsible for closing a project hold an important responsibility in ensuring the correct procedures and followed. Bad planning or not adhering the needed procedures can cause unnecessary delays for the project contractor or agency.  In this 3.5-hour class students will gain knowledge of the project closeout and completion standards.  Students will also become aware of the necessary documentation for a successful project closeout and completion. 

  

Learning Outcomes: 

After successful completion of Project Closeout and Completion, students should be able to;    1. Describe project closeout; 2. Explain the closeout process; 3. Describe common problems in closing projects;  4. Identify needed documentation; and 5. Share best practices.  

 

Agenda:   

Module 1- What is project closeout 

Module 2- Common closeout problems 

Module 3- Final Acceptance 

Module 4- Final Voucher 

Module 5- Closeout Memo 

Module 6- Comprehensive Project Closeout 

Module 7- Group Exercise 

Module 8- Best Practices 

Module 9- Project Closeout Tips 

Module 10- Improving Closeout 

 

Who Should Take This Class: 

This class is intended for project managers, construction and maintenance inspectors, area engineers, record keepers, and anyone involved or interested in wanting to learn more about the project closeout process.

A comprehensive and established Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) Program is essential to a successful outcome. A good QA/QC program begins in the early phases of the project from pre-planning to delivery of the final product. While construction inspectors are viewed as the key to a good construction project, all personnel involved in the all phases of the project are expected to provide quality work.  In this 3.5-hour class students will gain knowledge of the Quality Assurance/Quality Control Program in a manner that can be applied to all phases from the environmental process to actual construction. Students will also become familiar with the QA/QC process and its importance to a successful outcome.   

 

Learning Outcomes: 

After successful completion of Quality Assurance and Quality Control, students should be able to; 1. Understand the need for a good Quality Assurance program; 2. Identify the difference between the agency’s responsibility and the contractor’s responsibility in the QA process;  3. Identify and be able to implement the three major components of the QA process; 4. Define the six core functions of the QA Program; 5. Understand the Dispute Resolution Process; and  6. Define and understand the necessary steps of a good contractor Quality Control Plan in order to assist in a quality product.  

 

Agenda: 

Module 1: Introduction 

Module 2: Joint Agency and Industry Support 

Module 3: Quality Assurance/Quality Control Program 

Module 4: QA/QC Specifications 

Module 5: Group Exercise 

 

Who Should Take This Class: 

This class is intended for area engineers, maintenance leaders, inspectors, installers, and maintenance and construction supervisors/leaders, who operate in the transportation arena, and those wanting to learn more about quality assurance/quality control practices.   

For years, governments have allowed public utilities to utilize the right-of-way of streets and highway. Coordinating with these public utilities prior to the construction or reconstruction of a highway or road is critical for a successful project. Utility issues are one of the main reasons for delays and scheduling issues of highway projects. Planners and designers must know the proper procedures for coordinating with utilities during the design phase of a project. In this 3.5-hour class students will gain knowledge about working with utilities during the design phase of a project, strategies in successful utility coordination to avoid delays, and safety concerns during utility relocation.  

 

Learning Outcomes: 

After successful completion of Utility Coordination, students should be able to; 1. Explain the role of working with utilities in the different phases of project development; 2. Identify the federal regulations pertaining to utilities; 3. Explain good communication methods in working with utility companies; 4. Describe the role of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and environmental concerns during design and reconstruction projects; and 5. Describe planning utilities for safe reconstruction projects. 

 

Agenda:   

Module 1- Project Development Process 

Module 2- Utility Accommodation 

Module 3- Planning, Environment, and Right-of-Way 

Module 4- Design 

Module 5- Subsurface Utility Engineering 

Module 6- Relocation 

Module 7- Construction 

 

Who Should Take This Class: 

This class is intended for project managers, utility coordinators, right-of-way administrators, project inspectors, or anyone wanting to learn more about utility coordination. 

