Training Videos



The International Road Federation has developed the most comprehensive transportation training aids library in the world. Many broadcast-quality videotapes have been produced in eight languages (English, Arabic, Spanish, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Turkish) and benefit from nearly two decades of feedback from satisfied users in 88 countries around the world.

The IRF also provides train-the-trainers seminars to the users of the videotapes. The seminar's objectives are to develop the capabilities of participants to produce and implement training programs that utilize the IRF videotapes. Training workshops to discuss in more detail the subjects covered by the IRF tapes are also available.

Road Maintenance

Road Maintenance - Series 1

18 Modules

Entire Series

  • Member - $1,800
  • Non-member - $5400

Individual Modules

  • Member - $195
  • Non-member - $495

Maintenance engineers, superintendents and foremen can observe procedures performed in accordance with correct and efficient fundamentals. Road maintenance and repair work will last longer and available funds will go further. The tapes also discuss the appropriate materials, equipment and tools used in each maintenance activity.

Module 1 - 21 Minutes

Common Maintenance Problems and Causes

Common maintenance problems occurring on pavement surfaces, road bases and sub-bases, earth and gravel roads, shoulders, drainage facilities, bridges and roadside areas are presented clearly and easily understood. The tape identifies the main causes of most road maintenance problems, giving the trainee an understanding of the importance of doing maintenance task correctly. It is a necessary supplement to all others in the series.

Module 2 - 24 Minutes

Traffic Control During Maintenance

Protection of maintenance workers and equipment is the subject here. Basic principles for selection, placement, maintenance and removal of traffic control devices are shown and explained. Proper practice will also achieve efficient operation and keep traffic flowing smoothly during maintenance activities. Typical applications of traffic controls for maintenance works are shown step-by-step in real-life situations. Version 1: Using European International Road Signs and is applicable to Europe, Africa and Asia. Version 2: Using Inter-American International Road Signs and is applicable to Latin America.

Module 3 - 13 Minutes

Pothole Repair in Asphalt Concrete Pavement

Potholes must be repaired quickly because they are a safety hazard. They damage vehicles and quickly lead to further, more serious road damage. Done correctly, the repair will last a long time. Done poorly, it can soon become a growing expense. Through a detailed 9-step procedure using proper materials, tools and equipment, the tape shows and explains how to do each step correctly and efficiently, with the result of a long-lasting repair. Special emphasis is placed on the proper shaping of the repair and the compaction of the mix.

Module 4 - 14 Minutes

Pothole Repair in Surface Treatment Pavement

The correct procedures for use of granular material for filling the pothole are demonstrated and explained. They will provide a long-lasting repair. Proper equipment and materials used for repair are discussed. An 8-step procedure is demonstrated in detail. It includes placing the traffic control devices, marking the damage area, cutting out and removing all damaged material, compacting the granular material, sealing the surface with liquid asphalt and cover aggregate, cleaning the work site and removing the traffic control devices.

Module 5 - 12 Minutes

Crack Repair in Asphalt Pavement

Repair procedures are shown for linear and alligator cracks from three to twelve millimeters wide. The correct work steps are described in detail. Proper hand tools and equipment designed to do the job best are shown. Materials for filling and sealing the cracks are also presented. Actual repairs of linear cracks and area cracks are demonstrated.

Module 6 - 14 Minutes

Repair of Depressions, Rutting and Corrugations

The basic repair method for depressions, rutting and corrugations is to fill in the low areas with a leveling course of asphalt concrete and then to overlay the entire area with a wearing course. The proper procedures to perform this repair method with a motorgrader are described through eight work steps. Special considerations for placing and compacting each layer in a deep depression are illustrated. The tape also shows how to place and compact a thin overlay over the leveling course.

Module 7 - 16 Minutes

Base and Sub-base Repair

Details on correct procedures for the repair of base and sub-base are demonstrated in this videotape. Nine work steps include placing the traffic control devices, marking the limits of repair and cutting the pavement, removing all unsuitable material, installing required sub-drainage, restoring the sub-grade, replacing the sub-base and base, replacing the pavement surface, cleaning the work site and removing the traffic control devices. Quick on-site tests of the moisture content of the sub-grade and base materials are also shown.

Module 8 - 15 Minutes

Single and Multiple Surface Treatments

This module gives the What, the Why, and the How in construction of successful surface treatments on unpaved and paved roads. It covers good construction practices in eight detailed work steps. The preparation of the surface to be treated, testing of the asphalt distributor, and checking the weather are discussed. Materials required for surface treatments are presented. Proper procedures for applying the asphalt, spreading the aggregate and compacting the aggregate are demonstrated. Construction of smooth transverse and longitudinal joints is also described.

Module 9 - 24 Minutes

Slurry Seal

The module describes an increasingly useful and cost-effective method of maintaining paved surfaces. It covers the resources needed to perform a slurry seal job including materials, equipment and manpower. It also shows in detail the slurry seal operation in 7 steps: storage and loading of materials, traffic control, surface preparation, slurry application, curing, rolling and clean-up. Applying these procedures, the pavement will be protected with a uniform skid resistant and waterproof surface.

Module 10 - 12 Minutes

Patching Unpaved Roads

This is a manual method of maintenance for repairing surface defects such as potholes, ruts, gullies and soft spots on unpaved roads. The Module describes an eight-step maintenance procedure to provide a long-lasting repair. Proper maintenance practices for preparing the hole, filling it with granular material and compacting the material are shown in detail. A quick test for moisture content of the material at the site is also described.

Module 11 - 21 Minutes

Smoothing and Reshaping of Earth and Gravel Roads

Regularly scheduled smoothing and reshaping will keep earth and gravel roads in good condition and reduce the need for major high cost repairs. This videotape has two parts: (1) Smoothing, and (2) Reshaping. Each part has an equipment requirement, and overview of work steps, the work steps in detail, and a work step summary. Considerations for planning and preparing for the work are treated. Procedures for checking the road cross slope at straight and curved road sections are also presented.

