New 3D Stringless and IDBI Classes Part of Successful
GOMACO University in Ida Grove, Iowa, experienced a very successful 2012 school season that attracted students from across the United States, Canada, South America, Europe and Asia. Overall, the number of registered students attending classes at GOMACO University in 2012 doubled from last year.
Part of the reason for the successful season was the addition of 3D stringless paving classes to the University's curriculum. GOMACO equipment has been using 3D stringless paving technology on projects around the world since its inception 13 years ago. In 2011, GOMACO created its own in-house department for 3D controls. The 3D classes, offered for the first time this year, were part of GOMACO's continuing effort to promote 3D paving and to educate end users about the system. The classes were taught by GOMACO's 3D paving specialists at our 3D headquarters in Ida Grove. Five 3D classes had to be scheduled to accommodate the number of students interested in attending.
A new dowel bar insertion (IDBI) class was also added to the 2012 GOMACO University schedule this year to help educate contractors on GOMACO's system of inserting transverse dowel bars in pavements on-the-go. GOMACO's Research and Development department custom-built an IDBI trainer for the class. The new IDBI trainer simulates the entire IDBI paving process and has a front pan and the entire dowel bar inserter section. It has been designed so owners of both the older GOMACO IDBI units, as well as the current independent IDBI attachments, can train on this one unit. Half of the machine has the older-style IDBI hardware, and one half of the machine has the current-style IDBI hardware. The trainer allows hands-on learning of every aspect of an IDBI system, including the G+ controller with touch screen. It also gave students the chance to learn about the very latest software upgrades to the system.
"It was a really good year at GOMACO University and we were happy to see the number of registered students increase so much from last year," Dennis Clausen, GOMACO University's Director of Training, said. "We hope the students learn as much from us each year as we learn from them. It was good to have them all visit our hometown of Ida Grove, Iowa, and we look forward to seeing them back again next year."
The two-track and four-track pavers classs were the most attended classes this year, followed by the 3D stringless sessions.
GOMACO University's class schedule ran from January through March this year. Each week focused on a specific piece of GOMACO equipment, and the three-day or four-day class covered everything from machine set-up to troubleshooting in both classroom lectures and actual hands-on shop time.
Each student is asked to review their class and express any comments or concerns that they may have. Below are just a few of the positive statements our students had to say about their University experience.
Two-Track and Four-Track Pavers:
Please check the GOMACO University web site this fall at www.gomaco.com/university to see the new 2013 class schedule.
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Students gather around the new IDBI trainer in the shop at the Paving Center and learn the finer points of inserting transverse dowel bars in the pavement.
GOMACO University combines classroom learning with hands-on machine experience. Above, students in the University classroom learn about the four-track Commander III.
Hands-on learning takes place in the shop. Students above work out a problem on one of the University's trainers, GUS II.
Oyu Tologoi LLC, a contractor from Mongolia, sent representatives from their company to learn about their new GP-2400 paver.
University instructor Rod Schneider presents a student with his graduation certificate at the Thursday night ceremony.
The Paving Center's classroom is where students learn about the larger equipment.
Students learn the skills necessary to set up a total station in the 3D Stringless class.