New on-line GEOPAK Site and Drainage training libraries available from Axiom.

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CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, USA — Looking for a cost-efficient way to train on GEOPAK Site or Drainage? GEOPAK users can now train on GEOPAK at their own pace and on their own schedule with Axiom’s new GEOPAK Site and GEOPAK Drainage training libraries.

GEOPAK Site Library
GEOPAK Site Library covers the design and analysis of land development and site design projects such as commercial, residential and industrial sites. The library prepares the student with beginning and advanced digital terrain modeling (DTM), coordinate geometry (COGO) and GEOPAK’s Site Modeler courses in addition to courses on what tools to use, how to plan according to the site and plan the quantities of construction materials needed. When compounded with other, more specialized courses in the GEOPAK series, the student will have all the skills necessary to complete an entire civil design project.

The following are titles and descriptions of the courses in GEOPAK Site library:

  • Introduction to Digital Terrain Modeling 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 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. [Editor’s note: TIN files are used for storing survey information data and are used to create a 3D triangular mesh of the contours of the elevation.] Students learn the proper use of Theme functions, computing earthwork and working with Drainage tools.

Sample lessons from GEOPAK Site library

  • Introduction to Coordinate Geometry 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 & 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.
  • Plans Production Tools covers the tools used to create final site drawings. These include tools to draw the site plan, the labeler and generating your final site plan sheets.
  • Existing Ground introduces how to generate cross sections using existing ground. See how to generate, display and modify cross sections with illustrations and informative videos. Learn how to choose the proper baseline, update existing sections and use Cross Section Navigator.

Sample lesson from Existing Ground course

  • 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 some of the analysis tools. The project contains simple road (using sections), building and parking lot.
  • Advanced Site Modeler continuing in the same project, the advance 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 uses the elements drawn in the construction plan, discussing what is needed to compute quantities, review the Design and Computations Manager for computations and perform several different types of computations. Finally, the six different output methods (from ASCII file to spreadsheet to databases) are reviewed and examples done.

GEOPAK Drainage Library
GEOPAK Drainage library covers the accurate design or modification of storm drainage systems required for site development. The GEOPAK Drainage library is composed of three comprehensive courses on the design of a drainage system for any type of site. Students will quickly become familiar with the tools and processes involved in the drainage design process through interactive lessons, complete with illustrations and videos. Right from their own desks, students will gain the necessary skills to effectively design a storm drainage system for new sites or to modify existing sites.

The following are titles and descriptions of the courses in GEOPAK Drainage library:

  • Introduction to Drainage 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, defining and adding nodes, analyzing and generating reports.
  • Design with Drainage course outlines the steps involved with the planning and production of a storm drainage system. Students learn how to automatically leverage data from one dialog box form to another, define drainage areas and use digital terrain management (DTM) tools.
  • Plans Production Tools for Drainage course details generating plan sheets, reports and quantity calculations. Students learn how to create profiles, use the labeler tool and add settings to the style library. Also included are lessons on how to use the Plan and Profile Sheet Composition tools, navigate through the Report Builder and calculate plan quantities with GEOPAK’s Design and Computation (D & C) Manager.

In each course, students will find an interactive learning environment that covers an integral part of the process of complete site design. Unlike a classroom, each student can progress at their own pace, ensuring they fully understand each section before moving on. What’s more, students don’t need to have a copy of GEOPAK installed to be able to learn. With GEOPAK training libraries, students can do hands-on drills in each lesson with movies, audio and interactive multimedia presentations to simulate all phases of site design.

Stay up-to-date!
The upcoming scheduled releases that can increase the ability of your GEOPAK users are GEOPAK Survey, GEOPAK PowerCivil and GEOPAK Criteria libraries. To get the most up-to-date information on the current releases of GEOPAK training from Axiom go to

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