FHWA-NHI-134001V Principles and Application of Highway Construction Specification (Virtual) New


Course Description:  
Well-written highway construction specifications are those that can be interpreted accurately to minimize confusion and reduce owner-contractor disputes. Across the country, current practices, standards, and requirements for writing specifications are changing. Agencies also are using effective specifications to manage risk and support alternative contracting methods.

NHI 134001V - Principles of Writing Highway ConstructionSpecifications is now offered on-line as a virtual course. A virtual instructor-led training provides 100% remote learning while ensuring participants have access to expert instructors, workshop activities, and engaging peer-to-peer discussions. Sessions are typically held as half-day events over four days.
It includes content that highlights the role of specifications as contract documents and tools for assigning risk. Course participants engage in lessons and practice sessions to identify types of specifications, select the most appropriate type for a given project, and generate an original, effective highway construction specification.

This is not a grammar course; however, adequate course content emphasizes the use of basic grammar and writing style so that the learners can generate specifications that are correct, consistent, clear, complete, and concise.

Register today to experience a highly engaging, online instructor-led training session from the convenience of your home and/or office anywhere in the country, remotely.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the purposes of a specification
  • Explain how specifications are used to assign risk and influence the behavior of different parties, within a given a scenario
  • Compare the functions of Standard and Supplemental Specifications with the functions of Special Provisions
  • Explain how the "order of precedence" affects writing specifications and preparing plans.
    Describe the purpose of the General Provisions
  • Explain how a consistent writing style can affect the interpretation of specifications
  • Complete a checklist of the information needed before writing or revising a specification
  • Explain the potential benefits of writing in the active voice
  • Rewrite passive voice sentences into the active voice
  • Evaluate specifications to determine the need for imperative or indicative mood.
  • State the five Cs used in specification writing. (Note: the five Cs include: correct; consistent; clear; complete; concise.)
  • Explain each element of the AASHTO five-part format
  • Identify potential ambiguities in the wording, given a sample specification
  • Identify the potential benefits of each of the five Cs, given a sample specification
  • Apply the five Cs and the host agency's preferred format to revise the specification, given a sample specification
  • Write a new specification to a given set of criteria using the five Cs and the host agency's preferred format, given a sample specification
  • Compare method versus end-result specifications
  • Relate the type of specification to the allocation of risk
  • Write an end-result specification to replace a method specification, given an excerpt from a method specification

Should I Register?
If you're involved with writing, reviewing, or implementing contract specifications, this is the course for you! Transportation professionals who contribute to the development or use of specifications would also benefit from this course.

PLEASE NOTE: Virtual classroom meeting link details will be shared in a separate email a few days prior to the start date of the course.

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