Training

CERTIFICATION COURSES
AGGREGATE TESTING CERTIFICATION

15 hours 
Cost: $75 

Please bring a DOT Materials manual and a handheld calculator. This course is conducted prior to the Soils Testing Course. 

DATE 

TIME 

CITY 

LOCATION 

  TBD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Training Objectives: 

  • SD 108 - Determine Moisture Content 
  • SD 201 - Learn Correct Sampling Methods 
  • SD 202 - Understand Minimum Sample Sizes, Perform Sieve Analysis of Aggregate Material, Learn Procedure for Concrete Aggregate Testing 
  • SD 203 - Determine the Flakiness Index of Aggregate Material 
  • SD 206 - Test for Material Finer Than A #200 Sieve 
  • SD 207 - Determine the Liquid Limit, Plastic Limit and Plasticity Index 
  • SD 208 - Determine Percentage of Lightweight Material in Fine Aggregate 
  • SD 211 - Determine Percentage of Crushed Particles/Fractured Faces 
  • SD 213 - Learn How to Reduce Samples To Testing Size 
  • SD 214 - Determine Percentage of Lightweight Material in Coarse Aggregate 
 
ASPHALT TESTING CERTIFICATION (DAPA)
CONCRETE PAVING CERTIFICATION
15 hours
Cost: $150

DATE TIME LOCATION CITY
TBD      

This course will give you the knowledge to see that the construction operations are producing results that meet specifications.

Training Objectives:

  •  Learn the Role of an Inspector
  • ·Discuss What to Look for During Inspections
  • ·Explain the Need for Inspections
  • ·Explain How to Fill Out Required Documentation
  • ·Prepare Reports
  • ·Pass the 60-Question Certification Exam with a Minimum of 70%
CONCRETE PLANTS CERTIFICATION

11.2 hours
Cost: $15

DATE TIME LOCATION CITY
TBD      

Training Objectives:

  • Understand Basic Concrete Plant Operations
  • Understand What Concrete Plant Equipment Requires Checking
  • Discuss How to Conduct the Concrete Plant Equipment Inspections
  • Make Concrete Mix Design Adjustments
  • Understand Minimum Samples and Tests
  • Understand Certification Requirements of Materials
  • Discuss How to Perform Daily Batching Inspections
  • Prepare Report
CONCRETE TESTING CERTIFICATION (ACI)
Register at www.sdrmca.org

ACI's Concrete Field-Testing Technician Certification covers seven ASTM testing standards.  The seven standards are: 

  • ASTM C 31 - Making and Curing Test Specimens in the Field 

  • ASTM C 138 - Density, Yield, and Gravimetric Air Content 

  • ASTM C 143 - Slump 

  • ASTM C 172 - Sampling 

  • ASTM C 173 - Air Content by the Volumetric Method (Roll-a-Meter) 

  • ASTM C 231 - Air Content by the Pressure Meter 

  • ASTM C 1064 - Temperature 

You must pass both a written and performance exam to become certified. Certifications last for 5 years. To become re-certified you must again pass a written and performance exam.  

Please note: The morning of the 2nd day involves training done for the DOT employees and emphasizes the differences between SDDOT & ACI. This portion of the training course is mandatory for DOT employees and while we strongly encourage all others to attend, it is strictly voluntary for them to do so.  

EARTHWORK CERTIFICATION

10 hours
Cost: $150

Please bring a handheld calculator.

DATE TIME LOCATION CITY
TBD      

Training Objectives:

  • Understand the Role of the Inspector for Construction Work Involving Earthwork, Pipe Installation and Erosion Control
  • Discuss What to Look for During Inspections; Explain How to Fill Our Required Documentation; Prepare Reports; Explain How to Handle Non-Specification Material
  • Understand Where and When to Perform Tests
  • Pass a Written Examination with a Minimum of 70%

 

EROSION & SEDIMENT CONTROL CERTIFICATION

11.5 hours
Cost: $150

Please bring your copy of the 2015 South Dakota Spec Book.

DATE TIME LOCATION CITY
TBD      
       
       


This course will cover what is required by South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (SD DENR) in order to meet the mandates of state and federal legislation. All SDDOT contracts must have a certified Erosion Control Supervisor who understands the requirements for erosion and sediment control for construction.

Training Objectives:

  • Discuss Best Management Practices (BMP’s) for controlling sediment and erosion and managing Storm Water
  • Understand the Selection Criteria for BMP’s
  • Design Methods and Processes
  • Understand Installation Details and Potential Problems
  • List Maintenance and Management Practices for Temporary BMP’s

 

 

SOILS TESTING CERTIFICATION

15 hours
Cost: $75

Please bring a DOT Materials manual and a handheld calculator.

