Florida T2 Center: Providing Valuable Training at Home and Away

Welcome to the May 2016 edition of the Florida T2 Center Newsletter.

Message from the Director

In her time at the Center, Maria Cahill has endeavored to learn all about our history, programs, and resources in order to best prepare us for our future. Click here to read her message to you, our readers!

Workshops

The Value of Small Training Classes

Peter Bouley, T2 Heavy Equipment Instructor, shares his perspective on the importance of "seat time" during Heavy Equipment training. Read his insights gained from decades of experience here.

T2 Offers ADA and Plans Reading Training in Central Florida

The Florida T2 Center offered two very unique training opportunities on May 18 and 19 in Central Florida. With assistance from the FDOT Research Office, T2 was able to provide two American with Disability Act (ADA) workshops, as well as a Plans Reading Fundamentals workshop, all at vastly reduced rates. Click here to read about these classes.

Florida’s Pilot/Escort Curriculum Goes to Maryland 

By special request from the United States Military, the Florida T2 Center offered a Pilot Escort Flagging workshop at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, MD on May 25, 2016. Read more about this training here.

Events

Congratulations to Leon Smith for Achieving First Place at the APWA Equipment Rodeo 

Leon Smith, heavy equipment operator for the St. Johns County Public Works Department, competed against 61 other heavy equipment operators from around the state. He was required to demonstrate proficiency on a number of machines, including gradall, vac truck, sweeper, small excavator, grapple truck, and remote control lawn mower. Click here to read more about this impressive victory.

T2 Assists FDOT with Pavement Workshop

On May 12th, the Florida T2 Center, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), presented an Enhanced Durability through In-Place Pavement Density workshop to 31 attendees. Read more about the workshop here.

T2 Participates in Motor Carrier System Plan Business Forum

As an advocate for safety on Florida’s roadways, the Florida T2 Center participates in discussions regarding the future of freight movement. To support this aim, Alison Tillman attended FDOT’s Motor Carrier System Plan workshop in Bartow on April 7. Read on for more information.

Grant News

PedBike Safety Resource Center

The PedBike team is constantly learning and discovering new processes to make things simpler and smoother. Read on to find out what they've been up to.

Occupant Protection Resource Center

The Florida OPRC team is gearing up for CPS week, reviewing the 2015 Florida Misuse Report, and making educational materials and scholarships available in order to promote occupant protection around the state. Click here to read the full update.

FDOT Research

FDOT New Research

Here are the T2 Center, we like to keep track of projects coming through Florida so that we can stay updated on ways we can connect with researchers, developers, and you, our customers! Here's a list of research projects we've identified since February.

Recently Completed FDOT Research Reports

Final reports have been added from various divisions, including Florida's Turnpike Enterprise, Materials, Planning, and Structures, as well as the Traffic Engineering and Operations Division. View the full list of new reports here.