Contract Courses

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Good Roads helps build better communities and sets its members up to succeed with training that comes to your municipality.

Good Roads Contract Courses bring training to your team at your location. Pick from our coveted courses below and click the start button on helping your teams win at their jobs.
– Winter Maintenance Operations Training
– Local Group Equipment Operator Training
– Managing Your Road Network
– Municipal Infrastructure Training
– Guelph Road School
– Leadership, Supervision and Administration

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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


  • 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.

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.


Collaborative Contract Delivery Methods

Alternative/collaborative contract delivery methods are becoming increasingly important because of their flexibility and success in accomplishing quality projects within budget and schedule. Research has shown that collaborative/alternative contract delivery methods resulted in 15-30 percent improvement in cost and schedule performance compared with traditional contracts. As such, alternative contract delivery methods can help to recognize and mitigate the impacts of economic uncertainty and inflation, construction cost escalation, and supply chain disruptions.

This course, delivered by industry experts, provides an overview of various collaborative and innovative contract delivery methods for construction projects. Fundamentals of alternative contract delivery methods, including basic contract structure, advantages and disadvantages, procurement considerations, optimal team structure, organizational challenges and preparedness, and risk management principles, will be presented. Furthermore, best practices for selecting the appropriate contracting method and contracting strategy will be discussed to help avoid disputes and costly claims.

What You Will Learn

This course will teach you the essential elements of various alternative contract delivery methods and possible collaborations. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the structure and fundamental principles of collaborative/alternative contract delivery methods
  • Develop an understanding of procurement processes and requirements in collaborative project delivery contexts
  • Understand the benefits and limitations of various types of contract delivery methods
  • Selecting the suitable contract delivery method by aligning organizational goals and project objectives
  • Identify and allocate risks to appropriate parties
  • Acquire knowledge and tools to deliver complex projects on time and budget with acceptable risk and specified quality

Course Content

  • An Overview of Major Causes of Disputes on Construction Projects and Tools to Avoid Costly Claims
  • Implications for Construction Projects Owners in the Light of Supreme Court Ruling Under OHSA (R. v. Greater Sudbury (City))
  • The Challenge and Opportunity: Why Do We Need to Consider Alternative Project Delivery Contracts?
  • An Overview of Core Principles, Challenges, and Best Use Cases for:
    • Design-Bid-Build (DBB)
    • Construction Management at Risk (CMAR)
    • Design-Build (DB) and Progressive Design-Build (PDB)
    • Design-Build-Finance-Operate (DBFO)
    • Integrated Project Delivery Contracts (IPDC)
  • Contract Delivery Method Selection (Project Objectives, Owner’s Goals, Decision Model)
  • Procurement and Contracting Strategy for Successful Collaborative Delivery Projects (Pre-Procurement, Procurement, Contracts)
  • Considerations for Implementing and Managing Collaborative Projects
  • Risk Management (Risk Allocation and Risk Management Best Practices and Recommendations for Risk-Based Budgeting)
  • Characteristics of DBB Contracts (types), Pros and Cons
    • We all know the contract type; is it on the way out?
    • Review of the key clauses that owners need to be aware of.
  • Characteristics of CMAR Contracts (types), Pros and Cons
    • Implications of the Supreme Court ruling under OHSA (R. v. Greater Sudbury (City) on CMAR contracts?
    • How could the contract be affected as a result of the R. v. Greater Sudbury (City) case?
    • Review of the key clauses that owners need to be aware of.
  • Characteristics of DB contracts (types), Pros and Cons
    • Why is the industry reluctant to respond to DB Contracts?
    • Review of the key clauses that owners need to be aware of.
  • Characteristics of PDB contracts (types), Pros and Cons
    • How does a PDB work?
    • How does it differ from a DB contract?
    • Is PDB, the contract of the future?
    • Review of the key clauses that owners need to be aware of.
  • Characteristics of IPD contracts (types), Pros and Cons
    • After completing over 160 projects using the IPD model, is it here to stay?
    • How does an owner’s active participation drive the success of an IPD?
    • How much participation is needed?
    • Review of the key clauses that owners need to know about.

Who Is This Course For?

