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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 a vast number of AGTEK software functions into a coherent
systematic approach to efficiently and confidently produce and manipulate accurate 3D
site grading models for quantity takeoff and grade control applications, all of which
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 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
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).
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.
Our regional seminars set the standard for AGTEK software training in content, convenience,
technical documentation and value. To read comments from previous seminar attendees,
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
Seminar courses are available only for AGTEK's Windows®-based Earthwork
3D/4D site modeling and takeoff products. We no longer offer seminars for
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 2017 - Spring 2018 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 3D v1.79.2
and 4D v1.19.2). 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. [Note: Our courses
and supporting materials are currently being updated for the upcoming Fall 2017 - Spring
2018 seminar season. We don't anticipate any dramatic changes from last season but the
following descriptions will be updated as we complete our revisions for each course
Day 1 (Fundamentals of Site Modeling & Takeoff) [Note: The
Day 1 course is currently being updated for the upcoming Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
seminar season.] The
Day 1 seminar has
been edited and revised for the 2016-2017 season, with 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 (revised and expanded for 2016-2017), 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
Day 1 Seminar Handbook
(292-page tome updated for 2016-2017). 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
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) [Note:
The Day 2 course is currently being updated for the upcoming Fall 2017 - Spring
2018 seminar season.] The
Day 2 seminar has
also been edited and revised for the 2016-2017 season. The foundational
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
Using Conform Annotate exercises provide additional CAD data manipulation examples.
Other class segments cover imported survey data manipulations (borrow pit/stockpile
volumes, modeling with cross-section survey data, and bid-topo verification).
The updated 260-page
Day 2 Seminar Handbook
fully documents the techniques demonstrated and discussed in class. Although
it is not covered in class, the seminar handbook's
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 CAD, vector
PDF, and PNEZ coordinate text data. Be sure to review the
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) [Note: The Day
3 course is currently being updated for the upcoming Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 seminar
Day 3 seminar has
also been edited and revised for the 2016-2017 seminar season but there are no major
departures from the topics covered in the 2015-2016 season ... just more detail.
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
Overview page). The accompanying 214-page
Day 3 Seminar Handbook
has been revised and expanded for 2016-2017 and 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.
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 season. Regarding course content revisions
(see related FAQ), the final topics
covered in each seminar class will generally conform to the current
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. For
the upcoming 2017-2018 seminar season the Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 materials are all
The topics covered in the
Day 1 seminar
apply to the following AGTEK products:
The topics covered in the
Day 2 seminar
apply to the following AGTEK products:
The topics covered in the
Day 3 seminar
apply to the following AGTEK products:
Essentially all of the
Day 2 and
Day 3 seminar
topics apply to
because GradeModel 3D was simply an extended version of
including a shared menu structure and user interface. However, GradeModel 3D also
included the modeling functions of
plus the haul planning functions of AGTEK's
product and our seminars DO NOT address these extended functions of GradeModel
Our seminars are applicable to both the
4D products, and our attendees are often a mix of both Earthwork 3D and Sitework
4D users. Although we now run Sitework 4D software exclusively in our seminar
classes, we could conduct the classes using either Earthwork 3D or Sitework 4D because
essentially all of the
Day 2 and
Day 3 seminar
topics demonstrate and document core program functions available to both Earthwork 3D
and Sitework 4D users (the 3D and 4D products share a similar user interface, including
the same Mode-Surface-Layer organizational structure, the same
menu structure, and 99.9% identical keyboard shortcuts). There are differences
between 3D and 4D in some sub-menus, in various dialog options, and in a few keyboard
shortcuts (and 4D offers numerous functional advantages over the 3D product) but these
differences are pointed out in class and are documented in the detailed
seminar technical handbooks.
With the exception of 4D's Apply Template utility (which is used in the Day
3 seminar), the modeling and takeoff functions taught in our seminars work identically
in the 3D and 4D versions of AGTEK's site earthwork software. Like Earthwork
3D, Earthwork 4D offers a number of optional add-on modules that are NOT
covered in our seminar classes (see related
The short answer is "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
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.
All AGTEK Earthwork 3D/SiteModel 3D/GradeModel 3D/Sitework 4D 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 SitePlan 3D program (not Earthwork 3D/SiteModel
3D/GradeModel 3D/ Sitework 4D) 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 Earthwork 3D/SiteModel 3D/GradeModel 3D/Sitework 4D 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.
