April 18, 2024


8:15 AM - 4:00 PM EST

Contact Hours



University of Virginia
Virginia Transportation Research Council – VTRC Auditorium
530 Edgemont Road
Charlottesville, VA 22904


Visitors may park in the upper visitors lot in front of the building and if it gets filled, in the lower lot behind the building. There is a sign at the entrance to the lower lot directing visitors to the upper lot. Entry from the back lot can be buzzed in from the front desk and visitors may take the elevator to the third floor to get to the auditorium. When the elevator opens the auditorium is right there on the left.


This Construction Math course is designed to provide basic training on methods for measuring and computing quantities such as linear, area, volume, weight, yield, etc. This goal is achieved by teaching the basic math theory needed to complete proper measurements and computations for verification of estimates performed by highway inspectors and estimating personnel. It can also be used by materials testing, design and other technical fields.

Workshop attendees will be provided with the concepts, knowledge, and tools used to analyze commonly-encountered questions demanding to know quantities for the purpose of payment or acceptance.

**A Scientific calculator with the ability to perform exponential operations.**


Course Modules:

  1. The Basics: Significant figures, Rounding, Scales, Units of Measurement, Stations
  2. Computing Two-Dimensional (Area) Quantities, Pythagorean Theorem, Averages
  3. Computing Three-Dimensional (Volume) Quantities, and Measuring Weight.
  4. Rates of Application and Slope-Related Calculations.


Lorenzo Casanova

Lorenzo Casanova, P.E.

He worked for 21 years for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) during which time he served for over twelve years as Pavement, Materials and Technology Transfer Engineer. He also served as the Local Programs Coordinator and Asset Management Program Manager.

Early in his career he got involved in Construction Inspection and Contract Administration. Later in his career, he became interested in Statistical Quality Assurance/Quality Control, and Project Monitoring and Project Management. In addition, he has extensive practical experience in engineering and economic analysis; and has held different positions in the public and private sectors, as well as in academia.

Mr. Casanova has taught courses in Statics, Strength of Materials, and Physics at two community colleges. With a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, he is a registered P.E. in Florida and Delaware and earned his Masters of Engineering degree from the University of Florida where he taught senior level courses in Pavement Design.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is intended for the field, or office transportation professional, whether in public or private practice, interested in acquiring the basic mathematical knowledge to perform the operations needed to calculate pay item quantities either for submission for payment, or for its verification for approval.

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:

Local Government: $85.00
State/Federal: $140.00
Private Industry: $325.00

Click here for UVA TTA's general registration information, cancellation policy, and refund policy. UVA TTA accepts the following credit cards: American Express, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover. Credit card information cannot be taken over the phone. Alternatively, after registering you can print out a voucher to send in with your payment. After you have completed the transaction you will receive an automatically generated email confirming registration and payment if applicable. Final confirmation and instructions will be sent out during the week prior to the class date.