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D Bendell
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Hey - Who's doing the surface/setup for machine control in your areas? The earth moving contractors themselves, surveyors, or engineering firm???

Where is the best place to learn about this stuff or get training?(Perhaps online.) I'm looking into some technical schools with training. I'm apprehensive though because the people doing this work and experienced with the real world applications are likely better aware of what is valuable and pragmatic VS. a school offering a basic introduction. Additionally, pros/cons of the various software/hardware options.

Just curious about this type of work. Experience/suggestions related to learning, setup, and operation would be much appreciated. Thanks. - Derek 

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clearcut
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Cali law requires elements of amg be under responsible charge of a land surveyor or civil engineer.  However contractors and amg vendors have ignored that and have instead instilled an industry workforce consisting of baboons, chimpanzees and monkeys.

To learn it one avenue is to check out your local junior college.  Many have a heavy equipment option of which amg is a big part of the curriculum.  You too could become a trained monkey.  

I deal with industry amg ‘experts’ on a regulat basis and can attest to their non-all-complete knowledge levels.

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thebionicman
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The driving force on brand will be the market you plan to feed. It does no good to be the bedt trimble guy in a topcon market.

Many vendors have training available, but it will be proprietary. I would suggest learning the basics through community college or on-line first. If you skip that step you will end up in that primate crowd you described. Land Surveyors should bring abilities to the table that untrained technicians can't.

I know more than a few that are well into 6 figures personal income if you put in the upfront effort. Make yourself the top-notch modern grade-hop and the rewards will come.

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Thad
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I have been creating surface models for machine control (Trimble, Topcon and Leica) equipment for the last 17 years.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to call and I can answer any questions you may have.

I am in the process of writing a manual for machine control models that will be available in the near future to those who would like to expand their business.

www.gds3d.com

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Andy J
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Nice website, Thad!     And great idea on the manual, I'm sure it will be a hit.

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D Bendell
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Thanks for the response guys. I'm going to school for Geomatics and I'm simply trying to out-work the complacent people I notice by learning additional stuff that can be valuable going forward. Not interested in being any more of a monkey than my current position already obligates me to be. If anybody is interested in how to polish the top of the bullpin with a 4# hammer then let me know. I could share some tips...

Thad - I appreciate the offer, thanks. I will check in with you. - Derek

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