Welcome To The 2018 Season At GOMACO University

Join us for a new year of classes which will help you prepare for the upcoming busy concrete construction season. Download or view a PDF of the schedule here.


On this page you will find:

Classes available in 2018

GOMACO University information & policies

Hotel accommodations

Weekly schedule

GOMACO University personnel


What's New at GOMACO University For 2018

GOMACO University is offering classes covering maintenance and diagnostics on the GOMACO G21, G22, and G+® control systems for both pavers and curb and gutter machines. GOMACO University will be offering a wide variety of classes for 3D machine guidance systems to help you understand the software, and how to set up the equipment in order to pave smoothly without stringline.


Dr. Michael Ayers, who is well known in the industry for his knowledge of concrete mixes, will be at the University this year and will be devoting his time to teaching two different classes on concrete mix designs with the University students. Concrete Mix Design 1 will cover the basics of concrete mix design and as time allows, move into advanced topics including cement types and application, aggregates, admixtures, optimizing the mix, and troubleshooting. Concrete Mix Design 2 will be a brief review of concrete mix design and paving issues, and then will move onto achieving specified values for strength and durability and an overview of basic concrete field and lab test procedures.


GUS I, the GOMACO University Simulator, features interchangeable controls and GBoxes. The controls can be switched between the G22 and G+ control systems in order to properly train students on the controls currently being used in the field. GBoxes are provided on each leg to accommodate improved steering and grade with G+ controls. The GBox features a new location for the slave controller and proportional valves, reduces hose and wiring needs, eases serviceability and troubleshooting, and provides easy access with a horizontal swing door at ground level.




2018 GOMACO University Class Schedule


January

January 9-12
Two-Track & Four-Track Pavers G21/G22
University
The course will cover controls, setup, operation, optional attachments (excluding the IDBI), paving to profilograph specifications, maintenance, and diagnostics on pavers equipped with G21/G22 controls.










January 9-12
IDBI
Paving Center
The course will cover controls, setup, operation, maintenance, and diagnostics.










January 16-19
GT-3600 G+
University
The course will cover controls, setup, operation, maintenance, and diagnostics for the GT-3600 equipped with G+ controls.










January 16-19
GOMACO Leica Geosystems' PaveSmart (Paver/Trimmer)
Paving Center
The course will cover use of Leica Geosystems' PaveSmart 3D software for concrete slipform paving. Includes software setup, maintenance, and operation along with use on placer/spreaders and curb and gutter. The course will also cover the Leica Geosystems' handheld rover with VIVA software. Basic grade checking, stakeout, volumes and areas, data import and export will be covered. Diagnostics will conclude the course.










January 23-26
GT-3600 G21/G22
University
The course will cover controls, setup and operation, maintenance, and diagnostics for the GT-3600 equipped with G21/G22 controls.










January 23-26
Trimmers
Paving Center
The course will cover controls, setup, operation, maintenance, and diagnostics.










January 29-30
Concrete Mix Design 1 (2-Day)
Paving Center
This two-day class will focus on the basics of concrete mix design as well as more advanced topics including cement types and application, aggregates, admixtures and optimizing the mix for paving applications. Troubleshooting will look at material incompatibility issues, edge slump, bugholes and other mix related issues and how the mix affects rideability. The session will be taught by Dr. Michael Ayers, who is well known in the industry for his knowledge of concrete mixes


January 31 - February 2
Concrete Mix Design 2 (2-Day)
Paving Center
This two-day class will begin with a brief review of concrete mix design and paving issues related to the concrete mix. The course will then focus on achieving specified values for strength and durability and an overview of basic concrete field and lab test procedures. More advanced test procedures that will likely be included as part of upcoming changes in specifications including maturity, chloride resistivity, calorimetry and numerous others will be covered concrete mixes. The session will be taught by Dr. Michael Ayers, who is well known in the industry for his knowledge of concrete mixes.


January 30 - February 2
Three-Track Commander III G+
University
The course will cover controls, setup, operation, maintenance, and diagnostics of the three-track Commander III equipped with G+ controls.



February

February 6-9
Four-Track Commander III G+
University
The course will cover controls, setup, operation, paving to profilograph specifications, maintenance, and diagnostics of the four-track Commander III equipped with G+ controls.










February 6-9
C-450
Paving Center
The course will cover controls, setup, operation, maintenance, and diagnostics.










February 13-16
Xtreme: 3300; GT-3600; Commander III G+
University
The course will cover G+ controls, setup, operation, maintenance, and diagnostics of the 3300, GT-3600, and Commander III equipped with slew drive steering.










