Efficient Transportation Decision Making (ETDM) Training

Target Audience: Geared towards both FDOT and Consultant ETDM Practitioners and FDOT, MPOs, and other state and federal agency personnel involved in the transportation decision making process. Also a good resource for LAP Agency Partners.

Description: The following are on-demand training classes which have been developed to provide viewers with a general understanding of the ETDM Process and the Environmental Screening Tool (EST).  These videos are .wmv files and are viewable in the windows media player (FDOT standard software).  The EST is a secure system.  Only people performing a specific supporting function with the ETDM Process have access to the the EST.  Access must be approved by an ETDM Coordinator.  Alternatively, a public version of the EST is located at https://etdmpub.fla-etat.org.

NOTE: No certificates of completion are provided for any of the on-demand courses.


Existing items included in this track:


ETDM Process Overview

  • ETDM -  Process Overview - 8/17/2018 - This training provides an overview of the ETDM process, EST and the Area of Interest Tool.
  • ETDM -  Process for ETAT - 6/5/2018 - This training provides an overview of the ETDM process specifically for an ETAT agency perspective and discusses expectations when using the EST and filling out the forms.
  • ETDM -  Process Overview (Video) (PPT)- 10/24/2017 - This training provides an overview of the ETDM process.

EST Overview

EST Public Access Site

  • EST - Public Access Site - General Navigation - This training provides an overview of the public access site, which allows anyone with internet access to review proposed project information and submit comments to the project sponsor.  You can also access comments received from local, state, federal, and tribal partners.
  • EST - Public Access Site - Subscribing to Project Notifications - This video demonstrates how anyone accessing the EST Public Access Site can subscribe to receive email notifications regarding proposed transportation projects going through review within the ETDM process.

EST Map Viewer 

  • EST - Map Overview  - This training provides users with an overview of the map view functions including navigation, data layers, searching, accessing analysis results and reviewing project information.
  • EST - Map Viewer - Tools - This training goes through each individual map accessible tool in detail.   

EST Specific Functions

  • EST - Alternative Corridor Evaluation (ACE) - This training provides an overview of the ACE process within ETDM and the EST functions to support it.  ACE demonstrates how to review multiple potential transportation solutions with our partners and document the outcomes
  • EST - Preliminary Environmental Discussion (PED) and the Advance Notification (AN) -  7/18/2018 - This CBT will provide an overview of the requirements for both the Preliminary Environmental Discussion (PED) and the Advance Notification (AN), instruction on preparing PEDs and ANs, as well as outline Agency roles in the environmental review process. Guidance on these topics is provided in Part 1, Chapter 3 of the PD&E Manual, which should be reviewed in conjunction with this training    
  • EST - Class of Action (COA) Recommendation Form - 11/30/2017 - (PPT) - This training provides an overview to FDOT ETDM Coordinators regarding the submission of the environmental document COA recommendation to the Office of Environmental Management.  It runs through the COA Recommendation form as well as provides an overview of the expectations when filling out the form.
  • EST - Project Input  - This training provides overview of the EST tools used to enter project geometry and supporting project details.
  • EST - Participating and Cooperating Agencies - This training provides overview of the EST tools used to manage invitations to cooperating and participating agencies.
  • EST - Processing Permit and Technical Studies - New 7/3/2019 -This training provides overview of the EST enhancement to allowing the FDOT Districts to review the ETAT identified technical studies and potential permits and show the interface to process their recommendations and supplement with additional information.  This is so the information is available during the scoping of the project when its completing the environmental analysis and document development phase.
  • EST - Preliminary Environmental Discussion (PED) - This training provides overview of the EST tools used to by project sponsors to provide preliminary assessments to the ETAT and public.
  • EST - Sociocultural Data Reports - This training provides an overview of the sociocultural data reports.     

Environmental Technical Advisory Tool (ETAT) - Agency Training

  • ETDM Process and EST Training for ETAT - 6/5/2018 - This training provides an overview of the ETDM process specifically for an ETAT agency perspective and discusses expectations when using the EST and filling out the forms.
  • EST- ETAT Project Reviews - This training provides overview of the EST tools the state and federal partners use within the EST to perform their project reviews.
  • EST - Invoice Module Overview - NEW 3/7/2019  - This video presents an overview of the updated EST Invoicing Module used by funded ETAT agencies.
  • EST - ETAT Permits and Technical Studies - NEW 7/3/2019  - This video presents an overview of Environmental Screening Tool Enhancement to allow the ETAT to identify technical studies and potential permits specifically tied to their agency while reviewing transportation projects during screening events.

  • EST - United States Coast Guard (USCG) Tools  - This training provides overview of the EST tools developed to support the USCG review within the ETDM process.

Area of Interest Tool

Supporting Information


Future CBT courses:
None planned at this time - recorded training will continue to be updated and added to the list above.


Upcoming In Person or Webinar Courses:
None planned at this time.