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Environmental Management and Urban Design on-line learning tool

The focus of the Environmental Management and Urban Design on-line learning tool is on improving environmental sustainability as well as public health related to road projects in urban settings. Completion of the modules will lead to a greater understanding of the concepts and processes involved in achieving these goals. Designed by the New Zealand Transportation Authority, the online-course is both engaging and informative. Project specific strategies and planning, as well as real world case studies and examples guarantee practical application of knew knowledge into your everyday business. From original planning and public relation, to construction and maintenance, this course offers everything you need to know about green road development in an urban setting.

The online learning tool currently offers six multifaceted modules combing informative text and interactive exercises to provide context and review for all the information presented. Clients can chose to select single, area specific modules, or complete the entire Environmental Management and Urban Design course. In addition to those currently offered, four more modules are currently under development and will be made available throughout 2013.

Please click on the links below for an overview of the course modules:

For Who?

The call for greener construction practices is increasing worldwide. This course is the perfect occasion for anyone looking into opportunities for professional development in the environmental management field, especially transport planners and project managers, national road authorities, regional and local administrations, civil and infrastructure engineering bureaus, and international transport consultants.

IRF Certification

IRF logoOn completion of the full course (i.e. all modules) you are entitled to the prestigious IRF Certificate for Environment Management and Urban Design, providing you with a documented and internationally recognized commitment to green construction and road management.

Registration and Costs

You can register online by following this link: Registration

IRF members Non-IRF members
€150 per module per user €250 per module per user

Terms & Conditions

Please download the applicable General Conditions here


Module Descriptions

Erosion and Sediment Control

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  • Ensure construction and maintenance activities avoid, remedy, or mitigate effects of soil erosion, sediment fun-off and sediment deposition
  • Identify areas susceptible to erosion and sediment deposition and implement erosions and sediment control measures appropriate to each situation with particular emphasis on high-risk areas
  • Use bio-engineering and low-impact design practices where practicable

Road Traffic Noise Management

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  • Investigate the sources of noise, along with factors that determine what level of noise and associated potential health effects
  • Learn strategies that set out procedures that identify and select sites for noise treatment/mitigation or sites that require monitoring
  • The design of new and altered roads, as well as providing a consistent methodology for the assessment and mitigation of that noise
  • An interactive case study for review

Highway Landscaping

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  • Defining the roles of those involved in highway landscaping
  • Social, environmental, and economic expectations for highway landscaping
  • The risks of bad landscaping and economic benefits of good landscaping
  • How to use highway landscaping guidelines for the assessment, design, and maintenance processes of highway landscaping

Storm Water Management

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  • The environmental responsibilities and water quality improvement
  • Look at how road development has contributed to the increase in storm water runoff and discuss the implications of flooding, stream erosion and contaminant deposition
  • The effects of storm water on the receiving environments
  • Examples of avoidance and remedy practices, as well as various treatment options
  • How to determine which storm water practice and treatment options are right for any given project
  • The operation and maintenance of storm water practices during construction

Air Quality Management

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  • Introduction to air quality concepts including the key road transport related sources of air pollution, the main pollutants of concern, and the associated health effects
  • Overview of the three tiered assessment approach used to review air quality
  • The different types of monitoring and the potential need for both pre and post project monitoring
  • Proper air quality management practices

Urban Design

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  • The concepts that are fundamental to understanding what urban design brings to highway projects
  • A brief introduction to the six key documents and policies of relevance to urban design in highway projects
  • Urban design actions required for the five main phases of a highway project
  • The importance of incorporating good urban design principles in key highway components

System requirements

For PC-based participants:

  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or newer, Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or newer or Google Chrome 5.0 or newer (JavaScript and Java enabled)
  • Windows 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
  • Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection

For Mac-based participants:

  • Safari 3.0 or newer, Firefox 4.0 or newer or Google Chrome 5.0 or newer (JavaScript and Java enabled)
  • Mac OS X 10.6 – Snow Leopard or newer
  • Cable modem, DSL, ocan r better Internet connection