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Our AGTEK technical training seminars are written, produced and delivered by Michael Cope,
a former grading and paving estimator with 30+ years of "hands on" AGTEK software experience. These seminars adopt a practical
end-user's point of view and use a methodical, step-by-step approach to distill an incredible number of AGTEK software functions into a
systematic approach for efficiently and confidently producing and manipulating accurate 3D site grading models for quantity takeoff and grade control
applications. And all of this is meticulously documented in the accompanying seminar technical manuals (see next FAQ). Because these
seminars introduce, explain, elaborate, combine and extend such a wide range of basic, intermediate and advanced AGTEK software functions, they
are not intended to be the seminar attendee's "first point of contact" with the AGTEK software--in order to cover the breadth and depth
of AGTEK functions and applications that are included in the seminars, the instructor relies on a fast-paced lecture/demonstration format (the
instructor uses live AGTEK software in class, but attendees do not work "hands-on" with AGTEK software in class). Attendees
that have no prior "hands-on" experience with AGTEK software might be a little overwhelmed by the volume and intensity of information
covered in these seminars (see related FAQ). The
Day 1 seminar runs from 8:30 am until 5:00~5:30 pm, the
Day 2 seminar runs from 8:30 am until 4:30~5:00 pm, and the
Day 3 seminar runs from 8:30 am until 3:30~4:00 pm (Day 3 covers some pretty
complicated applications so it is a little shorter than the first two days). All seminars include a one-hour break for lunch at noon (lunch
is provided by Earthwork Software Services), plus short breaks at mid-morning and at mid-afternoon.
Attendees receive a seminar technical handbook for each day of class. These detailed handbooks mirror each day's seminar
presentation with illustrated, step-by-step instructions on how to perform each application as it is demonstrated in class--the level
of detail in each handbook minimizes the need for note taking and allows the seminar attendee to focus on the topics being demonstrated
and discussed in class. The handbooks are organized in a self-paced
format and they can be used to "hands on" learn, review and practice the applications covered in the seminar by
downloading and using data files which correspond to the exercises
documented in the handbooks. Because they also document a considerable amount of additional detail and examples that are not
actually discussed in the seminar class, our handbooks provide attendees with a valuable and ongoing "how to" AGTEK technical
reference. We put an awful lot of time and painstaking effort into producing (and updating) these user-friendly
seminar handbooks and it shows--our attendees tell us that our handbooks represent the most detailed, accessible, and practical AGTEK
technical documentation available from any source. To view the table of contents for each of our seminar handbooks, click these links:
Fundamentals of Site Modeling & Takeoff
(Day 1), Working With CAD, Vector PDF & Survey Data (Day 2), and
Strata, Over-Ex & Related Functions (Day 3).
Our seminar instructor, Michael Cope,
is uniquely qualified to teach the practical applications of AGTEK software. Michael worked as a grading and paving estimator for
ten years and he also spent several years working directly for AGTEK. Michael has been working with AGTEK software since 1984 and
he has been professionally dedicated to providing AGTEK software training services since 1998. His easygoing personality and plain talk
(no programmer-speak or technical mumbo jumbo) supports a relaxed classroom setting and encourages questions, group discussion, and
the sharing of ideas; he is approachable and readily shares his own AGTEK experience and insights with all.
Click here for Michael Cope's detailed professional biography.
Our regional seminars set the standard for AGTEK software training in content, convenience, technical documentation and value.
To read comments from previous seminar attendees, click here.
Click here for our AGTEK Seminar Training Files download page.
Files are available for our seminars going all the way back to the 2003-2004 seminar season (please be sure to download the files that
correctly match the seminar season indicated on the cover of your seminar handbooks).
No. Seminar courses are available only for AGTEK's Windows®-based Earthwork 3D/4D site modeling and takeoff products.
We no longer offer seminars for AGTEK's legacy MS-DOS®-based
Sitework Engineering, SitePlan 98 or Sitework 98 programs. We have also discontinued our seminar for the retired Graphic Grade 3D product.
For the Fall 2021 - Summer 2022 seminar season, we offer three different classes.
Our seminar courses are updated every season to reflect modifications and improvements in the latest release versions of the corresponding
AGTEK software (currently Sitework 4D v1.24.5, Gradework 4D v1.06.5 and Earthwork 3D v1.79.2--Earthwork 3D users should see this
related FAQ). As always, changes in our seminar courses reflect
(1) functional changes in the corresponding AGTEK software, (2) comments and suggestions from our seminar attendees, and (3) our own
observations in conducting the seminars.
