Goodfellow Bros.’ “GPS Bootcamp 2022” a Resounding Success!

GPS Bootcamp 2022

GBI’s Big Island Region recently coordinated and executed “GPS Bootcamp 2022” – a 3-day training course for all grade setters, machine operators and mechanics.  The bootcamp was hosted by GBI’s industry professionals along with technical experts from Trimble and SiTech Hawaii. All staff were asked to take part, affirming Goodfellow Bros.’ commitment to invest in employee development and cutting-edge technology as we strive to be the contractor of choice.

The training focused on three primary areas of GPS equipment use and maintenance: grade setter training on Siteworks, machine operator training on Earthworks, and mechanic training on GPS equipment configuration, troubleshooting, and repair. Class topics were organized to address fundamental concepts and best practices first, and then progress on to more advanced functions and features, with plenty of room in the schedule for participant questions and discussion.

The grade setter classes covered general GPS principles, satellite constellations, site calibration, and potential causes of satellite and radio signal interference. The classes then progressed through hands-on training in Siteworks for base station setup, site calibration, and topo collection. Instruction concluded with training in attendee-requested specific field scenarios, like creating slope offsets and performing advanced stakeout functions.

Machine operators were introduced to and familiarized with the basics of the Earthworks system and how to operate specific machines in concert with the GPS models and guidance. Subsequent instruction covered more advanced features, and as with the grade setters, ample time was reserved for question-and-answer sessions and hands-on training.

The grade setter classes covered general GPS principles, satellite constellations, site calibration, and potential causes of satellite and radio signal interference. The classes then progressed through hands-on training in Siteworks for base station setup, site calibration, and topo collection. Instruction concluded with training in attendee-requested specific field scenarios, like creating slope offsets and performing advanced stakeout functions.

Lastly, the mechanics’ classes covered machine wiring, sensors, and kit integration into specific machine systems as well as troubleshooting on-screen error reporting, electrical faults, and how to diagnose and repair physical connections.

Regardless of their experience level, all attendees gained valuable knowledge, ranging from a simple refresher on the basics to executing more advanced techniques on their specific equipment.

“The class was super cool and helpful. The instructors took the time to answer all our questions and walk you through the process. It really made me appreciate how good the technology is and that our company is willing to provide us with the best equipment and technology available. I really liked learning how to build a surface for things that aren’t in the model, like laydown yards and creating tie-in slopes,” said 7-year Operator, Dishon Cho.

 

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