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Previous Courses

We have developed and held a set of trainings in 2018. Please contact us for additional training requests.

NHI Traffic Signal Design and Operation 

There is a need to understand that the congestion and delays that exist on our streets and roadways can be better managed with a thorough understanding of effective traffic signal timing and optimization. Well-developed, designed, implemented, maintained, and operated traffic signal control projects are essential to this process. Engineering tools are available to design, optimize, analyze, and simulate traffic flow. This course addresses the application of the “Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices” (MUTCD) to intersection displays, as well as signal timing, computerized traffic signal systems, control strategies, integrated systems, traffic control simulation, and optimization software. The course is divided into two primary parts: Traffic Signal Timing and Design, and Traffic Signal Systems.

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • List the steps required to plan, design, and implement a signalized intersection
  • Devise an appropriate data collection plan for planning, designing, and operating a signalized intersection
  • Perform a warrant analysis using the MUTCD warrants, including local policies
  • Design basic phasing of the intersection - which movements will get a separate phase, and how they are numbered
  • Calculate signal timing at the design stage for both actuated and coordinated operational strategies, including pedestrian clearance intervals
  • Determine location of signal displays
  • Select signal-related signs and pavement markings, including turning-movement signs and advance warning signs

Time and location information for this course is provided below. This course was provided for free in partnership with FHWA and NMDOT. Note: training registration is for Local, Tribal and Federal agency employees only. 

12/12-12/13/2017 8:30am - 4:30pmAlbuquerqueCost Varies for Local/Tribal Agency, NMDOT and FHWA Staff

Introduction to MUTCD and Work Zones 

This two-day course provides an introductory overview of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) for Streets and Highways, the science behind traffic control devices and their effectiveness, pavement marking, school zones, and an introduction to work zones. The course will also cover temporary traffic control devices and plans, work zone inspection, and work zone safety.

Topics:

  • Regulatory Signs
  • Warning Signs
  • Guide Signs
  • Colors and Functions
  • Pavement and Curb Markings
  • Temporary Traffic Control
  • Work Zone Inspection
  • Work Zone Safety
  • Sign Supports
  • Installation and Removal of Traffic Control Devices

Time and location information for this course is provided below. This course was provided for free in partnership with FHWA and NMDOT. Note: training registration is for Local, Tribal and Federal agency employees only. 

02/28-03/01/2018 8:30am - 4:30pmSanta FeFree for Local/Tribal Agency, NMDOT and FHWA Staff

Introduction to GIS 

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are computer-based technologies to collect, integrate, analyze, query, model, and visualize geographic data. GIS is widely used to explore the relationships between where features are (location, size, and shape) and what they represent (descriptive information known as attribute data). This course provides an introduction to the concepts, principles, and theories of GIS, with emphasis on the nature of geographic information, data models and structures for storing geographic information, geographic data editing and manipulation, and simple spatial analysis and modeling techniques. Upon completion, students will have the ability to identify geospatial products/applications, conduct typical GIS analyses, and understand the differences between raster and vector data models.

Topics:

  • Spatial data acquisition
  • Spatial data editing, QA/QC, and basic metadata
  • Spatial data query and visualization
  • Basic spatial analysis
  • Map design

Time and location information for this course is provided below. This course was provided for free in partnership with UNM Earth Data Analysis Center (EDAC). Note: training registration is for Local, Tribal and Federal agency employees only. 

03/13/2018 8:30am - 4:30pmAlbuquerqueFree for Local/Tribal Agency, NMDOT and FHWA Staff

Introduction to Geospatial Survey

This course provides an understanding of the principles of modern geospatial surveying techniques, including Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Real-Time Kinematic (RTK), and Post-processed Kinematic (PPK). These techniques can be used for a variety of applications to collect locational information for use in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Course topics include:  planning for data collection; actual field data collection; data post-processing using differential correction; using GPS/GNSS/RTK/PPK data in GIS software packages. A combination of lectures, demonstrations, hands-on exercises, and field sessions will be used. The hands-on exercises in the course will be focused on using mapping-grade GPS/GNSS equipment and survey-grade RTK/PPK equipment as well as differential correction. A range of equipment will be used to get a feel for the pros and cons of the various types of survey units. This will not only provide students with hands-on knowledge of how to operate the equipment, but will also aide students in developing a better understanding of what type of equipment is needed for a particular application.

Time and location information for this course is provided below. This course was provided for free in partnership with UNM Earth Data Analysis Center (EDAC). Note: training registration is for Local, Tribal and Federal agency employees only. 

03/14/2018 8:30am - 4:30pmAlbuquerqueFree for Local/Tribal Agency, NMDOT and FHWA Staff

ADA Compliance Program Training

This full-day course provides attendees with an understanding of the authorities, regulations, and coverage of the program; an overview of the FHWA's ADA compliance program; and clarifies ADA compliance standards. Participants, whether recipients or public entities, will know the recipients and public entities' responsibilities under the ADA and related statutes.