- Day 1 (Fundamentals of Site Modeling & Takeoff) The 2020-2021 Day 1
seminar is ready to go. This course's supporting documentation has been lightly edited for 2020-2021 (it underwent a major overhaul last season) and the topics covered in class
remain centered on the day-long and foundational "Earthwork Modeling Step-by-Step" exercise based on a multiple raster PDF plan sheet
data-entry scenario. This course focuses a great deal of attention and detail on the proper entry, error-checking, and editing of Data Lines
so the user has the tools and confidence needed to produce surface models with the appropriate accuracy for quantity takeoff and field applications, including geo-referencing the job file for Google Earth (PDF Plan Sheet method) and entering project notes on the
Documentation layer. Additional class segments cover the entry of Existing Perimeters, Design Perimeters, Stripping Areas, and Sectional
Areas/Report Regions, including important tips on avoiding mistakes that can affect the corresponding surfaces and volume calculation results.
The Volume Report is discussed in detail, including the use of Fill Factors to adjust for shrink/swell from bank cut to compacted fill.
All of this (and much more) is fully documented in the accompanying 356-page Day 1 Seminar
Handbook, which has been edited and updated for the 2020-2021 seminar season. Taking up a very full day,
this class runs from 8:30 am until 5:00~5:30 pm and is literally packed with well-documented "must-know" technical (but very practical)
information for all AGTEK users. Be sure to review the Courses Overview
page, the (Final) Day 1 Seminar Outline, and the (Final)
Day 1 Seminar Handbook Table of Contents.
- Day 2 (Working with CAD, Vector PDF & Survey Data) The 2020-2021 Day 2
seminar is ready to go. Other than one minor revision to reflect a change in the AGTEK 4D program, the foundational Modeling With Vector Data
Step-by-Step exercise is essentially unchanged from the 2019-2020 season (it underwent a major overhaul last season) and this class segment provides the attendee with a thorough examination of
the tools and techniques for importing and processing multiple-sheet vector PDF files and CAD data, including import options, troubleshooting
"missing" data, selecting/transferring layers, finding and eliminating elevation errors and 2D to 3D vector data conversions and geo-referencing the job file using the State Plane Coordinates method (including translation of job file to
State Plane coordinates). The Data Prep for Auto Pad Utility and
Street Model Using Conform Selected Utility exercises provide in-depth
demonstrations of practical modeling techniques applied to more complicated CAD data examples. The modeling with ground-run survey data
(optical/GPS collection methods) segment includes exercise examples using PNEZ coordinate text files for
borrow pit modeling and volumes, a
bid-topo update and (if time permits) a modeling with
cross-section data problem. The accompanying 368-page
Day 2 Seminar Handbook fully documents the techniques demonstrated
and discussed in class. Although they are not covered in class, the seminar handbook's
Design and Drafting Tools appendix documents use of AGTEK's
data-manipulation tools to create a balanced site grading design starting from a simple base map (boundary and topographic survey) and the
Exporting AGTEK Data appendix provides examples and documentation
for AGTEK's various data export options. The Day 2 class runs from 8:30 am until 4:30~5:00 pm and provides a full-day's worth
of "must-know" techniques for those AGTEK users that need to work efficiently and confidently with imported vector data.
Be sure to review the Courses Overview page, the (Final)
Day 2 Seminar's Outline, and the (Final)
Day 2 Seminar's Handbook Table of Contents.
- Day 3 (Strata, Over-Ex & Related Functions) The 2020-2021 Day 3
seminar is ready to go. Although we made some heavy editing and minor organizational changes to the 2020-2021 Day 3 Seminar Handbook, there are no departures from the topics
and examples covered in last season's Day 3 seminar. This class provides AGTEK users with a range of tools, tips and techniques for modeling
and quantifying more complicated site scenarios, including modeling and quantifying differential subsurface soils, vertically-staged earthwork, and work defined by depths
of cut and/or fill (see Courses Overview page). The accompanying
254-page Day 3 Seminar Handbook (updated and expanded for 2020-2021) provides detailed
documentation for the manipulations demonstrated in this class. This class covers some pretty dense (advanced) topics so Day 3 is shorter than the first two days, with Day 3 running from 8:30 am until 4:00~4:30 pm. Be sure to review the
Courses Overview page, the (Final)
Day 3 Seminar's Outline and the (Final)
Day 3 Seminar's Handbook Table of Contents.
