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  • Inventory Management for Engineers

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    This one-hour interactive online course deals exclusively with Inventory Management, and discusses the types of management required for different types of stores, with a focus on how to forecast and make available all the stocks needed by the company at the right time with the least total cost. ​

    Companies must ensure they have the correct amount of stock to run their business in an efficient manner, without carrying excess stock that may be prone to spoilage, damage and extra cost. Proper inventory management requires an effective coding system, management of stock levels, reordering techniques for multiple categories, and cost evaluation. This one-hour interactive online course deals exclusively with Inventory Management, and discusses the types of management required for different types of stores, with a focus on how to forecast and make available all the stocks needed by the company at the right time with the least total cost. (Fundamental - 1 hour).   

    Fikry Markos

    Fikry Markos is a Mechanical Engineer in Quebec, and has a Master degree in Industrial Engineering from Cranfield Institute of Technology, Cranfield England. He has a large practical experience in Procurement Management, Production Management and Quality Management. He worked 30 years for a major public utility in Canada and he is teaching now at Montreal University. He is a past member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and was teaching Operation Research at McGill University.

  • Accounting for Change Orders

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    This 2-hour interactive online course concentrates on the accounting for change orders – how change orders can be “kept track of” in an accounting system, and how their cost might be captured and their revenue recognized and realized.

    What is a change order? Change order is the term used in this course, though numerous other terms exist, such as contract revisions, extras, modifications, amendments. Simply put, as an old contractor once said, "If you build a wall per plans and specifications, and the owner or the owner’s representative decides instead to put a door in the middle of that wall, that’s a change order.” There is the cost of the door, of course, and the extra labor and time to order and install the door. The contractor has a right to seek compensation from the owner for this change, and the owner has an obligation to pay for the change. The contractor and owner may negotiate the price, but at some point, there must be mutual acceptance of the cost. Typically, change orders are not as simple as the one above. They can be, but as a rule, are not. Sometimes change orders can exceed the original contract amount, although that is probably atypical too. Change orders involve changes in quantities, material substitution, mechanical or electrical systems alterations, design changes, exterior modifications, structural changes, and even deletions of work to the original contract. Change orders can cause delays, time extensions, and they usually result in added costs to the original contract. But how change orders are or should be priced, negotiated, the ripple effect they have during the duration of a contract – all these are subjects beyond the scope of this course. This 2-hour interactive online course concentrates on the accounting for change orders – how change orders can be “kept track of” in an accounting system, and how their cost might be captured and their revenue recognized and realized. (Fundamental - 2 hours).   

    Andrew Steeno

    Andrew Steeno, BS, Accounting, MS, MIS, CPA, has over twenty years of MIS consulting experience to the construction industry. Andy is President of Steeno Consulting, Inc. [www.steeno.com]. Michael Ronk, BA, English, MS, Accounting, CPA, CCFP, has devoted over thirty years to the construction industry. Mike is Director of Construction Services at Kolb+Co. [www.kolbco.com]. Sam P. and Mary Little, Ltd. is a separate corporation.

  • Cost Estimating: Fundamentals

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    This 1-hour interactive online course takes you through the process discussing where, in the various stages in project development, cost estimates are made.

    Engineers, architects and contractors are often asked to prepare cost estimates when working on a new project. This 1-hour interactive online course takes you through the process discussing where, in the various stages in project development, cost estimates are made. Through illustrations, you will consider different methods of cost estimating, the level of project detail required for each, and when the use of each method is indicated. You will understand the uncertainties associated with a bid due to level of detail available and the economics of inflation. You will learn to recognize these uncertainties and include contingencies and adjustments for inflation. For those who are new to cost estimating, this course is an introduction. You may find yourself going over sections more than once. For the experienced estimator, you will find this course a guide and a reference as the only way for any estimator to improve is to practice what they have learned. Move on through this course and into the field of cost estimating. This educational offering is also recognized by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry as satisfying 1 hour of credit toward the required continuing education. (Fundamental - 1 hour).

