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General and Content Related Questions . . .

What are regional AGTEK seminars?
What documentation is furnished to seminar attendees?
What qualifications does the seminar instructor possess?
What do previous attendees think about regional seminars?
How do I download the training files that match my seminar handbooks?
Are seminars available for any of AGTEK's old DOS-based products?
What courses are offered as regional seminars?
Have there been any changes in the courses from last season?
What does it mean when seminar course details (course outlines, handbook tables of content) are marked Tentative?
Which AGTEK products are addressed by the Day 1 (Fundamentals of Site Modeling & Takeoff) seminar?
Which AGTEK products are addressed by the Day 2 (Working with CAD, Vector PDF & Survey Data) seminar?
Which AGTEK products are addressed by the Day 3 (Strata, Over-Ex & Related Functions) seminar?
Are specific seminars available for AGTEK's GradeModel 3D product?
Are separate seminars available for AGTEK's Earthwork 3D and Sitework 4D/Gradework 4D products?
Are specific seminars available for AGTEK's Highway 3D/4D products?
Which seminars will teach me how to use AGTEK for dirt takeoffs?
Which seminars will teach me how to use AGTEK for GPS modeling?
What's the difference between raster and vector PDF data?
If I'm one of the few people still digitizing from paper, do these seminars apply to me?
If I'm an experienced AGTEK user, can I benefit from attending the Day 1 seminar?
If I'm using AGTEK's Earthwork 4D products, what 4D functionality is NOT covered in the seminars?
Can I receive continuing education credit for attending a seminar?

Schedule and Location Related Questions . . .

When and where are regional seminars held?
When will the next schedule of seminars be available?
What do Tentative, TBD, Partial, Final, and Closed designations mean on the seminar location schedule?
Why are some previously offered city locations missing from the current seminar schedule?
How do I get conference facility and hotel information for a specific seminar?
How can I receive future seminar schedule announcements?

Prerequisites and Related Questions . . .

Who should attend regional seminars?
Can I attend if I am not a registered AGTEK customer?
Are there any prerequisites for attending regional seminars?
If I have no experience at all, what should I do before attending the seminar?
What should I bring to the seminar?
How can I determine which AGTEK product I am using?

Registration, Cost and Payment Related Questions . . .

How can I register for a regional seminar?
Why didn't I receive a registration Confirmation/Invoice?
What is the cost of tuition?
How do I apply a Tuition Credit to my invoice?
Is my seminar tuition subject to tax?
Are meals and lodging included in the tuition?
Can I check my registration and payment status online?
To whom do I make my tuition payment?
When is my tuition payment due?
Can I pay my tuition by credit card?
What is the policy on cancellations, refunds and transfers of registration?

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Answers . . .

