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In this course, students will learn about the purpose of well-designed, well-built, and well-maintained culverts. The course also highlights the important role culverts play in the drainage system and why proper design, installation, and maintenance are essential for well-performing culverts. The course will provide students with a basic understanding of the principles of culvert theory, design, location, planning, scheduling, permitting, and typical installations. It also outlines culvert inventory, inspection, repair, and rehabilitation methods.

Date & Location

Not currently scheduled.

Topics Covered

  • Theory and design
  • Installation prep
  • Open cut installation
  • Trenchless installation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Inspection and maintenance

Who Should Attend

This is a comprehensive workshop for engineers, supervisors, and technicians who regularly work with culverts. It’s geared toward those who install and maintain them as well as those who perform simple designs.

Course Instructors

Ann Johnson, PE, has taught at the University of Minnesota in both the civil engineering and construction management program for over 20 years. She also develops and teaches workshops and courses for Minnesota LTAP, AirTAP, and the Center for Transportation Studies. She is licensed in both Minnesota and Wisconsin and is the president of Professional Engineering Services, a civil engineering firm that specializes in construction inspection and construction-related teaching.

Eric Johnson is a 1993 graduate of the University of Wisconsin−Eau Claire with a BA in secondary English education. Eric has most recently worked as a construction inspector for Professional Engineering Services. Over the last 20 years, Eric has served as an inspector on many local municipal projects, including the Guthrie Theater, Target Field, Highway 212, the Central Corridor and SW Corridor Light Rail projects, the 35E MnPASS project, Highway 610, various METC sewer rehab projects, and Saint Paul Metro Waste Water Treatment Plant renovation. He carries multiple MnDOT inspection certifications as well as the national CIPP inspection certification through NASSCO.



This workshop is presented by the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) at the Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota. Minnesota LTAP is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This course is subsidized through funding from LRRB and FHWA.