Module 12 - 18 Minutes


A major maintenance operation to restore the wearing course of gravel roads is presented in detail. Necessary repairs of the road and drainage system before regraveling are discussed. Equipment, materials, and procedures for regraveling are clearly described. The procedures include: traffic control, reshaping and compacting the sub-grade, hauling and placing the granular material, and compacting the granular material. Methods for checking the road cross slope and quick testing of the material's moisture content are also shown.

Module 13 - 16 Minutes

Reshaping Earth and Gravel Shoulders

This videotape shows the proper procedures for reshaping earth and gravel shoulders (without adding material) to correct shoulder drop-off, rutting, buildup of material and excessive weed growth and to maintain a safe shoulder with proper cross slope. A nine-step maintenance procedure is clearly presented step-by-step and the equipment and hand tools required are also discussed.

Module 14 - 19 Minutes

Replenishing Earth and Gravel Shoulders

Nine maintenance work steps to restore the unpaved shoulder by adding new material are shown in the Module. Proper procedures are fully presented for preparing the existing shoulder surface before adding additional material, placing and spreading additional material, and compacting the material. Equipment and material required to do the job best are discussed, as well as proper use of equipment.

Module 15 - 19 Minutes

Mechanical Cleaning of Unlined Ditches

Mechanical cleaning procedures with a motorgrader and with an excavator are presented. The tape reviews ditch structure and function, and selection of the appropriate type of equipment to be used depending on ditch design and condition. Proper work step details include planning the job, traffic control, cleaning the ditch, cleaning adjacent culvert inlets and outlets and outfall ditches, disposing of unwanted material, cleaning up the job site, inspecting the finished job.

Module 16 - 16 Minutes

Cleaning of Lined Ditches, Culverts and Catch Basins

Proper procedures for manual cleaning of lined ditches, culverts and catch basins are demonstrated. The seven)step procedure includes traffic control, assigning the work, removing and disposing of all debris and obstructions, inspecting for damage, making minor repairs, cleaning up the work site. The tape also shows how to schedule the cleaning work.

Module 17 - 14 Minutes

Cleaning and Clearing of Bridges

This module describes why and how to clean all types of bridges and their components. It includes procedures for cleaning bridge decks, drainholes, downspouts, expansion joints, all signs and reflectors, removing unauthorized writing or painting, cleaning bearing assemblies, pier caps and abutments, and removing debris and waterway obstructions. Proper equipment and hand tools required to do the job are also presented.

Module 18 - 18 Minutes

Concrete Bridge Deck Repair

Procedures for permanent repair of partial and full depth bridge deck holes with cement concrete are detailed. Proper procedures and proper use of equipment and tools for cutting the concrete, cleaning out the hole and the reinforcing steel, building the form, preparing the concrete, and placing and finishing the concrete are shown and described. The correct curing method of the concrete is also presented.

Equipment Maintenance and Operation

Equipment Maintenance and Operation - Series 2

18 Modules

Entire Series

  • Member - $1,800
  • Non-member - $5400

Individual Modules

  • Member - $195
  • Non-member - $495

Safe, efficient equipment operations is the objective. This series will permit equipment operators to learn more quickly the correct daily maintenance and operating procedures for motorgraders, front end loaders, crawler tractors, rollers, asphalt distributors, dump trucks, and light vehicles. Proper daily maintenance will keep machines in good working condition and help to extend their service life. Correct operating procedures will enable the equipment operators to perform road construction and maintenance activities efficiently. These two results will extend the value of available funds.

Module 1 - 20 Minutes

Operator Daily Maintenance of Motorgraders

This Module shows the operator the proper daily maintenance procedures which consist of four groups of activities: the pre-start check, the warm-up check, the daily operating check, and the shutdown check. More importantly, it will tell why these procedures are necessary and how to perform them correctly.

Module 2 - 22 Minutes

Motorgrader Operation, Part 1

Included here are the equipment instruments and controls; pre-operation checks; general operation tips; how to start the engine; basic maneuvers including moving forward, and backward, turning, braking and stopping; safety practices; and six basic steps of operation for any job. The 6 basic steps are: Study the Job Area, Position the Motorgrader, Set the Blade for the Work to be Done, Setting the Gear, Driving Straight Ahead and Make Few Blade Changes as Possible.

Module 3 - 21 Minutes

Motorgrader Operation, Part 2

Operating procedures for five motorgrader activities are presented: grading a surface, mixing and windowing, spreading, finish grading, including both coarse and fine finishing, ditch cutting, backslope preparation, and ditch cleaning. Each activity is demonstrated in detail by the model operator.

Module 4 - 21 Minutes

Articulated Motorgrader Operation

The special controls, and operating procedures for the articulated motorgrader are treated here. Procedures for V-ditch cleaning, both wet and dry ditches, for ditch cutting, and for high banksloping are demonstrated step-by-step. Effective uses of the articulated motorgrader in difficult job conditions are also shown in detail.

Module 5 - 18 Minutes

Operator Daily Maintenance of Front-End Loaders

Following these daily preventative maintenance procedures will provide efficient performance over a longer period, and extend the service life of the front)end loader. The tape demonstrates in detail how to carry out correctly four groups of daily maintenance activities on the front-end loader and why these activities are necessary. It also covers procedures for cleaning a dirty air filter element if no new elements are available for replacement.

Module 6 - I9 Minutes

Front-End Loader Operation, Part 1

Instruments and controls are shown and described. Basic uses of the front-end loader, safety procedures, general operating tips, pre-operation checks, how to start the engine, basic maneuvers including driving forward and backward, braking and stopping, and how to shut down the engine are all treated in detail.