Between seminar seasons (currently early September through October) some, or all, of our course details will be marked Tentative
as we plan our new seminar schedule and make content revisions for the upcoming seminar season. Regarding course content revisions (see
related FAQ), the final topics covered in each seminar class will generally conform to the current
Courses Overview page; however, because various exercise examples and
sequences are being edited, the Final Course Outline (Day 1,
Day 2, Day 3) and
Handbook Tables of Content (Day 1,
Day 2, Day 3)
pages may differ somewhat from those that are designated Tentative. A Course's Outline and Handbook Tables of Content pages will
be designated Final once all course revisions and editing have been completed for that course day. All seminar materials for Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 are "Tentative" for the 2021-2022 seminar season.
The topics covered in the Day 1 seminar apply to the following AGTEK
products (3D product users should see this related FAQ):
The topics covered in the Day 2 seminar apply to the following AGTEK products
(3D product users should see this related FAQ):
The topics covered in the Day 3 seminar apply to the following AGTEK products
(3D product users should see this related FAQ):
Most of the Day 1,
Day 2 and
Day 3 seminar topics apply to
GradeModel 3D because GradeModel 3D was simply
an extended version of SiteModel 3D, including
a shared menu structure and user interface. However, GradeModel 3D also included the modeling functions of
Highway 3D plus the haul planning functions of AGTEK's
Trackwork 4D product and our seminars
DO NOT address these extended functions of GradeModel 3D.
No, but ... although most of our attendees are using the newer Sitework 4D/Gradework 4D
(Earthwork 4D) products and we conduct our classes using
only Earthwork 4D software, most of the seminar content is still applicable to the old
Earthwork 3D products. Most of our
Day 1, Day 2
and Day 3 seminar topics address and document core program functions
available to both Earthwork 3D and Earthwork 4D users (the 3D and 4D products share a similar user interface, including the same
Mode-Surface-Layer organizational structure, a similar menu structure and nearly identical keyboard shortcuts).
With that said, there are a growing number of differences between the now-retired (and unchanging) old 3D products and the continuously-improving
4D products (see this PDF document for an overview
of some important differences between the 3D and 4D products). Our detailed
seminar technical handbooks document many of the differences between the 3D and 4D products,
but 3D users should understand that we do not have the ability or time to demonstrate these differences in our seminar classes (we use
4D software in the seminar classroom).
No. Our seminars focus on teaching earthwork modeling and takeoff skills applicable to commercial, industrial, residential and other
site-type projects (as opposed to "DOT" roadwork projects); therefore, our seminars do not address the specialized functions (data
entry from cross sections, horizontal/vertical COGO, mass analysis, etc.) of the Highway 3D/4D products. However, Highway 3D/4D users can
take advantage of AGTEK's self-paced, video-augmented online training courses for
Highway 3D and
Highway 4D (both of these
video training series include corresponding downloadable plan and data files); Highway 4D users can also take advantage of AGTEK's "hands-on"
instructor-guided training options.
All Sitework 4D, Gradework 4D, Earthwork 3D, SitePlan 3D (see note below), SiteModel 3D and GradeModel 3D users who perform dirt takeoffs
for commercial, industrial, residential and other site-type projects should master the functions covered in the
Day 1 seminar. The Day 1 seminar addresses data entry via manual
digitizing, which applies when working from raster PDF plans and paper plans
(manual digitizing is required if CAD or vector PDF plans are not provided) and
geo-referencing the job file to the site location in Google Earth. Day 1 also covers the vitally important steps of surface error checking,
data editing, "break line" entry, surface adjustments for topsoil stripping and design structural sections, adjustments for
bank-to-compacted shrink/swell, and calculation and reporting of cut/fill/net volumes. AGTEK users who want to perform dirt takeoffs
using imported CAD data and vector PDF plans (eliminates the need for tedious and time-consuming manual digitizing) should also master the
functions covered in the Day 2 seminar. Depending on the specific
nature of your work, the more advanced functions covered in the Day 3
seminar may also be of interest to AGTEK users who perform dirt takeoffs. Click here
to read about the differences between modeling for takeoff and construction applications.
