Engineering workshops

Each year we typically host 1-2 workshop series aimed at engineers. These usually come with professional development hour (pdh) credits.

2017 engineering workshops

Design of ADA Curb Ramps and Pedestrian Access Routes

This training is designed to ensure that pedestrian facilities and access routes, in particular curb ramps, along our roadways are properly designed and constructed for all individuals, including those with disabilities. This training was developed to provide information and best practices for those involved in the design and maintenance of curb ramps and pedestrian facilities, and for those individuals that ensure compliance with accessibility laws and guidelines. This course is taught from the perspective of the Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG), a best practice for accessible pedestrian facilities.

The workshop will include a brief overview of the ADA, FHWA requirements, group exercise designing curb ramps, and video presentations by the United States Access Board to provide the attendees with background information and points-of-view of persons with disabilities navigating our pedestrian network.


Ted Green, P.E. Program Engineer at the New Jersey Local Technical Assistance Program (NJ LTAP). He provides Americans with Disabilities Act training as it relates to the public right-of-way and other transportation related subjects. Ted presents ADA courses with the FHWA Resource Center staff in several states and has been a trainer for the FHWA Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility Train-the-Trainer.

Geosynthetics in Pavement Systems

This workshop will cover the uses of geosynthetics in pavement design, maintenance, and construction. The workshop will discuss the types of geosynthetics used in pavements; uses of geosynthetics including separation, stabilization, base reinforcement, and drainage. The workshop will also discuss construction protocols and use of geosynthetics in pavement rehabilitation.


Dr. Barry Christopher is an independent geotechnical engineering consultant with over 35 years of experience and specializes in ground improvement technologies including geosynthetics applications and design.  He has authored numerous technical papers on these subjects as well as ten design manuals for the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) including Geosynthetics Design and Construction Guidelines, a textbook on Geosynthetic Engineering, two book chapters on Geosynthetics. He is a National Highway Institute certified instructor, developing and teaching a number of training courses for the FHWA including Geosynthetics Engineering. He has chaired several national and international professional committees and is currently active in the American Society of Testing and Materials (past chair of D35 Geosynthetics committee), the American Society of Civil Engineers, the International Geosynthetics Society (past council member), the North American Geosynthetics Society (past President), and the Transportation Research Board (current chair of AFS70 Geosynthetics committee). 

L. David Suits, MSCE, has more than 35 years’ experience in geosynthetics and geosynthetics testing. Mr. Suits is the former Executive Director of the North American Geosynthetics Society. He is retired from the New York State Dept. of Transportation where he was the Soils Engineering Laboratory Supervisor overseeing all testing and approval of geosynthetics for use by the department. He is author/co-author of more than 30 papers, numerous articles, and textbook chapters on geosynthetics. He is currently one of the members of the team that teaches the NHI/FHWA Designing with Geosynthetics Course. He has received numerous awards for his work. The latest being the A. Ivan Johnson Award, the highest ASTM Committee D18 Award for his activities as co-editor of the ASTM International Geotechnical Testing Journal. The award was presented at the June 2013 Committee D18 meeting.
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