This course addresses the engineering and legal aspects, as well as linguistics of writing specifications. THIS IS NOT A COURSE IN TECHNICAL WRITING! The course addresses issues of how to draft new specifications or rewrite existing ones in clear, readable, and definitive statements of contract requirements. Classroom activities include lectures, case studies, workshops, and writing assignments.
This course is a 3-day course and can be tailored to meet the needs of the host organization. A 2-day and 4-day versions are also available. The 3-day course consists of Modules 1 and 2, and three additional module selected by the host. The course instructor will assist the host in selecting the most appropriate modules for the target audience.
The standard course modules are:
Module 1: Definitions, Forms, and Purpose of Specifications
Module 2: Specification Writing Principles
The host agency selects one additional module from among these options:
Module 3: In-Depth Practical Writing Exercise
Module 4: Method and End-Result Specifying
Module 5: Ensuring Specification Work in the Field
Module 6: General Provisions
Module 7: Specifications for Alternative Methods to Deliver, Procure, and Manage Construction
An additional resource for highway specifications: The National Highway Specifications Web site is now available at http://www.specs.fhwa.dot.gov
Personnel working in contract administration, design, materials selection and quality control, and the management of highway construction, including contribution of information in contract provisions. This includes specification writers who use the information in writing the formal contract documents. This course is also recommended for asset management team members.
PREREQUISITES: This course is not for beginners! Participants must have experience (five years minimum) in at least one of the following disciplines: contract administration, materials, specification writing, roadway or bridge design, roadway or bridge construction.
If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at
email@example.com or 877.558.6873.