[Note: If you are using AGTEK's older SitePlan 3D program for dirt takeoffs, you should attend only the
Day 1 seminar. Click here
if you don't know which AGTEK product you are using.]
All Sitework 4D, Gradework 4D, Earthwork 3D, SiteModel 3D and GradeModel 3D users who use AGTEK for GPS modeling for commercial, industrial,
residential and other site projects should master the functions covered in both the Day 1
and Day 2 seminars. Although data entry for GPS models should not be
based on manual digitizing, the vitally important Day 1 seminar topics of surface error checking, data editing, and "break line" entry
are critically important to producing accurate GPS surface models. Because GPS models should be based on the project designer's CAD data
(to avoid the horizontal inaccuracy associated with data entry via manual digitizing), GPS model builders must be able to efficiently import CAD
data, identify and eliminate CAD elevation errors, and convert 2D CAD line work to 3D data lines--all of which is detailed in the Day 2 seminar.
Depending on the specific nature of your work, the more advanced modeling functions covered in the
Day 3 seminar may also be of interest to GPS model builders.
Click here to read about the differences between modeling for takeoff and construction
When grading plans are provided in a PDF file, the plan line work (contours, curbs, buildings, etc.) will be represented with either
raster or vector graphics. With raster graphics, a simple “bitmap” (a pattern of small shaded pixel squares) is used to represent the line work
(raster graphics typically result when a paper plan sheet is scanned). With vector graphics, plan line work is mathematically defined—just
like in CAD (vector graphics result when vector CAD data is published or plotted to a PDF file directly from a CAD system). When an AGTEK
user imports a PDF grading plan, raster line work will typically be manually digitized (using the techniques documented in the
Day 1 seminar) and vector line work will be processed like CAD data
(using the techniques documented in the Day 2 seminar).
Indirectly, yes. Manual digitizing data-entry techniques are covered in the
Day 1 seminar and, although we actually demonstrate manual digitizing from
raster PDF plans in the seminar class (a digitizing board/pad is not used in the seminar), AGTEK's manual digitizing functions apply equally
whether digitizing from paper or PDF plans. There are some functional differences between digitizing from paper plans vs. PDF plans
(plan scaling is the biggest difference, while the "contour streaming" function is a good example of a minor difference) but these
differences are documented in the detailed Day 1 Seminar Handbook
that is provided to each seminar attendee.
Yes! Although experienced AGTEK users should already be familiar with many of the functions addressed in the
Day 1 seminar, a surprisingly large number of experienced users report
that they have gained invaluable tips, tricks and insights by attending this most fundamental seminar course. This is perhaps most
true with experienced AGTEK users when they are "self taught" (never had any formal training on how to properly use AGTEK software)
or "hand-me-down taught" (trained by other, possibly self-taught, AGTEK users in their organization); but it can also apply to experienced
AGTEK users when it has been several years since they last received any formal AGTEK training (our seminar courses are updated every year to reflect
ongoing changes in the AGTEK software). How do you know what you don't know? How do you know what you don't remember?
Attending the Day 1 seminar can benefit even the most experienced of AGTEK users.
Earthwork 4D is a suite of modular products: the "base"
4D products are Sitework 4D and Gradework 4D, which provide a core set of site modeling and takeoff functions (as did AGTEK's
retired Earthwork 3D product) and these core functions are covered over the three seminar days. As with the retired Earthwork 3D product, Earthwork
4D offers various optional add-on modules, including Highway 4D (linear earthwork takeoff/modeling/haul analysis based on alignment cross-section
data), Materials 4D (takeoff and reporting of length/area/count quantities), Underground 4D (detailed storm/sewer/water pipe materials
takeoff) and Trackwork 4D (site haul planning using takeoff/model data and actual haul production analysis using autonomous GPS tracking data).
Our seminars are specifically focused on the core applications and functions of site earthwork modeling and takeoff and we do not address the optional
applications and functions of Highway 4D, Materials 4D, Underground 4D and Trackwork 4D; however, AGTEK offers numerous self-paced
online training videos, as well as live
"hands-on" Web Training
classes, documenting these various 4D add-on modules. If you are looking for coverage of a specific application or program function in our
seminars, please be sure to review our course descriptions,
course outlines (Day 1,
Day 3), and seminar handbook tables of content
Day 3) to be certain that your specific interests will be addressed.