Module 7 - 19 Minutes

Front-End Loader Operation, Part 2

More advance tasks are demonstrated step-by-step. Operating procedures for efficient loading, stockpiling, digging, rough grading, hauling, demolition, and forklifting are included. Two methods of loading material from a stockpile into a truck, the l-shape method and the Y-shape method, are shown. Standard stockpiling, ramp stockpiling and bin stockpiling procedures are described in detail.

Module 8 - 19 Minutes

Operator Daily Maintenance of Crawler Tractors

The operator is shown the general and proper procedures for operator daily maintenance on crawler tractors, and is given an explanation why these procedures are necessary. All necessary daily preventive maintenance activities from the start to the end of an operating day are clearly performed by the model operator. Following these procedures will help to ensure that the crawler tractor is properly maintained and stays in good operating condition for the maximum time.

Module 9 - 19 Minutes

Crawler-Tractor Operation, Part 1

Covers instruments and controls, important safety rules of operation, pre-operation checks, how to start the engine, how to operate the blade and its controls, how to use the ripper, basic maneuvers including moving forward, moving backward, turning, and parking. All procedures are demonstrated in detail by the model operator, and described by the narrator.

Module 10 - 15 Minutes

Crawler-Tractor Operation, Part 2

The operator sees and hears step-by-step how to use the Crawler Tractor effectively in bulldozing, stockpiling, ditching, cutting a roadway, finishing slopes, backfilling, removing stumps and rock, clearing land operations. Two techniques of bulldozing, slot dozing and side-by-side dozing, are demonstrated clearly. Towing and transporting a crawler-tractor are also discussed.

Module 11 - 20 Minutes

Operator Daily Maintenance of Rollers

What can you - the operator - do to help keep your roller working at its best? The key is to follow the daily maintenance procedures for rollers including steel-wheel rollers, pneumatic tire rollers and vibratory rollers presented in this video tape. The procedures cover all required daily maintenance activities on the rollers, beginning from the pre-start check, through the equipment warm-up check and the daily operations check to the shut-down activities at the end of the day.

Module 12 - 16 Minutes

Roller Operation, Part 1

Trainees are given basic information on the major types of rollers including static and vibratory rollers, steel wheel, sheepsfoot and pneumatic rollers and their uses, safety procedures, instruments and controls, general operating tips, pre-operation checks, how to start the engine, basic maneuvers, and how to shut down the engine.

Module 13 - I9 Minutes

Roller Operation, Part 2

Rolling procedures for asphalt mix, soils, aggregate and gravel materials are demonstrated. Rolling phases, the rolling zone, rolling patterns, rolling techniques and vibration procedures are discussed in detail. How to determine the best pattern for a rolling job, how to achieve a maximum and uniform compaction and still keep up with production, are presented clearly. Techniques on rolling longitudinal joints and transverse joints are also included.

Module 14 - 15 Minutes

Operator Daily Maintenance of Asphalt Distributors

The module treats daily preventive maintenance requirements and procedures for asphalt distributors. Daily maintenance is required in four areas: the pre-start check, the warm-up check, the daily operating check, and the shut-down check. The test of the distribution power system, the inspection and cleaning of the bitometer, the test and adjustments of the spray bar and nozzles, and procedures for cleaning out the asphalt distribution system are all presented and described.

Module 15 - 30 Minutes

Asphalt Distributor Operation

The module covers instruments and controls, safety practices, general operating tips, preparing the distributor for operation, filling the distributor from a supply source, heating the bitumen in the distributor, adjusting the spray bar and nozzles, and spraying operations. Operations procedures for spraying road lanes and shoulders are demonstrated. How to get a uniform spraying at desired spray rate is also discussed. Hand spraying, pump-off and drawing materials in the bar back to the tank, and draining and flushing the circulating system, spray bar and tank are presented in detail.

Module 16 - 18 Minutes

Operator Daily Maintenance of Dump Trucks

Step-by-step daily maintenance procedures on dump trucks include ( 1 ) the walk around pre-start inspection which consists of checking tire pressure, looking for loose or worn parts, inspecting for fluid leaks, checking fluid levels, and draining fuel and air tanks of dirt and condensation; (2) the warm-up check which covers starting the engine, checking gauges, lights, hydraulic hoist system, steering system, and testing brakes; (3) the daily operating check which comprises listening for unusual noises, reading gauges frequently and being aware of any changes in the truck's performance; and (4) the shut-down check requirements which are: filling the fuel tanks, cleaning the equipment, parking on a level surface, setting the parking brake, idling the engine, and recording hour meter readings.

Module 17 - 24 Minutes

Dump Truck Operation

Trainees observe and hear explanation of instruments and controls, safety practices, operation tips, pre-operation checks, basic maneuvers, and procedures for shifting a typical 10-speed manual transmission. Starting, turning, stopping, backing procedures are clearly presented. Loading, dumping procedures including single pile dumping, spot dumping and spreading thin lifts are shown.

Module 18 - 16 Minutes

Driver Daily Maintenance of Light Vehicles

Shows the driver how to perform proper daily preventive maintenance procedures on light vehicles such as pick-ups and station wagons - and why these procedures are necessary. Detailed maintenance activities from the pre-start check to the shutdown check at the end of the day are demonstrated step-by-step.

Construction Inspection

Construction Inspection - Series 3

9 Modules

Entire Series

  • Member - $900
  • Non-member - $2,700

Individual Modules

  • Member - $195
  • Non-member - $495

The Construction Inspection Series is for use in training of road construction inspectors. It focuses on the inspection of asphalt concrete paving, Portland cement concrete paving, and construction of bridges and other structures. Field sampling and testing for asphalt concrete and cement concrete are also included.

