ULC Course Description

Civil Design for Planning
Control Number: 218
Course Number: 35CDP01A
CEUs: 3.0     PDHs: 30.0     LUs: 0.0     PDUs: 0.0     CMs: 0.0     ACE: 0.0     CEHs: 0.0
This course focuses on the proprietary Corps of Engineers (USACE) Civil Works project development process. It provides a general understanding of the broad-range of engineering studies and sensitive engineering issues that impact and influence project formulation, the feasibility planning phase (including the SMART Planning processes), as well as the pre-construction engineering and design (PED) phase. The course also covers the processes involved in accomplishing studies (e.g. Civil Works Review Process, quality control, value engineering), and tools (mapping, risk based analysis, Project Management Plans, etc.). It discusses the role of the designer, planner, and project manager in the context of the Project Delivery Team. It is intended to reach newly assigned professional scientists/engineers within the engineering, planning, and project management functions of the Corps, or those who are new to the Civil Works process. The class can also provide an excellent refresher and update for staff currently working in the program. Individuals not working with, or planning to work with, the USACE Civil Works process may receive less benefit from this class.

The objective of this course is to develop knowledge, skills, and aptitudes regarding the policies, procedures, tools, and techniques for the execution (planning and design) of a USACE Civil Works project. After completing this course, the student should be able to more effectively execute and coordinate a multi-disciplinary USACE Civil Works project. Topics include organization and development of resources required to execute the process, policy guidance, and various sensitive design concerns within the project planning process (including engineering overview, geotechnical, electrical/mechanical, hydrology and hydraulics, risk-based analysis, value engineering, structural engineering studies, and geographic information systems). Emphasis is placed on navigating the review process and the SMART Planning Process. This course tracks the Corps of Engineers Project Management Business Process from the authorization of the first study to the completion of construction. The course was developed for USACE Civil Works personnel and may be of reduced value to personnel from other agencies. Students completing the class may receive 3.0 CEU (Continuing Education Units), or 30 LU (Learning Units), or 30 PDH (Professional Development Hours).

Nominees should be on, or have a potential assignment to a Civil Works study team in the Planning or Engineering phases and have functional responsibilities within the Planning, Engineering, Construction, Operations, Real Estate, Counsel, or Project Management organizations. (a) Occupational Series: All series; and (b) Grade: GS-07 through GS-13. Individuals not working with, or planning to work with, the USACE Civil Works process may receive less benefit from this class.


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