TRB Webinar: Optimizing the Risk and Cost of Materials Quality Assurance

November 06, 2017 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM U.S. Eastern
Cost (for your seat)
Professional Development Hours for this webinar
1.5 hour(s)
Continuing Education Hours for this webinar
AAE: 0.0 hour(s)
AICP: 0.0 hour(s)
CLE: 0.0 hour(s)

TRB will conduct a webinar on Monday, November 6, 2017, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET that features research from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)’s Report 838: Guidelines for Optimizing the Risk and Cost of Materials QA Programs.

Presenters will discuss how state departments of transportation (DOTs) can identify and evaluate opportunities that may enhance their materials quality assurance (QA) programs. They will explain how DOTs can develop a structured process for identifying the optimal QA investment point.

Some registrants will need to pay $95 to attend this webinar.  Sign into to view registration information.

Webinar Presenters

  • Sidney Scott, HKA Global Inc.
  • Keith Molenaar, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Linda Konrath, HKA Global Inc.

Moderated by: Ed Harrigan, Transportation Research Board

Webinar Outline

  1. Overview of NCHRP
  2. Proposed guidelines for evaluating QA programs
    • Analytical framework for allocating QA resources
    • Qualitative and quantitative estimates of cost and risk
  3. Question and answer session

The first 60 minutes of the webinar will be for presentations and the final 30 minutes will be reserved for audience questions. The Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP) categorizes this webinar activity as relating to health, safety, and welfare including core technical.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how to optimize materials QA based on project delivery methods, project/materials risks, and advancements in specifications and technology
  • Understand how manufacturing industry models were used to develop the framework
  • Describe how risk management tools have been used to optimize QA resources for product/materials management
  • Understand how to apply the tiered optimization framework to optimize materials QA practices

Professional Development Hour Information

A certificate for 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be provided to Professional Engineers (PEs) who register and attend the webinar as an individual. For groups, only the person that registers and attends the session will receive a PDH certificate. Certificates of Completion will be issued only to individuals who register for and attend the entire webinar session.

Individuals registered as Florida PEs are no longer required to email TRB with your license number to report your attendance. Instead, please use your certificate that TRB provides through as verification of your attendance to the Florida Board of Professional Engineers.

Please check with your licensing board to ensure that TRB webinar PDHs are approved by your board.

This webinar was developed in March 2017. TRB has met the standards and requirements of the Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP). Credit earned on completion of this program will be reported to RCEP by TRB. Complaints about registered providers may be sent to RCEP, 1015 15th Street, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20005. Website:

Registration questions? Contact Reggie Gillum at