INSIDE: PAGE 3: Mike Garcia developed an online guide for construction inspectors that can be accessed in the field.
UDOT Director’s Message: New at UDOT U UDOT University was initiated in 2011 with the overall goal to support our dynamic, remarkably knowledgeable and diversely talented workforce.
AND, see a video from the guide on Page 6.
The UDOT U organization is structured much
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like a regular university with four colleges, 32
With UDOT U as the
development of a finance guide
schools, a course catalog, registration system
for project managers.
and an event calendar. UDOT is one of only 5
can look across disciplines to
departments of transportation in the United
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States organizing training in a similar way.
through UDOT U lets you learn at your own pace.
find the training they need.
The centralized organization provides access to training from across the department and makes finding training easier and more systematic. With UDOT U as the clearinghouse, employees can look
T HE U TAH D EPARTMENT OF T RANSPORTATION , P ROJECT D EVELOPMENT D IVISION
across disciplines to find the training they need. UDOT Director Carlos Braceras
Continued, page 2.
News from the College of Project Delivery, Lisa Wilson, Dean As UDOT U College of Project Delivery Dean, I’m glad to kick off the first issue of UDOT U’s quarterly newsletter. For the first four issues, the newsletter will focus on each of the colleges. See the chart on the back page that lists colleges and some of the people involved with UDOT U. UDOT U serves as a clearing house of training for the entire
Inspection Guide with one goal being to make it easy for
department, but experts do the work to develop training and
inspectors to find important information. An inspector's
associated materials like manuals or guides that serve as
‘office’ for any given day may be a construction site. Since
resources for our employees.
the inspection guide is accessible online and down-
For example, Mike Garcia developed an online Construction
loadable, finding information, or even watching an Continued, page 2.
UDOT University NEWS
UDOT Director Message: New at UDOT U continued... As UDOT U grows, more courses and features will be
will improve access to all UDOT training
added to expand opportunities for employees: ♦
training and to also help develop more training.
Video and audio recordings of many presentations from the UDOT Conference are available at:
Your expertise and institutional memory may
and also let employees and supervisors track
The UDOT U course catalog will show core
training progress through the Utah Division of
and elective courses for every position at
Human Resource Management record keeping
A new website, UDOT.Utah.gov/UDOT U
UDOT U is developing video hosting
I encourage all employees to take advantage of
capabilities with a dedicated YouTube channel that will provide access to in-house produced training.
provide others with important knowledge that could benefit UDOT for years to come.
News from the College of Project Delivery, Lisa Wilson, continued... instructional video, can be done
lot about the functions of other groups. That
anywhere a mobile device operates.
kind of shared information and understanding
Accessibility makes the guide more
among employees helps us function more
usable for inspectors who have a critical
effectively as a department. UDOT U helped
function at UDOT.
fund development of this guide.
Lori Dabling who develops training for
Delivering a project from start to finish involves
project managers worked with many
a lot of specialty areas from concept
groups to develop the new Project
development through design, construction to
Financial Management guide. Besides a
closeout. As new training is developed by our
An online guide lets inspectors access information an on a PC, smartphone or tablet.
great product, the cross
college, those trainings will be accessible
-division effort produced
through UDOT U’s website. And, updates as
some added benefits –
needed will be in the quarterly newsletter.
participants learned a
Tools for Trans-Techs An online guide for construction inspectors offers a way to refresh skills for pros and a training fast-track for new employees who need to learn the UDOT language. Transportation Technicians, who fill the role of inspectors on construction sites, are responsible to observe processes and to take samples of materials back to a lab for testing. Inspectors are the “first line of defense” because they help ensure construction materials meet UDOT contract requirements, explains Mike Garcia, UDOT Construction Operations Specialist.
Inspectors are the “first line of defense” because they help ensure construction materials meet UDOT contract requirements...
Smart access Making sure the information in the guide is easy to access was a goal of the manual development. The new online manual can be accessed on tablets, smartphones or PCs and viewed online or downloaded. Double duty Many inspectors work alternately in construction and maintenance, and some may have a break from construction for two to three years. The new manual can be a great tool for someone returning to construction who may need a quick review of a topic.
Inspectors need to have a broad range of
For example, an embedded video in the Pavement
knowledge about road way features, surveying,
and Materials Chapter has a video of how to take samples of untreated base course. It’s quick and easy to use the manual to find a topic and “get a refresher of how to do that inspection,” says Garcia.
plan sets, specifications, signs, and structures. The new online UDOT Construction Inspection Guide is “what the employee out in the field needs,” says Garcia.
Continued, page 6.
