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Ayres’ long-standing NHI involvement Ayres NHI Hydraulics Courses Ayres has been teaching hydraulics courses for the FHWA National Highway Institute for nearly 30 years. The following is a listing of what courses Ayres has taught or is currently teaching: • Urban Drainage Design + * • Stormwater Pump Station Design + * • One-Dimensional Modeling of River Encroachments with HEC-RAS * • Stream Stability and Scour at Highway Bridges + * • Stream Stability and Scour at Highway Bridges for Bridge Inspectors + * • Countermeasure Design for Bridge Scour and Stream Instability + * • Culvert Design + * • Introduction to Highway Hydraulics + * • Plan of Action (POA) for Scour Critical Bridges  • Stream Stability Factors and Concepts  • Scour at Highway Bridges: Concepts and Definitions  • Hydraulic Design of Safe Bridges + * • Basic Hydraulic Principles Review  • Two-Dimensional Hydraulic Modeling of Rivers at Highway Encroachments (in conjunction with Aquaveo, LLC)* • River Engineering for Highway Encroachments (under revision) + *Currently teaching + Developed course material  Web-based instruction Ayres Associates has played an active role in helping NHI achieve its mission for nearly 30 years by helping develop and teach a multitude of transportation hydraulics-related courses. Starting in 1989 with the Stream Stability and Scour Course and continuing today with a total of 850 courses taught by Ayres team members, the firm has a long-standing history of NHI teaching. To date, Ayres instructors have taught approximately 22,000 students about a range of transportation hydraulic topics, from bridge scour and design of safe bridges, to urban drainage design and 2D hydraulic modeling. Classes range from one- to three-day courses and are taught across the country to professionals representing state departments of transportation as well as others in private and public industries. Ayres also has been involved in the development of nine instructor-led courses and four web-based offerings. Program offers hands-on, practical knowledge Being able to learn practical engineering applications from professionals who have actually “walked the walk” is critical to NHI’s success, Eberhard said. “It’s just beneficial to have both the hands-on knowledge as well as learning actual laws and regulations.” Jim Schall, a project manager in Ayres’ Fort Collins, Colorado, office, said transportation hydraulics is a subset of engineering that often lacks understanding, which is why continuing education on the subject is so important. Schall is one of the Ayres employees who has been involved in NHI course development and instruction from the start. “A lot of roadway engineers understand that hydraulics needs to be looked at, but they don’t understand how to do it, and they’re frustrated by it, and that’s why it sometimes doesn’t get the attention it should,” Schall explained. “Through the training they get more proficient, and they understand how to apply some of the design tools and practices that are out there. “It’s not something they know how to do until they start getting more advanced training, and then they’re able to apply those tools and address what they see.” NHI, as part of its mission, strives to ensure it constituents receive the highest quality training by staying on top of the latest digital tools, adult learning research, and industry advancements to deliver the knowledge they need to succeed. Training program centers around adult learners A major component of NHI training is its emphasis on the specific needs of the adult learner. NHI requires its new instructors to complete an 22│ TRENDS