An advanced grade control systems class and machine control file conversion study
The writer worked with representatives from Iowa State University, McAninch Corporation, Ziegler Caterpillar, and other organizations to develop advanced grade control classes at Iowa State University. Since these classes were the first known offerings of their kind, qualitative interviews were conducted to identify appropriate course curricula, educational outcomes, educational objectives, homework assignments, reading assignments, and quizzes. Educational outcomes and objectives were generated to expedite the process of becoming an advanced grade control specialist. These outcomes and objectives were helpful when determining course material, topics, and structure. Qualitative and quantitative surveys were administered after each course to evaluate course success and determine areas for improvement in future offerings. Furthermore, recommendations were developed for including advanced grade control in existing undergraduate courses. In addition, it was recognized that little academic information exists relating to file conversion for advanced grade control. As a result, a discussion of file conversion is included to enhance the reader's understanding of this process. Attributes of various design files are discussed to help employees better anticipate time requirements for file conversion and help designers realize the benefits of sharing electronic files. To further increase comprehension, the reader is lead through a file conversion case study on a site development project in Iowa.