The attendees of this 3.5-hour class will gain a basic understanding of the data/evidence-driven process and its role in the development of a Tribal Safety Plan.  The data/evidence-driven decision process used with a Safety Plan requires an organization to understand the process of analyzing both road segment and intersectional Crash Data. It also requires an organization to identify possible problems and trends within the data.  It is these trends and causes that are used to review the root causes and contributing factors that lead to crashes.  This class will enable students the ability use data to establish a “Hot Spot” or a “Systemic” analysis process.  Students will also learn effective corrective actions that reduce the threat of additional crashes.  This type of Data Analysis enables organizations to incorporate it into the organizational Safety Plan and provides the evidence that supports safety project funding and development.   

 

Learning Outcomes: 

After completing Crash Data Analysis, participants will be able to: 1. Describe the importance of using good data to support a Tribal Safety Plan; 2. Identify Sources for crash data on Tribal Lands; 3. Analyze Crash Data for both Hot Spot and Systemic Approaches to Safety Plans; and 4. Properly review a sample of a basic crash map. 

 

Agenda: 

Module 1: Crash Data Sources and Formats 

Module 2: Understanding the need to standardize formats and share crash reports 

Module 3: Safety Data Analysis 

Module 4: What Data is Needed/Contributing Factors 

Module 5: Data Screening  

Module 6: Network Screening 

Module 7: Systematic Safety Approach 

 

Who should take this class: 

This training is designed for tribal transportation designers and planners.  Tribal engineers, road supervisors, council members, crew leaders, equipment operators, and laborers will gain knowledge on a proactive approach to roadway safety, reducing injuries and fatalities on their roads.

Improving Safety at Intersections is a 3.5-hour class.  Intersection crashes can be significantly reduced in Tribal lands by the application of proven safety measures for rural and urban intersections.   This class presents examples of intersection safety countermeasures for design, operations, and low-cost safety improvements.   Examples are presented along with their specific safety benefits in the form of crash reduction factors.  Topics covered include: seven characteristics of a safe intersection, different types of intersections used to manage traffic, common geometric problems that could be a safety risk and how to fix them, how to use signage for intersections, and how to maintain sight triangles.   

 

Learning Outcomes:  

After completing LCSI, participants should be able to: 1. Describe the cost in lives for crashes at intersections. 2. Identify seven characteristics that make an intersection safe. 3. Describe the types of traffic control used to manage different volumes of vehicles through intersections. 4. Understand the features that describe the geometry of an intersection and how they influence motorists. 5. Identify common geometric problems that could create a safety risk and how to fix them. 6. Understand how to use signs correctly to improve safety at intersections. 7. List different types of countermeasures to improve intersection safety and how to how to implement them. 8. Describe the importance of sight triangles and how to calculate them. 

 

Agenda: 

Module 1: Intersection Tribal Crash Data – The Why 

Module 2: The Evolution of an Intersection 

Module 3: Flaws in Your Intersection 

Module 4: Signs -- Do it Right or Pay the Price 

Module 5: Low Cost Safety Countermeasures 

Module 6: Sight Distance 

 

Who should take this class: 

This class was 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 at intersections.  Attendees will gain the knowledge of how to make intersections safer, reducing injuries and fatalities. 

Low Cost Safety Improvements (LCSI) is a 3.5-hour class condensed from Road Safety 365.  It is designed to provide Tribal agencies with practical and effective ways to implement low cost safety solutions into their day-to-day activities, reducing collisions, injuries, and fatalities.  If you’ve ever wondered if your work makes a difference, this class will show you how important roadway work truly is.  Topics discussed include: The need for making roads safer, Road safety myths vs. realities, How to “read the road” and improve safety in your community, and Practical and proven low cost countermeasures for safety.  Attendees will leave the workshop with a renewed spirit and the ability to make an impact for their community.  

