1-day Trimble Earthworks, Machine Control For Site Engineers

Remote training covering; an overview of GNSS principals, Trimble EW components, machine types and system and creating models for the system using survey software. You will be given 3 months free 'Community' membership and you will receive a CITB certificate on completion of this course.

1 day, 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

The Scottish Plant Owners Association
  • 1st Floor, Lomond Court, Castle Business Park
  • Stirling
  • FK9 4TU
  • United Kingdom
Presented by Gail McEwen
  • £290.00 excl. VAT
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Course content

By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • List the file types which are compatible with the cab display unit
  • Convert design data into a compatible file type
  • Isolate the critical information the driver needs
  • Create offsets from design linework—horizontal, vertical and perpendicular
  • Create a 3D surface model
  • Identify erroneous linework and edit accordingly
  • List the pros and cons of using Robotic total station/Base and Rover/Network RTK and select the appropriate equipment for a job
  • Set up grade lasers with 2D automatic grade control systems
  • State the accuracies required for various construction activities
  • Describe different methods of establishing coordinates and levels of control points
  • Set avoidance zones
  • Define extents of a 3D model
  • List the steps in configuring the radios
  • Create active surfaces
  • Explain the difference between well distributed and poorly distributed control points and explain how poorly distributed control points affect the results
  • Import the data into the cab display unit via USB or remotely
  • Enter the machine and bucket dimensions into the machine calibration file
  • Check and set units
  • Turn layers and surfaces on and off
  • Edit layer and line colour
  • Show/hide TIN mesh, boundaries, break-lines and contours
  • Select the active surface
  • Select a line and create a ‘steer to’ reference.
  • Set the required intervals for automatic as-built survey points
  • Select the reference point on the bucket
  • Select different views on the display unit
  • Set the construction tolerances and set alerts
  • Use the visual guidance indicators on the display unit
  • Confirm the position of the tip of the blade is correct in relation to the survey control
  • Measure and record as-built information
  • Carry out checks to validate that the control points are sufficiently accurate
  • Effectively communicate the critical information to the machine driver
  • List the capabilities and limitations of machine control
  • List the commercial benefits of machine control
  • Carry out a basic cost vs savings analysis
  • Describe the health and safety risks and benefits of machine control


This course is aimed at people who;

  • Are confident using total stations and/or GNSS to establish control points
  • Have experience using a survey software (such as Civil 3D/TBC/LSS/n4ce)

Have a look at our other courses if you do not have one or more of the above to get you started.