Carlson 2016 'Go West' User Conference

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General Information

Conference attendance is limited to 300 attendees. Register early to ensure a seat at the user conference!

Carlson 2016 “Go West” User Conference
What Two days of training and interaction with Carlson staff and hardware manufacturers.
Where The Orleans Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada. Rooms are available on a first come, first-served basis.
When Feb. 22-24, 2016
Feb. 22 – Registration opens at 3:00pm; reception at 7:00pm.
Feb. 23 – Day 1 training.
Feb. 24 – Day 2 training.

Carlson Software is excited to provide an opportunity for users to attend a training conference in the Western US. We believe that training can improve the workflow and efficiency of any organization. There will be a range of courses offered.

The format for this conference will be three tracks. Certificates documenting your attendance will be made available at the end of the conference. Yes, you can change tracks, taking some classes from each track.

We will have 30 minute breaks between classes. During these breaks attendees can visit with sponsors and see the newest hardware. A small computer lab will be available to test what you just learned or explore other aspects of the software. The computer lab will be open and manned during all conference hours. Presenters and Carlson staff will be available during breaks to discuss questions you may have.

Snacks and beverages will be available during the breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Lunch is provided each day. Breakfast and Dinner are on your own.

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Registration

The registration fee is $750 per attendee. Register here or with your local dealer. Use code DOUBLEDOWN for online registration access or contact your Carlson Reseller or Regional Carlson Sales Director to obtain code.

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Suggested Lodging

The Orleans Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For reservations book on-line at www.orleanscasino.com or call +1-800-675-3267.

Orleans Hotel

Note:

  • There are a limited number of non-smoking rooms. The Orleans Hotel and Carlson Software cannot guarantee an attendee’s preference.
  • When attendees book their room their credit card will be charged immediately for their fist night deposit (room and tax).

Airport

Las Vegas Airport: McCarran International Airport (LAS)

Shuttle Services

(prices and availability subject to change without advance notice):

Bell Trans

  • Operates: 4:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
  • To Strip hotels: $4.75
  • Downtown hotels: $6.00
  • Off-Strip hotels: $6.00
  • McCarran Airport: $8.00 per person (each way)
  • Phone: +1-702-739-7990

CLS Transportation

  • Operates: 24 hours
  • To Strip hotels: $4.75 – $9.00
  • Downtown hotels: $6.50 – $12.00
  • McCarran Airport: $9.00 per person (each way)
  • Phone: +1-702-740-4050

Grayline/Coach USA/Express Shuttle

  • Operates 7:00 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.
  • To Strip hotels: $4.75
  • Downtown hotels: $6.50
  • Off-Strip hotels: $9.00 – $12.00
  • McCarran Airport: $6.50 one way, $12.00 round trip
  • Phone: +1-702-739-5700

Las Vegas Limousine

  • Phone: +1-702-736-1419

Citizens Area Transit

  • Phone: +1-702-228-7433

Overview | Registration | Lodging/Airport | Schedule of Classes | Class Descriptions | Conference Sponsors

Schedule of Classes

The $750 per attendee registration fee includes the events following the Attendee Registration starting at 3:00 p.m. Monday afternoon, February 22, through Wednesday, February 24, 2015.

Monday, 02/22/2016
3:00pm – 7:00pm Attendee Registration, Dinner on your own
7:00pm – 9:00pm Reception & Welcome Bob Bailey

Tuesday, 02/23/2016
Time Track 1 – Field Track 2 – Civil/Survey Office Track 3 – Office Electives CAD Lab
7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast on your own
8:00am – 8:30am Opening Session
8:30am – 10:00am Intro to SurvCE/SurvPC Precision 3D Introduction to IntelliCAD
10:00am – 10:30am Break-out Session
10:30am – 12:00pm Hardware: Robots, GPS Collectors Office Fundmentals Hydrology Sewer Networks
12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch Provided
1:30pm – 3:00pm Field to Finish with SurvCE/SurvPC The Ins and Outs of Surface Modeling Concepts Point Cloud
3:00pm – 3:30pm Break-out Session
3:30pm – 5:00pm Advanced Roads in SurvCE/SurvPC Road Networks and Lotnet Working with PDF and Raster Files
5:00pm – ?? Dinner on your own

Wednesday, 02/24/2016
Time Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 CAD Lab
7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast on your own
8:00am – 9:30am Localization and Grid to Ground Volumes and Profiles Taking “Data” from 2D to 3D
9:30am – 10:00am Break-out Session
10:00am – 11:30am Data transfer for SurvCE/SurvPC Field to Finish Office Data Prep for Machine Control
11:30am – 1:00pm Lunch Provided
1:00pm – 2:30pm Stakeout in SurvCE/SurvPC Design Pad Template Advanced Earthworks in Takeoff
2:30pm – 3:00pm Break-out Session
3:00pm – 4:30pm SurvPC Esri Integration Output Sheets Material Quantities and Reports
4:30pm – 5:00pm Closing Session
5:00pm – ?? Dinner on your own, enjoy the rest of your stay!

