• Build on existing skills
  • Ideal for site engineers
  • Up-to-date equipment

This course for people who are confident using the total station and/or GNSS and would like to broaden their skill set to include machine control responsibilities. The course is aimed at people who have experience in setting up control points using total station or GNSS and who are familiar with survey software for converting file types and editing data.




This course is interactive and uses a Tensar simulator to give course participants a very realistic construction environment to learn about machine control systems. The course is for:

  • Site engineers
  • Trainee engineers
  • Graduate engineers
Setting Out for Construction is an Approved Training Organisation.

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

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