Pipes are used to collect, channelize, and convey water in an intentional drainage path to prevent erosion. The main purpose of roadway drainage pipes is to properly drain stormwater. Without proper drainage, water can build up and lead to flooding, structural damage, soil erosion, and other issues. All roads use pipes, as even arid climates get rain at times. (Note that in this course, the term “pipe” refers to both drainage pipes and culverts.)
The type of drainage pipe a contractor chooses will often be based on the project’s drainage situation. Depending on the material, a well-installed pipe should stay in service somewhere between 30 and 150 years with little or no repair.
- Pipe Installation Procedures – Foundation and Bedding
- Pipe Installation Procedures – Placing the Pipe and Structural Backfill
- Joint Classification and Function
- Pipe and Culvert Maintenance
Who Should Take This Course
This course is intended for a variety of positions within local agencies and tribal governments, focused on those who inspect, install, and maintain pipe structures or systems.
Accessing the Course
This training is offered via the course management system Canvas. Upon completing your online registration, you will receive an email confirmation. To access the course, please visit Canvas and login with your University of Minnesota internet ID and password. Once you have been enrolled, your course will appear on your Canvas dashboard.
If for any reason you do not have access to the course after enrolling, please contact Katherine Stanley at email@example.com for assistance.
Because it's built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer work best for this course.
- Students will earn 0.5 Roads Scholar Program Maintenance Certificate credit. To earn this credit, students are required to send a copy of the course completion certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org
- To the best of our knowledge, this course meets the continuing education requirements for 3.0 PDHs as outlined in Minnesota Statute 326.107. More information concerning continuing education for professionals is available on the Minnesota Board of AELSLAGID website.
This course is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) at the University of Minnesota. Minnesota LTAP is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
Course curriculum was developed and compiled by FHWA Center for Local Aid Support in conjunction with a technical advisory panel of experts including local agencies and state DOTs.