Cornell Local Roads Program

Engineering workshops


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


The cost to attend an engineering workshop is normally $75.00, PDH credit hours are an additional $20.00.


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Timing of workshops
Sign-in is 7:30am. The workshop begins at 8:00am and ends at approximately 4:00pm.


Please Note: Workshop attendees must stay for the entire course in order to earn PDHs.


2019 Courses:

Design and Maintenance of Slopes Using Geosynthetics

David Suits, MSCE & Barry Christopher, PhD, PE
8 PDHs


7/16/19 Ontario County
Ontario County Cooperative Extension
480 N Main Street Canandaigua, NY 14424


7/17/19 Oneida County
Mohawk Valley Community College
Information Technology Building
1101 Sherman Dr
Utica, NY 13501


7/18/19 Westchester County
Westchester Fire Training Center
4 Dana Road
Valhalla, NY 10595


Steep unstable slopes can fail without warning and be expensive to repair. Geosynthetics can be used to repair, stabilize and install slopes for less cost than traditional methods. Participants in the course will gain a working knowledge of the design, construction and maintenance techniques used in geosynthetic-reinforced slopes. This will also include the discussion of erosion control materials that can be used in protecting the slopes once they have been constructed.


Dr. Barry Christopher, PE, is an independent geotechnical engineering consultant with over 35 years of experience who 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, and 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 currently the 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.


Hydraulic Design of Culverts


Brian Roberts, PE
7 PDHs


6/18/19 Steuben County
Steuben County Civil Defense Training Center
7220 State Rt 54
Bath, NY 14810


6/19/19 Schoharie County
Schoharie County Office Building
284 Main Street
Schoharie, NY 12157


Understanding the flow capacity of culvert pipes allows them to be properly sized and reduces flooding risks. In this class, engineers will determine the capacity of culverts to carry storm events. The topics to be covered include:



Brian Roberts, PE, is a water resources professional with over 30 years’ experience in various sectors: Local Government, Federal Government, Non-Profit, Industry, Consulting and Education. He has served as the Executive Director of both the National Corrugated Steel Pipe Association and National Association of County Engineers and was the Chief of the Hydraulics Branch for Eastern Federal Lands Highway. He has developed and presented over 600 water resource workshops worldwide.


ADA in the Public Right-of-Way


Ted Green, PE
7 PDHs


8/6/19 Saratoga County
Saratoga County Cooperative Extension
50 West High Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020


8/7/19 Dutchess County
Dutchess County Dept. of Behavioral &
Community Health
230 North Rd
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601


8/8/19 Suffolk County
Suffolk County DPW Building
335 Yaphank Ave
Yaphank, NY 11980


This training was designed to ensure that pedestrian facilities and access routes are properly constructed and maintained for all individuals, including those with disabilities. This course provides a focused introduction on the proper design and maintenance of pedestrian access routes in new construction or when existing facilities are altered. This training was developed to provide information and best practices for those involved in the design and maintenance of pedestrian facilities, and for those individuals that ensure the proper adherence to all applicable laws and guidelines. This course is taught from the perspective of the Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG), a good practice for public streets and roads

Topics covered include:





Ted Green, P.E. is the engineering program manager 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 has presented ADA courses throughout the northeast as well as with the Federal Highway Administration Resource Center staff and has been a trainer for the FHWA Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility Train-the-Trainer. As a practicing engineer having designed accessible pedestrian facilities, he has experienced the misunderstanding, confusion, and challenges designers and roadway agencies face ensuring their pedestrian facilities are accessible.


Low-Volume Road Pavement Design


David P. Orr, PE
7 PDHs


10/8/19 Genesee County
Genesee County Emergency Service Building
7690 State Street Rd
Batavia, NY 14020


10/9/19 Tompkins County
Tompkins County Cooperative Extension
615 Willow Ave
Ithaca, NY 14805


10/10/19 Rockland County
Rockland County Fire Training Center
35 Firemens Memorial Drive
Pomona, NY 10970


The Cornell Local Roads Program is developing a new tool to design the thickness of low-volume road (LVR) pavements for town and county roads and village streets. This spreadsheet-based tool uses modern mechanistic-empirical methods, but requires only inputs typically known by the local pavement engineer, highway official or are obtainable for a reasonable cost. This workshop will review how pavements fail, how they work structurally, and show attendees when and how to use the new LVR design tool.


David P. Orr, PE, PhD. is Director / Senior Engineer for the Cornell University Local Roads Program. With 30 years in the local highway community, David has experiences covering the gamut from the field to the office and from storms to sunny days. He has a broad range of expertise and experience in highway engineering and construction, including design, inspection, project management, purchasing, budgeting and supervision.


David interacts with local, state, and national partners; works closely with CLRP customers; and provides technical assistance to highway and public works officials in New York State. Before joining the Program, he worked for eight years at the Yates County Highway Department. He is a licensed professional engineer in New York State and has Ph.D. on low-volume roads from Cornell University.


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