Module 1 - 25 Minutes

Asphalt Concrete Plant Inspection

The module consists of 5 parts: asphalt mixture, basic mixing process, basic operation of asphalt batch plants, and basic operation of dryer drum plants; material controls for aggregates, admixtures, and asphalt; inspection and controls for batch plants; inspection and controls for dryer drum plants; and control procedures for asphalt mix.

Module 2 - 25 Minutes

Asphalt Concrete Paving Inspection

The module consists of four parts: the inspection for equipment and materials used for asphalt concrete paving; preparation for paving including alignment control, grade control, and weather limits; inspection procedures for the paving operation, for the delivery of the mix at the job site, and for the construction of transverse and longitudinal joints; and inspection procedures for the compaction of the asphalt mix in each rolling phase.

Module 3 - 40 Minutes

Field Sampling and Testing for Bituminous Construction

The module consists of four parts: bituminous mixtures; procedures for sampling of aggregates, asphalt, and bituminous mixtures; field testing methods for aggregates, including gradation test, Sand Equivalent Test, Crushed Faces Test, and Flakiness Index Test; and field testing methods for bituminous mixtures including Particle Coating Test, Extraction Test, Moisture Content Test, Asphalt Retention Test, Rice Test (for determination of the maximum specific gravity of uncompacted mixtures), and Marshall Test.

Module 4 - 18 Minutes

Chip Seal, Prime, Flush and Tack Coat Inspection

The module presents detailed procedures for these surface treatments including inspection and controls for materials, equipment, and construction.

Module 5 - 8 Minutes

Inspecting Pavement Recycling

Hot-mix plant recycling is covered, including equipment and plant used for the operation, inspection procedures for pavement preparation, pavement removal, mixing of recycled and new materials, and paving.

Module 6 - 20 Minutes

Concrete Paving Inspection

The module consists of three parts: inspection of the alignment and grade control, the sub-grade preparation, the setting of forms, the preparation on concrete, the lean concrete base; inspecting the placement and curing of concrete and paving with a slip form paver; construction inspection of joints, testing and accepting the finish pavement.

Module 7 - 56 Minutes

Major Structures Inspection

The module consists of five parts: bridge components; inspection procedures for bridge foundation including pile and drift shaft piling; inspection of piers and abutments; inspection procedures for bridge superstructures including steel girders, pre-cast concrete l-beams, cast-in-place box girders; inspection of bridge deck construction.

Module 8 - 25 Minutes

Incidental Concrete Structures Inspection

The module consists of three parts: introduction to incidental concrete structures, the inspection and controls for the plan, the excavation, forms, reinforcing bars; placement of concrete including slipform concrete placement and pre-cast concrete, construction inspection for joints, curing, removing the forms, finishing the surface including Class 1 and Class 2 surfacing, and backfilling.

Module 9 - 15 Minutes

Field Sampling and Testing for Concrete Construction

The module consists of two parts: introduction and the description of concrete components; concrete sampling in the field, and test methods for Slump Test, Air Content Test, Comprehensive Strength Test.

Cement and Concrete Testing

Cement and Concrete Testing - Series 4

7 Modules

Entire Series

  • Member - $700
  • Non-member - $2,100

Individual Modules

  • Member - $195
  • Non-member - $495

The Cement and Concrete Testing Series is for use in training technicians. It focuses on the correct test procedures for Physical Tests of Hydraulic Cement and Field and Laboratory Tests of Concrete. It also provides background technicians need to understand and perform the tests competently. Each test is described separately and can be shown individually if desired. An Instructor's Guide that gives suggestions for use, important points about the tests or procedures, and class-room discussion questions is supplied with each tape.

The Series comprises seven videotape Modules produced by the Portland Cement Association (PCA) or jointly by the Portland Cement Association and the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and is distributed by the IRF as a training package on cement and concrete testing.

Module 1 - 22 Minutes

Physical Tests of Hydraulic Cement Fineness Test

The tape demonstrates correct procedure for performing standard ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) tests C430-Fineness of Hydraulic Cement by the No. 325 Sieve, and C204-Fineness of Portland Cement by Air Permeability Apparatus.

Module 2 - 38 Minutes

Physical Tests of Hydraulic Cement Paste Tests

The module presents correct and detailed procedure for performing standard ASTM tests C187-Normal Consistency of Portland Cement, C1919-Time of Setting of Hydraulic Cement by Vicat Needle, C266-Time of Setting of Hydraulic Cement by Gilmore Needles, C151- Autoclave Expansion of Portland Cement, and C451-Early Stiffening of Portland Cement (Paste Method).

Module 3 - 42 Minutes

Physical Tests of Hydraulic Cement Mortar Tests

The tape demonstrates correct procedure for performing standard ASTM tests C109-Comprehensive Strength of Hydraulic Cement Mortars Using 2-inch Cube Specimens, C185-Air Content of Hydraulic Cement Mortar, C452-Potential Expansion of Portland Cement Mortars Exposed to Sulfate, and C359-Early Stiffening of Portland Cement (Mortar Method).

Module 4 - 48 Minutes

Field Tests for Quality Control of Fresh Concrete

The tape demonstrates correct procedure for conducting standard ASTM tests C172-Sampling Freshly Mixed Concrete, C143-Slump of Portland Cement Concrete, C138-Unit Weight, Yield, and Air Content (Gravimetric), C231-Air Content of Freshly Mixed Concrete (Pressure Method), C173-Air Content of Freshly Mixed Concrete (Volumetric Method), C31-Making and Curing Test Specimens in the Field, and C1064-Temperature of Freshly Mixed Portland Cement Concrete.

Module 5 - 26 Minutes

Concrete Laboratory Testing 1

The module presents correct procedure for conducting standard ASTM tests C617-Capping Cylindrical Concrete Specimens, and C39-Compressive Strength of Cylindrical Concrete Specimens. It also includes background information technicians need to understand and perform the tests. It covers ACI Certification Grade 1.

