UFTI T2 Center: Always Striving to Provide Resources for Your Needs

Welcome to the February edition of the UFTI T2 Center Newsletter. Feel free to call (352.273.1670) or email (t2assist@ce.ufl.edu) with any ideas, questions, or concerns. Thanks for reading!

In This Newsletter:

  • Director's Message
  • Upcoming Courses and Training
    • T2 to Host Road Diet Peer Exchange on March 21-22, 2018, in Gainesville, Florida
    • Safety Training Courses for Public Agencies – FREE
    • NEW – Guardrail Installation Training
    • Maintenance of Traffic Classes Scheduled
    • Pavement Preservation Workshop Follow-Up
  • Center News
    • 41st Annual Asphalt Conference and Tradeshow
    • Florida Occupant Protection Resource Center (OPRC) – February 2018 Update
    • Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycling Safety Resource Center (SRC)
    • LTAP Update
    • T2 Attends Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Coalition Meeting in Orlando
    • University of Florida T2 Center Attends 2018 TRB Annual Meeting
    • Other Opportunities
    • APWA Bridging the Future Public Works Expo
    • ASCE Southeast Student Conference
  • FDOT Research
  • Center Resources
    • Searching for Safety or Technical Training?

Director's Message

My name is Bill Sampson, and I recently became the T2 Center Director – continuing in the position as McTrans Center Director that I have held for about thirty years. I hope to learn more about the T2 Center along with the LTAP, Safety, Grant, and Auxiliary operations as quickly as possible – to help where I can and stay out of the way when not needed.  Please be patient with me as I navigate this learning curve, and let me know if we can help you in any way – I really am excited about this new opportunity and working with our excellent staff!  You can reach me at bsampson@ufl.edu or 352.273.1676.

Upcoming Courses and Training

Signs and Markings Course

T2 is working with the City of Homestead in Florida to offer a new Signs and Markings course. Signs and Markings is a training course in the design, installation, and inspection of highway signs and pavement markings, developed for a target audience of City and County Personnel, Public and Private Designers, Professional Engineers, and Field Personnel. The training materials are tailored specifically to requirements of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) requirements, for application on local highway systems. Click here for more information about the course or to register!

Free Workshop - Proper Use of Crash Modification Factors 

Feb. 15, 2018 – Gainesville, FL [Register]

Mar. 7, 2018 – Deland, FL [Register]

The Proper Use of Crash Modification Factors course will teach local government agencies' leadership and staff how to provide the technical information required for the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funding. This workshop is funded by Accelerating Safety Activities Program (ASAP). ASAP aides in providing training opportunities for the implementation of proven safety countermeasures. 

Horizontal Curve Safety Analysis Workshop for Rural Local Agencies

Feb. 21, 2018 – Bonifay, FL [Register]

The Horizontal Curve Safety Analysis Workshop will give local government agencies' leadership and staff an understanding of low-cost data collection equipment and procedures to enhance the safety within their community. This workshop will focus on low-cost data collection concerning curve safety. The data can be used to leverage additional funding for implementing low-cost improvements to increase safety within communities. The workshop will assist local agencies in identifying safety concerns using the Ball Bank Indicator on horizontal curves to measure safe traveling speeds.

T2 to Host Road Diet Peer Exchange on March 21-22, 2018, in Gainesville, Florida 

T2 will be hosting the Road Diet Peer Exchange in conjunction with FHWA and FDOT.  This Peer Exchange is a follow-up to the 2017 Road Diet workshops held in Pensacola, Gainesville, and the Village of Tequesta where FHWA’s Mark Doctor led the workshop by providing valuable information on Road Diet and Complete Streets projects while including discussions on local projects in these three areas. 

Made possible in part by an Accelerating Safety Activities Program (ASAP) grant, a team of experts from FHWA and FDOT will present their perspectives on projects and discuss available resources and guidance.  Representatives from Pensacola, Gainesville, and the Village of Tequesta will discuss an overview of their projects.

This two-day workshop will kick off on March 21 with presentations from the above-mentioned experts and conclude on March 22 with a walking tour of the University Avenue area of Gainesville, which will be used as a learning exercise for those considering similar projects.

AICP and PE credits will be earned.

For complete information including agenda, location, dates/time, and additional detail, you may visit and register here.

For additional information, contact Jasper Masciocchi at j.masciocchi@ufl.edu or 352.273.1685.

Safety Training Courses for Public Agencies - FREE

In conjunction with the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), T2 will provide four (4) two-day safety trainings in locations across Florida.