 

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: 

Module 1: Introduction to Low Cost Safety 

Module 2: The Need for Road Safety with a Focus on Tribal Crash Data 

Module 3: Road Safety- Myth vs. Reality 

Module 4: Reading the Road- How You Can Help Improve Safety in Your Community 

Module 5: Making Roads Safer – Low Cost Countermeasures and Case Studies 

Module 6: Course Wrap Up 

 

Who should take this class: 

This class was 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.  Attendees will gain the knowledge of how to incorporate a safety focus into daily activities, and how important their work is to reducing injuries and fatalities

Road Safety Audits (RSA) is a 3.5-hour class in which studnets will learn how to improve transportation safety by applying a proactive approach to reduce collisions and their severity in tribal lands. These techniques provide an examination of a roadway by an independent, qualified audit team. The RSA is a way for an agency to improve roadway safety, reduce injuries and fatalities, and to communicate to the public how they are working toward these goals. This course includes topics such as: RSA definition and history, how to conduct a RSA, and identifying the common safety issues found with RSA’s.  Participants will leave the workshop with a working knowledge on how to perform a road safety audit. 

 

Learning Outcomes:  

After completing Road Safety Audits, participants should be able to: 1. Define why we need Road Safety Audits 2. Describe the process for completing a Road Safety Audit 3. Describe Risk and Safety 4. Recognize common issues found while conducting RSA’s 5. Demonstrate how to perform a RSA through examples. 

 

Agenda: 

Module 1: Introduction and Basic Concepts of Roadway Safety 

Module 2: Steps to Performing a Road Safety Audit 

Module 3: Understanding Risk and Safety 

Module 4: Examples of Safety Issues and Countermeasures 

Module 5: Case Studies of Tribal RSA’s 

 

Who should take this class: 

This class was developed to provide road safety audit training to managers and workers alike.  Tribal engineers, road supervisors, council members, crew leaders, equipment operators, and laborers will learn how to perform a road safety audit.  Attendees will gain knowledge of a process on how to take a proactive approach to roadway safety, reducing injuries and fatalities on their roads. 

The goal of this 3.5-hour class is to assist tribal agencies as they are developing a Tribal Safety Plan in gathering and reviewing the data that is needed when developing or updating those plans.  As a Safety Plan is being developed assumptions as to the concerns and the issues may be made, while these concerns are based on experience and are very real, not all of the solutions may be apparent.  This class will assist the individuals in gathering the whole picture of the issues, enabling them to develop a Data and Evidence Driven Decision Making Process as they develop or update their Safety Plan.    

 

Learning Outcomes: 

After completing the Safety Data class, participants should be able to; 1. Be able to identify which data set may be required for their Safety Plan; 2. What are the four Es of Safety; 3. How to develop a Data and Evidence driven decision making process; and 4. What data and partnerships need to be formed when developing a Safety Plan? 

 

Agenda: 

Module 1: Data and Evidence Driven Decisions 

Module 2: The four Es of Safety 

Module 3: Roadway Data 

Module 4: Crash Data 

Module 5: Pedestrian Data 

 

Who should take this class: 

This training is designed for Tribal transportation designers and planners.  Tribal engineers, road supervisors, council members, crew leaders, equipment operators, and laborers will gain knowledge on a proactive approach to roadway safety, reducing injuries and fatalities on their roads

The goal of this 3.5- hour class is to assist tribal agencies in the development of a safety plan as well as improvement of existing safety plans. Indian Country Transportation Systems are managed by many Tribal, Federal, State and Local Agencies involved in providing a Safe and Efficient Transportation System to keep up with tribal growth and development.  This management has led to concerns by the tribes when reviewing the crash, fatal, and injuries rates within these tribal organizations.  To enable tribal areas access to Federal, State and Local funds that have been provided to assist with the tribal transportation systems, a Data/Evidence-driven decision process, a Tribal Transportation Safety Plan, needs to be developed.  This class will explore the resources provided by the Federal Highway Administration/ Lands to assist each of the tribal areas in the development of these plans, as well as exploring the data files provided by the National Transportation Highway Safety Administration for tribal lands.   

 

Learning Outcomes: 

After completing Safety Plan Development, participants should be able to: 1. Understand the importance of developing a Transportation Safety Plan; 2. Explain the four E’s of Safety; 3. Describe how to develop a data and evidence-driven decision-making process; and 4. Identify the data and partnerships needed in the development of Safety Plans.  

