Culvert Installation and Maintenance for Local Agencies Online Course

Maintenance worker installing a culvert

In this online course, students will learn about the purpose of well-designed, well-built, and well-maintained culverts. The course also highlights the important role culverts play in the drainage system and why proper design, installation, and maintenance are essential for well-performing culverts. 

The course provides students with a basic understanding of the principles of culvert theory, design, location, planning, scheduling, permitting, and typical installations. It also outlines culvert inventory, inspection, repair, and rehabilitation methods.


Topics Covered

  • Introduction to culverts: principles and basic understanding
  • Culvert theory
  • Culvert installation planning
  • Common culvert installations
  • Trenchless installation
  • Repair and rehabilitation methods
  • Inventory, inspection, and maintenance

Who Should Take This Course

This course was developed for engineers, supervisors, and technicians who regularly work with culverts. It is geared toward individuals who install and maintain culverts as well as those who perform simple designs.

Accessing the Course

This training is offered via the course management system Canvas. Upon completing your online registration, you will receive an email confirmation. To access the course, please visit Canvas and login with your University of Minnesota internet ID and password. Once you have been enrolled, your course will appear on your Canvas dashboard.

If for any reason you do not have access to the course after enrolling, please contact Katherine Stanley at for assistance.

Technical Requirements

Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer work best for this course.

If you’re new to Canvas, see tips and resources for using the platform.


More Information

For more information, or if you require special accommodations, please contact Katherine Stanley at or 612-626-1023.

Sponsors/Curriculum Developers

This course was created in collaboration by the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota, Minnesota Local Road Research Board, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Curriculum for this workshop was developed and compiled by BARR Engineering. Other agencies that contributed to the course's technical content include: