The following seminars are being held in conjunction with the AREMA 2022 Annual Conference & Expo at the Colorado Convention Center.
Separate registration and fee required.

Introduction to Practical Railway Engineering

Friday, August 26, 12:30 – 5:00 PM
Saturday, August 27, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, August 28, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Seminar Description:

Participants benefiting the most from this course are those with limited exposure to the railway industry or railroaders with highly specialized positions. For example, a structural engineer well versed in highway bridge design but with some exposure to railway bridge design would gain valuable knowledge about track, signals, and railway operations typically unfamiliar to those outside the industry.

The benefits from this seminar include contact with other railroad professionals through our low student/instructor ratio. Participants will gain a greater appreciation for the technical and not-so-technical aspects of railroad engineering and operations.

The seminar workbook containing the presentation and a copy of the Practical Guide to Railway Engineering ($125 value) - an 800-page published text will be provided digitally.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Gain a greater appreciation for the technical and not-so-technical aspects of railroad engineering and operations.
  • Learn broad range of railroad topics that you might not otherwise experience in your current line of work.
  • Have the opportunity to see track component and rail equipment up close as part of our educational site visits.
  • Interact with other students and instructors in an informal setting with the opportunity to ask in depth questions about topics of interest.

Marcin Taraszkiewicz, Jacobs


Seminar Pricing:

By July 21: $800 Members / $1000 Non-Members / $400 Students

After July 21: $900 Members / $1100 Non-Members / $400 Students

Track Alignment Design, Part I

Wednesday, August 31, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Thursday, September 1, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday, September 2, 8:00 AM – Noon

Seminar Description:

This seminar is best for individuals that are responsible for track design production work, with 1-5 years of railroad or track design experience, or more experienced railroaders and engineers moving into track design responsibilities. Participants should have a rudimentary knowledge of railroads and railroad terminology. The Introduction to Practical Railway Engineering or equivalent is an ideal precursor to this class.

Participants will learn design approaches to typical rail service, capacity, and routing problems with a sharp focus on the development and evaluation of horizontal and vertical alignment geometric design. A case study approach provides incrementally higher levels of difficulties with multiple constraints, building on concepts learned in prior modules. 9 real-world situations are presented to the participants, who are walked through the project from the concept phase through alternative analysis to the final resolution. The interface of signal design and constructability with track alignment design are discussed.

The seminar workbook containing the presentation will be provided digitally.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain a clear understanding of clearance requirements
  • Learn about Horizontal Curve Selection and Vertical Curve Restrictions
  • Understand the Grade/Handbrake Relationship
  • Understand how to Read a Turnout Table and Calculate Turnout Location on Non-Standard Ladder
  • Understand the importance of Construction Staging in Maintaining Railroad Operations

Bruce R. Anderson, TranSystems

PDH: 14.5

Seminar Pricing:

By July 21:
$800 Members / $1000 Non-Members / $400 Students

After July 21: $900 Members / $1100 Non-Members / $400 Students

Culvert and Storm Drain Inspection Seminar

Thursday, September 1, 12:30 – 5:00 PM

Seminar Description:

Culvert washouts and failures have a significant impact on railway viability, often on par with the consequences of bridge failures.  Culvert and storm drain systems are vital assets that require periodic maintenance and repair to achieve their design service life and proper function.  This course presents a methodology for rapid condition evaluation of culverts and buried bridges that establishes a rating system to prevent failure/washout.  The system also provides a framework for managing assets, reducing risk, and prioritizing maintenance and rehabilitation. 

The AASHTO Guide for Inspection of Culvert and Storm Drain Systems replaces the 1986 FHWA Culvert Inspection Manual referenced in the AREMA Manual for Railway Engineering as the recommended publication for developing a culvert and storm drain inspection program.  The new guide reflects industry changes such as new pipe types, culvert design for alternate uses, evaluation of storm drain systems, and advanced inspection techniques. This educational workshop introduces the contents of the guide and provides training on the use and implementation of the component rating system.  

Learning Outcomes:
The objective of this workshop is to provide inspectors and interested parties with quantitative and repeatable condition asset criteria based on inspection methods of the AASHTO Guide for Inspection of Culvert and Storm Drain Systems.  Learning objectives include the following:
  • Understand the use and basis of the AASHTO Guide for Inspection of Culvert and Storm Drain Systems.
  • Understand the rating system used in the Guide and introduce the underlying engineering principles and existing best practices.
  • Enable culvert and storm drain inspectors to: 
    • Select an appropriate entry type,
    • Identify distress for culvert or storm drain system components, 
    • Rate the condition of the system components (includes the approach, embankment, channel, end treatments, foundations, joints/seams, and barrel materials such as plastic, concrete, corrugated metal, masonry, and timber), 
    • Document findings of an inspection,
    • Recommend corrective actions where appropriate.
  • Identify areas of structural concern, hydraulic performance, and roadside compatibility, and
  • Identify minor issues that can be addressed through maintenance before they become safety hazards.

Information presented in this workshop will enable agencies to make more efficient use of their culvert and storm drain assets by:

  • Mitigating repair costs,
  • Reducing risk of failure,
  • Providing input to prioritize rehabilitation and maintenance,
  • Developing a database of condition-based input for short- and long-term planning and budgeting for repairs and rehabilitation.

Matthew Richie, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.
Shawn Coombs, Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.

PDH: 6.5

Seminar Pricing:

By July 21: $625 Members / $825 Non-Members / $315 Students

After July 21: $725 Members / $925 Non-Members / $315 Students