February 13-16
Two-Track & Four-Track Pavers G+
Paving Center
The course will cover controls, setup, operation, optional attachments (excluding the IDBI), paving to profilograph specifications, maintenance, and diagnostics on pavers equipped with G+ controls.










February 20-23
Four-Track Commander III G21/G22
University
The course will cover controls, setup, operation, paving to profilograph specifications, maintenance, and diagnostics of the four-track Commander III equipped with G21/G22 controls.










February 20-23
GOMACO Leica Geosystems' PaveSmart (Curb & Gutter)
Paving Center
The course will cover use of Leica Geosystems' PaveSmart 3D software for concrete slipform paving. Includes software setup, maintenance, and operation along with use on placer/spreaders and curb and gutter. The course will also cover the Leica Geosystems' handheld rover with VIVA software. Basic grade checking, stakeout, volumes and areas, data import and export will be covered. Diagnostics will conclude the course.










February 27 - March 2
GT-3600 G+
University
The course will cover controls, setup, operation, maintenance, and diagnostics for the GT-3600 equipped with G+ controls.


February 27 - March 2
Two-Track & Four-Track Pavers G+
Paving Center
The course will cover controls, setup, operation, optional attachments (excluding the IDBI), paving to profilograph specifications, maintenance, and diagnostics on pavers equipped with G+ controls.



March

March 6-9
Three-Track Commander III G+
University
The course will cover controls, setup, operation, maintenance, and diagnostics of the three-track Commander III equipped with G+ controls.










March 6-9
Two-Track & Four-Track Pavers G21/G22
Paving Center
The course will cover controls, setup, operation, optional attachments (excluding the IDBI), paving to profilograph specifications, maintenance, and diagnostics on pavers equipped with G21/G22 controls.










March 12-13
Concrete Mix Design 1 (2-Day)
University
This two-day class will focus on the basics of concrete mix design as well as more advanced topics including cement types and application, aggregates, admixtures and optimizing the mix for paving applications. Troubleshooting will look at material incompatibility issues, edge slump, bugholes and other mix related issues and how the mix affects rideability. The session will be taught by Dr. Michael Ayers, who is well known in the industry for his knowledge of concrete mixes


March 14-16
Concrete Mix Design 2 (2-Day)
University
This two-day class will begin with a brief review of concrete mix design and paving issues related to the concrete mix. The course will then focus on achieving specified values for strength and durability and an overview of basic concrete field and lab test procedures. More advanced test procedures that will likely be included as part of upcoming changes in specifications including maturity, chloride resistivity, calorimetry and numerous others will be covered concrete mixes. The session will be taught by Dr. Michael Ayers, who is well known in the industry for his knowledge of concrete mixes.










March 13-16
Three-Track Commander III G21/G22
University
The course will cover controls, setup, operation, maintenance, and diagnostics of the three-track Commander III equipped with G21/G22 controls.










March 13-16
GOMACO Trimble (Curb & Gutter)
Paving Center

The course will cover the use of Trimble's PCS900 software for concrete slipform paving. Includes machine setup and operation as well as the use of Trimble's data collection software. Diagnostics will conclude the course.











March 20-23
Three-Track Commander III G+
University
The course will cover controls, setup, operation, maintenance, and diagnostics of the three-track Commander III equipped with G+ controls.










March 20-23
GOMACO Leica Geosystems' PaveSmart (Paver/Trimmer)
Paving Center
The course will cover use of Leica Geosystems' PaveSmart 3D software for concrete slipform paving. Includes software setup, maintenance, and operation along with use on placer/spreaders and curb and gutter. The course will also cover the Leica Geosystems' handheld rover with VIVA software. Basic grade checking, stakeout, volumes and areas, data import and export will be covered. Diagnostics will conclude the course.










March 27-20
GT-3600 G+
University
The course will cover controls, setup, operation, maintenance, and diagnostics for the GT-3600 equipped with G+ controls.










March 27-30
Two-Track & Four-Track Pavers G+
Paving Center
The course will cover controls, setup, operation, optional attachments (excluding the IDBI), paving to profilograph specifications, maintenance, and diagnostics on pavers equipped with G+ controls.



April

April 3-6
Trimmers
University
The course will cover controls, setup, operation, maintenance, and diagnostics.










April 3-6
GOMACO Trimble (Paver)
Paving Center

The course will cover the use of Trimble's PCS900 software for concrete slipform paving. Includes machine setup and operation as well as the use of Trimble's data collection software. Diagnostics will conclude the course.