Module 6 - 52 Minutes

Concrete Laboratory Testing 2

The tape demonstrates correct procedure for performing standard ASTM tests C702-Reducing Field Samples of Aggregate to Testing Size, C117-Material Finer Than No. 200 Sieve in Mineral Aggregates by Washing, C136-Sieve Analysis of Fine and Coarse Aggregate, C29-Unit Weight and Voids in Aggregate, C127-Specific Gravity and Absorption of Coarse Aggregate, C128-Specific Gravity and Absorption of Fine Aggregate, and C566-Total Moisture Content of Aggregate by Drying. It includes background information technicians need to understand and perform the tests competently. Covers ACI Certification Grade 1.

Module 7 - 40 Minutes

Concrete Laboratory Testing 3

The Module demonstrates correct procedure for performing standard ASTM tests C78-Flexural Strength of Concrete, C123-Lightweight Pieces in Aggregate, and C192-Making and Curing Concrete Test Specimens in the Laboratory. It includes background information technicians need to understand and perform the tests competently. Covers ACI Certification Grade 11.

Traffic Control

Traffic Control - Series 5

7 Modules

Entire Series

  • Member - $700
  • Non-member - $2,100

Individual Modules

  • Member - $195
  • Non-member - $495

The Traffic Control Series is for use in training of traffic engineers and highway maintenance personnel. It includes an Overview of Worldwide Traffic Sign Systems, Markings and Island Traffic Controls for Schools, Railroad Crossings, Bicycle Facilities, Special Use Traffic Controls, Traffic Control Signals at Intersections, Traffic Sign Placement and Location, and Traffic Sign Inspection and Maintenance.

Module 1 - 26 Minutes

Worldwide Traffic Sign Systems Overview

The purpose of this videotape is to familiarize viewers with the three roadway sign systems, U.S., European, Latin American, in use around the world. The information presented in the tape represents general comparisons between sign systems, and is useful for traffic engineering personnel.

Module 2 - 19 Minutes

Markings and Islands

Markings and Islands have separate purposes. Markings convey certain regulations, warnings and other information without diverting a driver's attention from the roadway. Islands are areas between traffic lanes that control vehicle movement or provide pedestrian refuge. This videotape covers the design and application of both devices. The information in this tape is based on the U.S. Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Services.

Module 3 - 24 Minutes

Traffic Controls For Schools/Railroad

Crossings/Bicycle Facilities This program covers traffic controls under three traffic control conditions requiring extra safety considerations: schools areas, railroad crossings, and bicycle facilities. Each is unique situations for drivers and other users of highways and is presented in detail in the videotape.

Module 4 - 17 Minutes

Special Use Traffic Controls

This videotape covers special use traffic control devices. These devices address potentially hazardous traffic conditions that are not covered elsewhere in the traffic control series. They include hazard identification or speed bacons, lane)use control signals, pedestrian signals, high occupancy vehicle facilities, changeable message signs, movable concrete barriers, and a variety of other miscellaneous devices.

Module 5 - 18 Minutes

Traffic Control Signals at Intersections

Traffic Control signals are power-operated devices that direct traffic alternately at intersections. They assign the right-of-way to each intersecting street in an efficient manner. This videotape describes basically how engineers determine if a signal is needed, how signal controller phasing works, and how signal timing works. Signal controller phasing for four-legged intersection, five-legged intersection, and four-legged intersection with left-turn lanes are discussed.

Module 6 - 22 Minutes

Traffic Sign Placement and Location

The placement and location of traffic signs are discussed in this videotape. Three specific roadways: urban, rural and freeways are included in the presentation.

Module 7 - 21 Minutes

Traffic Sign Inspection and Maintenance

Inspection and maintenance of traffic signs are crucial to insuring a high level of public safety. Poorly maintained signs can effect safety, traffic operations and can cause severe liability problems. This videotape covers sign maintenance facilities, field equipment and materials, discusses how to measure whether signs are performing at the proper level, and describes a sign inventory system and an inspection program.

Job Site Safety

Job Site Safety - Series 6

3 Modules

Entire Series

  • Member - $300
  • Non-member - $900

Individual Modules

  • Member - $195
  • Non-member - $495

This series provides principles to be observed in the design, application, installation, and maintenance of various types of traffic control devices required for road or street construction, maintenance operations and incidents on or adjacent to the roadway.

Module 1 - 25 Minutes

Work Zone Safety Concepts

This tape covers basic principles of work zone safety, traffic control zone, planning for traffic control, the function of traffic control devices, and typical applications. In the work zone, drivers are faced with changing and unexpected traffic conditions. So, traffic control device application should conform to, or be of higher standards than, normal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices warning and regulatory standards.

Module 2 - 21 Minutes

Developing Jobsite Traffic Control Plans

Traffic control plans are required for any large scale, long term construction projects. Moreover, they are required for all U.S. Federal aid projects2. This tape shows how to develop an effective traffic control plan from pre)planning, through actual design and writing, implementation, evaluation, and revision.

Module 3 - 24 Minutes

Installation, Inspection, and Maintenance of Work Site Traffic Control Devices

Traffic control in construction areas is crucial to the safety of the traveling public and workers. Construction workers must carry out the Traffic Control Plan properly, or they will jeopardize the safety of drivers, pedestrians, and workers, and increase the highway agency's potential liability. This videotape covers in detail the installation, inspection, and maintenance of traffic control devices at a basic work site based on a traffic control plan.