 

Agenda: 

Module 1: Why Elected Officials/Council need to be involved in safety planning 

Module 2: What is needed to get started 

Module 3: What resources can assist 

Module 4: How does a Safety Plan improve the transportation around my home 

 

Who should take this class: 

This training is designed for Tribal transportation designers and planners.  Tribal engineers, road supervisors, council members, crew leaders, equipment operators, and laborers will gain knowledge on a proactive approach to roadway safety, reducing injuries and fatalities on their roads. 

 

As a tribal government reviews the intersections in the tribal road system, one of the types of intersections that are used is the signalized intersections.  This type of intersection in most cases is owned and managed by the State or Federal organizations that manage the roadways that pass through the tribal lands.  Because of this relationship, the roadway manager needs to be included in the discussions with the tribal leadership.  Due to the cost and impacts of a Signalized Intersection on the transportation system the FHWA Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) provides some strict guidance when looking at installing this type of intersectional control.  This 3.5-hour class will review those controls (Warrants) in the MUTCD, at a depth that provides a basic understanding, as well as reviewing low-cost safety improvements that can enhance the operation of an existing signalized intersections.     

 

Learning Outcomes: 

After completing Safety Improvements for Signalized Intersection course, the participants should be able to; 1. Identify which intersections may require additional review for a possible Signalized Intersection; 2. Gain an understanding of the Warrants used to identify intersections being proposed as a signalized intersection; 3. Review a number of the low-cost safety improvements that can be used with Signalized intersections; and 4. Introduce some of the innovative intersection designs that can be used with or without signalization  to enhance the intersection.  

 

Agenda: 

Module 1: Understanding the effect of signalization on intersection safety 

Module 2: Understanding the eight Warrants outlined in the MUTCD for signalized intersections 

Module 3: Low cost safety features that can be used on signalized intersections 

Module 4: Innovative intersection design for signalized and non-signalized intersections. 

 

Who should take this class: 

This training was designed for Tribal transportation designers and planners.  Tribal engineers, road supervisors, council members, crew leaders, equipment operators, and laborers will gain knowledge on a proactive approach to roadway safety, reducing injuries and fatalities on their roads

In any organization, the most valued part of that organization is its employees. The only way to protect your tribal members is to identify the hazards that they work with and then mitigate those hazards. This 3.5-hour class will demonstrate the key features in developing a risk assessment and an Employees Safety program to protect those employees.   Key injury and fatality areas in both Administration and Enterprise work areas will be identified. Resources for the training and education of the workforce will also be reviewed. 

 

Learning Outcomes: 

After completing the Worker Safety class, participants will be able to; 1. Identify the hazards and risks involved in their daily work tasks; 2. Describe the five methods used to protect an employee; 3. Understand the importance of developing and managing an Employee Safety Plan; 4. Demonstrate the tools available to the organization when planning for your employee’s safety.  

 

Agenda: 

Module 1: Key safety concerns for most organizations 

Module 2: High risk type of work. 

Module 3: Five key elements in protecting an Employee. 

Module 4: Workshop on using the five key elements to Safety 

Module 5: Example of Safety Concerns 

Module 6: Resources available. 

 

Who should take this class: 

This class was developed to provide safety training to managers and workers alike.  Tribal engineers, road supervisors, council members, office staff, crew leaders, equipment operators, and laborers will learn how to reduce the dangers found on the job site and in the workplace.  Attendees will begin to think about safety every day on every job, reducing the risk of serious injury or death. 

Foundation for Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a 2-hour self-paced class designed to provide Tribal agencies with practical and effective ways to implement low cost GIS solutions into their day-to-day activities.  You cannot manage what you cannot measure – how to develop a basic map of your road inventory.  Topics discussed include: a brief history of the use and rapid development of GIS, the current availability of low cost, full featured GIS software platforms and the current availability of data and data types.  Attendees will leave with the tools necessary to develop a basic map of their roadway assets.