April 10-13
Xtreme: 3300; GT-3600; Commander III G+
University
The course will cover G+ controls, setup, operation, maintenance, and diagnostics of the 3300, GT-3600, and Commander III equipped with slew drive steering.


April 10-13
GOMACO Topcon
Paving Center
The course will cover the use of Topcon’s mmGPS solution for concrete curb and gutter paving. Includes machine operation as well as data collection/grade verification. Diagnostics will conclude the course.


April 17-20
GOMACO Topcon
Paving Center
The course will cover the use of Topcon's mmGPS solution for concrete curb and gutter paving. Includes machine operation as well as data collection/grade verification. Diagnostics will conclude the course.


Note: Additional classes will be scheduled as required.

Although classes are designed for machines equipped with the G21, G22, and G+® control systems, issues and questions concerning other control systems will be addressed as required.





GOMACO University Information & Policies

Registration

GOMACO provides quality training in a friendly environment at a reasonable price. The registration fee includes all class materials, all noon lunches, and the Thursday evening dinner. Each class will be a fee of $500. To guarantee your space, the registration form and registration fee must be received at least 14 days prior to the start of the class.

To register using this web site, click here or download the PDF to register by mail. For additional information, contact Shari Simmons at gomacou@gomaco.com or by calling 1-800-831-2320 or 1-712-364-4781.



Cancellation Policy

GOMACO will make every effort to conduct the training sessions as scheduled. The minimum class size is eight attendees and the maximum class size will be limited. In the event of a class being cancelled by GOMACO, a notice of at least two weeks will be given. The full registration fee for those who are registered will be returned. Please note that GOMACO assumes no responsibility for transportation charges incurred relative to cancelled or changed classes. In the event a student must cancel, the registration fee will be refunded in full if notice is received at least two weeks prior to the starting date of the requested session. If less than two weeks notice is given, a 60% cancellation fee may be applied. If a student fails to attend, with no notice given, the registration fee is forfeited. Your company may substitute a student up to the starting date of the class.



Transportation

Attendees must provide their own transportation to and from Ida Grove and any additional living expenses while here. For those who must fly in, GOMACO recommends flying into Omaha, Nebraska (approximately 100 miles from Ida Grove), and renting a car. You can also fly into Sioux City, Iowa (approximately 55 miles from Ida Grove), however air service is limited. As a note, the individual renting the car must be 25 years of age and have a credit card with their name on it.

Click here for maps to navigate western Iowa or Ida Grove.



Attendance Policy

Your commitment to attending should be important not only to you, but also to your employer and your fellow attendees. All classes run through 4:30 p.m. each of the scheduled days. You are required to attend all sessions of the class. If you miss any portion of the class sessions, for whatever reason, it may result in forfeiture of your “Certificate of Achievement.”



Recognition Policy

GOMACO recognizes the importance of being properly trained to do a quality job. We therefore recognize individuals who have attended GOMACO University at least five different years. Upon achieving five years of attendance, the individual is presented with a GU letter jacket with each year of attendance noted on it. For each additional year of attendance, the new year is added to the jacket. All attendees who have their GU jacket are encouraged to bring it with them so that the current year can be added.





Area Lodging Arrangements

GOMACO suggests making your own motel reservations, but will assist if necessary. Direct company billing arrangements must be made with the motel in advance.


Suggested Motel Accommodations








Ida Grove Community Rec Center

The Ida Grove Community Rec Center is located at 311 Barnes Street, right between the BCIG Elementary School and the Ida Grove Swimming Pool. The Rec Center's phone number is 712-364-3716. The facility has racquetball & basketball courts, a swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, weight room, golf room with an interactive golf simulator, and much more. The daily admission fee is $6. Their web site address is www.idagroverec.org.







GOMACO University Weekly Schedule

From 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday, students attend classes at one of the two GOMACO University facilities. A catered meal is provided from noon to 1 p.m. (included in the registration fee).

Graduation is Thursday night. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. with Slipform Sam's Happy Hour, and a prime rib dinner and graduation ceremony is at 7 p.m.

Tours of the GOMACO Corporation facilities are available from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday.



GOMACO University can be reached by calling 800-831-2320, faxing 712.364.4359 or e-mailing gomacou@gomaco.com.







GOMACO University Personnel

Dennis Clausen
Director of Training

Rod Schneider
Training Coordinator

Shari Simmons
Parts Publications Manager

Doug Comstock
Technical Publications Coordinator