Model Maker Systems Training Videos

We are now accepting orders for our first training video production in DVD format. The cost is listed on the "How to Buy" link.

 

Model Maker Introduction Training Series

Click on this picture to view what the production looks like. This sample was produced at 600x480 resolution. The actual DVD is produced at 800x600 resolution. The DVD contains approx. 4.5hours worth of training material. Sessions are 15min on average. The slick flash interface allows you to pause rewind and forward with ease. See below for detail on what is covered in the DVD.

  Minimum PC Requirements DVD Drive
Screen resolution 1024x768 (minimum)
Latest Internet Web browser with Flash plug-in
Computer with sound enabled Below is a list of what is covered in this DVD

Session 1 - Survey basics
How does the co-ordinate system work?
How to determine Y & X or N & E?
How to determine Elevation (Z)?
Understanding LO bands in Model Maker?
How does Model Maker interpret different survey datum’s e.g. WGS84, UTM and Clark 1880?
How does the angle system work?

Session 2 - Desktop Layout & Toolbars
Introduction to the Model Maker desktop layout.
Customizing Toolbars
How to add and remove toolbars?
How to move toolbars to new positions?
How to add and remove buttons?
How to reset toolbars?
How to display button descriptions?
How to change menu animation settings?
How to create a new toolbar?

Session 3 – Moving around on screen
Using the mouse to move around?
Working with the Manipulate Plot Menu functions
Working with the Display Menu
Determine if and which data entities are loaded using the Status menu
How to set basic environment settings like Scale, Contour Interval & Contour Labeling
How to set basic environment settings

Session 4 – Working with the help file

Session 5 – Calculating Manual field observations
How to add survey stations?
How to calculate survey points from a known point?
How to convert a observed point to a station?
How to change a incorrect observation?
How to apply a orientation correction to a station?

Session 6 - Loading Geo (Lat-Lon) co-ordinates

Session 7 – Loading a list of co-ordinates from file
How to import co-ordinates
How to import ASCII data

Session 8 - Importing electronic field observations
How to load field observations from file
How to load check your traverse process using double polar intersections
How to load observations from a total station

Session 9 – Loading points manually
How to add points to the database
How to add points graphically
How to determine the point elevation based on a underlying triangle
How to extrapolate the elevation of a point from an existing triangle
How to use the same elevation of an existing point on a new point
How to edit the co-ordinates of an existing point

Session 10 – Distance and Angle measurement
How to measure distance, direction and slope difference between points using Joins and Polars
How to measure length and direction of a CAD line
How to calculate the plan area of a irregular shape
How to determine the perimeter length, radius and plan area of a circle/arc
How to measure the angle between 3 points or two lines
How to determine the distance between two parallel CAD lines

Session 11 – Understanding cursor snap modes
What is a snap mode
Applying some frequently used snap modes in practical examples

Session 12 - The theory of contours using height interpolation
How does a contour know where it must go

Session 13 – Triangle Manipulation (contouring)
How to add or delete single triangles
How to delete multiple triangles with a line
How to add multiple triangles automatically using Csearch
How to exclude certain points from triangulation
How to edit triangles or contours

Session 14 – Triangle break line editing
How to edit triangles automatically using break lines
(DTM Detail lines option 4)

Session 15 – Basic CAD functions
How to draw CAD lines, text and circles
How to change CAD attributes e.g. Color, Layer, Font etc.
Working with CAD Layers

Session 16 - CAD scale rotate move (match)
How to import a dxf/dwg/dgn file
How to rotate, scale and move a drawing
How to use the REPEAT snap mode

Session 17 - File Load, Save and Backups
What are the different file formats used by Model Maker?
How do I save data?
How do I load or open an existing file?
Backups explained
Backup vs. Save Desktop

Session 18 – How to print and export drawings
Setting up plotter vs. graphically displayed colors
How to determine the correct plot scale
How to add a paper window
How to output to printer
How to output to DWG/DXF/DGN and other formats

Client feedback:


"Hallo Corne, I would just like to let you know how important the above DVD has become in my office to train new users of Model Maker CAD. A recent secretary of mine completed her first production drawing three days after starting the training series. She did not even know what CAD was before she started in my office. I believe that the DVD is an excellent investment and that all Model Maker users should have it in their offices."

- Claus Riding
(Riding & Watt Landsurveyors)

"Corne, Thank you so much for the Model Maker beginner DVD. Now for the first time in 10 years I fully understand what my employer do every day"

- Hannie
(Administrator for Louis De Bruin Landsurveyors)

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