DATE TIME LOCATION CITY
       
       
       

Training Objectives:

  • SD 103 - Classify Soils and Aggregate
  • SD 104 - Establish the Moisture-Density Relationship of Soils, Aggregates and Mixtures
  • SD 105 - Determine the In-Place Density of Soils and Granular Materials
  • SD 106 - Determine the Density of Soil In-Place
  • SD 108 - Determine Moisture Content
  • SD 110 - Determine In-Place Density of Granular Materials with a Thickness of 3" or Less
  • SD 114 - Determine In-Place Moisture Content and Density of Soil and Aggregate, including Lime Treated Material, by The Nuclear Method
  • SD 114 & SD 219 - Determine Target Dry Density and In-Place Density of Salvage/Recycled Materials Using the Nuclear Meter

 

 

STRUCTURES CERTIFICATION

26 hours
Cost: $150

Text and handouts provided. Please bring a handheld calculator and the SD DOT Spec Book.

DATE TIME LOCATION CITY
       

This course has two parts, a 30-minute online portion and a 3-day instructor-led portion.

Training Objectives:

  • Understand the Concepts of the Basic Types of Structures, Their Components and Associated Terminology
  • Understand the Various Methods of Construction of Structures and Proper Inspection Procedures
  • Understand the Various Methods of Structure Rehabilitation and Proper Inspection Procedures
  • Pass the 50 Question and Problem Certification Written Examination with a Minimum of 70%

 

 


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ENVIRONMENTAL COURSES
EROSION & SEDIMENT CONTROL & STORM WATER MANAGEMENT

11.5 hours
Cost: $150
  

DATE 

TIME 

CITY 

LOCATION 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This course will cover what is required by South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (SD DENR) in order to meet the mandates of state and federal legislation. All SDDOT contracts must have a certified Erosion Control Supervisor who understands the requirements for erosion and sediment control for construction. Please bring your copy of the 2015 South Dakota Spec Book. 

Training Objectives: 

  • Discuss Best Management Practices (BMP’s) for controlling sediment and erosion and managing Storm Water  

  • Understand the Selection Criteria for BMP’s 

  • Design Methods and Processes 

  • Understand Installation Details and Potential Problems 

  • List Maintenance and Management Practices for Temporary BMP’s 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROCEDURES MANUAL TRAINING

6 hours
Cost: $150
  

DATE 

TIME 

CITY 

LOCATION 

 TBD

 

 

 

 This course aims to provide participants with the information needed to ensure environmental compliance procedures are met for South Dakota DOT environmental documents and projects. The course will help participants understand the environmental commitments on construction projects and guide them on how to utilize the Environmental Procedures Manual (especially Chapters 4 and 5), DOT-272 (Contractor’s Required Submittals) and Section A Plan Notes (Estimate of Quantities of Environmental Commitments) to ensure all environmental compliance is met. 

 Learning Objectives: 

  •  Understand and Utilize the Environmental Procedures Manual 
  • Look up Environmental Commitments 

  • Understand Section A notes on Environmental Commitments  

  • Use chapters 4 and 5 of the Manual 

 


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FLAGGER COURSES
FLAGGER CERTIFICATION COURSE & EXAM

This course teaches the trainee the importance of flaggers in a construction zone and prepares them for the certification exam that follows the course. Certification is good for two years. A card will be mailed to you upon completion of the course with 80% or better on the exam.

To enroll in the class, please send and an email with the following information:

  •     Name
  •     Age
  •     Company Name (if applicable)
  •     Address (card will be mailed to here)
  •     Email
  •     Phone number

An email with login information will be mailed to you within 2-3 business days.
FLAGGER INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION

Become certified to train flaggers that will be working in South Dakota. 

Training Objectives:

  • Understand the contents of the Flagger Study Manual
  • Understand the contents of the Flagger Certification Instructor’s Guide  
  • Understand the Flagger Certification Administrative process 
  •  Understand how to use the materials required in flagger training and examination 
Upon completion of this course, each participant is provided a basic certification training packet including: One Flagger Instructor Packet , 10 Flagger Manuals , 20 Flagger Proof of Certification Forms.  

To enroll in the class, please send and an email  with the following information. Please specify you want to be an instructor, not a flagger.
  • Name
  • Age
  • Company Name (if applicable)
  • Address (packet will be mailed to here)
  • Email
  • Phone number
An email with login information will be mailed to you within 2-3 business days.

