Saturday, October 11, 2008

On My Own Again

If I needed any confirmation as to the state of the economy, it was driven home on Friday, October 3. That morning, after returning from the season's first CAD Camp event in San Francisco, I was informed that I had been laid off from my job as an applications engineer with The PPI Group, an Autodesk dealership with offices in Portland and Seattle.

So after two years as an employed person, I am once again an independent CAD consultant. Maybe I'll find more time to post here more often.

I am actively seeking new clients. I know times are tough, but that makes it all the more important that users get the most out of the tools and technologies they are using. With more than 25 years of experience, I am uniquely qualified to help ensure that success.

On the Road Again

The CAD Camp season is once again upon us. In the past week I've already taught at CAD Camp events in San Francisco and in Reno, Nevada, where I also served as master of ceremonies for the day's event, since Matt Murphy was on the east coast presiding over other events.

In the weeks to come, we've got events scheduled in Chicago, Boise, Anaheim, Portland, Calgary, and Orlando, all before we make the annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas for Autodesk University.

At upcoming CAD Camps, I'll be teaching classes on the new features in AutoCAD 2009, collaborating with AutoCAD and Autodesk Design Review, working with data and tables in AutoCAD, getting up to speed with AutoCAD's annotation scaling feature, and using Autodesk Impression. I'll also be teaching some Revit classes.

I hope to see many of you at these events.