What are regional AGTEK seminars?
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.
What documentation is furnished to seminar attendees?
Attendees receive a detailed seminar technical handbook for each day of class.  The 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 detailed handbooks minimize the need for note taking and allow the seminar attendee to focus on the topics being demonstrated and discussed in class.  Seminar students can practice the specific applications they have learned in the seminar by downloading and using data files which correspond to the exercises documented in the seminar handbooks.  Because they also document a considerable amount of additional detail and examples that are not actually discussed in the seminar class, our handbooks also 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 on the following 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).
What qualifications does the seminar instructor possess?
Our seminar instructor, Michael Cope, is uniquely qualified to teach the practical applications of AGTEK software.  Michael actually worked as a grading and paving estimator for ten years, he 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 (free of indecipherable programmer-speak and 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.
What do previous attendees think about regional seminars?
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.
How do I download the training files that match my seminar handbooks?
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).
Are seminars available for any of AGTEK's old DOS-based products?
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.
What courses are offered as regional seminars?
For the Fall 2018 - Summer 2019 seminar season, we offer three different classes.
Have there been any changes in the courses from last season?
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 v1.20.2, Gradework 4D v1.02.3 and Earthwork 3D v1.79.2--3D product 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 2018-2019 Day 1 seminar is ready to go.  This course's supporting documentation has been edited and updated for 2018-2019 but the topics covered in class have not changed and the course remains 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.  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 326-page Day 1 Seminar Handbook (revised and expanded for 2018-2019).  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 revised 2018-2019 Day 2 seminar is ready to go.  The foundational Modeling With CAD/PDF Data Step-by-Step exercise 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/eliminating elevation errors, and 2D to 3D conversions.  The Data Prep for Auto Pad Utility and Street Model Using Conform Annotate 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) class segment is revised and expanded for 2018-2019 (exercises include borrow pit modeling and volumes, a bid-topo update and a modeling with cross-section data problem).  We've added 26 pages of new detail to the heavily edited and expanded 338-page 2018-2019 Day 2 Seminar Handbook, which 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 revised 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 2018-2019 Day 3 seminar is ready to go.  Other than incorporating AGTEK 4D's Stage Into utility in one of the soil undercut examples there are no departures from the topics covered in last season's seminar.  This class provides AGTEK users with a range of tools, tips and techniques for modeling and quantifying more complicated site scenarios including differential subsurface soils, vertically-staged earthwork, and work defined by depths of cut and/or fill (see Courses Overview page).  The accompanying 238-page Day 3 Seminar Handbook (edited and revised for 2018-2019) provides detailed documentation for the manipulations demonstrated in this class.  Because this class covers some pretty dense (advanced) topics, it is a little shorter than the other days and runs from 8:30 am until 4:00~4:30 pm.  Click to view the (Final) Day 3 Seminar's Outline and the (Final) Day 3 Seminar's Handbook Table of Contents.
What does it mean when seminar course details (course outlines, handbook tables of content) are marked Tentative?
Between seminar seasons (typically late June through early-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.  The 2018-2019 seminar materials for Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 are all Final.
Which AGTEK products are addressed by the Day 1 (Fundamentals of Site Modeling & Takeoff) seminar?
The topics covered in the Day 1 seminar apply to the following AGTEK products (3D product users should see this related FAQ):
Which AGTEK products are addressed by the Day 2 (Working with CAD, Vector PDF & Survey Data) seminar?
The topics covered in the Day 2 seminar apply to the following AGTEK products (3D product users should see this related FAQ):
Which AGTEK products are addressed by the Day 3 (Strata, Over-Ex & Related Functions) seminar?
The topics covered in the Day 3 seminar apply to the following AGTEK products (3D product users should see this related FAQ):
Are specific seminars available for AGTEK's GradeModel 3D product?
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.
Are separate seminars available for AGTEK's Earthwork 3D and Sitework 4D/Gradework 4D products?
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 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).
Are specific seminars available for AGTEK's Highway 3D/4D products?
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); Earthwork 4D users can also schedule live, "hands-on" Highway 4D Web Training.
Which seminars will teach me how to use AGTEK for dirt takeoffs?
