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Technical and Business Writing in a DOT - Part 2: Word Types and Basic Grammar Rules

  • Apr 12, 2019 (9:30 - 11:00 am CT; 8:30 - 10:00 am MT)
    Webinar (desktop or laptop access)


DEADLINE: Thursday, April 4, 2019


Professionals employed in DOTs must communicate, but they find getting their ideas across can sometimes be difficult. This webinar series will establish the fundamentals of effective technical and business communication, and will show how to present your ideas. Participants will learn how to produce text quickly and error free; to write in a clear, concise and concrete manner.

There will be five 90-minute webinars. Participants can take all five or choose as many as they like.

  • Online quizzes
  • Back-up material for download
  • Webinar recordings

Webinar 2: Problem Words & Phrases – Friday, April 12, 2019

This webinar will show you how to recognize and fix problems associated with word choice. You will be able to eliminate unnecessary words and phrases to make your communication concise. When you know about vague words and phrases, you can correct them to make your writing concrete.


  • Problem Words, Simple or Complex
  • Redundancy, Abstractions, Blind Words


  • Simplifying Words & Phrases
  • Common Errors
  • Short & Familiar Replacement


Peter T. Martin, PhD, PE, , earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Wales in 1975, his Master of Science in Transportation Engineering from the University of Wales in 1987 and his Doctorate in Real-Time Transportation Modeling from the University of Nottingham, England in 1992. From 1975 to 1984, he practiced as a Civil Engineer in highway planning, design and construction. He has authored over 150 academic and professional papers and been invited to lecture on Intelligent Transportation Systems in Europe, Asia and North America. He has advised traffic engineers in India, China and the U.S. on the installation of advanced traffic signal systems. Dr. Martin was a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Utah until 2012 where he directed the Utah Traffic Laboratory, which enjoys real-time connection to the Utah DOT ITS Traffic Operations Center. He is currently a professor of Civil Engineering at New Mexico State University. peter@OnlineTechnicalTraining.net

Target Audience

Anyone who writes as part of his or her work in a department of transportation and other transportation professionals.

More Info

The above resource and more can be accessed by visiting the TLN Learning Management System (LMS).

NDSU Dept 2880P.O. Box 6050Fargo, ND 58108-6050