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GEOPAK Libraries and Courses Descriptions

Courses are concise and contain many tutorials that are laid out in a suggested order. However students can start with any course or tutorial to meet job demands. Courses are grouped into libraries that provide a systematic approach to learning that helps ensure users can apply the data they learn on real-world projects. Below are descriptions of each GEOPAK course available.

GEOPAK Beginning Road Library
GEOPAK Intermediate Road Library
GEOPAK Advanced Road Library
GEOPAK Site Essentials Library
GEOPAK Survey Essentials Library
GEOPAK Drainage Essentials Library
GEOPAK PowerCivil Essentials Library
GEOPAK Criteria Essentials Library
GEOPAK 3PC Courses Library
GEOPAK Miscellaneous Library

GEOPAK Beginning Road Training Library

Introduction to Digital Terrain Modeling
This course is a basic introduction to Digital Terrain Modeling (DTM) concepts. DTM key words and procedures are discussed at length, with video examples to make it easier to understand how to build digital terrain models. The contents are designed for users who are new to GEOPAK and the DTM process.

Advanced Digital Terrain Modeling
Advanced Digital Terrain Modeling expands on concepts found in the introduction class. This course discusses additional extraction procedures, working with TIN files and advanced tools, including Profiles, Volume Calculations and Slope Areas. Learn the proper use of Theme functions, computing earthwork and working with Drainage tools.

Existing Ground Cross Section
This course introduces how to generate cross sections using existing grounds. See how to generate, display and modify cross sections with great illustrations and informative videos. Learn how to choose the proper baseline, update existing sections and use Cross Section Navigator.

Project Manager for Road
Project Manager for Road discusses how to set up a project, define preferences, working alignments and various procedures included in the Project Manager.

Introduction to Coordinate Geometry
Introduction to Coordinate Geometry covers the creation of the GEOPAK coordinate geometry (COGO) database (*.GPK file, made up of stored geometric elements such as points, lines, curves, etc.) and includes details on using the COGO Navigator (used to view, edit and display coordinate geometry elements).

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GEOPAK Intermediate Road Training Library

Horizontal and Vertical Geometry Layout Tools
This course discusses several sets of tools to compute alignments and profiles for different types of roads, from basic to complex. Some included tools are horizontal layout tools, VPI based profile generator and components.

Plans Preparation Tools for Road Projects
Includes tools needed for creating the construction plans. Includes drawing plans with Design and Computation (D&C) Manager to do quantities afterwards. Also featured are draw transitions, plan and profile labeling, generation plan and plan/profile sheets.

Basic Proposed Cross Sections
Works through the generation of proposed cross sections, both inside and outside of Project Manager. This includes how to utilize all the previously created information from the design process; geometry, superelevation, existing ground sections. This class does not cover writing criteria.

Basic Earthwork
Covers computing earthwork both inside and outside Project Manager. Includes cut/fill calculations, undercuts, unsuitable materials, review of the log file, and how to interactively fix errors.

Superelevation Tools
Discussed in this course is how to define the pavement cross slopes using several different tools. The discussion begins with roadways not requiring superelevation transitions, called shapeless, to automatically calculating superelevation transitions. Then, drawing the pavement shapes and reviewing a variety of review, editing and analysis tools.

Storing Graphics
The Storing Graphics course looks at the different methods of linking graphic elements and linking back into the coordinate geometry database. This includes points, lines, curves, chains, and parcels.

Plan Quantities Utilizing GEOPAK
Using the elements drawn in the construction plan, this course discusses what is needed to compute quantities, reviews the D&C Manager for computations, then performs several different types of computations. Finally, six different output methods, from ASCII file to spreadsheet to databases, are reviewed and examples done.

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GEOPAK Advanced Road Training Library

More Earthwork
This course is a basic introduction to digital terrain modeling (DTM) concepts. DTM keywords and procedures are discussed at length, with video examples to make it easier to understand how to build digital terrain models. The contents are designed for users who are new to GEOPAK and the DTM process.

Advanced Proposed Cross Sections
This course covers more complex projects, such as multiple roadways on a single cross section, and staged cross sections. Other topics include drawing utilities and drainage onto cross sections.

