Instructor: Greg Taylor

Board: Montana Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors

Credit Hours: 3.00
18 ratings

Approval Number: PACE-0525

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Course Description

This course focuses on the geometric design of vertical alignments for modern roads and highways. Its contents are intended to serve as guidance and not as an absolute standard or rule.
Upon course completion, you should be familiar with the general design of vertical roadway alignments. The course objective is to give engineers and designers an in-depth look at the principles to be considered when designing vertical alignments.
Subjects covered include:
  • Sight Distance
  • Stopping
  • Decision
  • Passing
  • Intersection
  • Vertical Alignment
  • Grades
  • Climbing lanes
  • Passing opportunities
  • Emergency escape ramps
  • Vertical Curves
  • Sag
  • Crest
  • Coordination of Horizontal & Vertical Curves

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
  • calculate sight distance
  • recognize vertical alignment
  • explain vertical curves
  • describe the coordination of horizontal and vertical curves

Instructor Bio

Greg Taylor has worked for the Tennessee Department of Transportation as the Civil Engineering Manager since 1978. He is responsible for all types of roadway projects including State routes, bridges and estimates. He performs all phases of civil engineering design work including erosion control, hydrology, andgrading, while adhering to State regulations. He has also been a logistics and support officer for the Tennessee Air National Guard from 1985 to 2006. Greg hold a M.S. and B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee as well as an M.S. in Engineering Management also from the University of Tennessee.

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