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Contributors:Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Linda Bergmann, David Blakesley, Allen Brizee, Josh Prenosil.
Summary:

This area contains resources for the Purdue Writing Lab-Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Workshops. These materials will help engineers of all disciplines, workplace writers, and students compose clear, dynamic, and effective technical communication.

INDOT Workshop Resources

Introduction

Resources in this area of the OWL include PowerPoint slide presentations and pdf handouts for Writing Lab workshops hosted for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).

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Contributors:Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Linda Bergmann, David Blakesley, Allen Brizee, Josh Prenosil.
Summary:

This area contains resources for the Purdue Writing Lab-Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Workshops. These materials will help engineers of all disciplines, workplace writers, and students compose clear, dynamic, and effective technical communication.

INDOT Five Principles of Readability Slide Presentation

Click on the link above in the Media box to download the PowerPoint slide presentation, Five Principles of Readability.

Contributors:Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Linda Bergmann, David Blakesley, Allen Brizee, Josh Prenosil.
Summary:

This area contains resources for the Purdue Writing Lab-Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Workshops. These materials will help engineers of all disciplines, workplace writers, and students compose clear, dynamic, and effective technical communication.

INDOT Five Principles of Readability Handout

Click on the link above in the Media box to download the pdf handout, Five Principles of Readability.

Contributors:Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Linda Bergmann, David Blakesley, Allen Brizee, Josh Prenosil.
Summary:

This area contains resources for the Purdue Writing Lab-Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Workshops. These materials will help engineers of all disciplines, workplace writers, and students compose clear, dynamic, and effective technical communication.

INDOT Paramedic Method Slide Presentation

Click on the link above in the Media box to download the PowerPoint slide presentation, The Paramedic Method.

Contributors:Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Linda Bergmann, David Blakesley, Allen Brizee, Josh Prenosil.
Summary:

This area contains resources for the Purdue Writing Lab-Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Workshops. These materials will help engineers of all disciplines, workplace writers, and students compose clear, dynamic, and effective technical communication.

INDOT Paramedic Method Handout

Click on the link above in the Media box to download the pdf handout, The Paramedic Method.

Contributors:Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Linda Bergmann, David Blakesley, Allen Brizee, Josh Prenosil.
Summary:

This area contains resources for the Purdue Writing Lab-Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Workshops. These materials will help engineers of all disciplines, workplace writers, and students compose clear, dynamic, and effective technical communication.

INDOT Adjective Issues for ESL Writers Slide Presentation

Click on the link above in the Media box to download the PowerPoint slide presentation, Adjective Issues for ESL Writers.

Contributors:Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Linda Bergmann, David Blakesley, Allen Brizee, Josh Prenosil.
Summary:

This area contains resources for the Purdue Writing Lab-Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Workshops. These materials will help engineers of all disciplines, workplace writers, and students compose clear, dynamic, and effective technical communication.

INDOT Adjective Issues for ESL Writers Handout

Click on the link above in the Media box to download the handout, Adjective Issues for ESL Writers.

Contributors:Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Linda Bergmann, David Blakesley, Allen Brizee, Josh Prenosil.
Summary:

This area contains resources for the Purdue Writing Lab-Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Workshops. These materials will help engineers of all disciplines, workplace writers, and students compose clear, dynamic, and effective technical communication.

INDOT Intra-Paragraph Organization for ESL Writers Slide Presentation

Click on the link above in the Media box to download the PowerPoint slide presentation, Intra-Paragraph Organization for ESL Writers.

Contributors:Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Linda Bergmann, David Blakesley, Allen Brizee, Josh Prenosil.
Summary:

This area contains resources for the Purdue Writing Lab-Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Workshops. These materials will help engineers of all disciplines, workplace writers, and students compose clear, dynamic, and effective technical communication.

INDOT Intra-Paragraph Organization for ESL Writers Handout

Click on the link above in the Media box to download the handout, Intra-Paragraph Organization for ESL Writers.

Contributors:Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Linda Bergmann, David Blakesley, Allen Brizee, Josh Prenosil.
Summary:

This area contains resources for the Purdue Writing Lab-Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Workshops. These materials will help engineers of all disciplines, workplace writers, and students compose clear, dynamic, and effective technical communication.

INDOT Verb Use for ESL Writers Slide Presentation

Click on the link above in the Media box to download the PowerPoint slide presentation, Verb Use for ESL Writers.

Contributors:Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Linda Bergmann, David Blakesley, Allen Brizee, Josh Prenosil.
Summary:

This area contains resources for the Purdue Writing Lab-Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Workshops. These materials will help engineers of all disciplines, workplace writers, and students compose clear, dynamic, and effective technical communication.

