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Autodesk University 2018

BES195615 - Drawing from Experience: 4 CAD Managers with More than 100 Years of Combined Experience Tell All

Session Description

This panel is back with a new list of topics to discuss. Learn from the experiences of this panel of diverse CAD managers who are widely respected as leaders in their field. Hear their unique perspectives and solutions to challenges faced by CAD managers from organizations of all sizes and backgrounds. Topics include understanding CAD standards, keeping up with rapidly changing technology, managing users, communicating with management and other nontechnical people, budgeting, and much more. There will also be time for questions and answers when you can ask these experts the questions you’ve always wanted answered. Bring your questions and get answers from 4 CAD managers who have been there and done that.

Additional Information
Understand how others have successfully implemented CAD standards
Learn how to communicate better with management and other nontechnical people
Learn about keeping your skill set sharp, and keeping up with rapidly changing technology
Learn how to work with budgeting and senior management to get what you need for your department
Not Applicable
General Industry Learning
CAD Management and IT
CAD Manager, BIM/VDC Manager, Technology Manager, IT Manager, Executive/Corporate Manager
CAD Managers and users with CAD management responsibilities
Thought leadership and innovation
Technology Management
Collaboration, CAD Management, BIM, IT
AIA Approved
1 hour
Session Speakers
  • Rick Ellis - President, Cadapult Software Solutions, Inc

    Rick Ellis is the President of CADapult Software Solutions, Inc., where he provides training and consulting services to clients around the country, helping them get the most out of their design software investment. Rick specializes in AutoCAD® Civil 3D®, AutoCAD® Map 3D, Autodesk® InfraWorks™, AutoCAD® Raster Design, and AutoCAD®. He is a member of the Autodesk Developer Network, and author of several critically acclaimed books on AutoCAD Civil 3D, and AutoCAD Map 3D; including the Practical Guide series. Rick continues to use AutoCAD Civil 3D on projects in a production environment, in addition to teaching classes to organizations both large and small around the country. This practical background and approach has made him a sought after instructor by organizations around the world.

  • R.K. McSwain - CAD Manager, LJA Engineering

    R.K has worked in the Civil Engineering/Survey field for over 20 years and currently serves as CAD Manager for a leading Civil Engineering firm based in Texas. R.K. has over 20 years’ experience in application development and training classes for various CAD applications. R.K. created CAD Panacea ( in 2005 as a resource for CAD users all over the world. He is a member of the Autodesk Expert Elite and multiple Autodesk Customer Councils.

  • Kate Morrical - Digital Design Manager, Silman

    Silman is a structural engineering firm with offices in New York, Boston, and Washington, DC. As the Digital Design Manager, Kate Morrical is responsible for coordinating procedures and standards for software used in the design process, whether CAD, BIM, or design/analysis programs. Before rejoining Silman in 2012 (where she also worked from 2003 to 2008), Kate was a Technical Marketing Manager for Autodesk, Inc. There, she worked on the AutoCAD software family of products, specifically AutoCAD LT software. She has over 15 years' experience with Autodesk products, currently serves as President of the AUGI Board of Directors, and has presented at numerous technical events, including Revit DC, BILT North America, Midwest University, and several Autodesk University conferences.

  • Sam Lucido - CAD Services Manager and Civil Designer, Haley & Aldrich, Inc.

    I am a CAD Services Manager and Civil Designer with Haley & Aldrich, Inc. I have 25+ years of experience in computer-aided design and drafting, CAD standards, Customization, and Training Programs using Autodesk software. I present workshops on CAD productivity to managers and users while providing support on architectural, civil, mechanical, and structural design projects. I have authored 10 articles in AUGIWorld Magazine and have been a top rated speaker at Autodesk University for the past 5 years. I am the owner and operator of, and Expert Elite Member, and professionally certified in Autodesk AutoCAD.

  • Curt Moreno - IT Manager, Kung Fu Drafter

    Curt Moreno is the owner and editor of Kung Fu Drafter, a blog that is CAD-centric and geek peripheral. He is an active freelance content creator for clients such as the Autodesk, Inc.; Hewlett-Packard; and other corporations, large and small. He is also a member of the board of directors for Autodesk User Group International (AUGI), and he’s an award-winning Autodesk University speaker. He has written and spoken on topics revolving around the CAD profession, management issues, presentation topics, and customer relations for the past 8 years, and he hopes to broaden his reach. Moreno currently lives in Houston where he is the IT Manager for a Texas-based engineering firm. He is a public speaker and trainer and enjoys spending time with his dogs. Visit his blog at, follow him on Twitter at @WKFD, or search for him on Google+.

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