 Learning Outcomes:

 After completing this class, participants should be able to: 1. Understand a basic history of GIS. 2. Describe the rapid advancement of GIS and its availability.  3. Demonstrate how to download available GIS software. 4. Demonstrate how to find, download and load data. Demonstrate how to export data to Google Earth. 5. Understand the importance of having an updated inventory in which you control and understand.

Who should take this class:

 This class was developed for managers and workers alike.  Previous experience with GIS is not required.  Tribal engineers, road supervisors, council members, crew leaders, equipment operators, and laborers will learn how to acquire, manage and illustrate data.  Attendees will gain insight into modern data sources and software for the development of a digital inventory.

 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

There are approximately over 1.6 million miles of unpaved roads in the United States. Cities, counties and tribal nations share a common goal and that is the desire to design safe, long-lasting roads. In this online class, supervisors and operators will gain a better understanding of the materials, techniques, and equipment needed for maintaining gravel roads. Students will learn details about road design from construction to reshaping as well as recognizing the necessity of proper drainage. We will also describe many aspects of road maintenance from the grading process to material replacement.  

 Upon successful completion of this class, students will be able to: 1. Identify best practices for gravel road maintenance; 2. Describe the important of proper drainage on gravel roads; 3. List reasons for grading gravel roads; 4. Apply best practices in various road maintenance scenarios; 5. Select appropriate grading techniques needed to improve a gravel road; 6. Explain the use of culverts and how to install them; and 7. Identify techniques and applications to stabilize the road.

This two hour asynchronous online class is comprised of four 15 minute video lectures and four quizzes.

 

This online class provides an understanding of the data/evidence-driven process and its role in the development of a tribal safety plan.  The data/evidence-driven decision process requires an organization to understand the process of analyzing both road segment and intersectional crash data. It also requires an organization to identify possible causes and trends within the data.  These trends and causes are used to review the root causes and contributing factors that cause crashes.  This class will enable students to use data to establish a “Hot Spot” or a “Systemic” analysis process.  Students will also learn effective corrective actions that reduce the threat of additional crashes.  This type of data analysis enables organizations to incorporate it into the organizational safety plan and provides the evidence that supports safety project funding and development.   

 Learning Outcomes: 

 After completing Crash Data Analysis, participants will be able to: 1. Describe the importance of using good data to support a tribal safetyplan; 2. Identify sources for crash data on tribal lands; 3. Analyze crashdata for both Hot Spot and Systemic approaches to safety plans; and 4. Properly review a sample of a basic crash map. 

 Who should take this class: 

This training is designed for Tribal Transportation Planners, Managers, Tribal Partners and Law Enforcement.    Tribal engineers, road supervisors, council members, crew leaders, equipment operators, and laborers will gain knowledge on a proactive approach to roadway safety, reducing injuries and fatalities on their roads. 

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

Various federal programs support tribal governments in times of natural disaster. Funds to restore travel, minimize damage and protect the remaining facilities are available for emergency and permanent repairs to roads and highways. This online class will review options related to submitting, adopting, implementing and funding relief projects. A variety of federal resources will be reviewed including the FHWA’s Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) program and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) tribal resources including Emergency Preparedness grants. The class will address damage assessment, damage survey report checklists and field measurements. 

 

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon completion of the class, participants will be able to: 1. Identify disaster relief programs and their authorization 2. Identify Emergency Relief, Emergency Relief Federally Owned program intent, funding sources, and key policies. 3. Describe disaster assessment and approval 4. Learn assessment and approval responsibilities. 5. Learn emergency repair definition and timeline. 6. Explain permanent repairs and approvals. 7. Describe steps of the EFRO program administration process. 8. Understand which of your agency’s transportation facilities will be approved for funding. 9. Use eligibility statements to discuss if damage is eligible. 10. Explain how to safely collect field data. 11. Complete an acceptable damage survey report. 12. Prepare for closeout. 

 

Who Should Take This Class: 

This class is intended for area engineers, maintenance leaders, contract specialists and administrators, maintenance supervisors/leaders, those who work in emergency repair projects, and those wanting to learn more about the emergency relief program.  