This course provides an overview of key construction work zone-related safety and health topics. Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to recognize and take corrective action to address the following issues and hazards:

  • Collisions between workers and vehicle operators
  • Confined space
  • Electrical safety
  • Excavations and trenching
  • Fall prevention and protection
  • Mechanized equipment
  • Night work
  • Occupational health and environmental controls
  • Personal protective equipment and high visibility clothing
  • Preventing runovers and backovers
  • Roadway work zones (temporary traffic control)
  • Understanding OSHA

Apr. 9-10, 2018 ‒ Tallahassee ‒ Betty Easley Center

Apr. 12-13, 2018 ‒ Sebring Civic Center

Apr. 16-17, 2018 ‒ Gainesville UF East Campus

Apr. 19-20, 2018 ‒ City of Clearwater

This course, led by Bruce Drewes, is accredited by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), and was developed by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) in cooperation with the National Safety Council (NSC). The curriculum is designed to directly address the core safety and health hazards common to the roadway construction industry. This program focuses on highway construction activities that are responsible for the majority of work zone fatalities and serious injuries.

For additional information, contact Jasper Masciocchi at j.masciocchi@ufl.edu or 352.273.1685.

NEW – Guardrail Installation Training

This course will provide a broad overview on the installation of guardrails and associated devices, including assessment of work site topography and site conditions; proper layout of a work site; location, installation, and maintenance of guardrail and terminal sections; documentation of materials, inspections and incidents; as well as where to find the most up-to-date resources and information regarding guardrail installation.

Click Here to Register.

For additional information, contact Jasper Masciocchi at j.masciocchi@ufl.edu or 352.273.1685.

Maintenance of Traffic Classes Scheduled

We have scheduled several Intermediate and Advanced Maintenance of Traffic classes throughout Florida for the 2018 calendar year.  For a full list of available classes, please visit our course calendar for information and to register.

If you don’t see a class that fits your needs and have a group of interested students, please contact Jasper Masciocchi at j.masciocchi@ufl.edu or (352) 273-1685 to discuss the opportunity to bring a class to your location.  T2 has a pool of qualified, experienced, professional instructors capable of traveling to your location.

Pavement Preservation Workshop Follow-Up

The Pavement Preservation TASK team met in early February to discuss the pilot Pavement Preservation Workshops that were held in late October and early November. The team identified areas of the workshops that can be improved upon and provided feedback and discussed the future offerings. The Pavement Preservation Workshops were part of an Every Day Counts initiative and are an excellent resource for education on improved practices in pavement preservation.

Please take a few minutes, and fill out this survey to assist in offering additional Pavement Preservation Workshops in Florida. It should only take about 5 minutes to complete.

Pavement Preservation Workshop – Follow Up Survey

Please contact Jasper Masciocchi by phone, 352.273.1685, or email at j.masciocchi@ufl.edu to find out more information about future Pavement Preservation Workshops or to request a workshop in your area.

T2 Center News

41st Annual Asphalt Conference and Tradeshow

T2’s Jeri Shell was present during this year’s Asphalt Conference, held November 29-30, 2017.  As always, the agenda was filled with valuable information on the industry, presented by key experts from across the state.  As well as participating in the learning, T2 was present to provide the Professional Engineer (PE) credits to eligible attendees.

Some topics of interest included:

  • Work Zone Safety Initiative Coalition Update
  • NCAT Updates
  • Best Practices for Mix Success
  • Best Paving Practices
  • Future Paving Innovations

The 2017 Pavement Awards were presented, recognizing outstanding projects across Florida.  You may view a full listing of this year’s award winners here.

Florida Occupant Protection Resource Center (OPRC) – February 2018 Update

There are free resources galore to support occupant protection professionals. Several items were added or updated this past quarter, including I’m Safe activity books in English, English/Spanish, and Creole, and downloadable materials. Scholarships are available for CPS certification and re-certification fees, and stipends are available to teach CPS technician certification courses. There are a few CPS technical updates scheduled for March, so view the full update to get those dates! Visit the Florida OPRC website regularly for updates and other items. For the full list of OPRC updates, click here.

Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycling Safety Resource Center (SRC)

In this update, we talk about new items in the store such as the newest installment of The Superhero Safety Squad! Additionally, we have a front and rear bike light combo available for law enforcement to distribute. Don’t forget that Florida Bike Month (March) and the National Bike Month (May) are coming up fast! Our resource center carries a variety of educational items that can be useful to parents, educators, kids, and concerned citizens as we celebrate bike safety for two months in Florida. As always we currently have bicycle helmets available, and  we are available to assist state safety advocates at events. Click here to read the full update, or contact pedbikesrc@ce.ufl.edu for more information!

