Managing Snow and Ice Control Operations


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Course Overview

Learn about winter storm operations and how to effectively use plowing, deicing chemicals and abrasives to manage snow and ice, while improving safety, maintaining level of service, reducing environmental impact and reducing costs.

Who Should Attend?

  • Public works officials
  • Engineers
  • Superintendents
  • Foremen
  • Facility managers
  • Grounds managers
  • Contractors and others with responsibilities for winter maintenance

Course Outline

Winter Storms

  • Understanding winter storms
  • How to interpret forecasts

Using Winter Weather Technology

  • Contract forecast services
  • Pavement temperature sensors
  • Road Weather Information Services (RWIS)
  • Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL)
  • Maintenance Decision Support System (MDSS)

Snow and Ice Chemicals

  • Snow and ice pavement conditions
  • Selecting materials and methods
  • Salt properties and performance
  • Alternative chemicals
  • Anti-icing chemicals as a bond preventer
  • Abrasives

Winter Maintenance Liability

  • Liability concerns in winter operations
  • How to minimize potential for liability
  • Case examples

Winter Maintenance Environmental Considerations

  • Environmental impacts of salt
  • Salt impacts data and trends
  • Stormwater permit conditions
  • Changes in operations to address salt impacts
  • Winter maintenance equipment calibration

Street Winter Maintenance Operations

  • Planning & coordination of operations
  • Staff training
  • Equipment
  • Mechanical Removal
  • Deicing and Anti-icing
    • Deicing Anti-icing policy
    • Chemical blends
    • Application rates

Winter Maintenance from a Contractor’s Perspective

  • Coordination of winter operations
  • Equipment selection/productivity
  • Use of liquids for anti-icing and de-icing
  • Innovative approaches to winter maintenance
  • Effective winter services contract

Winter Maintenance Planning

  • Snow plans and operational guidelines
  • Training
  • Crew scheduling
  • Public relations
  • Routes
  • Priorities and level of service
  • Winter maintenance policies

We reserve the right to alter course schedule and substitute speakers when necessary.


"Excellent training!  There are not many seminars like this around. It is a must for all snow and ice supervisors and managers."

"It was great. I will send my supervisors and staff to the next course."

"I will be able to pull stuff from every presentation to implement into our snow removal operations."

"Excellent ideas to take home and start ASAP."

"We needed to make changes, and this course gave me the tools I need!"

"A lot of insight into programs others operate that we can use to change and improve our operations"

"I learned a great deal. It was well worth the cost."


Benjamin Jordan

Benjamin J. Jordan, PE is a program director with Interdisciplinary Professional Programs in the transportation sector. He has over 35 years of experience in civil engineering and public works. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and a Master of Public Affairs degree with a Certificate in Public Management from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois.

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Benjamin Jordan

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