This course content has been developed in by PWABC in collaboration with Vaisala and snow and ice professionals from Lethbridge and Minneapolis. It builds on the content delivered in 2018 and incorporates an introduction to best practices for operations staff responsible for snow removal and also includes tips for smaller municipalities.
Preparations based on weather forecasts
Salt and sand applications, rates of application and speeds
Pre trips on plow equipment and loaders
Best practices to remove snow regionally i.e. roundabouts, driveways, bike lanes
Public education, outreach and social media i.e. responsibility to clear sidewalks
Liquid salt brine, application and precautions, pros and cons
Salt management, storing and handling
Snow plowing, preparation and equipment, precautions and hazards
Risk assessments for plowing, salting, sanding and brine applications
Use of RWIS (Road Weather Information Systems) in larger municipality
Use of Traffic Camera, CCTV, SCADA, AWL, and communication devices
Best practices for training new staff
Who should attend?
All levels of winter maintenance field staff;
Public works professionals new to winter maintenance;
Public works professionals looking to hear new ideas and gain different perspectives.
Mark DeVries, Vaisala
Bret Hodne, Public Work Director, City of West Des Moines
John Scharffbillig, Director of Fleet Services, City of Minneapolis
Lee Perkins, Transportation Operations Manager City of Lethbridge
Wilf Nixon, Vice President, Salt Institute
Cost: $149 plus GST includes morning coffee & lunch. Free parking
Registration for this course can be transferred to another individual at any time. Cancellations are permitted until October 1st and will be subject to a $50 fee. No refunds are available after this date.