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 projects should master the functions covered in the Day 1 seminar.  The Day 1 seminar addresses data entry via manual digitizing from both paper plans and raster PDF files (manual digitizing is required when CAD or vector PDF files are not available) and covers the vitally important steps of error checking, data editing, "break line" entry, adjustments for topsoil stripping and design structural sections, and calculation and reporting of cut/fill volumes.  AGTEK users who want to perform dirt takeoffs using imported CAD or vector PDF files (and eliminate 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.]
Which seminars will teach me how to use AGTEK for GPS modeling?
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 error checking, data editing, and "break line" entry are critically important to producing accurate GPS 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 applications.
What's the difference between raster and vector PDF data?
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 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 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).
If I'm one of the few people still digitizing from paper, do these seminars apply to me?
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 thoroughly documented in the detailed Day 1 Seminar Handbook that is provided to each seminar attendee.
If I'm an experienced AGTEK user, can I benefit from attending the Day 1 seminar?
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.
If I'm using AGTEK's Earthwork 4D products, what 4D functionality is NOT covered in the seminars?
Earthwork 4D is a suite of modular products: the "base" 4D products are Sitework 4D and Gradework 4D (which functionally correspond to Earthwork 3D and our seminar topics).  But Sitework 4D and Gradework 4D include a growing list of unique improvements and functions that are not available in Earthwork 3D; examples include improved CAD/PDF importing (Day 2 seminar) and an Apply Template utility (Day 3 seminar), and an impressive Google Earth interface (which is not demonstrated in our seminars but is documented in a short example in an appendix to our Day 2 seminar handbook; however, it is very well-documented via numerous online training videos produced by AGTEK, including this basic KMZ export example).  Several optional 4D modules can be added to Sitework 4D, including Highway 4D (linear earthwork takeoff/modeling/haul analysis based on alignment cross-section data), Materials 4D (detailed length/area paving materials takeoff), 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).  Because our seminars are specifically focused on the applications and functions of site earthwork modeling and takeoff, 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 2, Day 3), and seminar handbook tables of content (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3) to be certain that your specific interests will be addressed.  And feel free to contact us with any questions.
Can I receive continuing education credit for attending a seminar?
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).
When and where are regional seminars held?
Regional seminars are offered in numerous cities across North America from fall to summer every year.  Click to view the current seminar schedule.  If you would like to receive fax and/or email announcements for future seminars, please Join Our Mail List.
The upcoming Fall 2018 - Summer 2019 seminar locations and dates are posted on the Seminar Locations and Schedule Page.  In general, subsequent seminar season schedules are posted by late August or early September every year.  If you would like to receive our periodic fax and/or email seminar schedule announcements, please Join Our Mail List.
What do Tentative, TBD, Partial, Final, and Closed designations mean on the seminar location schedule?
These designations indicate the status of the locations listed on our 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 (those 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 seminar locations (fall through spring/summer) have been assigned final specific dates (all locations and dates are firm and will not change).  Seminar registration is currently available for the 2018-2019 seminar locations.
  • Closed  Dates for all listed seminar locations (fall through spring/summer) have passed and registration is closed for all locations (a new schedule of seminar locations and dates is typically listed by late July or early August).
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Why are some previously offered city locations missing from the current seminar schedule?
The cities in which we offer our seminars can vary from one seminar season to the next and such variations are inevitably based on regional demand for our services.  Because our time, resources, and energy are limited, cities with insufficient demand are dropped in favor of other cities and regions where demand is stronger.  We sometimes also rotate our seminars between different cities in a region (Raleigh, Charlotte and Richmond, for example) or offer multiple cities in a single region (Orlando and Tampa, for example) based, again, on strong demand in a particular region.  With all that said, our seminar schedule is designed to offer enough geographic choice so that a seminar city is no more than a short drive (or flight) away for most AGTEK users.  If our current schedule does not meet your needs and you would like to receive future fax and/or email seminar schedule announcements, Join Our Mail List.
How do I get conference facility and hotel information for a specific seminar?
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 venue and lodging information).
How can I receive future seminar schedule announcements?
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 Join Our Mail List. Other options include following our seminar announcements on LinkedIn and/or Twitter.
Who should attend regional seminars?
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?
Can I attend if I am not a registered AGTEK customer?
Yes! Our seminars are open to all AGTEK users, including users that may have purchased "used" AGTEK software.
Are there any prerequisites for attending regional seminars?