  • Excel: Proposal Preparation and Analysis for Engineers and Architects

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    This 3-hour interactive online course demonstrates how to use Microsoft Excel to evolve a Title I (design) cost proposal in order to exhibit common characteristics within proposal development and convey an ability to cost that data within Microsoft Excel.

    Microsft Excel is the world’s most popular spreadsheet application, with countless uses across all professions. This 3-hour interactive online course demonstrates how to use Microsoft Excel to evolve a Title I (design) cost proposal in order to exhibit common characteristics within proposal development and convey an ability to cost that data within Microsoft Excel. A complete (Excel 2003 format) file download is available with this course. Many of the topics in this course are advanced within the Excel application; owever, the course is structured to guide and inform either beginner or expert Excel user. This course evolves a single file (download) to combine data gathering (field work), meetings and charrette activity, direct design time (sheet count), other direct costs, travel expenses, and subcontract costs. The Excel tools incorporated within this class introduce VBA forms and controls, macro development, data validation, logic statements, and multiple functions to roll-up data under a summary of costs. Each tool within Excel is discussed and applies to the specific set of equations or raw data. In order to focus on the engineering management versus administration of Excel, the download file associated with this class is the populated end product. (Intermediate - 3 hours).

    John French

  • Architect and Engineer Design Coordination

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    This 1-hour interactive online course will analyze project scopes, scheduling, quality control, and the permitting process, all items that will need to be coordinated before and during the design of the project.

    As with all things that require several members to work together, coordination-or lack thereof-can have a tremendous impact on the outcome. When many skillful individuals work together it is very useful to follow a methodological approach when coordination and communicating with each other. This 1-hour interactive online course will analyze project scopes, scheduling, quality control, and the permitting process, all items that will need to be coordinated before and during the design of the project. You will be armed with all the knowledge and skills you need to coordinate and communicate effectively throughout your organization. Use this course to enable a successful project, all the way from the pre-proposal to final construction. (Fundamental - 1 hour).   

    Vincent Reynolds, P.E.

    Vincent Reynolds, M.B.A., P.E. has over 8 years of experience as a consulting engineer. He is currently a Roadway Design Manager in the consulting field. His experience includes geotechnical engineering, civil site development, construction materials testing, storm water management, highway design, traffic engineering, FAA and DOT projects. His work involves staff management, training, scheduling, budgeting, and all facets of civil engineering. Mr. Reynolds has experience with projects throughout the contiguous United States. Mr. Reynolds is a Licensed Professional Engineer and a member of the American Society of Highway Engineers.

  • Ethics for Certified Planners

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    The goal of this 2-hour interactive online course is to expose planners to the importance of ethics within the planning profession and develop a thorough understanding of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

    Most planners will work either in the public sector or in close connection with the public sector at some point in their professional career. Planners associated with the public sector have a unique charge to make ethical policy decisions with the welfare of citizens in mind. The goal of this 2-hour interactive online course is to expose planners to the importance of ethics within the planning profession and develop a thorough understanding of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. This course explains the importance of the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and helps planners hone their ethical problem solving skills through practice ethical scenarios. This course will also cover some of the most common ethical considerations within the planning profession, including: (1) serving the public interest; (2) social responsibility; (3) environmental responsibility; (4) consequences of policy implementation; and (5) interrelatedness of decisions. (Intermediate - 1.5 hours).

    Rumanda Young, Ph.D.

    Dr. Young is a Registered Landscape Architect (RLA) in the state of Texas and a Certified Planner (AICP).  She holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture (BLA) from the University of Arkansas, a master’s degree in city and regional planning (MCRP) with environmental planning emphasis from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Ph.D. in urban planning and public policy. Dr. Young also spent time abroad in Cheltenham, England at the University of Gloucestershire focusing on sustainable development practices, environmental planning, and resource management.

    Dr. Young has eight years of private practice experience, six of which working with the firm Carter & Burgess, Inc. She was involved in a variety of work including a wide range of park and recreational planning and design projects. Landscape Architectural experience ranges from preparation of detail site design plans, inventory and analysis documents, park, recreation and open space master plans, city-wide comprehensive plans, interpretive prospectus documents, construction document preparation, and preparation of grant applications and rezoning applications for cities throughout Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

    Dr. Young currently works as a Military Master Planner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the Planning, Environmental, and Regulatory Branch.  Dr. Young is involved in a variety of work including a wide range of military planning, programming, and design projects. Project Management experience ranges from installation design guides to campus master plans. Projects also focus on the impacts of development on human health and the environment, and improvements through better siting, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of military projects.