Time and location information for this course is provided below. This course was provided for free in partnership with FHWA and NMDOT. Note: training registration is for Local, Tribal and Federal agency employees only. 

1/5/2018 8:00am - 4:00pmAlbuquerqueFree for Local/Tribal Agency, NMDOT and FHWA Staff
5/30/2018 8:00am - 4:00pmGallupFree for Local/Tribal Agency, NMDOT and FHWA Staff
5/31/2018 8:00am - 4:00pmFarmingtonFree for Local/Tribal Agency, NMDOT and FHWA Staff

Road Safety 365

This one-day workshop focuses on processes for incorporating safety into all aspects of local and rural road projects, and on making safety a priority through inclusion in the traditional decision-making process—365 days a year.  The course stresses the importance of road safety, and illustrates how it can be integrated into rural/local transportation project development at all stages: planning, design, construction, implementation, operations, and maintenance.  Through practical exercises and facilitator-led discussions, the emphasis is on operations and maintenance to reflect the predominant, day-to-day responsibilities of rural/local transportation agencies.  The benefits and potential cost savings of safety initiatives are shown using examples from rural/local agencies.

Time and location information for this course is provided below. 

5/22/2018 8:30am - 4:00pmAlbuquerqueFree for Local/Tribal Agency, NMDOT and FHWA Staff

NHI Transportation Performance Management for Pavements

Recent legislation has resulted in new requirements for national performance measures and targets in several measure areas, including pavement conditions. Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) established the requirements, and Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) continued them. Most States and other transportation agencies have established their own measures for pavement conditions; however, few transportation officials have experience in managing a performance-based program with specific outcome-oriented pavement targets.

This course is intended to review concepts in Transportation Performance Management (TPM), identify specific measures used for characterizing pavement conditions, and provide methods for analyzing and recommending pavement condition targets and approaches for monitoring pavement networks. One important aspect of TPM is monitoring performance once targets have been established and using information on current performance to guide decision making. The final portion of the course focuses on performance monitoring and approaches for updating performance targets over time.

The target audience for this course primarily consists of professionals responsible for pavement analysis, pavement project selection, evaluation of pavement investment strategies and associated risks, recommending pavement targets, and monitoring pavement condition. This audience may include pavement engineers, asset managers, planners, performance management, and programming staff of State and local agencies, consultants, and FHWA staff.

Time and location information for this course is provided below.

6/12/2018 8:00am - 5:00pmSanta FeFree for MPO, RTPO and NMDOT Staff

Unpaved Roads Maintenance and Design

A “Gravel Road” being defined as a roadway that does not have an asphalt or concrete driving surface and can be better defined as an unpaved roadway.  The driving surface could be gravel, either crushed or natural materials, or natural material that has not been processed.  Most “unpaved” roads are low volume (less than 100 vehicles per day).

Counties, Cities and even state DOT crews are seeing shrinking budgets and increasing costs to maintain all of their transportation system.  This course will present practical methods used by other counties and cities to improve the level of service while reducing some of their costs of maintaining these unpaved roads, by looking at:

  • the subgrade,
  • the surface material,
  • the volume and type of traffic,
  • the shape of the road,
  • how to reduce the cost of maintenance.

This program will provide a set of tools which will assist the agency in determining the level of performance of their surface material.

Time and location information for this course is provided below.

6/19/2018 8:30am - 4:30pmAlbuquerqueFree for Public Agency Staff

Roadway Drainage

This course will discuss basic road design characteristics as they relate to drainage, soil characteristics, basic hydrology (drainage areas, runoff factors, and rainfall intensity), hydraulics (culvert materials, sizing culvert, sizing ditches), and placement of culverts, culvert end treatments, and culvert and ditch maintenance.  The participants will have an understanding of the makeup of roadway drainage and the qualities that increase the service life of the road. This course is set up to create discussion among participants, to include local conditions, concerns and techniques. While this course does not provide design criteria for engineers, it is intended to cover the needs of all people responsible for roads, from managers to operators.

Time and location information for this course is provided below.

6/20/2018 8:30am - 4:30pmAlbuquerqueFree for Public Agency Staff

Roadway Safety & Temporary Traffic Control

As supervisors and employees plan for the maintenance and construction season following the winter, those agencies may need to reinforce their knowledge concerning working on their transportation system.  The decisions made by the agency, the employee or a contractor can affect the safety and liability of the employee, the traveling public and the agency. 

This course will review some of the basic concepts and typical solutions to reduce the hazards found as workers start to repair, reconstruct and make improvement to the transportation system. The students will review concepts on Temporary Traffic Control, Flagging, Night Work, Worker Safety, as well as Roadway and Roadway Safety and Legal issues.

Time and location information for this course is provided below.

6/21/2018 8:30am - 4:30pmAlbuquerqueFree for Public Agency Staff