Getting your project off the ground can sometimes be challenging when there are so many details involved.  In this 2-hour self-paced class students will learn the appropriate steps to take when starting a project.  We will review the basics of project management and how planning, organizing, controlling, and measuring a project is key to success.  Students will learn the project life cycle and how each phase of a project leads to the next. Learners will gain an understanding of the role of a project manager and how their leadership has a large impact on team and project success.

 Learning Outcomes:

 After successful completion of Getting Your Project Started students should be able to; 1. Construct a project roadmap; 2. Describe key elements of project management; 3. Define the project cycle; 4. Define and initiate a planning process; 5. Identify the role of the project manager; 6. Summarize the communication process and its critical role in project success; and 7. Select a project team and identify their roles.

Who Should Take This Class:

 This class is intended for project managers, construction administrators, or anyone wanting to learn the step by phases of getting a project started.

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

Improving Safety at Intersections is a 2-hour self-paced class.  Intersection crashes can be significantly reduced in Tribal lands by the application of proven safety measures for rural and urban intersections.   This class presents examples of intersection safety countermeasures for design, operations, and low-cost safety improvements.   Examples are presented along with their specific safety benefits in the form of crash reduction factors.  Topics covered include: seven characteristics of a safe intersection, different types of intersections used to manage traffic, common geometric problems that could be a safety risk and how to fix them, how to use signage for intersections, and how to maintain sight triangles. 

 Learning Outcomes:

 After completing ISI, participants should be able to: 1. Describe the cost in lives for crashes at intersections. 2. Identify seven characteristics that make an intersection safe. 3. Describe the types of traffic control used to manage different volumes of vehicles through intersections. 4. Understand the features that describe the geometry of an intersection and how they influence motorists. 5. Identify common geometric problems that could create a safety risk and how to fix them. 6. Understand how to use signs correctly to improve safety at intersections. 7. List different types of countermeasures to improve intersection safety and how to how to implement them. 8. Describe the importance of sight triangles and how to calculate them.

Who should take this class:

This class was 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 at intersections.  Attendees will gain the knowledge of how to make intersections safer, 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

Students will become familiar with temporary erosion and sediment control devices and basic procedures for proper installation. The proper purpose and function of each device, including the required material, maintenance and typical problems, will be reviewed. Students will gain a general understanding of storm water pollution problems and the components of a storm water pollution prevention plan.  

Upon successful completion of the class, students will be able to: 1. Explain storm water pollution; 2. Define Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SW3P) and the use of Best Management Practices (BMPs); 3. List types of erosion and sediment control devices; 4. Identify proper installation practices of both erosion and sediment control applications; 5. Select the appropriate BMP for various sediment and erosion control challenges; 6. Perform routine inspections of installed BMP’s; and 7. Apply appropriate corrective measures to maintain BMPs. 

This two hour asynchronous online class is comprised of four 15 minute video lectures and four quizzes.

Introduction to Global Positioning Systems (GPS) is a 2-hour self-paced class designed to provide Tribal agencies with an understanding of how GPS has developed into the robust system that it is today.  How we navigated before GPS, the current state of today’s GPS and how agencies may utilize existing systems will be discussed.  Whether they currently use GPS or not, attendees will leave with a deeper understanding Geographic Information Systems.

 Learning Outcomes:

 After completing this class, participants should be able to: 1. Explain why we use GPS. 2. Describe the methods used for navigation before GPS. 3. Demonstrate how disaster has lead innovation. 4. Review the rapid advancement of GPS and its availability.  5. Review current GPS/GNSS Systems and how they work.

Who should take this class:

 This class was developed for managers and workers alike.  Previous experience with GPS units is not required.  Tribal engineers, road supervisors, council members, crew leaders, equipment operators, and laborers will learn the background, structure and availability of today’s GPS Systems. 