And feel free to contact us with any questions.
That depends on the policies and requirements of the organization granting the continuing education/professional development credits. Upon
request, we will be happy to provide the seminar attendee a letter documenting his/her attendance dates, seminar course content, and hours of
instruction. Net of lunch and breaks, the Day 1 seminar represents ~ 7.5 hours of instruction time, the Day 2 seminar represents ~ 7.0 hours
of instruction time, and the Day 3 seminar represents ~ 6.5 hours of instruction time.
Another way to receive "credit" for attending our seminars is through the seminar instructor's endorsement of AGTEK skills on the
seminar attendee's LinkedIn® profile. Any attendee
wishing to receive an AGTEK skills endorsement should invite the seminar instructor,
Michael Cope, to join their
LinkedIn network (please reference the seminar location and year attended in your invitation).
Our regional AGTEK seminars are now scheduled and conducted in a limited number of select Eastern/Southeastern U.S. cities each fall-to-summer
seminar season (after 20 years of intensive travel, conducting coast-to-coast seminars in numerous U.S. cities every season, the acute disruptions
of the COVID-19 pandemic allowed our retirement-age seminar instructor to experience a less-intense
seminar schedule in a more
limited geography, both of which were very agreeable with our instructor).
Two seminars are planned for this fall: Atlanta, GA (Nov 2-4, 2021) and Winchester, VA (Nov 30-Dec 2, 2021), and additional seminars will be scheduled
for the winter and spring/summer. To receive fax and/or email schedule announcements for upcoming seminars, please
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The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted our seminar activity starting in March 2020. The implementation of
government-mandated "stay at home" orders resulted in multiple spring/summer 2020 seminar cancellations,
and only two of those were rescheduled and conducted in the late summer of 2020. A geographically-limited 2020-2021 seminar schedule was then
planned and we conducted (sold-out) fall 2020 seminars in both Winchester and Atlanta; however, the rapid escalation of COVID-19's third wave led to
more seminar cancellations and substantial revisions to the winter/spring 2021 schedule,
leaving only two now-completed summer 2021 seminars (in other words, our 2020-2021 seminar schedule was a real mess). And now we are planning the
upcoming 2021-2022 seminar schedule ... two seminars are planned for this
fall: Atlanta, GA (Nov 2-4, 2021) and Winchester, VA (Nov 30-Dec 2, 2021), with additional seminars anticipated for the winter and
spring/summer of 2022. Now that safe and very effective no-cost COVID-19
vaccinations are universally available in the
USA for anyone age 12 and up, we are hopeful that conducting in-person AGTEK training seminars will become less problematic moving forward. With
that said, we will continue taking the following
common-sense measures for all seminars on the
current schedule . . .
- Limited Class Size Depending on the location and venue, our registration system will accept a maximum of 9 to 12 attendees per
seminar day (including the seminar instructor, class size will be capped at 10 to 13 people).
- Social Distancing Each seminar attendee will be seated at their own classroom table and the tables will be spaced to separate
attendees by as much as possible at each venue (see this
photo for an example).
- Face Covering (Optional) Due to the the surging and highly-contagious COVID-19 Delta variant, the CDC's
now recommends that all individuals wear a
while attending indoor gatherings (even fully vaccinated individuals, particularly those who are immunocompromised and/or have at-risk household
members). Unless otherwise required by government mandate, we do not require our seminar attendees to wear masks in the seminar
classroom but we do encourage all attendees to carefully consider their (and their household members') individual risks.
attendees should consider wearing a mask and inexpensive, disposable three-ply face masks are available via
other online/offline retailers (better yet, high-risk individuals should consider
getting vaccinated before attending).
- No Handshakes The instructor will not shake hands to greet attendees and we recommend that attendees do the same with each other
(use an "elbow bump" as an alternative).
Warning: Although the above measures reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the seminar classroom, these measures DO NOT
ELIMINATE said transmission risk. We encourage all seminar attendees to get a no-cost, highly effective COVID-19
vaccination (nearly 100% of COVID-19
hospitalizations and deaths are now represented by unvaccinated individuals). Any vaccinated or unvaccinated individual concerned that their
(or their household members') status puts them at
of severe COVID-19 complications should consult with their healthcare provider before registering for our in-person group training seminars.