3D GEOPAK
3D topics include generating a DTM from cross sections, 3D Station Offset tool, laying 2D elements onto a 3D DTM model.

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GEOPAK Site Training Library

Introduction to Digital Terrain Modeling
This course is a basic introduction to Digital Terrain Modeling concepts. DTM key words and procedures are discussed at length, with video examples to make it easier to understand how to build digital terrain models. The contents are designed for users who are new to GEOPAK and the DTM process.

Advanced Digital Terrain Modeling
Advanced Digital Terrain Modeling expands on concepts found in the introduction class. This course discusses additional extraction procedures, working with TIN files and advanced tools, including Profiles, Volume Calculations and Slope Areas. Learn the proper use of Theme functions, computing earthwork and working with Drainage tools.

Introduction to COGO
Introduction to coordinate geometry (COGO) covers the creation of a GEOPAK coordinate geometry database (*.GPK file, made up of stored geometric elements such as points, lines, curves, etc.) and includes details on using the COGO Navigator to view, edit and display coordinate geometry elements.

Classic and Graphical COGO
This course covers the use of tools found in the main coordinate geometry (COGO) application, including storing elements such as points, curves, alignments and review of the COGO navigator. Graphical COGO discusses the tools found in the graphical COGO application, which uses a combination of MicroStation-type tools to graphically create, modify and delete COGO elements, while storing them in the coordinate geometry database in the background.

Plans Production Tools
This course covers the tools used to create final site drawings. These include tools to draw the site plan, the labeler and generating the final site plan sheets.

Existing Ground
This course introduces how to generate cross sections using existing ground. Students learn how to generate, display and modify cross sections with illustrations and informative videos. Students also learn how to choose the proper baseline, update existing sections and use Cross Section Navigator.

Beginning Site Modeler
In the context of a site plan for a business park, this course covers the basics: creating a site project, creating objects from site elements, and essential analysis tools. The project contains simple road (using sections), building and parking lot.

Advanced Site Modeler
Continuing in the same project, the advanced course covers composite sections, edit profile, all wizards, the rest of the analysis tools, drawing profiles and cross sections and exporting data out of your site project.

Plan Quantities
Using the elements drawn in the construction plan, this course discusses what is needed to compute quantities, reviews the Design and Computation (D&C) Manager for computations, then performs several different types of computations. Finally, six different output methods, from ASCII file to spreadsheet to databases, are reviewed and examples done.

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GEOPAK Survey Training Library

Introduction to Digital Terrain Modeling (DTM)
This course is a basic introduction to digital terrain modeling (DTM) concepts. DTM keywords and procedures are discussed at length, with video examples to make it easier to understand how to build digital terrain models. The contents are designed for users who are new to GEOPAK and the DTM process.

Advanced DTM
Advanced DTM expands on concepts found in the introduction class. This course discusses additional extraction procedures, working with TIN files and advanced tools, including Profiles, Volume Calculations and Slope Areas. Learn the proper use of Theme functions, computing earthwork and working with Drainage tools.

Field Collection Using Survey
Field Collection covers creating a survey project, setting preferences, review various data types, and importing data from data collectors or ASCII files. Additional topics include how to collect drainage and DTM information.

Office Processing Using Survey
Once the data has been imported, this course addresses how to reduce data, editing data, mapping the data into a MicroStation or AutoCAD file, graphically editing, exporting to Drainage and creating a DTM model.

Geometry for Surveyors
This course covers the different types of geometry tools that are found in Survey. These include classic COGO (coordinate geometry) and graphical COGO. The COGO Navigator is demonstrated for easily reviewing/editing COGO information. Linking graphics back into COGO is also discussed, along with conversions, importing and exporting.

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GEOPAK Drainage Training Library

Introduction to Drainage
As an introductory class, this course details the three components necessary for designing any drainage system — the CAD design, GDF (GEOPAK Drainage File) and the drainage library — and how they work together. Students will learn about working with features, drainage areas and nodes before being instructed on how to create a project, set preferences, defining and adding nodes, analyzing and generating reports.

