The Dirt.Simple Express - Summer 2017
Use Earthwork 4D to build or manage GPS models for machine control or site layout. Build your own models from CAD files, or import outsourced models from an engineer to verify or make necessary changes. Export the surface models to Topcon, Trimble and Leica compatible files.
When exporting the data lines for GPS machine control and layout, use the Manage Export Colors utility to change the color of the lines. For example, you may want curb lines to be green and pad lines to be red to avoid confusion in the field. Create default colors for future projects for consistency from job to job. Click here to view a video demonstrating the Manage Export Colors utility.
The latest version of Earthwork 4D,(available here) has added a Documentation layer to the Earthwork 4D files. The Documentation layer may be used to add notes in the office to provide more detailed information for the project manager or dirt foreman in the field. Insert images or detail sheets that may be viewed when needed. Add 3D views to the KMZ file to be viewed in Google Earth or used in the field to verify conditions graphically.
Import all photos and notes recorded in the field back into the Earthwork 4D file to close the communication loop between the field and office. Click here to view a video demonstrating the use of the Documentation layer.
Earthwork 4D now automatically adds geo-referenced benchmarks with approximate latitude and longitude to any CAD file that has been designed in state plane coordinates and has the state plane coordinate zone stored in the DWG file. This eliminates having to locate the job on Google Earth and manually add the benchmarks to create a KMZ file.
If the file is in state plane coordinates but the zone was not stored in the file, use the Map Projection Settings to select the zone. Click Set to add the benchmarks. Export the KMZ file to verify the accuracy of the alignment to Google Earth. Click here to view a video demonstrating the Map Projection Settings.
User defined surfaces may now be staged into one another. All user defined surfaces may now have their own perimeter. This allows multiple phase projects, such as over-excavation or temporary sediment basins to be staged into the existing or design surfaces. In 3D view, select the surface to be staged as the Reference and the surface you want to stage into as the Difference. Select the Utility menu and select Stage "Surface" Into. The Stage Surface window will display. You may change the Reference and Difference at this time. You may create a new surface or stage the resulting data into the reference surface. Click here to view a video demonstrating the Stage Surface utility.
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There are currently four options to receive training on AGTEK software:
- You can sign up for training via the internet and complete your one-on-one training from the comfort of your own office. All that is required is the AGTEK software you wish to be trained on and a high-speed internet connection.
- Michael Cope is an authorized independent AGTEK trainer who offers regional seminar style classes across the country.
- View the online videos to train yourself at your own pace. Click the desired program, then choose the topic.
- Winter Hands-On Training Classes.
Click here to view a video demonstratinig all the new features in version 1.19.
How do I tell what version I have?
Open the program and Select Help>About Program Name from the menu.
How do I get the latest versions?
AGTEK Support subscribers can go to the Support - Downloads page and click on the desired program. Click the Download button to start the download and save the file to a known location. When the download is finished, double-click on it to start the installation program. Follow the installer directions to completion. A backup copy of the download can be saved for future use.
If you are not an AGTEK support subscriber, please click to ask for more information.