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).
Day 2:  Experience with the Day 1 "Earthwork Modeling Step-by-Step" topics is strongly recommended.
Day 3:  Proficiency with the Day 1 "Earthwork Modeling Step-by-Step" topics is strongly recommended.
If I have no experience at all, what should I do before attending the seminar?
Important:  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 brand 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 some learning resources before attending our seminars.
Self-Paced AGTEK Training Options:  Brand new AGTEK users will increase the value gained from attending our seminars by getting some basic hands-on experience with the software before attending the seminars.  Consider making use of any of the following self-paced training options ...
  • Day 1 Seminar Handbook  If co-workers from your company have previously attended our Day 1 seminar, ask to borrow their Day 1 seminar handbook and work through the "Earthwork Modeling Step-by-Step" exercise (these self-paced tips will help you get maximum benefit from the handbook).  Click here if you can't locate your Day 1 seminar handbook.
  • Tutorial Section of AGTEK User Manual  Work through the "Tutorial" section of the AGTEK User Manual that came with your AGTEK software.  If you've misplaced your AGTEK manuals you may be able to download a PDF copy for Earthwork 3D (see pages 1-12 through 1-57 of the "Earthwork 3D Manual" and pages 1 through 5 of the separate "PDF Application Notes" supplement) or Earthwork 4D (see pages 2-1 through 2-27 of the "Sitework 4D Complete Manual").  [Note: AGTEK Support ID and Password are required to access these downloads.]
  • Video-Augmented Tutorial  Work through the video-augmented basic training tutorials for Earthwork 3D (use the linked "Earthwork 3D Basics" videos and data files) or Earthwork 4D (use the linked "Course 1 - Basic Earthwork Takeoff" videos and data files to complete Lessons 2-8).  A video only option (no corresponding data file downloads) is available via the Sitework 4D Basics video series (in the "Select Topics" dialog, pick "Basic PDF Takeoff" then watch the videos for Lessons 1 through 5).  Making use of these self-paced video options would be excellent preparation for attending our Day 1 seminar!  [Note: AGTEK Support ID and Password are required to access the associated file downloads and/or videos.]
  • Guided Hands-On Web Training:  Earthwork 4D users can purchase and schedule a live, hands-on Sitework 4D Basics web training class (live web-based training is no longer available for Earthwork 3D and 3D users should consider the self-paced training options described above).
What should I bring to the seminar?
Nothing much beyond a good night's sleep, your AGTEK-related questions, and a desire to learn.  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).
How can I determine which AGTEK product I am using?
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.
How can I register for a regional seminar?
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!
Why didn't I receive a registration Confirmation/Invoice?
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).
What is the cost of tuition?
Depending on the availability of any applicable Early Pay Discount, seminar tuition rates range from $660 to $895 per person, per day.  Seminar tuition excludes any applicable sales/use tax and is quoted, invoiced and payable in U.S. Dollars.
How do I apply a Tuition Credit to my invoice?
To apply a tuition credit to your invoice, see your Tuition Credit Notice (emailed to you when you contacted us and cancelled your registration) 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).
Is my seminar tuition subject to tax?
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.  
Are meals and lodging included in the tuition?
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.]
Can I check my registration and payment status online?
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 Invoice). 
[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.]
To whom do I make my tuition payment?
Tuition payment checks must be payable to Earthwork Software Services, LLC and sent to 3440 Lismore NW, Conyers, GA 30012-3196 USA.
[Note: Earthwork Software Services is not affiliated with the software manufacturer (AGTEK) and we cannot accept checks payable to AGTEK.]
When is my tuition payment due?
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.
Can I pay my tuition by credit card?
No, Earthwork Software Services does not accept tuition payments by credit card.
What is the policy on cancellations, refunds and transfers of registration?
Please see our Terms of Registration page to review our policies on seminar cancellations, transfers, credits and refunds.
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Where can I find sample "CAD File Request" letters?
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 Other Resources.
Can I purchase a replacement for my lost, stolen or destroyed seminar handbook?
Yes, valid seminar customers can use our Replacement Handbook Purchase Request Form to order a replacement Earthwork 3D/4D seminar handbook.
Can I purchase an updated printing for the edition of my seminar handbook?
It may not be necessary (read this answer completely) but, yes, valid seminar customers can use our Replacement Handbook Purchase Request Form to order an updated copy (final printing of same edition/seminar season) of a Earthwork 3D/4D seminar handbook ...
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).
Where can I purchase AGTEK software?
Earthwork Software Services does not sell AGTEK software; for AGTEK sales, please call AGTEK at (925) 606-8197 or visit their web site at www.agtek.com.
How do I get technical support for my AGTEK software?
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.
Do any consultants provide AGTEK takeoff and GPS modeling services?
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.