INDOT Verb Use for ESL Writers Handout

Click on the link above in the Media box to download the handout, Verb Use for ESL Writers.

Contributors:Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Linda Bergmann, David Blakesley, Allen Brizee, Josh Prenosil.
Summary:

This area contains resources for the Purdue Writing Lab-Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Workshops. These materials will help engineers of all disciplines, workplace writers, and students compose clear, dynamic, and effective technical communication.

INDOT Macro Level Cohesion Slide Presentation

Click on the link above in the Media box to download the PowerPoint slide presentation, Macro Level Cohesion.

Contributors:Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Linda Bergmann, David Blakesley, Allen Brizee, Josh Prenosil.
Summary:

This area contains resources for the Purdue Writing Lab-Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Workshops. These materials will help engineers of all disciplines, workplace writers, and students compose clear, dynamic, and effective technical communication.

INDOT Macro Level Cohesion Handout

Click on the link above in the Media box to download the pdf handout, Macro Level Cohesion.

Contributors:Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Linda Bergmann, David Blakesley, Allen Brizee, Josh Prenosil.
Summary:

This area contains resources for the Purdue Writing Lab-Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Workshops. These materials will help engineers of all disciplines, workplace writers, and students compose clear, dynamic, and effective technical communication.

INDOT Micro Level Cohesion Slide Presentation

Click on the link above in the Media box to download the PowerPoint slide presentation, Micro Level Cohesion.

Contributors:Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Linda Bergmann, David Blakesley, Allen Brizee, Josh Prenosil.
Summary:

This area contains resources for the Purdue Writing Lab-Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Workshops. These materials will help engineers of all disciplines, workplace writers, and students compose clear, dynamic, and effective technical communication.

INDOT Micro Level Cohesion Handout

Click on the link above in the Media box to download the pdf handout, Micro Level Cohesion.

Contributors:Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Linda Bergmann, David Blakesley, Allen Brizee, Josh Prenosil.
Summary:

This area contains resources for the Purdue Writing Lab-Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Workshops. These materials will help engineers of all disciplines, workplace writers, and students compose clear, dynamic, and effective technical communication.

INDOT Concise Language Presentation

This PowerPoint presentation will help writers, including ESL writers, create more concise messages. Download the slides in the Media box above.

Contributors:Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Linda Bergmann, David Blakesley, Allen Brizee, Josh Prenosil.
Summary:

This area contains resources for the Purdue Writing Lab-Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Workshops. These materials will help engineers of all disciplines, workplace writers, and students compose clear, dynamic, and effective technical communication.

INDOT Eliminating Unnecessary Words Handout

This handout will help writers, including ESL writers, eliminate unnecessary words from their compositions. Download the pdf file, Eliminating Unnecessary Words, in the Media box above.

Contributors:Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Linda Bergmann, David Blakesley, Allen Brizee, Josh Prenosil.
Summary:

This area contains resources for the Purdue Writing Lab-Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Workshops. These materials will help engineers of all disciplines, workplace writers, and students compose clear, dynamic, and effective technical communication.

INDOT Parallelism Handout

This handout will help writers, including ESL writers, compose parallel sentences. Download the pdf above in the Media box.

Contributors:Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Linda Bergmann, David Blakesley, Allen Brizee, Josh Prenosil.
Summary:

This area contains resources for the Purdue Writing Lab-Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Workshops. These materials will help engineers of all disciplines, workplace writers, and students compose clear, dynamic, and effective technical communication.

INDOT Document Design Presentation

This PowerPoint slide presentation will help writers design visually dynamic, informative, and persuasive documents and poster presentations. Download the presentation in the Media box above.

Contributors:Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Linda Bergmann, David Blakesley, Allen Brizee, Josh Prenosil.
Summary:

This area contains resources for the Purdue Writing Lab-Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Workshops. These materials will help engineers of all disciplines, workplace writers, and students compose clear, dynamic, and effective technical communication.

INDOT Poster Design Handout

This pdf handout will help you design and construct a research poster presentation. The handout explains how to build a mock up presentation as a rough draft before you build your larger poster presentation. Download the pdf from the Media box above.

Contributors:Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Linda Bergmann, David Blakesley, Allen Brizee, Josh Prenosil.
Summary:

This area contains resources for the Purdue Writing Lab-Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Workshops. These materials will help engineers of all disciplines, workplace writers, and students compose clear, dynamic, and effective technical communication.

INDOT Group Work and Report Planning Presentation

This PowerPoint slide presentation will help teams plan and organize their work and begin composing documents emerging from their projects. Download the presentation in the Media box above.