A geographically-limited schedule of fall/winter 2021 seminar dates and
locations will be posted here, and two seminars are planned for this fall:
Atlanta, GA (Nov 2-4, 2021) and Winchester, VA (Nov 30-Dec 2, 2021. Please understand that our forward seminar schedule is
subject to change based on changing public-health requirements due to the ongoing
COVID-19 pandemic, which is now surging once again in a fourth wave. To receive seminar schedule announcements via email and/or fax, feel free to
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These designations indicate the status of the locations listed on the seminar schedule . . .
- Tentative The seminar locations and dates ("TBD" may be indicated for some dates) are provided for planning purposes
but the locations and dates are subject to change as we finalize the schedule. Seminar registration will not be available while the seminar
location schedule remains tentative.
- Partial Some listed seminar locations have been assigned specific dates (unless noted otherwise, these locations and dates are firm
and will not change).
The schedule of fall/winter seminars is typically the first to be assigned specific dates, with dates for the following spring/summer seminars
added to the schedule as they are finalized. Seminar registration may be available for the seminar locations with specific dates.
- Final All listed specific seminar locations (fall through spring/summer) have been assigned firm dates (all locations and dates are
final and will only change due to unusual and/or unavoidable circumstances). [Any "TBD" seminar dates listed on the schedule are tentative and
a location has yet to be determined--if a TBD seminar is held, a final location and dates will be announced as soon as they become available.]
- Revised Changes have been made to the originally published "Final" seminar schedule due to unusual
and/or unavoidable circumstances (such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic).
- Closed Dates for all listed seminar locations (fall through spring/summer) have passed and registration is closed for all locations
(see previous FAQ for information on the next schedule of seminar
locations and dates).
Join Our Mail List to receive seminar schedule announcements via email and/or fax.
The cities in which we offer our seminars have always varied somewhat from one seminar season to the next, based on fluctuations in regional demand
for our services. But the COVID-19
situation has imposed scheduling restrictions that prevent us from offering a
seminar schedule with the previous coast-to-coast coverage. Therefore,
our forward seminar schedule will offer select locations in the Eastern/Southeastern U.S. Two seminars are planned for this fall: Atlanta, GA (Nov
2-4, 2021) and Winchester, VA (Nov 30-Dec 2, 2021), and additional seminars will be scheduled for winter and spring/summer 2022. If our
upcoming schedule does not meet your needs and you would like to receive future fax and/or email seminar schedule announcements, feel free to
Join Our Mail List.
Venue and lodging information is typically available at least three to four weeks in advance of a specific seminar location's event date.
If your company is already registered for a seminar location, this information will be emailed to you as soon as it is available. Access to venue
information is also available from the Seminar Locations and Schedule Page
of this website (click on a seminar city location for the corresponding venue and lodging information).
If you do not wish to register for a seminar at this time, but you would like to
automatically receive Seminar Schedule Announcements and City Location Reminders, you can
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Anyone needing a better understanding of AGTEK software functions and capabilities will benefit from attending our regional seminars and seminar
attendees typically include:
- Hands-On AGTEK Users These are the estimators, project managers, project engineers, and surveyors that routinely use AGTEK software
to create 3D site models for earthwork calculations and grade control applications. In terms of increased knowledge, confidence and productivity,
hands-on users have the most to gain from attending the seminars and it is no surprise that hands-on users are the most common seminar attendees.
(Prerequisites apply for hands-on users.)
- Hands-Off AGTEK Users These are the owners, managers, and pricing estimators that rely on the results of AGTEK software (quantity reports
and supporting documentation) but may never actually use AGTEK software themselves. Because hands-off users often underestimate or misunderstand
what can be accomplished with AGTEK software, hands-off users attend the seminars to learn what they can reasonably expect their hands-on AGTEK users to
do for them.
- Potential AGTEK Users These are individuals considering a purchase of AGTEK software and who want a better technical understanding of
the product before making their final purchase decision. What better way is there to make an informed purchase decision than to participate in an
unbiased training session with users that have already purchased AGTEK software?
Yes! Our seminars are open to all AGTEK users, including users that may have purchased "used" AGTEK software.