Highway Safety

Highway Safety - Series 7

3 Modules

Entire Series

  • Member - $300
  • Non-member - $900

Individual Modules

  • Member - $195
  • Non-member - $495

This series provides an overview of highway safety improvement program concepts, and introduces methodology for: (I) identifying highway safety problems and corrective measures; (2) evaluating alternative improvements and selecting an appropriate safety improvement; (3) evaluating the results of individual safety improvements and the overall safety program.

Module 1 - I9 Minutes

Identifying Highway Safety Problems and Solutions

This course introduces basic concepts in highway safety program management including: (1) the goal of a highway safety program that is to reduce the number and severity of traffic accidents and to decrease the potential for such accidents on all highways; (2) the nature of traffic accidents, resulting from a breakdown in the complex interactions between drivers, vehicles and roads; (3) the concept of highway safety improvement program management consisting of six phases: Identify Safety Problems, Identify Alternative Improvements, Evaluate Each Safety Improvement, Evaluate Overall Safety Program. Details of the first two phases are discussed in this tape.

Module 2 - 20 Minutes

Evaluating and Selecting the Best Safety Alternatives

This videotape presents an in-depth look at the third and fourth phases of the safety improvement program management process Evaluating Alternatives and Selecting Improvements, and Developing and Implementing Highway Safety Improvement Program Techniques for determining the benefits and costs of proposed highway safety improvements using sound economic principles are introduced. A five-step procedure for evaluating and selecting improvement alternatives including Estimate accident reduction, Calculate safety benefits, Calculate improvements costs, Evaluate Alternatives, Select and document improvements is discussed in detail.

Module 3 - 20 Minutes

Evaluating Safety Program Results

This course presents an in-depth look at the fifth and sixth phases of the safety improvement program management process - Evaluating Each Safety Improvement Project and Evaluating Overall Safety Program. A five-step procedure for Phase 5 including Obtain "before and after" accident data, Determine accident reduction, Test statistical significance, Perform benefit/cost evaluation, Document and report results is discussed. A four-step procedure for Phase 6 including Evaluate program categories, Evaluate overall program, Combine results with previous evaluations, and Summarize and Report results is presented.

Contract Maintenance

Contract Maintenance - Series 8

3 Modules

Entire Series

  • Member - $300
  • Non-member - $900

Individual Modules

  • Member - $195
  • Non-member - $495

Contract maintenance is one alternative to accomplishing maintenance programs solely with government agency personnel and equipment. The objectives are to improve the effectiveness of high way maintenance, to better control rising costs, and to meet changing maintenance demands. This series provides: (I) An overview of contract maintenance; (2) Development of a contract maintenance system; (3) Implementation of a contract maintenance system including solicitation and award procedures and effective supervision of the contract.

Module 1 - 21 Minutes

Contract Maintenance - Overview

The tape shows how contract maintenance is used around the world. Then, it discuss how an agency makes a decision to contract its maintenance work including two basic steps: evaluating and defining specific agency objectives, and examining the feasibility of contracting. It also discuss briefly two phases of maintenance contracting, the development phase which includes a transition planning and preparation of comprehensive contract documents, and the implementation phase with contract solicitation and award and contract supervision.

Module 2 - 20 Minutes

Contract Maintenance - Procedures

This course covers in detail procedures for developing a contract maintenance system. The development includes the preparation of the transition plan from maintenance performed by the agency to contract maintenance and the preparation of comprehensive contract documents. How to define objectives of a transition plan, create maintenance plans, determine contract approach, define responsibilities and establish a plan for existing resources are discussed. Five important documents to create, instructions to bidders, contract provisions, pricing documents, measurement procedures, and performance standards are clearly explained.

Module 3 - 21 Minutes

Contract Maintenance - Supervision

This videotape discusses in detail solicitation and award procedures and the effective supervision of the contract. Contractor interest, contractor pre-qualification, pre-bid conferences, bid analysis, and contract award are presented clearly in the tape. Contract supervision procedures including administrative procedures, field procedures, quality control program, payment procedures, contract modifications, and training are fully covered. Examples of an effective quality control program and good payment procedures from countries in the world are described.

Highway Management

Highway Management Systems - Series 9

9 Modules

Entire Series

  • Member - $900
  • Non-member - $2,700

Individual Modules

  • Member - $195
  • Non-member - $495

The challenge for managers of highway organizations is to establish the most cost-effective program possible and to carry it out in the most efficient method possible. Due to the sheer size of the road network and the number of features that must be cared for; plus the varying age and physical conditions, and limited funds, highway managers are faced with problems that can no longer be solved with intuitive approaches. A systematic approach, based on sound management and engineering principles, is needed to determine the most cost-effective improvement programs and maintenance programs and to maximize the use of available funds. To help alleviate some of these problems, several management systems h have been developed for use in highway organizations. These include Pavement Management Systems (PMS), Bridge Management Systems (BMS) and Maintenance Management Systems (MMS).

Module 1 - 20 Minutes

Introduction to Highway Management Systems

This videotape gives an overview of the three management systems, Pavement Management Systems, Bridge Management Systems, and Maintenance Management Systems. The relationship of PMS, BMS and MMS and the use of computers are discussed. PMS Elements and PMS Information BMS Elements and BMS Information, MMS Elements and MMS Information are presented. The use of these management systems in the planning, design, construction and maintenance at a typical highway agency is also discussed in detail.

Module 2 - 22 Minutes

Pavement Management Systems - An Overview

This course identifies the components of a Pavement Management System (PMS) and the role of each component. It describes in detail the steps recommended for development, implementation and operation of a PMS. Three methods used to analyze pavement performances and cost data and to identify cost-effective Maintenance, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction treatments and strategies (with an increasing degree of formal analysis): (1) Pavement condition analysis; (2) Priority assessment models; and (3) Network optimization models are discussed. Network and Project level PMS are presented. The tape also describes the products of a PMS which can help management in making informed decisions based on sound principles of management and engineering.