    Dr. Young is also an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, School of Architecture.  She teaches master’s level landscape architecture design studio course(s).

  • Architectural Concrete

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    This interactive online course provides guidance for the design and construction of architectural concrete, including planning and design, forms, materials and proportions, batching and transporting, placement, curing and form removal, exposed aggregate surfaces, finishing, and quality assurance.

    The good news about creating formidable, memorable, or simply interesting buildings is that architectural designers can choose from an almost limitless array of patterns, finishes, textures, color oxides, aggregate colors, and cements to fulfill their vision and their purpose. Once the desired combination is achieved, however, responsibility for obtaining the correct architectural product is shared by the contractor and the contracting officer, who must follow stringent guidelines. This interactive online course provides guidance for the design and construction of architectural concrete, including planning and design, forms, materials and proportions, batching and transporting, placement, curing and form removal, exposed aggregate surfaces, finishing, and quality assurance. (Intermediate - 4 hours).   

    David Chitester

    David Chitester is a licensed P.E. in Michigan and Florida has over 35 years of experience. He graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1974. He also has an M.B.A that he received from Northern Michigan University in 1978. 
     
    David Chitester began his career with Bechtel Power and Blount Brothers where he gained field construction experience on projects ranging from $150 million to $500 million. For more than 30 years, he has provided services essential to a balanced mix of public and private sector clients. Mr. Chitester's expertise has been applied to multi-million dollar hotels and resorts, industrial process plants, power generating facilities, office and commercial buildings. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and his background includes a number of years on active construction sites.

    David Chitester is a professional trainer and founder of RedVector.com Inc. and Chitester Management Systems. He has authored numerous online courses and taught live classes on ethics, laws and rules, building codes and the ADA. His courses have been approved by numerous state boards and private organizations including the: AIA, USGBC, FBPE, AICP, FCILB, ECLB, Florida Building Commission and many others.  

  • Transportation System Funding

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    In this interactive online course we'll focus on the existing funding shortfall and performance issues associated with the United States transportation infrastructure, as well as the proposed policy changes for future transportation funding.

    Due to inattention and delay of action, the U.S. transportation system is in a perilous position. You can change that – if you know the issues and where to get the funding. In this interactive online course, we'll focus on the existing funding shortfall and performance issues associated with the United States transportation infrastructure, as well as the proposed policy changes for future transportation funding. This course teaches you the current issues (and potential resolutions) facing our transportation infrastructure. (Fundamental – 2 hours).

    During this course, you will learn about:
    • Funding issues.
    • Highway performance.
    • Transit performance.
    • Freight movements.
    • Safety.
    • Environmental impacts. 

    Rumanda Young, Ph.D.

    Dr. Young is a Registered Landscape Architect (RLA) in the state of Texas and a Certified Planner (AICP).  She holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture (BLA) from the University of Arkansas, a master’s degree in city and regional planning (MCRP) with environmental planning emphasis from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Ph.D. in urban planning and public policy. Dr. Young also spent time abroad in Cheltenham, England at the University of Gloucestershire focusing on sustainable development practices, environmental planning, and resource management.

    Dr. Young has eight years of private practice experience, six of which working with the firm Carter & Burgess, Inc. She was involved in a variety of work including a wide range of park and recreational planning and design projects. Landscape Architectural experience ranges from preparation of detail site design plans, inventory and analysis documents, park, recreation and open space master plans, city-wide comprehensive plans, interpretive prospectus documents, construction document preparation, and preparation of grant applications and rezoning applications for cities throughout Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

    Dr. Young currently works as a Military Master Planner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the Planning, Environmental, and Regulatory Branch.  Dr. Young is involved in a variety of work including a wide range of military planning, programming, and design projects. Project Management experience ranges from installation design guides to campus master plans. Projects also focus on the impacts of development on human health and the environment, and improvements through better siting, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of military projects.