 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

Project inspectors play a critical role in ensuring contractors meet all elements and requirements of the construction plans. They are the “eyes and ears” ensuring the procedures and requirements of the plans are followed and are important stewards of resources involved in project construction.  A good project inspector is one who not only understands the desired outcomes and processes involved to successfully complete a project but is able to work with the contractor to help steer them toward solutions to potential problems.  In this self-p[ace 2 hour class students will gain knowledge of the construction inspection process and the elements needed to be a good inspector.

Learning Outcomes: 

After successful completion of Introduction to Highway Construction Inspection, students should be able to; 1. Explain the importance and need for good project inspection; 2. Identify the elements of a transportation project; 3. Identify the role of project inspection in the QA/QC process; 4. Define the requirements of the highway inspection process; 5. Identify and be able to implement the official duties of a project inspector; and 6. Utilize the needed documents and tools in the inspection process.

Who Should Take This Class:

This class is intended for project managers, construction and maintenance inspectors, area engineers, record keepers, and anyone involved or interested in wanting to learn more about the highway construction inspection.

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

Project Prioritization strengthens the Tribes ability to strategically plan and address tribal transportation needs.  In this 2-hour self-paced 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.   

 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.

 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. 

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

 

Road Safety Audits (RSA) is a 2 Hour self-paced online class. Participants in this class will learn how to improve transportation safety by applying a proactive approach to reduce collisions and their severity in Tribal lands. These techniques provide an examination of a roadway by an independent, qualified audit team. The RSA is a way for an agency to improve roadway safety, reduce injuries and fatalities, and to communicate to the public how they are working toward these goals. This course includes topics such as: RSA definition and history, how to conduct a RSA, and identifying the common safety issues found with RSA’s.  Participants will leave the workshop with a working knowledge on how to perform a road safety audit.

 Learning Outcomes:

 After completing Road Safety Audits, participants should be able to: 1. Define why we need Road Safety Audits 2. Describe the process for completing a Road Safety Audit 3. Describe Risk and Safety 4. Recognize common issues found while conducting RSA’s 5. Demonstrate how to perform a RSA through examples.

 Who should take this class:

 This class was developed to provide road safety audit training to managers and workers alike.  Tribal engineers, road supervisors, council members, crew leaders, equipment operators, and laborers will learn how to perform a road safety audit.  Attendees will gain knowledge of a process on how to take a proactive approach to roadway safety, reducing injuries and fatalities on their roads.

The Single Audit 2-hour self-paced class provides direction on how to best prepare for an Audit and when Single Audits are required for Tribal transportation projects.  

Learning Outcomes:

 After successfully completing Single Audit, participants should be able to: 1. Understand how to prepare for a successful Tribal transportation project Single Audit.  2.  Use the “SMART” Corrective Action Plan guideline to successfully resolve any Single Audit findings.  3.  Know where to find resources to assist with successful Single Audit requirements. 

 Who Should Take This Class:

 This class is intended for Tribal Leaders, Financial Officers, Project Managers and anyone involved with administration of Tribal Transportation projects that want to learn more about the importance of audit 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

For years, governments have allowed public utilities to utilize the right-of-way of streets and highway. Coordinating with these public utilities prior to the construction or reconstruction of a highway or road is critical for a successful project. Utility issues are one of the main reasons for delays and scheduling issues of highway projects. Planners and designers must know the proper procedures for coordinating with utilities during the design phase of a project. In this 2-hour self-paced class students will gain knowledge about working with utilities during the design phase of a project, strategies in successful utility coordination to avoid delays, and safety concerns during utility relocation.

 Learning Outcomes:

After successful completion of Utility Coordination, students should be able to; 1. Explain the role of working with utilities in the different phases of project development; 2. Identify the federal regulations pertaining to utilities; 3. Explain good communication methods in working with utility companies; 4. Describe the role of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and environmental concerns during design and reconstruction projects; and 5. Describe planning utilities for safe reconstruction projects.

Who Should Take This Class:

 This class is intended for project managers, utility coordinators, right-of-way administrators, project inspectors, or anyone wanting to learn more about utility coordination.

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