Module 3 - 20 Minutes

PMS Data Collection and Management

As with all modeling and simulation methods, a PMS is only as good as the data used to describe current conditions and historical trends and to calibrate the model for prediction future conditions. The quality of the data in the PMS database has a tremendous impact on the results of the analyses. Variations in techniques used by data collection personnel, or improper use of data collection equipment, can corrupt the data to the extent that erroneous results could be produced by the PMS. This could mean that road improvement money could be misdirected away from roads that need it to roads with lower-priority needs. Quality control measures are needed to ensure that data collection methods are consistent and yield reproducible results, even with changes in data collection personnel and equipment. This course is aimed at developing good data collection and data management techniques.

Module 4 - 23 Minutes

Developing and Implementing Pavement Management Systems

This course is intended to provide guidance to system developers and implementers on how to successfully start up and operate a PMS, based on experience of other agencies and good management practices to help avoid some of the pitfalls that are common to major systems development projects. Four phases of development and implementation of a PMS, Project Initiation, Requirements Analysis, Development and Implementation are presented task-by-task in detail.

Module 5 - 22 Minutes

Maintenance Management Systems - An Overview

This videotape identifies the elements of a typical maintenance management system (MMS) and the functions of each element of the system. It describes the activities involved in the development and operation of a MMS, and discusses the benefits and uses of a MMS in the context of managing the highway network. The six basic elements of a MMS, an inventory of all the features of the road network, a set of work activities and procedures describing how each work activity should be done, maintenance standards, a work program and budget, work schedules, and reports that automatically monitor the work are clearly presented.

Module 6 - 24 Minutes

Developing Maintenance Standards

Maintenance standards are very important. They promote uniform maintenance levels in every district or region of the country. They should be written to give specific direction to maintenance crews including when work should be done, how many should do it, and how much work should be done. Three types of maintenance standards: Quality Standards, Quantity Standards, and Performance Standards are discussed in detail. How to establish and use these standards are also presented.

Module 7 - 24 Minute

Maintenance Management Systems: Work Planning Process

This course introduces maintenance managers and other personnel to the concept of the work planning process in Maintenance. It shows how to develop an annual work program and performance budget, and maintenance work calendar. It also gives an understanding of why work planning is an integral part of the management process for maintenance and shows how it fits into the overall MMS. How to implement a work program is also discussed.

Module 8 - 21 Minutes

MMS Work Authorization and Scheduling

This videotape shows maintenance managers and others the concept of work authorization and scheduling as it applies to maintenance work. A work authorization is a formal approval, through written or electronic media, to perform certain maintenance activities. It reduces or eliminates problems in resource utilization. Schedules help management to get the best combination of resources doing the right kind of work at the right place and time. The tape shows how to develop effective scheduling for use in the maintenance management system.

Module 9 - 21 Minutes

MMS Work Reporting and Evaluation

The last major element of a MMS is Work Reporting and Control. Work Control is making sure work is done according to plans and standards and then taking corrective action when needed. It is part of the management cycle of planning and scheduling, organizing, directing, and controlling maintenance operations. This videotape describes the process of work reporting and work control as it relates to a typical MMS, and shows how to develop work reporting and work control procedures.

Equipment Management

Equipment Management Systems - Series 10

6 Modules

Entire Series

  • Member - $600
  • Non-member - $1,800

Individual Modules

  • Member - $195
  • Non-member - $495

The purpose of the Equipment Management System (EMS) is to (1) provide the right equipment at the right time and place at the lowest possible cost; (2) minimize equipment ownership, operation, and maintenance costs consistent with the most efficient execution of user work plans; (3) reduce downtime or increase availability; (4) reduce idle time or increase utilization. The six following videotapes will provide the description of the EMS, its benefits, the role of management, and planning and implementing considerations.

Module 1 - 18 Minutes

Introduction to Equipment Management Systems - An Overview

To be effective, the EMS must address each stage of the equipment life cycle from purchase to replacement. It includes (1) Inventory Control; (2) Fleet Planning; (3) Purchasing and Replacement; (4) Maintenance; (5) Parts and Supplies Management; (6) Financial Management; (7) Management Information for timely decision making. This videotape provides a brief overview of these elements. The benefits of EMS, the role of management and planning considerations are also discussed in the tape. Each element of the EMS will be discussed in more detail in the five following tapes.

Module 2 - 20 Minutes

Equipment Inventory

This videotape: (1) explains how to identify equipment requirements and establish an economic fleet size and mix - Fleet Planning; (2) explains how to monitor the utilization and performance of the fleet Inventory Control; and (3) outlines procedures that assure that each unit is replaced at its economic life point and that effective specifications are developed for new purchases - Equipment Replacement.

Module 3 - 26 Minutes

Equipment Maintenance

This course discusses in detail the Equipment Maintenance element which includes three components: (1) Preventive Maintenance program, (2) Shop Operations, and (3) Facilities. Design of a good Preventive Maintenance program and its implementation deserves the highest management attention to assure that the best possible program is developed and carried out. The tape shows you how to design and implement a good Preventive Maintenance program, and how to operate an equipment maintenance shop.

Module 4 - 25 Minutes

Parts and Supplies Management

The objectives of parts and supplies management are (1) to minimize equipment downtime by making spare parts and supplies available when they are needed; (2) to avoid unnecessarily large inventories which are costly. The challenge of parts and supplies management is to balance downtime costs and inventory costs. To achieve these objectives, the parts and supplies management subsystem should have four elements: (1) Stock numbering and classification, (2) Stock selection and stock levels, (3) Parts and supplies inventory management, and (4) Fuel management. This will be discussed in detail in the tape

Module 5 - 20 Minutes

Financial Management

The fourth sub-system of the Equipment Management System is Financial Management. It deals with: Cost accounting, Budgeting, Equipment rental rates, and Equipment funds. These four elements are essential - regardless of the size of the operation - for developing a financial management system. Many equipment decisions must be supported by sound cost information.