Design with Drainage
This course provides a workflow overview for designing a drainage system. Learn how to leverage data from one form to another, define drainage areas and use digital terrain managment (DTM) tools.

Plans Production Tools for Drainage
Generating plan sheets, reports and quantity calculations are all detailed in this course. Learn how to create profiles, use the labeler tool and add settings to the style training courses. Students learn to use the Plan/Profile Sheet Composition tools, navigate through the Report Builder and calculate plan quantities with the Design & Computation Manager.

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GEOPAK PowerCivil Essentials Library

Introduction to Coordinate Geometry
Introduction to COGO covers the creation of a GEOPAK coordinate geometry (COGO) database (*.GPK file, made up of stored geometric elements such as points, lines, curves, etc.)and includes details on using the COGO Navigator (used to view, edit and display coordinate geometry elements).
Classic COGO and Graphical COGO
Covers the use of tools found in the main coordinate geometry (COGO) application, including storing elements such as points, curves, alignments and review of the COGO navigator. Graphical COGO discusses the tools found in the graphical COGO application, which uses a combination of MicroStation-type tools to graphically create, modify and delete COGO elements, while storing them in the coordinate geometry database in the background.
Introduction to Site
In the context of a site plan for a business park, this course covers the basics: creating a site project, creating objects from site elements, and some of the analysis tools. The project contains simple road (using sections), building and parking lot.
Introduction to Drainage
This course details three fundamental components necessary for designing any drainage system — the CAD design, GDF (GEOPAK Drainage File) and the drainage library — and how they work together. Students will learn about working with features, drainage areas and nodes before being instructed on how to create a project, set preferences, define adding nodes, analyze and generate reports.
Water and Sewer — Overview
This course is an overview of the Water / Sewer toolset that is used for developing complete water or sewer systems. Tools are included for drawing, designing, and profiling water or sewer systems. An inclusive set of preferences are user-definable for each project and can be changed and the system quickly redesigned. Designs are done in a 2D environment making graphical manipulations easy or in 3D if that is your preference.
Water and Sewer — Getting Started
This course covers the preferences and settings required to start a Water / Sewer project. We will review what data we can leverage from other GEOPAK products. This determines what tools and options are available. Other topics include basic storage of profiles in a coordinate geometry (GPK) file, proposed DTM models or objects in site, drainage system, and a complete construction plan. In this sample project, we will illustrate a simple project, but will also include options within the tools, including the prerequisites for using them.
Water and Sewer — Creating a Water System
Now that a sample project is created, this course covers the workflow required to add water lines using MicroStation tools. Also covered is the process to add water nodes, draw profiles and review and modify the water lines and the process of adding them into our sample project.
Water and Sewer — Creating a Sewer System
Continuing with a sample project, this course covers adding sewer lines and sewer nodes. Setting up the default preferences and creating a sewer profile. This course will review the use of the Location, Elevation, Registration and Display tabs.
Water and Sewer — Navigator
In this course, you’ll learn how to use the Water & Sewer Navigator. Search for and center Sewer lines and nodes in the active view. Learn how to work with shortcut lists, add, modify and delete components.
Water and Sewer — Misc. Utilities and Conflict Finder
Learn how to use the Conflict Finder to ensure there are no conflicts between the drainage system, water and sewer system, as well as utilities. Learn how to define utilities, run conflict finder and review conflicts for correction.
Water and Sewer — Labeler
Learn how to use the Labeler Tool to place specialty labels using data from the water and sewer project to create a water and sewer plan. Learn how to customize the labels with different shapes and symbology, leaders and terminators. Create styles for easy recall and reuse.
Water and Sewer — Plan Sheets
In this course you will learn how to use the Plan/Profile Sheet Composition application to create, manipulate, modify and finally create a variety of different plan sheets. Create a custom sheet library that matchees your specific sheet needs or customize the delivered standards. Generate sheets with proper orientation, sheet titles and plot scales.
Water and Sewer — Trenching Volumes
In this course you will learn how to calculate backfill and trenching volumes for your water and sewer systems. Work with a model, object or TIN file as a resource. Generate an ASCII report.