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).
The short answer is "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.
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.
is a suite of modular products: the "base" 4D product is Sitework 4D
(which functionally corresponds to Earthwork 3D and our seminar topics). But Sitework
4D includes 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
and seminar handbook tables of content (Day
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).
Regional seminars are offered in numerous cities across North America from fall
to summer every year. Click to view the current
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The Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 seminar schedule
is now posted on this website. In general, subsequent seminar season schedules are posted in late
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The seminar schedule of locations and dates is marked Tentative
(or Partial) when all (or some) of our planned seminar locations have
not been assigned specific dates (typically, our schedule of fall seminar locations
is the first to be assigned specific dates, with dates for the following winter, spring
and summer locations added as they are resolved). Once
is "open" and accepting registrations (typically by late-August or early September),
any locations with specific dates (month, day and year) posted on the seminar schedule
are Final (those location's listed dates will not change).
TBD for a seminar's dates indicates that firm dates have not been established
for that location.
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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
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
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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
and Schedule Page of this website (click on a seminar city location for venue and
If you do not wish to
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at this time, but you would like to automatically receive Seminar Schedule Announcements
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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
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"
It is assumed that all seminar attendees have a familiarity with site grading plans
and associated earthwork terminology (they understand what is meant by such terms 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
Day 1: Some prior hands-on experience with Earthwork 3D, SitePlan 3D,
SiteModel 3D, GradeModel 3D, or Sitework 4D 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
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
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"
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)
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
Earthwork 3D (use the linked "Earthwork 3D Basics" videos and data
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
Nothing much beyond a good night's sleep, your AGTEK-related questions, and
a desire to learn. A yellow highlighter can be useful for those attendees who
wish to mark important points in the provided
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
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
this table (opens PDF) which compares functions available in AGTEK's various
earthwork modeling products.
Seminar registrations are accepted and managed via our
system which provides the advantages of (1) real-time seat availability and price checking,
(2) the option to pay by credit card via
PayPal, (3) instant
confirmation of registration with view/print option and immediately emailed confirmation/invoice,
and (4) the ability to subsequently
check your registration and payment status online at any time. Class size
is limited at each location and seminar registrations are processed on a "first-come,
first-served" basis, so please don't delay in submitting your registration!
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).
Excluding any applicable tax, seminar
tuition rates range from $625 to $850 per person, per day (based on the availability
of any Early Pay
Discount). Tuition is quoted, invoiced and payable in U.S. Dollars.
To apply a
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
(if the registration form indicates that the entered credit code is "invalid",
that credit code has expired or has a zero balance).
Most U.S. states (Connecticut is an exception) do not impose 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 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.]
Tuition payment may be made by check or money order, payable to Earthwork Software
Services, LLC and sent to 3440 Lismore, Conyers, GA 30012 USA (effective
June 20, 2011).
[Note: Earthwork Software Services is not affiliated with the software manufacturer
(AGTEK) and we cannot accept checks payable to "AGTEK".]
Your specific tuition Payment Due Date is stated on your 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. Please understand that any students who have not paid their
tuition in full will not be admitted to the corresponding seminar.
Your seminar tuition can be paid with any major credit (or debit) card by selecting
PayPal® payment option during registration.
PayPal is a popular and secure third-party online payments processor, a PayPal account
is not required to pay by credit card via PayPal, and PayPal will not charge
you a fee for processing your credit card payment. Please be advised that your
PayPal payment will appear on your credit card/bank statement as PAYPAL EARTHWORKSO.
Click here to view/print a PDF file with specific step-by-step instructions for
using PayPal to pay your seminar tuition invoice.
If you are unable to complete your PayPal online payment, you can always pay your
invoice by sending us a paper check. If an applicable
Early Pay Discount Cut-Off Date is
approaching, be sure to send your check via next-day delivery (using United Parcel Service,
FedEx, etc.) to be sure we receive your payment by its due date.
If you wish to speak with a PayPal representative to try and resolve the problem,
the phone number for PayPal's Help Center is (888) 221-1161 within the U.S. or (402)
935-2050 from outside the U.S. (available 4:00 AM PDT to 10:00 PM PDT Monday through
Friday and 6:00 AM PDT to 8:00 PM PDT on Saturday and Sunday).
Click here to review our policies on seminar cancellations, transfers and refunds.
If you are having problems with the display and/or formatting of pages on this site,
click here for some
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
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.