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May 27, 2009

Shoreview experiment may eliminate storm drains

Shoreview Public Works Director Mark Maloney says that pervious concrete allows water to flow through, preventing runoff and eliminating the need for storm sewers. ... The Minnesota Department of Transportation, working with the Aggregate Ready Mix Association, began studying pervious concrete in 2005 on a driveway, sidewalk and road test strips at its MnROAD research center at Albertville.

Read the full story: Shoreview experiment may eliminate storm drains, Star Tribune, May 26, 2009

Also, check out the TERRA fact sheet on pervious concrete.

May 15, 2009

The Public Release (Version 2) of Surrogate Safety Assessment Model (SSAM)

The Public Release (Version 2) of Surrogate Safety Assessment Model (SSAM) is now available for free downloading at http://www.itssiemens.com/research/ssam . The SSAM is a software application designed to conduct conflict analysis and to perform statistical analysis of vehicle trajectory data output from microscopic traffic simulation models including VISSIM, AIMSUN, Paramics, and TEXAS. The software computes a number of surrogate measures of safety for each conflict that is identified in the trajectory data and then computes summaries (mean, max, etc.) of each surrogate measure. This approach circumvents the need to wait for "abnormally high" crashes to actually occur, allows assessments of hypothetical designs and control alternatives, and is applicable to facilities where traditional, volume-base crash-prediction model have not been established.

In addition, following lists some useful resources and contact information for your reference:

For program information: contact Clayton Chen, FHWA HRDS Project Manager at 202-493-3054, clayton.chen@dot.gov

For additional SSAM information -- SSAM website: http://www.itssiemens.com/research/ssam/

SSAM Technical Support: contact Steve Shelby (Siemens) by e-mail steve.shelby@siemens.com or phone (520) 290-8006 ext. 115

To download the Version 2 of SSAM software (free-of-charge): http://www.itssiemens.com/research/ssam/ and look for "download registration"

SSAM Software User Manual: http://www.tfhrc.gov/safety/pubs/08050/index.htm

SSAM and Validation -- Final Report: http://www.tfhrc.gov/safety/pubs/08051/index.htm

APWA Monthly Event: National Public Works Week

Dates: May 17-23, 2009.

The American Public Works Association/Minnesota Chapter is proud to be celebrating National Public Works Week throughout Minnesota. This event is dedicated to the celebration of the tens of thousands of men and women in North America who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works.

The celebration gives all Minnesotans the chance to say "thank you" to the often unsung heroes of our society -- the professionals who serve the public every day with quiet dedication. Dan Gage, Vice President of MacQueen Equipment and President of the APWA/Minnesota Chapter, noted that public works officials often perform their public service duties quietly and without public recognition. He applauds the efforts of all public works employees throughout the state and welcomes the opportunity to give public recognition to those who serve. National Public Works Week provides a wonderful opportunity for mayors and/or city councils to give recognition and thanks to the many public works employees in their communities. We encourage you to take a moment during this week of celebration and bring public works to the attention of your community.

For more information contact Dan Gage: 651/645-5726

May 8, 2009

Public Works Curriculum Programs

The Minnesota Chapter of the American Public Works Association (WPWA) announced two new Public Works Curriculum programs at Hennepin Technical College to help train and develop future Public Works workers.

CIVIL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
The Civil Engineering Technology Program is a collaborative effort between Dakota and Hennepin Technical Colleges. Classes for the program will begin this fall and will be held at the Hennepin Technical College's Eden Prairie campus. This is a two year, 72 credit program whose graduates will receive an A.A.S. degree in Civil Engineer Technology. The Director of the Civil Engineering Technology program is Tim Gillette.

For more information about the program, please visit the Dakota County Technical College's website at : http://www.dctc.edu/future-students/programs/civil-engineering.cfm

PUBLIC WORKS MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN PROGRAM

The Public Works Maintenace is offered at the Hennepin Technical College Eden Prairie Campus. This is a one year, 32 credit program intended to prepare students to enter a career in Public Works. Students can choose to specialize in Parks and Recreation; Utilities; Street Maintenance; and General Maintenance.

