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Course Description

Principles and Applications of Highway Construction Specifications (Virtual Delivery of 134001)

PROGRAM AREA: Construction and Maintenance
COURSE NUMBER: FHWA-NHI-134001V
Instructor-led Training (ILT)Instructor-led Training (ILT)
Calendar Year
Length
CEU
Host Price
2021
16 Hours
1.2 Units
$250 Per Participant

TRAINING LEVEL: Intermediate

CLASS SIZE: Minimum: 20 Maximum: 30

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Well-written highway construction specifications are thosethat can be interpreted accurately to minimize confusion and reduceowner-contractor disputes. Across the country, current practices, standards,and requirements for writing specifications are changing. Agencies also areusing effective specifications to manage risk and support alternativecontracting methods.

NHI 134001V - Principles of Writing Highway ConstructionSpecifications is now offered on-line as a virtual course. A virtualinstructor-led training provides 100% remote learning while ensuringparticipants have access to expert instructors, workshop activities, andengaging peer-to-peer discussions. Sessions are typically held as half-day events over four days.

It includes content that highlights the roleof specifications as contract documents and tools for assigning risk. Courseparticipants engage in lessons and practice sessions to identify types ofspecifications, select the most appropriate type for a given project, and generate an original, effective highway construction specification.

This is not a grammar course; however, adequate coursecontent emphasizes the use of basic grammar and writing style so that thelearners can generate specifications that are correct, consistent, clear,complete, and concise.

Register today to experience a highly engaging, online instructor-led training session from the convenience of your home and/or office anywhere in the country, remotely.

OUTCOMES:

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the purposes of a specification.
  • Explain how specifications are used to assign risk and influence the behavior of different parties, within a given a scenario.
  • Compare the functions of Standard and Supplemental Specifications with the functions of Special Provisions.
  • Explain how the "order of precedence" affects writing specifications and preparing plans.
  • Describe the purpose of the General Provisions.
  • Explain how a consistent writing style can affect the interpretation of specifications.
  • Complete a checklist of the information needed before writing or revising a specification.
  • Explain the potential benefits of writing in the active voice.
  • Rewrite passive voice sentences into the active voice.
  • Evaluate specifications to determine the need for imperative or indicative mood.
  • State the five Cs used in specification writing. (Note: the five Cs include: correct; consistent; clear; complete; concise.)
  • Explain each element of the AASHTO five-part format.
  • Identify potential ambiguities in the wording, given a sample specification.
  • Identify the potential benefits of each of the five Cs, given a sample specification.
  • Apply the five Cs and the host agency's preferred format to revise the specification, given a sample specification.
  • Write a new specification to a given set of criteria using the five Cs and the host agency's preferred format, given a sample specification.
  • Compare method versus end-result specifications.
  • Relate the type of specification to the allocation of risk.
  • Write an end-result specification to replace a method specification, given an excerpt from a method specification.

TARGET AUDIENCE:

This course is designed primarily for individuals who write, review, and implement an agency's contract specifications. Participants might represent Federal, State, and local transportation agencies; other public agencies; contractors; and consultant firms. Individuals who do not write specifications but may contribute to their development, as well as those who use specifications, could also benefit from this course and the interaction with their classmates. Such participants might include personnel from environmental, materials, or construction sections or units; legal departments; work zone and safety professionals; contractor personnel; and any others involved with the design and construction of transportation facilities.

If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at nhicustomerservice@dot.gov or 877.558.6873.


134001V SESSION INFORMATION:

Start Date: 6/22/2021
End Date: 6/24/2021
Location: VIRTUAL, MA
Local Coordinator: Brenda Codella (413) 522-6434
Availability:
No Public Seats Available
 
Please contact the Local Coordinator to enroll in this session.
 
2 FHWA Seats
 
Start Date: 8/09/2021
End Date: 8/11/2021
Location: VIRTUAL, CT
Local Coordinator: Alison Messina (860) 594-3608
Availability:
No Public Seats Available
 
Please contact the Local Coordinator to enroll in this session.
 
0 FHWA Seats
 
Start Date: 9/20/2021
End Date: 9/23/2021
Location: VIRTUAL DELIVERY, VA
Local Coordinator: Barbara Szostek
Availability:
30 Public Seats
$250 Per Participant
 
3 FHWA Seats
 

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The National Highway Institute (NHI) has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, NHI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, NHI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

 

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