Reduced Load Period Model Overview Training

This is a quick course that will take less than 60 minutes of your time to complete before using the RLP model forms.

MTO (The Ontario Ministry of Transportation) and Good Roads are partnering to work together to encourage Good Roads member municipalities/First Nations to support and adopt MTO’s RLP Onset and Removal Model supported by data from its Road Weather Information System (RWIS).

MTO’s system allows municipalities to access frost depth, moisture, and temperature data by adopting the RLP Onset and Removal Model. The model will allow municipalities to optimize the timing of RLPs, including shortening the duration when conditions permit, which will help support the agriculture, agri-business and trucking industry, while protecting road infrastructure.

Please note, access to the course may take up to 24 hours following registration.

This is ideal for: Public Works Directors, Road Supervisors, Directors, Transportation, and County Engineers

Roundabouts: From Idea to Implementation

Workshop Content:

Planning and Feasibility

  • Policy Issues
  • Roundabout screening
  • Intersection control
  • Accessibility issues
  • Planning Guidance
  • Feasibility problems
  • Feasibility clinic and case studies
  • Questions and discussion

Preliminary Design

  • Capacity and safety theory
  • Design guidance
  • Design principles
  • Design checks
  • Cost sharing, utilities, property requirements
  • Design problems
  • Questions and discussion

Implementation

  • Detailed design
  • Designing for expansion
  • Designing for maintenance and service vehicles
  • Construction staging
  • Landscaping and illumination
  • Pavement markings and signs
  • Educating the public
  • Questions and discussion

Note: Participants are encouraged to bring a roundabout proposal review.

Who Should Attend:

Municipal and Consulting Engineers, technicians and technologists, planners, and project managers.

Snow School for Mechanics and Technicians

Course Objectives

Provides mechanics with a working knowledge of modern winter maintenance vehicles and accessories with particular emphasis on automated controller and spreader systems, and the hydraulic systems used to support vehicle accessories that apply both wet and dry materials as well as plowing operations. Practical solutions to common equipment problems will be explored, along with preventative maintenance practices and troubleshooting diagnostics.

Course Content

  • Environmental and salt management issues
  • Do new materials mean new mechanical problems?
  • Demystifying electronic spreader controllers
  • Getting ahead of problems: best practices for preventative maintenance
  • Equipment demonstration
  • Hydraulics
  • Troubleshooting

Who Should Attend

Mechanics and technicians responsible for the maintenance and calibration of winter service vehicles for road agencies and winter maintenance contractors

Accreditation

This course is recognized by:

  • The Engineering Institute of Canada awards 7 Professional Development hours to this course.

Fundamentals of Horizontal Directional Drilling

Horizontal directional drilling is one of the most widely used trenchless technology for installing underground pipelines and utilities beneath highways, railways, water crossings, and environmentally sensitive areas. HDD significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared with the traditional pipeline construction techniques. Typical HDD applications include the installation of water and sewer pipelines, telecom (fibre-optic), electric transmission/distribution, and gas pipelines.

This course will provide fundamental knowledge and skills to effectively conduct the HDD construction inspector role according to project requirements and the industry’s good practices guidelines, specifications, and standards.

What You Will Learn

This course will teach you the essential steps to complete successful HDD projects. After completing this course, you will be able to:

• Develop an understanding of HDD process, equipment, downhole tools, and drilling fluids

• Carry out feasibility analysis, including surface and geotechnical assessment and subsurface utilities survey requirement

• Verify HDD plans, drawings, and site layouts to evaluate project constructability, and conformance to specifications and standards

• Develop and implement inspection and testing plan to ensure quality standards and adherence to project requirements

• Inspect construction site, identify project risks, and develop risk management and contingency plans

• Understand and implement the HDD industry’s good practices guidelines, standards, and specifications

