2023 Crosstie Grading Seminar

 in the North Little Rock, Arkansas area
March 20-23, 2023
Arrival day is 5 pm March 20th. Classes are the 21st, 22nd (full days) and 23rd (half day).

Registration opening soon
Hotel Reservations available soon
Promotional Video
2022 Seminar Recap 

2022 Agenda:

Monday, August 8th
5:00 pm Reception

Tuesday, August 9th
8:00 am Welcome, Overview, Safety Briefing, Icebreaker
8:15 am Engineering, Brief History, & Why Defects Matter
10:15 am 15-minute break
10:30 am Introduction to Crosstie Defects
11:15 am Tie Inspection & Grading 101 with Video Examples
12:00 Lunch
1:00 pm Grading Quiz & Discussion
1:30 pm Intro to RTA Species & Species ID
3:00 pm 15-minute break
3:15 pm Breakout Groups with Big Blocks- Species ID
4:15 pm Big Block Test
4:45 pm Review
4:45 pm Adjourn
5:30 pm Reception

Wednesday, August 10th
8:00 am Insects, Fungi, & Air Drying
8:45 am Treating
9:15 am Treating Demonstration and Red Oak Bubbles
9:45 am 15-minute break
10:00 am Operations & Inspection Points
11:00 am Review Grading & Species Questions
11:30 am Lunch and prepare to go to the plant
12:30 Drive to Stella-Jones, sign in, safety briefing
1:15 pm Tour the treating plant
2:15 pm ID 25 Ties and Practice Grading
3:30 pm Answers for Practice Ties
4:00 pm Drive back to the hotel
Dinner on your own

Thursday, August 11th
8:00 am Wood and Timber Procurement
8:30 am Review Defects & Specification
9:00 am Review Species Groupings
9:30 am Drive to Stella-Jones and get signed in
10:00 am Instructions and Final Questions
10:15 am Final Test- Tie Grading Derby
11:45 am Tie Grading Derby Answers 
12:15 pm Drive back to the hotel
12:45 Lunch
1:45 Awards/Certificates/Evaluations/Closing

Check out the video to see a sample of what will be covered in this educational seminar!

RTA Tie Grading Seminar on Wood Identification Module 2 from Railway Tie Association on Vimeo.