Mike Adams, an instructor in the Transportation Education Program, shows how to collect an aggregate sample that accurately reflects the makeup of the material being used. The new manual will be the basis of future training. UDOT.Utah.gov/UDOTU
UDOT University NEWS
M ONEY M ANAGEMENT Project Financial Management is a new guide that helps UDOT Project Managers oversee project funds from concept to close-out. The guide is a cross-specialty effort and was developed with support from UDOT U. Project Financial Management walks managers through project phases. UDOT’s Electronic Program Management system (ePM) is the connecting thread throughout the guide. A massive effort
Other benefits Working together gave participants a look at how other groups operate. Gorac liked the healthy interaction among group members. “A lot of people with very busy schedules took time to help with the development of the manual. It was a great team
Developing the guide took collaboration from many groups at
effort, and the byproduct was that each group got a greater
UDOT, including the comptroller’s office, UDOT Project
understanding of the function of the other groups.”
Finance, ePM, ETS and UDOT Project Management. Lori Dabling, UDOT Statewide Project Manager, approached the comptroller’s office and expressed a need to inform project managers about the whole funding cycle, start to finish. Brent Laulusa and Jim Gorac from the comptroller’s office were involved. “Our office provided guidance, and Lori kept the process on track,” says Laulusa. “Each of these groups saw the big-risk things that each do,” says Dabling. The result is a thorough guide, including a checklist at each stage to make sure users cover all the bases and prevent unintended consequences.
Brent Laulusa from the comptroller’s office views the online guide. One great feature of the guide is a glossary that defines engineering and accounting terms to get all audiences on the same page.
Kathy Starks, Kristi Urri and Mary Ann Wayman in Program Finance helped with the effort by providing forms, insight into the finance processes and review of the draft guide. UDOT.Utah.gov/UDOTU
“A lot of people with very busy schedules took time to help with the development of the manual. It was a great team effort…” Feedback Once a draft was completed, the group got feedback from
One valuable part of the guide is a glossary that “puts
users. It was especially important and helpful to get the
accounting language into common PM terms,” says
perspective of people at the region level, says Kathy Starks,
Dabling. Laulusa believes the glossary is a helpful
Financial Manager from UDOT Program Development. That
resource on its own, so employees can understand
feedback didn’t change the content, but did change the
common terms and acronyms are not “just alphabet
order of how the information was presented.
A great outcome
Finding ways to meet Utah’s increasing transportation
Dabling is happy with the guide. It’s basically “UDOT Project Finance 101.” The content and online format “gets the information to the right people at the right time.” She will use the guide as part of a structured curriculum for new project managers
needs while keeping the current system in good condition requires resources to help PMs optimize project funds. The guide provides tools that help managers avoid financial risk to better manage a budget throughout the life of a project. 5
UDOT University NEWS
PACE YOURSELF One of the newest additions to UDOT U is access to Lynda.com, a service that offers helpful, relevant online software training employees can take at their own speed.
Great Graphs Many Lynda.com courses have downloadable exercise files that support skill-building through practice.
The site lets employees find and take training modules and at and determine the time and pace of the training. Options include commonly used software like Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and even Google Docs. Hundreds of courses are available â€” there is even a course on how to make the most of training courses on the site. New courses are added often. Many of the courses have downloadable exercise files that let users
practice new skills. To take advantage of Lynda.com, employees need to have supervisor
Mike Garcia shows an online guide vs. a spec book and the old manual â€” online wins when it comes to convenience.
permission and contact Lynn Starley at email@example.com.
Tools for Trans-Techs, continued. A smart phone app that will access the guide is also being built. Building skills Trans-Techs become qualified for the job through the Transportation Education Program that focuses on maintenance,
Check it out:
construction and materials. The new guide will be used for TEP training at UDOT.
See the guide . See a video from the guide.
The UDOT Transportation Technician program boosts efficiency and allows funding to be used judiciously to balance workload throughout the year. The guide is designed to be a well-used and practical resource that will support inspectors in their vital role. 6
About this Newsletter This quarterly newsletter is about UDOT University, a clearinghouse of training courses that allows all UDOT employees – engineers, support staff, technicians and communicators – to find opportunities to meet workplace needs at the Utah Department of Transportation. UDOT U also provides funding to develop training. To share ides for articles, photos or other
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BOARD OF TRUSTEES Randy Park, Chair Shane Marshall Cory Pope
COLLEGE of ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
Jim Gorac, Dean
COLLEGE of PROJECT DELIVERY
Lisa Wilson, Dean
COLLEGE of PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
Cameron Kergaye, Dean
COLLEGE of OPERATIONS Lloyd Neeley, Dean