Course Syllabus

• HDD Industry Overview, History, and Applications

• HDD Process and Equipment

o Drill Rigs

o Downhole Tools

o Tracking Systems

• Drilling Fluids

o Types and Functions of Drilling Fluids

o Volume Calculations

o Drilling Fluid Design and Testing

• HDD Project Planning

o Surface and Geotechnical Considerations

o Subsurface Utility Surveys

o Health and Safety Requirements

o Environmental and Regulatory Considerations

• HDD Bore Path Layout and Constructability Review for Plastic and Steel Pipe

•  HDD Project Inspection and Test Plan

o Risk Management and Contingency Planning

o Construction Monitoring

o Quality Assurance and Quality Control

• Exercises and Case Study

• Quiz

What You Will Get

• Course handouts

• Certificate of completion with 0.7 CEUs and 7 Professional Development Hours

• Breakfast, lunch, and networking/refreshment breaks

Managing Winter Operations Workshop

Be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at your municipality this winter season with this one-day intensive workshop.

Managing Operations is designed for winter road maintenance professionals, from managers, supervisors to operators and transportation professionals.

Hear from experts in the field covering a wide variety of winter road maintenance issues from communicating your message, technology, MMS, safety, legal obligations, salt management, hiring and retaining talent to dealing with operator harassment.

This one-day workshop includes an exhibitor hall and networking time to discuss winter road issues with fellow industry experts.

Join like-minded individuals all under one roof discussing best practices and new ideas in protecting yourself, your team, and your municipality during the winter road clearing season.

 

Introduction to Contract Law Course

Workshop Objectives

You  will gain a thorough grounding in the laws governing municipal construction and rehabilitation projects, and will learn about the most common types of contracts used for municipal projects, and become familiar with the risks, liabilities, and consequences of substandard performance, liens and claims. Participants will also learn about the rights, limitations, and obligations affecting their relationship with contractors and the public and be able to set ethical ground rules for dealing with contractors.

Workshop Content

  • Formation of a contract including offer, acceptance, consideration, capacity and legality
  • Factors affecting the contractual relationship including mistake, misrepresentation, duress, undue influence, conditional contacts, privity of contract and assignment
  • The end of the contractual relationship including performance, breach, discharge by agreement, frustration, remedies for breach of contract
  • The court system including adjudication and alternative dispute resolution
  • The 3 most common types of contracts
  • How to read, interpret and administer the contract
  • Parts of a typical contract
  • Performance bonds, warranties, & letters of credit
  • Liability and insurance
  • The best ways of dealing with substandard performance problems
  • Ethics in the workplace and your relationship with contractors

Who Should Attend

This workshop is recommended for new managers/inspectors and those with 1-5 years of experience administering contracts for municipal construction and rehabilitation projects.

Accreditation

This course is recognized by:

  • This course may be used as credit for technical specialists programs only. Please contact OACETT to make sure that this course satisfies your particular examination program for certification. Point Value = 2
  • The Engineering Institute of Canada awards 7 Professional Development Hours to this workshop.

Format

Through lecture, class discussion, case studies and small group exercises, participants will review examples of case law that illustrate how the courts have applied the principles discussed in this course. Attention will be given to the factual situations of each case, along with the lessons that can be learned from the related judgments. The court process will be introduced and will include the benefits of alternative dispute resolution including negotiation, mediation and arbitration.

 

Advanced Contract Law Course

Workshop Objectives

Discuss administrative issues pertaining to the performance of a contract and variation of a contract. The goal is to equip you with the skills needed to make sound decisions based upon the express and implied terms set out in the contract. Attention will also be given to ethical issues involving contract administration, risk analysis, being called to court as a witness, and other relevant issues related to contract administration.

Recommendation: You should be familiar with requests for tenders and construction contracts.

Workshop Content

• Review of basic contract law principles and terms

• The tendering process

• Liquidated damages and penalties

• Contract performance and variations

• Ethical considerations and relationships

• Being called as a witness

Who Should Attend

Employees with over 5 years’ experience administering municipal contracts or those who have taken the Introduction to Contract Law workshop.

Accreditation

This workshop is recognized by:

  • This course may be used as credit for technical specialist programs only. Point Value = 5
  • The Engineering Institute of Canada awards 7 Professional Development Hours to this workshop.