For more information about the program, please visit the Hennepin County Technical College's web site at: http://www.hennepintech.edu/future/programs/service/public.htm

May 6, 2009

Traffic Calming on Main Roads Through Rural Communities

Speed management is a significant challenge for most communities in the United States. It is particularly true for small, rural communities where the main roadway through the town serves a dual role.This TechBrief summarizes an evaluation of the effects on speed of low-cost, traffic-calming treatments on main rural highways passing through small, rural communities in Iowa. Read more at http://www.tfhrc.gov/safety/pubs/08067/index.htm

FREE Introduction to RoadSoft: Online Training Series

Dates : 5 Morning Sessions: Monday, May 11 - Friday, May 15, 2009
Time : 9:30 AM EST

This May, RoadSoft users can take advantage of the first online "Introduction to RoadSoft" training series. This online training will consist of five, 2-hour sessions that will introduce users to RoadSoft. Users will be introduced to topics to help them get started with RoadSoft, use the Laptop Data Collector (LDC), and manage their RoadSoft
database.

Each individual session will be presented via the web, and will provide users with the opportunity to learn more about RoadSoft and to interact with the experts at Michigan Tech's Technology Development Group (TDG). Sessions will take place from *9:30 AM - 11:30 AM* (EST) on the following dates:

May 11, 2009 --- Session 1: Training Overview / Understanding RoadSoft
May 12, 2009 --- Session 2: Using the Road Module
May 13, 2009 --- Session 3: Data Collection / Using the LDC
May 14, 2009 --- Session 4: Managing Your RoadSoft Database
May 15, 2009 --- Session 5: Intro to Safety Analysis / Using Crash Data

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

New RoadSoft users and users wishing to gain more understanding of introductory RoadSoft concepts and best practices.

TO REGISTER:

There is no cost to attend this training series; please register early to ensure your participation. To register, email your contact information (name, company, and phone number) to ltap@mtu.edu or call the Michigan LTAP office at 906-487-2102.

TO PARTICIPATE:

This training is a web-based training, so you can participate from the comfort of your office. You will need a computer with a high speed Internet connection for the video portion of the presentation and a phone for the audio portion of the presentation. Detailed instructions will be provided to all those who register.

APWA Monthly event: Public Infrastructure Inspector Study Guide Part 3

Date : May 20, 2009
Cost : Members: $175.00 per site, Non Members: $225.00 per site
Location : Audio/Web Broadcast

Sign-up for this program now to help you successfully prepare to complete the process of sitting for the Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector. This webcast series focuses you on areas of content domain, available resources and analysis of specialty topics found within the construction inspection world.
This program cannot overcome lack of experience, and this review will not guarantee a pass rate. But, the series includes tips on how to study prior to taking the exam and leaves you with additional self-directed study questions and information.

Register by Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at https://www.apwa.net/login/

For more information, please visit http://www.apwa.net/events/eventdetail.asp?ID=5172

APWA Monthly event: Public Infrastructure Inspector Study Guide Part 2

Date : May 13, 2009
Cost : Members: $175.00 per site, Non Members: $225.00 per site
Location : Audio/Web Broadcast

Sign-up for this program now to help you successfully prepare to complete the process of sitting for the Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector. This webcast series focuses you on areas of content domain, available resources and analysis of specialty topics found within the construction inspection world.
This program cannot overcome lack of experience, and this review will not guarantee a pass rate. But, the series includes tips on how to study prior to taking the exam and leaves you with additional self-directed study questions and information.

Register by Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at https://www.apwa.net/login/

For more information, please visit http://www.apwa.net/events/eventdetail.asp?ID=5190

APWA Monthly event : Public Infrastructure Inspector Study Guide Part 1

Date : May 6, 2009
Cost : Members: $175.00 per site, Non Members: $225.00 per site
Location : Audio/Web Broadcast

Sign-up for this program now to help you successfully prepare to complete the process of sitting for the Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector. This webcast series focuses you on areas of content domain, available resources and analysis of specialty topics found within the construction inspection world.
This program cannot overcome lack of experience, and this review will not guarantee a pass rate. But, the series includes tips on how to study prior to taking the exam and leaves you with additional self-directed study questions and information.

For more information, visit http://www.apwa.net/events/eventdetail.asp?ID=5170