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You'll have an opportunity to learn practical solutions from the experience of practitioners in the snow management field & to solve problems with them & other participants. Among the topics are applicable standards, materials for snow & ice control...

Course Outline
After Participating In This Course, You Will Be Able To:
• Plan cost effective snow management and de-icing programs
• Apply the latest advances in winter road maintenance to your own program
• Utilize forecasting methods that can put you ahead of the game
• Employ the knowledge of the environmental impact of winter operations in your own program
• Improve your storage of materials and utilization of equipment and personnel
• Enhance efficiency, economy and safety of your operations

Description Roadway winter maintenance is a continuing challenge for all road authorities. Significant resources are mobilized and expended to manage snow and ice on roadways. Road authorities with responsibilities for road winter maintenance include public and private entities, such as municipal, provincial, and national transportation public works departments, large institutions and businesses, private sector contractors and road managers.
Snow and ice control, and the winter maintenance operation as a whole can be improved provided there is a strategy that is well-planned and efficiently executed. An effective winter maintenance strategy ensures that roads are maintained accessible and safe for all road users. In this course, you have an opportunity to learn practical solutions from the experience of practitioners in the snow management field, and to solve problems with them and other participants. Among the topics you explore are applicable standards, materials for snow and ice control, equipment, environmental impact issues, and jurisdictional questions.
Objective To provide participants with a basic understanding of the elements of winter maintenance operations, as well as help to optimize their snow management programs based on best practice, and to plan effectively to achieve the desired outcomes at minimum cost.
Who Should Attend Public and private sector works managers, managers of operations, supervisors, and maintenance superintendents, technical personnel responsible for snow and ice control programs; and municipal engineers.

Instructor: Mohamed Alkoka, P.Eng.

Program Outline

Day I
8:00      Registration and Coffee
8:20      Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

8:30      Winter Maintenance - An Overview
            • Benefits, constraints, level of service demands and safety objectives
9:00      Winter Maintenance Policies
            • A discussion on approach for policy
            • Why a policy is needed? The value in adopting winter maintenance policies 
            • What should be included in a policy 
            • Standards and procedures

10:00    Refreshments and Networking

10:30    Materials I
            • Materials available for snow and ice control 
            • Material science, properties and limitations
            • Salt, chlorides, acetates and abrasives
            • Selecting the right material
            • Effects on infrastructure
            • Alternative de-icing chemicals

12:00    Lunch

1:00      Materials II
            • Using liquids for snow and ice control
            • Material Application techniques
            • Pre-wetting and anti-icing
            • Material Storage and handling

1:45      Road Weather Monitoring and Information Systems
            • Weather monitoring for snow and ice control
            • Road weather sensors and instruments
            • Pavement condition monitoring and forecasting
            • Road Weather Information Systems and ice-detection systems
            • RWIS for Decision-making in winter operations
2:30      Refreshments and Networking

3:00      Data Collection, GPS & AVL
            • Demystifying the terminology
            • Data requirements for winter operations
            • Data Collection and Spreader Controllers
            • How to use GPS and AVL for winter operations
            • Data collection and reporting technologies

4:30      Adjournment

Day II

8:30      Planning for an Integrated Operation 
            • Systematic approach for winter operations
            • Winter maintenance policy implementation
            • Level of service & salting/plowing operations 
            • Route planning and optimization
            • Equipment and labour requirements
            • Decision-making for operations
            • Public relations and snow emergencies
10:15    Refreshments and Networking
10:45    Road Salt Management
            • Road salt and environmental issues
            • Elements of a salt management plan
            • Salt management initiatives and best management practices
            • Guiding principles for an effective Salt Management Plan 
            • Developing a template for a Salt Management Plan
12:00    Lunch
1:00      Equipment for Winter Road Maintenance

            • Equipment Specifications
            • Material spreading equipment 
            • Electronic spreader controllers
            • Snow plowing equipment
            • Pre-wetting and anti-icing equipment
            • Equipment operators’ training 
            • Different types of equipment and their applications
            • Advances and future trends
2:15      Refreshments and Networking
2:45      Contracting and Service Outsourcing

            • Cost and reliability considerations, alternative service delivery
            • The advantages and disadvantages of contracting
            • How to use contracting to your advantage
            • Examples and case studies of contracting

3:30      Case Studies
            • Review of relevant case studies
            • Discus examples for local application
4:00      Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.2 CEU / 12 PDH

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
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