Format

Through lectures, class discussion and small group exercises, participants will undertake an in-depth examination of tenders, construction contract issues, and leading case law relating to construction matters. Best practices when preparing a request for tender and considering bids will be thoroughly scrutinized, along with the relationship between the municipality and contractors and the need for accurate and timely documentation of facts.

 

Conflict Dispute Resolution Course

Workshop Objective

You will learn to achieve more win/win settlements with contractors, better prepare themselves before negotiating, gain confidence about their ability to negotiate effectively, and build positive long-term relationships with contractors.

Workshop Content

  • Best/worst negotiators and strategies
  • Why being tough doesn’t always work (but neither does being the “nice guy”!)
  • Understanding the nature of disagreement and conflict
  • Constructive and destructive uses of conflict
  • The most common negotiating styles
  • The negotiating process revealed
  • Tactful handling of disagreement and dialogue
  • Specific techniques for offers, counter-offers, and counter-tactics
  • How to persuade without being too aggressive
  • Building for long-term relationships
  • Conflict is healthy: constructive methods for ensuring a win/win outcome
  • Dealing with the politics of conflict
  • Dealing with those who refuse to negotiate
  • How to determine the contractor’s best alternative to a negotiated agreement

Who Should Attend

Managers and inspectors who administer contracts for municipal construction and rehabilitation projects.

Accreditation

This course is recognized by:

  • This course may be used for the technical specialist programs only. Please contact OACETT to ensure that this course satisfies your particular examination program for certification. Point Value = 5
  • The Engineering Institute of Canada awards 14 Professional Development Hours to this workshop.

Format

Small and large group discussions, self-assessment questionnaires, video, case studies and exercises. Groups will be asked to recommend solutions to work specific case studies, then will practice their solution with the instructor.

Municipal Liability: Traffic Collisions

Course Description
The course provides an in-depth understanding of municipalities’ exposure to liability due to their legal obligation to provide safe road facilities to the public, and how to avoid that costly exposure. The course explains the legal principle of “joint and several liability” in Canadian courts, and practical steps that municipalities can take to fulfill their legal obligations through proper design, inspection, maintenance, and documentation of road facilities. Several real-life examples will be discussed to explain how municipalities were found legally liable.

Course Content

  • Liability in designing roadways and Intersections
  • Liability in implementing traffic control devices
  • Liability in designing roadway/intersection lighting
  • Liability in routine road patrol and maintenance
  • Liability in winter patrol and maintenance
  • Liability in planning and designing road facilities dedicated to vulnerable road users
  • The importance of conducting routine traffic safety studies
  • Identifying and documenting design/maintenance flaws
  • Practical methods to address design/maintenance flaws
  • The benefits of using emerging technologies

Who Should Attend?
The primary target audience of this course are transportation professionals and risk managers involved with road design, inspection, and maintenance. Participants do not need to have formal engineering education. Example municipal positions that would be interested in taking the course include:

  • Transportation manager.
  • Transportation planning manager.
  • Transportation operations supervisor.
  • Transportation engineer.
  • Transportation planner.
  • Transportation technician.
  • Transportation technologist.
  • Traffic technician.
  • Road superintendent.
  • Any position involved with traffic/road safety.
  • Any managerial position involved with public works, transportation services, risk management, or design and construction.

Prerequisites
Course participants are encouraged to make themselves familiar with the level-of-service standards adopted by their respective municipalities regarding the design, inspection, and maintenance of road facilities. Participants are encouraged to bring a scientific calculator that may be needed to answer the quizzes and the final exam.

What to bring:

  1. Pen and Pencil.
  2. Scientific calculator or a scientific calculator app on your smartphone.
  3. An Internet-connected device (e.g., a smartphone, laptop) for the daily quizzes and to participate in the course polls.
  4. The course polls will be done using Slido. To participate in the polls, you may download the Slido app (from Apple App Store or Google Play Store) or access the polls from any browser.

Evaluation Process
Your grade will be calculated as follows:

Quiz 1 15% Day 1
Quiz 2 15% Day 2
Course Project 40% Due 1 week after course completion
Final Exam 30% Day 3
Total 100%

A final grade of 60% is required to pass the course.