2021 Crosstie Grading Seminar

 in the Florence, South Carolina Area
August 9-12 2021
Arrival day is 5 pm August 9th. Classes are the 10th, 11th (full days) and 12th (half day).

Hotel Reservations (Code RTG)
Promotional Video
2019 Seminar Recap 


This seminar is three full days of instruction. 

Proposed Agenda:

Monday August 9th
5:00 pm Reception

Tuesday August 10th
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 11th
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 Koppers, 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 12th
8:00 am Wood and Timber Procurement
8:30 am Review Defects & Specification
9:00 am Review Species Groupings
9:30 am Drive to Koppers 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.  

The 2019 Tie Grading Seminar took place on August 5-8 
in the Texarkana, Arkansas area.

Congratulations to our 2019 Tie Grading Amazon gift card winners: 

Reduced Speed Grading Test                                    Tie Grading Derby
Eric Lehr, Applied Testing & Geosciences               Nathan Hosterman, Koppers


About RTA's Tie Grading Seminar