Contributors:Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Linda Bergmann, David Blakesley, Allen Brizee, Josh Prenosil.
Summary:

This area contains resources for the Purdue Writing Lab-Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Workshops. These materials will help engineers of all disciplines, workplace writers, and students compose clear, dynamic, and effective technical communication.

INDOT Group Work and Report Planning Handout

This handout will help teams plan and organize their work and begin composing reports emerging from their projects. Download the pdf in the Media box above.

Contributors:Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Linda Bergmann, David Blakesley, Allen Brizee, Josh Prenosil.
Summary:

This area contains resources for the Purdue Writing Lab-Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Workshops. These materials will help engineers of all disciplines, workplace writers, and students compose clear, dynamic, and effective technical communication.

INDOT Writing Proposals Handout

This handout will help you plan, organize, and compose technical proposals. Click on the pdf in the Media box above.

Contributors:Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Linda Bergmann, David Blakesley, Allen Brizee, Josh Prenosil.
Summary:

This area contains resources for the Purdue Writing Lab-Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Workshops. These materials will help engineers of all disciplines, workplace writers, and students compose clear, dynamic, and effective technical communication.

INDOT Annotated Sample Documents

Annotated Civil Engineering Documents

Introduction

The resources contained in this section of the Purdue Writing Lab-INDOT Workshop Series area of the OWL represent near-finished documents that illustrate many of the guidelines covered in the INDOT PowerPoint presentations and handouts. The documents here were annotated by Allen Brizee. These annotations overview why certain elements of the documents are successful, and they reference specific OWL materials you can use to help you write research reports, cover sheets, and technical summaries.

We have organized document annotation into three general areas:

Other notes are provided where necessary.

The three documents contained here grew out of a single research project involving pavement improvement in the state of Indiana. The first document, a technical research report, is detailed and extensive, and it explains most aspects of this complex research project conducted by the INDOT Office of Research and Development in West Lafayette, Indiana.

The report’s audience is fellow researchers and civil engineers working with pavement design. The purpose of the report is to convey the technical research details to subject matter experts and to persuade readers that the research methods and test results are credible and should be used to justify further research and application to improve roads in Indiana and elsewhere.

The second document, the report’s cover sheet, works as an aid to help categorize and store the report so that researchers and engineers can find and access the details of the research project. At first glance, it may not seem as if we need to pay attention to such documents; they are merely cover sheets after all. However, the information included in such documents is important for subject matter experts and decision makers alike because the information contained in cover sheets will also be entered in databases and will help staff organize and file the report.

Information is useless if users can find it, and with so much information available to us today, it is authors’ responsibility to make their work easy to find, access, and understand. This responsibility is especially important when our stakeholders include people driving their families on roads we help design and maintain.

The third document, a technical summary, overviews the research conducted by INDOT and highlights conclusions and recommendations. The article’s audience is subject matter experts and fellow civil engineers working in pavement design.

The article is meant to provide an overview of the research rather than to explain in detail the background, methods, and data. The article is a technical summary meant for quick consumption to keep readers up-to-date on the latest work conducted at the INDOT Office of Research and Development.

The Purdue University Writing Lab and Professional Writing Program would like to thank the Purdue School of Civil Engineering for their help in coordinating this workshop series. We would also like to thank the employees at the INDOT Office of Research and Development for their time and their kind permission to use these documents on the Purdue OWL.

Project Overview, Justification, and Application

As we moved into the final phase of the Purdue Writing Lab-INDOT Workshop Series, I asked Tommy Nantung, the section manager at the INDOT Office of Research and Development in West Lafayette, Indiana, to write a little about the project. He was kind enough to explain why he thinks writing is important for engineers, why he wanted to work with our lab, and how he thinks posting these materials on the Purdue OWL may help other professional writers and engineers.

Writing is important for engineers because, just as in other professions, communication is a fundamental element for transferring ideas to other people. If an engineer cannot communicate well in writing, especially communicating specifications and design, a project will most likely become a failure.

We wanted to work with the Purdue Writing Lab because it provides excellent services for the needs that we have. It maintains complete areas of expertise in fulfilling the needs and goals for our engineers, that is to improve communication skills in writing specifications, designing manuals, reports, and testing procedures.

I believe the materials posted on the Purdue OWL are generic enough to be used by other engineers and that they can be adapted to other engineering fields. The principles and concepts of communication are similar in other engineering fields, though the specific content might be slightly different.

Tommy Nantung, Ph.D., PE

Section Manager

INDOT, Office of Research and Development