It is assumed that seminar attendees are familiar with site grading plans and associated earthwork terminology (they understand what is meant by terms
such as existing grade, design grade, contour, spot grade, slope, stripping, cut, fill,
and compaction). For those attending the seminars only to make a product purchase evaluation, or only to understand what the products are
capable of doing, no other prerequisites apply. However, these fast-paced, lecture/demonstration style seminars are designed to take other attendees
(those who are actual "hands-on" users of the products) well beyond the basic software training provided to them by AGTEK at the time of
purchase. For hands-on users, the following prerequisites also apply:
Day 1: Some prior hands-on experience with Sitework 4D, Gradework 4D, Earthwork 3D, SitePlan 3D, SiteModel 3D or GradeModel 3D is strongly
recommended. Students with no prior hands-on experience may be overwhelmed by the volume and detail of information presented, especially if they will
also be registering for the Day 2 and/or
Day 3 seminars. New AGTEK users are urged to get at least some hands-on experience with
their AGTEK software before attending our seminars (see next FAQ).
Our recommendation to potential attendees with "no experience at all" is that they should initially attend our
Day 1 seminar only (see previous FAQ).
With that said, suggested preparation considerations before attending the seminar include ...
- Plan Reading and Earthwork Concepts: If "no experience at all" means that you are new to the civil construction industry
and that you have difficulty understanding site grading plans and their associated details and terminology, please consider making use of our
Beginners' Resources before attending the seminars.
- Basic AGTEK Training Options: Potential seminar attendees having no prior hands-on experience with AGTEK earthwork modeling and takeoff
software should consider making use of the available self-paced and
instructor-guided training options before attending our seminars.
Nothing much beyond a good night's sleep, your AGTEK-related questions and a desire to learn. In consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,
and as a shared courtesy for all present in the seminar classroom, we require that each attendee (including the instructor) wear a multi-layer
face covering that covers the mouth and nose (inexpensive, disposable three-ply face masks are available via
and other online/offline retailers). A color highlighter can be useful for those attendees who wish to mark important points in the provided
seminar handbooks. Attendees that are in the habit of taking notes can bring a notepad
and a pencil or pen, if desired (but our detailed seminar handbooks are intended to minimize the need for taking lengthy notes during class). The
seminars are presented in a lecture/demonstration format, so please do not bring AGTEK computers and equipment to the seminar meeting room. Attendees
are encouraged to dress comfortably and casually (yes--jeans, tee shirts, and sneakers are perfectly fine).
To select the seminar(s) appropriate to your needs, it is imperative that you identify which
AGTEK product you are using. The surest way to identify your AGTEK product is to
start the AGTEK program on your computer and select Help > About... from the pull-down menu, which will display a window identifying the name,
version number and release date of the product.
If you can't start your AGTEK program, examine the AGTEK product manuals that came with your AGTEK system or call AGTEK at (925) 606-8197 and ask
them to check their database to identify the products you own. It may be helpful to
view this table (opens PDF) which compares functions available in
AGTEK's various earthwork modeling products.
Seminar registrations are accepted, processed and managed via our online registration
system. Once you've registered, you can check your registration
and payment status online at any time. Class size is limited at each seminar location and seminar registrations are processed on a "first-come,
first-served" basis, so don't wait for the last minute to register!
Upon successful registration, a "Step 3 of 3" registration confirmation page provides a display link to view/print a confirmation/invoice
AND the system immediately emails a confirmation/invoice to the email address provided by you on the registration form. However, all steps of the
registration process must be completed in order to view/receive the confirmation/invoice (did you click the Calculate Tuition button at the
bottom of the "Step 1 of 3" registration form AND did you click the Purchase Seats button at the bottom of the subsequent
"Step 2 of 3" information review page? If you did not click both buttons, you did not complete your
registration and a confirmation/invoice was not generated by the registration system.
If you are sure that you completed the seminar registration process then a Pop-Up Blocker on
your computer may have blocked the option to view your confirmation/invoice, and a mistyped email address (on the registration form) or your
SPAM Filter may have prevented the delivery of the emailed confirmation/invoice (check to see if your
emailed confirmation/invoice was diverted to a spam, bulk, or junk mail folder). If all else fails, we can manually generate a PDF copy of your
confirmation/invoice and email that to you (but an incomplete registration, a mistyped email address, or your SPAM filter settings may short-circuit that
delivery method as well).
Depending on the availability of any applicable Early Pay Discount, seminar
tuition rates range from $705 to $945 per person, per day. Seminar tuition excludes any applicable
sales/use tax and is quoted, invoiced and payable in U.S. Dollars.
