Learn GEOPAK Criteria and PowerCivil at your own pace, from your own desk!

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By David McDaniel
Clearwater, Florida, USA — Axiom now gives CAD users the ability to train on Bentley PowerCivil and GEOPAK Criteria at their own pace and on their own schedule. What makes this possible is Axiom’s new online training libraries for Bentley PowerCivil and GEOPAK Criteria. And you don’t even need a copy of GEOPAK or MicroStation on your computer.

Bentley PowerCivil Essentials
Bentley PowerCivil Essentials covers using PowerCivil for the creation and dynamic modification of data in site development, in addition to designing the associated drainage and water and sewer systems.

The Bentley PowerCivil Essentials library consists of five e-learning courses that introduce Bentley’s unique civil engineering solution that offers civil engineers and designers a flexible tool for land development and site modeling. The five courses train users on coordinate geometry, site modeling and exploring design modifications with coworkers, contractors and clients. Students learn how to predefine standard placement of design features, such as curbs and guardrails, that enable exploration of alternative site development scenarios.

The following are courses in the Bentley PowerCivil Essentials:

  • Introduction to Coordinate Geometry (COGO) covers the creation of a GEOPAK 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 and Graphical COGO covers the use of tools found in the main COGO application, including storing data such as points, curves and alignments. It also 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 COGO database in the background. The course also reviews the COGO Navigator.
  • Introduction to Site covers the creation of a site plan for a business park. This course covers the basics such as creating a site project. It also covers creating objects from site elements as well as some of the analysis tools. The example project contains a road (using sections), a building and a parking lot.
  • Drainage details three fundamental components necessary for designing any drainage system – the CAD design, GEOPAK Drainage File (GDF) and the drainage library – and how they work together. Students will learn how to use nodes (survey points) for designing drainage structures, as well as working with features and drainage areas before being instructed on how to create a project, set preferences, define nodes, analyze information and generate reports.
  • Water and Sewer introduces the tools needed to design a water and sewer system. This course includes creating a project, adding in water and sewer nodes (structures), creating water and sewer pipes and including existing utilities. Other lessons included in the course are use of the Navigator, Profile Generator and Conflict Finder.

GEOPAK Criteria Essentials
GEOPAK Criteria is Bentley’s software for doing cross section designs. Criteria is used to predefine tasks that are used to place design features such as curbs, guardrails and retaining walls, as well as creating complex roadways. The newest edition in the GEOPAK series of Axiom’s e-learning solutions, GEOPAK Criteria Essentials trains users to create new Criteria data or modify the existing data to produce project-specific cross sections. By doing all the courses in GEOPAK Criteria Essentials, a user will become proficient at using the tools needed to generate and label proposed cross-section elements, existing power or water utilities and other in-place features.

The following are courses in GEOPAK Criteria Essentials:

  • Beginning Criteria comprises instructions for placing lines, text, cells and other elements into cross sections. This course looks at how to start writing your own Criteria data. It offers various options on what commands to use and reviews several types of variables (and when to use each type). This course sets up project-specific variables for your Criteria file – all working through numerous examples of real life situations.
  • Advanced Criteria is the advanced course continued from the discussions of the beginning course and includes more sophisticated syntax, such as nesting and loops. Drawing drainage information onto cross sections with Criteria is also covered. All syntax is discussed with real-life examples.
  • 3 Port Criteria (3PC) covers how to draw in plan, profile or cross section views. This enables the information to be generated once to avoid redundant entry and out-of-sync data.

Learn GEOPAK Criteria right from your desktop with LearningBay’s GEOPAK Criteria Essentials.

And that’s not all. Look in future MicroStation Today issues for announcements of even more libraries to be released in the GEOPAK series.

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