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NHI COURSES
NHI 135046 STREAM STABILITY AND SCOUR AT HIGHWAY BRIDGES

Register at https://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/home.aspx 
Cost: $445

DATE 

TIME 

CITY 

LOCATION 

 June 2-4

 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

 Pierre

Becker Hansen Building, 
700 E Broadway, 
Room B17

This comprehensive training provides preventive techniques for identifying, analyzing, and calculating various hydraulic factors that impact bridge stability. Public and private sector engineers responsible for maintaining the integrity of highway bridges will find it invaluable. Prior to the beginning of the course, participants are strongly encouraged to enroll in the following Web-based training (WBT) courses: 135091 Basic Hydraulic Principles Review, 135086 Stream Stability Factors and Concepts, and 135087 Scour at Highway Bridges: Concepts and Definitions. Mastery of the concepts covered in these WBTs will enhance participation in the Instructor-led training.
Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify indicators of stream instability that can threaten bridges
  • Identify stream types and their potential for instability problems
  • Describe open-channel hydraulics concepts in bridge scour and stream instability analyses
  • Define types of scour that can occur at bridge crossings
  • Describe aggradation, degradation, and contraction scour
  • Calculate contraction scour for live bed and clear water conditions
  • Describe factors that influence scour at piers
  • Calculate pier scour for three typical case studies
  • Describe the factors that influence scour at abutments
  • Describe how HEC-18, HEC-20, and HEC-23 provide analysis procedures for stream instability and bridge scour
  • Perform Level I and II analyses
  • Classify a stream using two different classification systems
  • Conduct a qualitative analysis of stream responses
  • Apply the HEC-18 scour equations to determine total scour at a bridge
  • Determine the need for a Scour Plan of Action at a scour-critical bridge
NHI 135047 STREAM STABILITY & SCOUR AT HIGHWAY BRIDGES FOR BRIDGE INSPECTORS
Register at https://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/home.aspx
Cost: $135

Prerequisites: NHI Courses 135086 and 135087 (Web-based)

DATE 

TIME 

CITY 

LOCATION 

 Nov. 12

 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Pierre 

Becker Hansen Building
700 E Broadway
Room B17

 

This course is an abbreviated presentation of 135046 Stream Stability and Scour at Highway Bridges. The course provides an understanding of and assistance in detecting hydraulic-related problems at highway bridges. The effects of steam instability, scour, erosion, and stream aggradation and degradation are covered. Countermeasures to these problems are discussed. This course concentrates on visual keys to detecting scour and stream instability problems and provides an introduction to portable scour monitoring instrumentation. The course emphasizes inspection guidelines to complete the hydraulic and scour-related coding requirements of the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS).


NHI 130126 STRUT & TIE MODELING

Register at NHI.FHWA.DOT.GOV

Cost: $370

DATE 

TIME 

CITY 

LOCATION 

 TBD

 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

 Pierre

 Becker Hansen Building
 700 E Broadway
 Room B17

STM provides engineers with a simplistic analysis and design tool for deep concrete bridge elements and disturbed regions that would otherwise require a rigorous refined analysis. STM has long been established as a reasonable analysis tool for disturbed regions and deep beams. However, this modeling tool has had difficulty being integrated into our bridge design state-of-practice, which has resulted in inappropriate use of the simplistic elastic beam theory design for deep beams and disturbed regions. In some cases, it has resulted in poor in-service performance. This training course serves as a significant step in providing the knowledge transfer necessary for STM to be used more frequently and more effectively.

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

  • Describe the fundamentals of STM, including its definition, theory, and historical background
  • Explain the application of STM in bridge design, including identification of B-regions and D-regions and specific applications to bridge superstructures and substructures
  • Describe the required procedures for STM model development and design
  • Explain element-level considerations in STM, including struts, ties, and nodal zones
  • Summarize serviceability considerations in STM, including crack control, shear stress check, and sizing of members to minimize diagonal cracking
  • Explain the STM provisions presented in AASHTO LRFD
  • Apply STM fundamentals and procedures through a comprehensive design example

 


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OTHER TRAININGS
CONSULTANT ENGINEER TRAINING
6 hours

DATE 

TIME 

CITY 

LOCATION 

 TBD -- February

 

 

 


Consultant Engineer training regarding the new consultant selection processes, work order and payment issue. Plans quality, federal and state ethics laws, environmental/wetland issues, E-Construction, bridge design calculations, bridge ratings, and bridge rehabilitation techniques for BIG grants. 

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Michele Beeler
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