To apply a tuition credit to your invoice, see your Tuition Credit Notice
(emailed to you when your paid registration was cancelled) for the required Tuition Credit Code and Email Address and enter these in the
corresponding fields of the online registration form ... any available tuition credit is then
automatically applied to the resulting invoice (the registration form will indicate that your credit code is "invalid" if your credit code has expired
or has a zero balance). An alternate use of a tuition credit is to request a Credit-for-Handbook Exchange (see the
Request Form for terms and details).
[Tip: Our online registration system tracks the tuition credit's declining balance, so feel free to apply any remaining credit balance to a subsequent
registration by the credit's expiration date.]
Most U.S. states (Connecticut is an exception) do not impose sales/use tax on seminar training services; however, determination, reporting, and payment
of any applicable tax for a seminar registrant's state or province of domicile shall remain the responsibility of the seminar registrant. Earthwork
Software Services' tuition invoice will not include any sales, use or value-added tax.
Seminar tuition covers only admission to the seminar and a catered lunch. Other meals, lodging, transportation, and any personal needs are the
responsibility of the seminar attendee.
[Note: For attendees wishing to stay overnight at the seminar hotel, a group discount is usually available for our students. Information on any
available group discount will be provided with the venue announcement.]
Yes, and you can also reprint an updated invoice (reflecting any expired Early Pay Discount and/or payments received). Once you have registered,
simply click any Customer Support link or "Customer
Support" button on this website and enter the Email Address and WEB Invoice Number corresponding to your registration (both can be found on your WEB
[Note: If the information shown on your copy of our registration confirmation and invoice are correct (and we have not contacted you about any late
payment), your registration status is in good standing.]
Tuition payment checks must be payable to Earthwork Software Services, LLC and sent to 3440 Lismore NW, Conyers, GA 30012-3196
[Note: Earthwork Software Services is not affiliated with the software manufacturer (AGTEK) and we cannot accept checks payable to AGTEK.]
Your tuition Payment Due Date is stated on the registration confirmation and invoice. In general, the tuition Payment Due Date is the earlier of any
applicable Cut-Off Date or 30 days from the date of registration.
No, Earthwork Software Services does not accept tuition payments by credit card.
Please see our Terms of Registration page to review
our policies on seminar cancellations, transfers, credits and refunds.
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Model "Pre-Bid" and "Contract-Award" CAD file request letters are included in the "Program and PDF/CAD Data Overview" section
of our Day 2 Seminar Handbook (the text for these letters is contained in the
CADletters.doc file included with the Day 2 training files download
package). Also, AGTEK provides several sample data request letters on their website under
Our seminar handbooks are always "works in progress" as we continuously update and improve them. Major handbook revisions are only made
between seminar seasons (when we compose the seminar handbook editions for the following seminar season) and these major revisions will always be
included in the First printing of a seminar season's handbooks; however, during a typical eight-month seminar season, the handbooks for that
season's seminar classes may go through five to ten different printings. Each printing includes minor handbook revisions that are made over the course
of a typical seminar season (documenting any pertinent features of the software updates released by AGTEK, as well as the usual clarifications, elaborations,
and corrections). Inspect the Title Page
(page 1) of your current seminar handbook and note the printing (e.g., "First Printing", "Second Printing") then compare your handbook's
printing to the Final Printing available for your handbook's seminar season/edition
listed here (if your current handbook is
already a later printing for that edition, you probably won't realize much value in updating it).
Earthwork Software Services does not sell AGTEK software; for AGTEK sales, please call AGTEK at (925) 606-8197 or visit their web site at
Earthwork Software Services does not provide on-call AGTEK technical support services; AGTEK technical support is available on the web at
www.agtek.com/support.html or by phone at (800) 248-3527.
If you don't have access to AGTEK technical support because (1) you're working on a weekend, (2) your AGTEK support subscription has expired, or
(3) your're not a registered AGTEK customer (you purchased "used" AGTEK software from a third party), you can ask for help from other AGTEK
users by joining the LinkedIn® AGTEK Users
Group and posting your questions there. Actually, even if you are a registered AGTEK customer with access to technical support, the AGTEK Users
Group is a great place to ask questions or exchange tips and ideas with other AGTEK users.
Earthwork Software Services does not provide quantity takeoff or grade control modeling services but we have compiled a list of
third-party AGTEK consultants that do provide such services.