Overview | Registration | Lodging/Airport | Schedule of Classes | Class Descriptions | Conference Sponsors

Class Descriptions

Intro to SurvCE and SurvPC Aaron Newman – South Central Regional Sales Director Back to Schedule
This course will introduce the user to Carlson’s two leading software packages for data collection. The differences between them and the advantages of each will be presented. The use and key options for each of the five tabs of SurvCE/SurvPC will be discussed. And let’s not forget the Helmet and its many shortcuts. Finally, The Map screen or View will be presented and the various menu and toolbar options will be introduced. Even the experienced user should find a nugget or two to take home from this class.
Robots, GPS and Collectors Shane Gardner – West Coast Regional Sales Back to Schedule
This course will focus on the Carlson hardware solutions. We will have Carlson Data Collectors, Total Stations and GPS equipment on display and you can meet with those involved in the production process. We will cover specifications and features of each and allow time for questions and getting hands on the different equipment.
Field to Finish with SurvCE/SurvPC Aaron Newman – South Central Regional Sales Director Back to Schedule
We are all familiar with using Field to Finish in the office. If not check out session 3 on the Office track after lunch. In this course you will learn to apply Field to finish in the field. You will see how to apply linework, use special codes for curves and offsets. Examples of how to create surfaces and contours, build and import a field to finish file will be presented. The process to assign symbols and layers to field codes and have them displayed on the screen in the field will also be covered.
Advanced Roads in SurvCE/SurvPC – TBD – Back to Schedule
SurvCE/SurvPC always come with basic road tools. Centerline and profile entry and cross section data are among these basic tools. Importing and exporting data to and from LandXML is also a basic tool found on the Road tab. This course looks at the last three tools on the Road tab; Store Sections, Stake Slope, and Stake Road. These three make up Advanced Roads.
Localization and Grid to Ground Mark Silver – Igage and Utah CAD Warehouse Back to Schedule
This course will focus on two important and often confusing parts for using GNSS receivers in surveying:
First: Localization and how it works. This discussion will look at one, two and three or more point localization. The ways to be sure you are localized vertically as well as horizontally will be covered.
Second: Grid to ground and composite scale factors will be presented. When should Grid to ground be used? How do I get a scale factor? How do I make sure the scale factor is applied. Do I need a scale factor? How do you implement a ‘Modified State Plane’ with truncated coordinates? What is the difference between setting a scale point at 0,0 or project center?
Third: We will look at Low Distortion Projections. What is the easiest way to set up an LDP in the field with SurvCE.
Data Transfer for SurvCE/SurvPC Ladd Nelson – Midwest Regional Sales Director Back to Schedule
Great, you’ve collected a bunch of data. Now how do you get that from your collector to your computer or to a consultant or customer? This course will review file types and compatibility of those across different platforms. Some of the file types included are ASCII, LandXML, SHP, DXF and DWG. Cloud based options for data transfer will be presented including options like Dropbox and Carlson Cloud.
Stakeout with SurvCE/SurvPC Jim Reinbold – Rocky Mountain Regional Sales Director Back to Schedule
This course will present the various options provided for staking that are not part of the Advanced Road module. Topics will include Stake Point working from the point list, a custom list or the graphical screen. The option to configure reports of the stacked data. Staking Lines, alignments and curves will also be discussed. Both Total Station and GPS staking will be reviewed.
SurvPC Esri Integration Scott Griffin – National Sales Director Back to Schedule
SurvCE and SurvPC both have the ability to record attribute information as data points are collected. The basics of this form of attribute collection is where this course begins. Once the attendees have seen how the attribute can be added to a field code then we move to the special case of SurvPC. With SurvPC the added capability of using esri as the graphics engine and recording data in esri files in addition to the standard Carlson files. Field codes can be created from esri MDX and GDB files not only speed up the configuration but also ensuring the correct data is being collected for each feature.
Precision 3D The New way to Design Bruce Carlson – President/CEO Carlson Software Back to Schedule
This course will focus on the latest design tools from Carlson Software. Working in full 3D but creating more than a pretty picture. The design engine of Carlson is also working at the same time, resulting engineered designs that are ready to be moved into your CAD platform for production of deliverable product. This new design environment follows the Carlson pattern of easy to use powerful design tools.
Office Fundamentals Rick Ellis – Cadapult Software – Author and Trainer Back to Schedule
There is a common base for Carlson modules that run with IntelliCAD or a separate AutoCAD license. It is the first seven menus and the Help and Windows Menu. This course will present a variety of often overlooked commands as users tend to jump into the commands specific to their vocation. There are many useful and time saving tools to be found in these early menus. Some of the key commands will be presented and discussed.
The Ins and Outs of Surface Modeling Concepts Ladd Nelson – Midwest Regional Sales Director Back to Schedule
Surface models are easy to create. But if they are not accurate they are of little use. In this course we discuss the best practices and some of the hidden dangers when creating surfaces. Concepts to be discussed include breaklines, data quality, non-surface entities, triangulation errors, TIN editing, on-line data sources and more.
Road Network and Lotnet Dave Sanford – Texas Regional Sales Director Back to Schedule
An introduction to the power of Carlson Road Network and Lotnet. Attendees will see how to start a Road Network, add roads and work with intersections. Lotnet will demonstrate how to get an initial lot configuration and use the tools of Lotnet to modify and adjust into a final lot layout. Combining the information will then be presented to show that a 3D surface of the project can be created and viewed.
Volumes and Profiles in Survey Gary Rosen – Canadian Sales Director Back to Schedule
Carlson Survey does not have a profile menu like Carlson Civil does. Survey does not have all the surface tools that Civil has. But Survey does have a Surface menu that includes profile tools and one and two surface volume calculation tools. This course will show the student the different ways to create profiles, edit profiles, draw and plot profiles. A review of how to calculate volumes between surfaces and an exercise in volume verification will be presented.
Field to Finish in the Office Dave Sanford – Texas Regional Sales Director Back to Schedule
This course offers the attendee an in depth look at the tools and options that allow a simple ASCII or CRD file to be transformed into a finished or near finished drawing. Included in the discussion will be Creating codes, Special codes, Assigning symbols, Scaling symbols, Adding custom symbols, and linework creation. The latest innovation for trees and pipes will also be presented for the attendees.
Design Pad Template Shane Gardner – West Coast Regional Sales Director Back to Schedule
In this course we will start at the basic pad design and then explore the more advanced options within Design Pad Template. The attendee will learn about sloped pads, Different slopes on different sides, Processing Multiple Pad Polylines and Using another surface for the Pad Interior. The various output options and how to make changes to a pad will be reviewed.
Output Sheets Gary Rosen – Canadian Sales Director Back to Schedule
Creating the output or deliverables for a project is how many of us get paid. In this course we will look at how we can use Template drawings, Model and Layout space to create various types of sheet deliverables. These sheets will include basic plats, Plan and Profiles, and sections.
Introduction to IntelliCAD Ladd Nelson – Midwest Regional Sales Director Back to Schedule
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Hydrology Sewer Networks Dave Sanford – Texas Regional Sales Director Back to Schedule
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Point Cloud Jim Reinbold – Rocky Mountain Regional Sales Director Back to Schedule
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Working with PDF and Raster Files Todd Carlson – Takeoff/Construction Product Manager Back to Schedule
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Taking “Data” from 2D to 3D Ladd Nelson – Midwest Regional Sales Director Back to Schedule
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Data Prep for Machine Control Marco Cecala Back to Schedule
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Advanced Earthworks in Takeoff Todd Carlson – Takeoff/Construction Product Manager Back to Schedule
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Material Quantities and Reports Marco Cecala Back to Schedule
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Sponsoring the Carlson 2016 User Conference are:

  • GeoMax At GeoMax we provide a comprehensive portfolio of integrated solutions by developing, manufacturing and distributing quality construction and surveying instruments and software. We address professional as well as occasional users with our easy-to-use, yet highly productive total stations, GPS/GNSS instruments, software, lasers, optical and digital levels and accessories. More information is available at www.geomax-positioning.com.
  • Hemisphere GNSS Hemisphere GNSS designs and manufactures innovative, cost-effective GNSS and complimentary products for positioning, heading, machine control, and navigation applications for use in construction, marine, survey, OEM, and other markets. The Company holds numerous patents and other intellectual property and sells globally with several leading product brands, including Crescent®, Eclipse™, and Vector™, for precise GNSS applications. Hemisphere GNSS is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA with a product development, marketing, and sales facility in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. More information is available at www.hemispheregnss.com.
  • Juniper SystemsJuniper Systems A proud partner of Carlson Software, Juniper Systems is a world-class manufacturer of rugged handheld computers in Survey and GIS markets, helping professionals increase productivity and reduce costs. With a reputation for quality and reliability, Juniper Systems’ rugged handhelds are designed to run smoothly in even the most rugged environments. More information is available at www.junipersys.com.

Overview | Registration | Lodging/Airport | Schedule of Classes | Class Descriptions | Conference Sponsors