Module 6 - 26 Minutes

Equipment Management Information Sub-System

This videotape describes: (1) an effective Equipment Management Information subsystem, and (2) task-by-task presentation of the EMS development and implementation process. The Equipment Management Information Sub-System should provide for the following: Identification of all outputs reports; Identification of all input data required from the various EMS subsystems; the system necessary to process and maintain the data from the various EMS sub-systems. Successful implementation of the EMS requires careful planning and scheduling. The implementation considerations and implementation phases and tasks in each phase are presented in detail in the tape.

Construction Management

Construction Management - Series 11

5 Modules

Entire Series

  • Member - $500
  • Non-member - $1,500

Individual Modules

  • Member - $195
  • Non-member - $495

This series of five videotapes identifies the functions of construction management and the necessary skills and manpower needed to assure quality construction, develop a manpower management system for providing construction management services, and develop a user package for use by highway construction agencies who wish to apply the construction management systems to their needs.

Module 1 - 21 Minutes

Construction Management System Overview

This videotape gives you an overview of the Construction Management System (CMS). The five major elements of the CMS are: Planning and Staffing, Budgeting, Scheduling, Monitoring, and System Updating. These elements are modular in design and are flexible. Where more than one effective method could be developed, the alternatives are shown with suggested uses and procedures.

Module 2 - 20 Minutes

Construction Management System Planning

The objective of the planning step is to estimate the total manpower required to perform field construction management functions. Three planning methods based on: defined contract quantities, defined contract limits, or programmed dollar amounts are shown in the tape. Definitions of contract types, how to select contract types, how to select planning activities, how to select planning units of measure are also clearly presented in the training course.

Module 3 - 18 Minutes

Developing Contract Staffing Guidelines and Planning Values

The tape discusses staffing guidelines used in establishing standard planning values and in assigning personnel to field contracts. The two methods: (1) Maximum Staffing, and (2) Minimum Staffing are shown. They are used to reduce understaffing and overstaffing. The two sets of standard planning values used in manpower planning are presented. They are for: individual activities (approximately 40 activities), and activity groups (4 groups). They are staking, inspection, office engineering, and project management.

Module 4 - 20 Minutes

Manpower Budgeting/Scheduling Procedures

This course shows: Recommended procedures for developing manpower planning; selecting a manpower staffing method estimating the requirement for each month or each four-week period; procedures for developing manpower distribution; procedures for developing manpower balancing; guidelines for developing skill level; procedures for determining skill level requirements; developing budgeting procedures; developing Standard Costs; selecting a scheduling method; developing scheduling procedures.

Module 5 - 23 Minutes

Construction Management System Monitoring and Updating Procedures

The videotape discusses in detail: Work monitoring methods. Developing work reporting and monitoring procedures. Developing a contract type updating procedure. Developing a planning activity and unit of measure updating procedure. Developing a standard planning value updating procedure. Developing a standard costs updating procedure. Developing a skill level guidelines updating procedure.

Low-Volume Roads

Low-Volume Roads - Series 12

2 Modules

Entire Series

  • Member - $200
  • Non-member - $600

Individual Modules

  • Member - $195
  • Non-member - $495

This series of two videotapes deals with setting the maintenance priorities for low-volume roads and managing the maintenance for low-volume roads.

Module 1 - 20 Minutes

Setting Maintenance Priorities for Low-Volume Roads

The purposes of road maintenance is: (1) to reduce the rate of deterioration and increase life of roads; (2) to reduce vehicle operating costs by providing good riding surfaces; and (3) to keep roads open all year round. These are discussed clearly in the tape. Setting priorities for low-volume roads is a unique process and is shown in detail. The first step is to establish the extent of the total maintenance requirement by inspecting road conditions. Then do a traffic count to get traffic volume on each road. A recommended simple road maintenance classification based on traffic can be used; the work can be grouped under routine, periodic and emergency. Finally develop a work plan with maintenance tasks in order of priority.

Module 2 - 19 Minutes

Managing Maintenance for Low-Volume Roads

This course presents background details on the types of roads, typical problems, engineering properties and typical maintenance activities associated with low)volume roads. It also covers recommended procedures for developing and implementing simplified procedures for managing maintenance on low-volume unpaved roads including road and bridge inventory, work planning, labor and equipment programming, budgeting, scheduling and work monitoring and control.

Technology Transfer

Technology Transfer - Series 13

2 Modules

Entire Series

  • Member - $200
  • Non-member - $600

Individual Modules

  • Member - $195
  • Non-member - $495

This two-videotape series discusses (I) Effective technology transfer methods and (2) How to establish a Technology Transfer Centre.

Module 1 - 21 Minutes

Effective Technology Transfer

Technology transfer is the process by which research findings and new technology are transferred into useful processes, products and programs. It can serve two functions in a highway agency. It allows the agency to act as receiver of new information from outside sources. And it allows the agency to act as provider of information to various offices within the agency. Seven aspects of technology transfer are covered in this videotape. They include: (1) a definition of technology transfer; (2) steps in adopting new technology; (3) barriers to implementation; (4) characteristics affecting adoption of technology; (5) organizational characteristics affecting the transfer; (6) effective delivery systems; and (7) recommendations for improved technology transfer.

Module 2 - 25 Minutes

Establishing an Effective Technology Transfer Program

The primary objective of technology transfer centers is to improve transportation safety, mobility, efficiency and economy. The centers provide innovative methods which result in improved roadway infrastructures, especially benefiting those with no ready access to technical information. This videotape covers basic procedures for establishing an effective technology transfer program including the planning process, organizing and implementing the program.


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