This course is designed for public and private civil infrastructure owners, engineers, contractors, and administrators who wish to enhance their knowledge about integrated/collaborative delivery contracts and improve current project management and procurement practices to save money and complete projects on time with desirable quality and risk. Participants by job function include:

  • Project and Program Managers, Engineers, and Technologists
  • Contract Managers and Administrators
  • Procurement Managers and Administrators
  • Operational Managers, Engineers, and Technologists
  • Legal, Finance, and Admin Departments Personnel

What You Will Get

  • Course handouts
  • Certificate of attendance with 0.7 CEUs and 7 Professional Development Hours
  • Breakfast, lunch, and networking/refreshment breaks

Introduction to Trenchless Technology

Trenchless technologies include methods and tools for underground pipelines and utilities’ new installation, replacement, rehabilitation, locating, and condition assessment with minimum excavation from the surface. This course will present state-of-the-art trenchless methods and techniques to install, replace, and rehabilitate aging pipelines and utility ducts efficiently and cost-effectively. Topics include trenchless project feasibility analysis and planning; topographic and geotechnical considerations; selecting appropriate trenchless technology, pipe materials, and lining materials; risk analysis; and quality assurance and quality control. Furthermore, pipeline condition assessment techniques will be presented. Finally, the industry’s good practice guidelines, standards and specifications will be discussed.

Why Trenchless Technologies?

Financial Benefits (Cost Savings)

  • The City of Winnipeg saved over $130 million using CIPP (cured-in-place-pipe) on 145 km of sewer renovation. Another 433 km of pipeline needs rehabilitation with potential cost savings of $390 million
  • The City of Hamilton has renewed more than 320 km of mainline sewer using CIPP technology and has realized cost avoidances of approximately $200 million

Environmental Benefits

  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • Lesser disruption to built and natural environment (50:1 earthwork factor when comparing open trench and trenchless construction)
  • Suited for deeper installations, environmentally sensitive areas, contaminated underground

Social Benefits

  • Minimal disruption to traffic and businesses

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broader understanding of the vast array of trenchless methods, processes, and techniques to rehabilitate and replace underground pipelines and utility ducts
  • Describe the limitations and benefits of various trenchless technologies
  • Become familiar with the industry’s best practice guidelines, standards, and specifications
  • Select appropriate rehabilitation and replacement techniques based on factors such as pipeline condition, failure modes, surface and underground conditions, and cost
  • Take advanced courses on trenchless technologies for detailed information on planning, design and construction fundamentals

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
    • An Overview of Trenchless Technology
    • Classification Systems for Trenchless Methods
    • Trenchless Construction vs. Open Trench Construction Methods
    • Trenchless Rehabilitation Technology Market Overview: Assessments, Classifications, and Rehabilitation Methods
  • Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE)
    • ASCE Process for Investigating and Documenting Existing Utilities
    • Four SUE Quality Levels
    • CSA S250 Standard for Mapping of Underground Utilities
    •  How Does SUE Helps Reduce Project Risk and Optimize Cost?
    • Case Studies
  • Trenchless Methods for New Pipe Installation
    • Horizontal Directional Drilling
    • Pipe Jacking and Microtunnelling
    • Pipe Bursting
    • Pipe Ramming, Auger Boring, and Impact Moling
    • Trenchless Method Selection Process for New Pipe Installations
  • Pipeline Condition Assessment
    • Gravity Pipeline Condition Assessment Technology
    • Maintenance Chamber and Sewer Lateral Assessments
    • Pressure Pipeline Condition Assessment Technology
  • Pipeline Condition Classification and Condition Rating Systems
    • Watermain Condition Classification System and Condition Rating
    • Sewer Condition Classification System (PACP)
    • Lateral Sewer Pipe Condition Classification (LACP)
    • Rationalization of Sewer Rehabilitation Decision Making
  • Maintenance Chambers Condition Assessment and Rehabilitation
    • Maintenance Chamber Classification (MACP)
    • Overview of Maintenance Chamber Rehabilitation
  • Trenchless Methods for Pipe Rehabilitation
    • Cured-in-Place-Pipe (CIPP) for Gravity and Pressure Pipeline
    • CIPP for Sewer Lateral
    • Spot Repair, Stabilization
    • Sliplining, Segmental GRP Lining
    • Modified Sliplining (Thermoform, Spiral Wound)
    • Spray-in-Place-Pipe (SIPP)
    • Rationalization of Gravity and Pressure Pipe Rehabilitation

Who Should Attend?
Consultants, Contractors, Utility Owners, Municipal Engineers and Technologists

What Will You Get?
•    Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Professional Development Hours
•    Course handouts
•    Lunch and refreshments