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GEOPAK Criteria Essentials Library

Foundation Concepts
Learn how to define and create ASCII criteria Code and formatiing for drawing surfaces, pavements, placing labels and marked points. Learn Criteria syntax and formatting, signing conventions, PGL chain points and testing for points.
Getting Started
Learn how to write Criteria, using Code Subroutines. Set Symbology, create headers, use If Statements, set up plot parameters and run tests.
Basic Draw Commands
Learn how to draw lines using criteria. Work with distorted scales, draw slopes, establish qualifiers and use draw to statements.
Variables
Learn how to increase the flexibility of criteria files by using intrinsic, static, in-DGN and redefinable variables. Create pavement slopes and calculate measurements.
Writing Criteria With the Criteria Editor
Learn how to use the Criteria editor to assist in defining if-then statements and other conditions to establish classes and create and review conditions. Clarify criteria writing syntax with examples provided.
Quick Review
This course is a review of the criteria lessons delivered in te criteria library. The ad=vanced classes cover additional commands, subroutines, loops, placing text and cells, as well as working with the criteria viewer.
Using the Criteria Viewer
Learn how to use the Criteria Viewer to step through criteria and graphically review the criteria line by line. Set breaks, marked points and pauses for searching. Learn how to use other criteria viewer tools like Match Brace, Go To and Draw Skip.
Placing Labels
Learn how to draw text, set up fonts and other formatting criteria. Create basic text labels, computed labels, slope labels and elevation labels.
Drawing Cells
Learn how to use criteria to attach libraries and place cells. Follow along with a basic example.
While Loops
Learn how to incorporate While Loops to test for True and False conditions, until a circumstance is met or to execute a command for a specific number of times. Learn about infinite loops.
More Complex If Statements
Learn how to create more complex evaluation criteria and conditions using conjunctions, nested ifs, custom functions amd nested if statements. Also learn how to use AND OR statements along with Intrinsic variables and checking.

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GEOPAK 3-Port Criteria (3PC) Courses Library

Getting Started
Ths course is an overview of drawing criteria in three ports: plan, profile and cross sections. This course is an extensive overview of using multiple views, executing three port criteria, specifying syntax, format variables. Finally working with COGO, chains and profiles and TIN files are reviewed.
Draw Statements and Qualifiers
Learn how to use Draw and Draw Skip commands with three port criteria in plan and profile views. Establish station formatting and review uses and examples.
Marked Points
Learn how to create marked points in all three plan, profile and cross section views. Use X, Y, offset, elevation and distance along chain components.
Prompts
Learn how to create five different types of prompts for interactive entry. Key in, file select, option prompt, data point option and message prompt. Learn the syntax and uses examples.
Selection Sets
Learn how to use selection sets for performing functions. Assign and use Ad Hocs to attach pay items and related information. Use Ad Hocs for calculating units and quantities as well as adding remarks.
Miscellaneous Commands
Learn how to use three point criteria to invoke and execute other MicroStation commands. Examples include issuing COGO commands, using Place Influence to control symbology for established standards and running diagnostics commands.
Working With ASCII Files
Learn how to read, write and append ASCII files using three point criteria. Look at an example going through these three processes.

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GEOPAK Miscellaneous Library

Design Info to Construction
Learn how to export geometric data as geometry, LandXML terrain models, cross section reports, site and DTM information, drainage information and plan view quantities. General workflow will be reviewed including preparation, adding items, computing results and presentation options in Table and By Item formats.
Sheet Generation
This course is a must for all GEOPAK users who want to know how to generate sheets inside GEOPAK. Learn how to effectively use the Plan/Profile Sheet Composition tools to create, manipulate, modify and generate a variety of plans and profile sheets. With six chapters, complete with detailed pages, technical illustrations, glossary and end-of-chapter review videos, this course makes it possible to become skilled at generating your plan and profile sheets.
GeoTechnical Tools
This course provides an overview of GeoTechnical tools, from data collection to visualizing boreholes in drawings. Students learn how to draw boreholes in plan view, profiles and cross sections. The course shows how to create subsurface models, use material alignment, create TIN files using material layers, as well as load DTM features.

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