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Seminars  AGTEK's Earthwork Software Products

Software Descriptions and Corresponding Seminars

Earthwork 3D

Earthwork 3D's data-entry options include scaled manual digitizing from paper plans and importing DWG, DXF, DGN, and ASCII PNEZ text files (if needed, the ability to import PDF/TIF/JPG/PNG/GIF files can be added by purchasing AGTEK's PDF Utility).  The Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 seminars thoroughly cover Earthwork 3D's quantity takeoff and 3D surface modeling functions.
(Note: Earthwork 3D was AGTEK's top-of-the-line earthwork quantity takeoff and 3D surface modeling product, but it has been retired with the spring 2011 release of AGTEK's new Sitework 4D product.)

SiteModel 3D (Sitework LT)

SiteModel 3D, previously known as Sitework LT, is a limited-function version of Earthwork 3D which allows data entry only by way of importing DWG, DXF, DGN, and ASCII PNEZ text files (if needed, the ability to import PDF/TIF/JPG/PNG/GIF files can be added by purchasing AGTEK's PDF Utility).  Scaled manual digitizing from paper plans is not supported by SiteModel 3D.  The Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 seminars thoroughly cover SiteModel 3D's quantity takeoff and 3D surface modeling functions.

SitePlan 3D

SitePlan 3D is a limited-function version of Earthwork 3D which allows data entry only by way of scaled manual digitizing from paper plans (importing DWG, DXF, DGN, PDF and ASCII PNEZ text files is not supported).  The Day 1 seminar thoroughly covers SitePlan 3D's quantity takeoff functions.  The Day 2 and Day 3 seminars DO NOT apply to SitePlan 3D.

Highway 3D/4D

Highway is a specialized add-on module for Earthwork 3D, SiteModel 3D, and Sitework 4D which provides additional functionality for modeling and quantifying linear earthwork projects (highway, rail, aqueduct, etc.).  Highway allows entry of cross-section, horizontal COGO and vertical COGO data via the scaled digitizing of paper plans, manual keyboard entry and importing DWG, DXF, DGN, ASCII text, and, via the PDF Utility, PDF/TIF/JPG/PNG/GIF files.  Our seminars DO NOT address the specialized functions of Highway 3D/4D; however, AGTEK (the software's manufacturer) offers "hands-on" Highway 3D/4D training at your office (over the internet) and in a classroom setting (at AGTEK's corporate office in Livermore, CA).

SiteModel-Highway

The SiteModel-Highway product simply bundles the SiteModel 3D and Highway 3D products together (see individual product descriptions above).  The Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 seminars thoroughly cover SiteModel 3D's quantity takeoff and 3D surface modeling functions but our seminars DO NOT address any Highway 3D functions.

Graphic Grade 3D

AGTEK's original Graphic Grade 3D (aka GPS Grade Manager) was a flexible job-site product that included interface options for optical total stations and GPS positioning systems for survey, staking and grade management applications.  AGTEK currently markets a GPS Machine Guidance Graphic Grade product (with GPS BladePilot indicate only and GPS AutoPirate automatic control options).  All these various Graphic Grade products reference 3D surface models created with the Earthwork 3D, SiteModel 3D, GradeModel 3D and Sitework 4D products; however, Graphic Grade does not include any reference 3D surface model creation or editing functions.  Although the Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 seminars thoroughly cover creating and editing 3D surface models with Earthwork 3D, SiteModel 3D, and GradeModel 3D (and the Day 2 seminar addresses processing raw survey data that may have been collected with a Graphic Grade system), our seminars DO NOT address any survey or grade control applications using the Graphic Grade products.

SiteModel GPS Manager

SiteModel GPS Manager (aka Grade Pilot) replaced the original Graphic Grade 3D product in July of 2006 and is AGTEK's RTK GPS job-site product for survey, staking and grade management applications (in fact, with the exception of SitePlan 3D, any of AGTEK's office takeoff and modeling products can be upgraded for RTK GPS functionality).  Like the older Graphic Grade 3D product, SiteModel GPS Manager references 3D surface models created with the Earthwork 3D and SiteModel 3D products; however, SiteModel GPS Manager also includes the reference 3D surface model creation and editing functions of SiteModel 3D (Sitework LT).  Although the Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 seminars thoroughly cover creating and editing 3D surface models with SiteModel 3D (and the Day 2 seminar addresses processing raw survey data that may have been collected with SiteModel GPS Manager), our seminars DO NOT address any survey or grade control applications using the SiteModel GPS Manager product.

GradeModel 3D

The GradeModel 3D product bundles an extended version of SiteModel 3D together with Highway 3D, the PDF Utility, and the haul planning functions of AGTEK's new Trackwork product.  As with SiteModel 3D, manual digitizing from paper plans is not supported by GradeModel 3D and data entry is based on imported digital files.  Although the Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 seminars thoroughly cover creating and editing 3D surface models with GradeModel (corresponding to the identical functions of SiteModel 3D and the PDF Utility), our seminars DO NOT address GradeModel's new haul planning tools (shared with the Trackwork product described below) and our seminars DO NOT address GradeModel's Highway 3D functions.

Sitework 4D

The new Sitework 4D product (released spring 2011 as the base module of AGTEK's Earthwork 4D product suite) is AGTEK's next-generation top-of-the-line site earthwork quantity takeoff and site surface modeling product.  Although Sitework 4D has some minor cosmetic differences (new button icons, for instance) when compared to AGTEK's other earthwork products, Sitework 4D's user interface, menus and functions are essentially identical to those of Earthwork 3D and, with the exception of several notable improvements, Sitework 4D's core functions are also identical to those of Earthwork 3D.  Like Earthwork 3D, Sitework 4D does not include Highway modeling (but linear modeling functions can be added to Sitework 4D at additional cost).  Unlike Earthwork 3D, manual digitizing from paper plans is not supported by the standard version of Sitework 4D (a paper digitizing option can be added to Sitework 4D at additional cost).  Essentially all of the Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 seminar topics demonstrate and document identical program functions available to Sitework 4D users; however, Sitework 4D also includes several unique improvements and functions that are not available in Earthwork 3D and some of these are not addressed in our seminars (see related FAQ).

Trackwork

By combining field-collected GPS data with a 3D surface model from Sitework 4D (or Earthwork 3D, SiteModel 3D, GradeModel 3D), the new Trackwork software provides a comprehensive set of haul planning tools and the ability to analyze a project's actual haul production (as documented with GPS field data) verses the originally anticipated haul production.  Our seminars DO NOT address the specialized functions of this new AGTEK product.

PDF Utility

AGTEK's PDF Utility can be purchased as an add-on module for Earthwork 3D and SiteModel 3D (the PDF Utility is included, at no additional cost, with the GradeModel 3D and Sitework 4D products).   This very popular utility enables the host AGTEK software to import and display/process vector PDF and raster (PDF/TIF/JPG/PNG/GIF) files.  Vector PDF files can be imported and processed just like layered CAD files; options for raster files include automated raster-to-vector conversion or "heads up" on-screen manual digitizing.  Our Day 1 seminar documents using the PDF Utility with raster grading plan files and our Day 2 seminar documents using the PDF Utility with vector grading plan files.
 
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