    Dr. Young is also an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, School of Architecture.  She teaches master’s level landscape architecture design studio course(s).

  • Plan Review Techniques for Infrastructure Projects

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    his interactive online course teaches you those techniques and gives you the checklists you can start using right away to achieve your goals in completing an infrastructure project you can be proud of.

    Infrastructure projects take an immense amount of planning - drawings and specifications, design and construction teams, and communication. You can be the effective coordinator of a successful project if you know the right plan review techniques and use them expertly. This interactive online course teaches you those techniques and gives you the checklists you can start using right away to achieve your goals in completing an infrastructure project you can be proud of. (Intermediate - 2 hours).   

    Jack Schmitt, P.E.

    Jack Schmitt began his engineering experience in the U.S. Army as an artillery surveyor, providing coordinate and elevation control at the division artillery level. Upon completion of his military service, Mr. Schmitt earned his B.S.C.E. from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1973. He was fortunate enough to spend summers on survey crews and winters doing design work. He also served on construction assignments as assistant resident and resident engineer on several federally-funded projects for which he provided design.

    After receiving his P.E., he joined the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority and served in a variety of positions in the Design Department. At the end of his nine-year tenure there he held the title of Engineer of Design, and had reviewed the plans for over 350 projects including the construction of I-355, the North-South Toll-Way — a 17-mile expressway with a multibillion dollar budget.

    For the next 17 years, Mr. Schmitt served in various roles such as Operations Manager, Director of Engineering, Chief Civil Engineer and Senior Project Manager with a number of firms. His primary duties always revolved around his talent for plan review, so that he was able to retain a hands-on role in numerous roadway projects at the municipal, county and state transportation levels.

    In addition to an active participation in the field of roadway design, Mr. Schmitt was a member of the faculty of Midwest College of Engineering in Lombard, Illinois, and he has served for the past 22 years as an instructor for the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers Review Series, a refresher course for candidates taking the state licensing exam.

    Jack is the author of the book Plans, Special Provisions and Contract Plan Reviews available at www.e-booktime.com

  • Ethical Decision Making for Design and Construction Professionals

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    Designers, planners, architects, landscape architects, and engineers all need to know about and adhere to established codes of ethics. This webcast provides the history of events that led to our current attitudes regarding ethical decision making.

    Designers, planners, architects, landscape architects, and engineers all need to know about and adhere to established codes of ethics. Then you will protect the public and the environment now as well as in the future. This webcast gives you the history of the events that led to our current attitudes regarding ethical decision making. You will get specific examples of the consequences for making unwise decisions. You’ll also receive instruction in the ethical considerations involved in making good, safe, ethical decisions. This educational offering is also recognized by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry as satisfying 2 hours of credit toward the required continuing education. (Intermediate - 2 hours).

    Rumanda Young, Ph.D.

    Dr. Young is a Registered Landscape Architect (RLA) in the state of Texas and a Certified Planner (AICP).  She holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture (BLA) from the University of Arkansas, a master’s degree in city and regional planning (MCRP) with environmental planning emphasis from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Ph.D. in urban planning and public policy. Dr. Young also spent time abroad in Cheltenham, England at the University of Gloucestershire focusing on sustainable development practices, environmental planning, and resource management.

    Dr. Young has eight years of private practice experience, six of which working with the firm Carter & Burgess, Inc. She was involved in a variety of work including a wide range of park and recreational planning and design projects. Landscape Architectural experience ranges from preparation of detail site design plans, inventory and analysis documents, park, recreation and open space master plans, city-wide comprehensive plans, interpretive prospectus documents, construction document preparation, and preparation of grant applications and rezoning applications for cities throughout Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

    Dr. Young currently works as a Military Master Planner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the Planning, Environmental, and Regulatory Branch.  Dr. Young is involved in a variety of work including a wide range of military planning, programming, and design projects. Project Management experience ranges from installation design guides to campus master plans. Projects also focus on the impacts of development on human health and the environment, and improvements through better siting, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of military projects.

    Dr. Young is also an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, School of Architecture.  She teaches master’s level landscape architecture design studio course(s).