LTAP Update

University of Florida Transportation Institute’s T2 Center is proud to be Florida’s Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) center. In order to improve Florida’s LTAP, T2 Center conducted an in-depth Community Outreach meeting with 21 rural counties in Florida to determine what training needs exist in each community. Click here to read the full LTAP Update, or View Upcoming Trainings Here!

Additionally, the T2 Center is a member of the National Local Technical Assistance Program Association (NLTAPA). NLTAPA offers an opportunity for multiple states to collaborate on projects and to advance transportation technologies. On January 7, 2017, a new staff member, Jasper Masciocchi, and T2 Director, Bill Sampson, attended the National Local Technical Assistance Program Association Winter Business meeting in Washington, D.C. Read the full NLTAPA update here!

For additional information about LTAP or the upcoming trainings, please call Jasper Masciocchi at 352.273.1685, or email her at j.masciocchi@ufl.edu.

T2 Attends Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Coalition Meeting in Orlando

On January 24 and 25, the Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Coalition meeting took place in Orlando, Florida. Jasper Masciocchi attended the meeting, representing T2 Center and the PedBike Safety Resource Center. This group is passionate about the safety of people walking and biking throughout the urban and rural communities of Florida.

T2 partners with the coalition to provide printed educational materials to promote safety when walking and biking. T2 attends community events and offers assistance to children and adults for bicycle helmet fittings. A proper helmet fitting can reduce injuries and save lives, in the event of an accident while bicycling.

Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coalition meeting included hot topics for each division of the state, including the High Visibility Enforcement’s bicycle lights and autonomous connected vehicle project stages. The coalition divides itself into workgroups to accomplish more tasks. The distribution of the lights will begin soon. Keep an eye on the website for updates! 

University of Florida T2 Center Attends 2018 TRB Annual Meeting

Other Opportunities

APRIL 16-20, 2018

Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center

Host Hotel: Omni Jacksonville Hotel

The Skyway service is accessible from the Omni Jacksonville Hotel directly and will take you straight to the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center. The Skyway is a complimentary service.

The Florida Public Works Expo attracts hundreds of public works professionals from Florida and the Southeast. Join us in Jacksonville, and take time to network with your peers, boost your motivation, and gain powerful new tools for success!

There are many great reasons to attend, and here are just a few of them:

  • Earn CEUs and PDHs at technical sessions (over 30 sessions offered: Technical Sessions)
  • Meet leading-edge vendors at the Exhibit Show
  • Hear our  Keynote Speaker, Walter Bond – Proven Methods, Dynamic Performance, Winning Results. Think+Execute = WIN!
  • Join us at The River Club (34th floor of the Wells Fargo Building) for the Special Event Night. Enjoy live music, great food, and spectacular views!
  • Visit the Equipment Rodeo. The best-of-the-best in Florida will compete!
  • Celebrate your projects and peers at the Awards & Scholarship Banquet.

Questions? Call Plan Ahead Events at 727.544.1400, OR email at info@pae-tampabay.com

Early Bird Discount ends March 2, so register today! http://www.floridapublicworksexpo.com

The University of Florida is excited to host the 2018 ASCE Southeast Student Conference on March 1-3, 2018, in Gainesville, FL. 

With over 1,000 participants, volunteers are essential to support a smooth and efficient conference. Event staff will assist with check-in, competition logistics, behind-the-scene help, set-up, and take-down. Judges ensure a fair competition for all students by evaluating competitions. Volunteering at the Conference provides a unique opportunity for companies to interact with passionate engineers to inspire the next generation of civil engineers. 

ASCE students need support from professionals who volunteer as judges or event staff. Volunteers can sign up today on our website: 

1. Please read Volunteer Mailer 1

2. Register to Volunteer at the 2018 SE ASCE Conference

FDOT Research

FDOT Research Projects

Recently completed research projects and projects that have been newly funded have been added from various divisions, including Construction, Environmental Management, Maintenance, Materials, Planning and Safety Divisions, as well as the Traffic Engineering and Operations Division. For more details on any of these projects, including links to full reports and one-page research summaries, visit our Completed FDOT Research projects and Newly-Funded FDOT projects pages.

Center Resources

Searching for Safety or Technical Training?

T2 can work with you to meet your training needs.  Whether it is heavy equipment, project management, Traffic Engineering Fundamentals, or countless other topics, T2 is positioned to help bring the trainings of interest to your location. 

We can also provide an array of webinars geared to provide you with the most relevant information without the need to travel.  Let us know your areas of interest, and we can work with our experts to provide training either in instructor-led or webinar formats.

Many of our courses are approved for Professional Engineer (PE) credits.

Contact Jasper Masciocchi at j.masciocchi@ufl.edu or 352.273.1685 to discuss your training needs.