Dot Comment Launches New Division

TAMPA, Fla. - has announced a new division under its Research and Development Department. The Strategic Solutions Division was created in response to's recent development partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) State Maintenance Office. ( supports continuing education, certification, licensing exam preparation, and corporate training for professional engineers, architects, contractors, land surveyors, interior designers, building inspectors, landscape architects, and water operators.'s Strategic Solutions Division focuses on content conversion and online course development and deployment for local, state, and federal government; organizations; and corporations. Services also include specialized market data research and consulting. According to Brent A. Craven, president and chief operating officer, "We launched this division with the objective of giving our clients the training tools they need to maximize their ability to easily and inexpensively organize, deliver, and track information - growing their business and their employees.

"It is the perfect solution for organizations, like state DOTs, who need to train, track, and qualify their employees, but who don't have the technical, staffing, time, or economic resources to make it happen - provides all of those things at a fraction of the cost. Our standard online format allows you to significantly reduce training and travel expenses and at the same time gives you the ability to track the progress of your employees and subcontractors automatically; further reducing support and administrative costs."

The FDOT State Maintenance Office chose to refresh its Maintenance Rating Program (MRP) Handbook and convert the content into an online training and evaluation tool. The project is scheduled to be completed in January 2004. The MRP Handbook conversion is the first of a series of content projects of this nature.

According to the company, the course library currently features more than 2,000 technical and business related course titles authored by more than 200 exclusive subject matter experts. The Web site attracts over a million unique visitors from 50 states and 22 countries. Its client services department employs a bilingual staff of full-time account managers dedicated to helping customers seven days a week. Partners and affiliates include Indiana State University, Clemson University, John Wiley & Sons Inc., the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).

Publication date: 01/12/2004

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