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Donnie Gladfelter is a highly visible and respected thought leader in the CAD community. He is well-known for his CAD Geek blog (, as author of the book AutoCAD 2011 and AutoCAD LT 2011: No Experience Required, and is a popular speaker at Autodesk University and other industry events. He has worked with the development team at Autodesk to help shape future versions of AutoCAD, and the company has featured him in numerous video interviews, including their popular “Ask the Expert” series. Donnie also helps empower CAD professionals by providing training and services to companies around the world, and is a member of the Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) Board of Directors.

Summary of Experience

A proven communicator, Donnie has reached thousands of people worldwide through many publications and various public speaking engagements. As a popular Autodesk University speaker, Donnie presented three sessions and assisted another at Autodesk University 2009.  Donnie was also featured in many on-camera interviews, including an appearance on the popular In To Tomorrow show with Dave Graveline. In addition to such speaking engagements which have ranged in size, up to 60,000 people, Donnie is also known for his many published works.

Donnie is author of the book and Autodesk Official Training Guide titled AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT: No Experience Required due to bookstores in June 2010. Other published works include his many articles for the popular AUGIWorld magazine. Donnie’s evangelistic nature is further illustrated by the many topics he covers on the popular The CAD Geek Blog. Welcoming thousands of CAD professionals each month, his blog has been recognized as a leader by the industry. In February 2009 and March 2010 Donnie was among a small group of bloggers invited to San Francisco, CA by Autodesk for the AutoCAD 2010 and AutoCAD 2011 launch events.

Donnie’s professional reputation has been founded on both integrity and loyalty. These ideals have been achieved by subscribing to a simple, but effective personal mantra to “empower CAD professionals”. With an unwavering commitment to his craft, Donnie continues to embody this mantra by empowering the next generation of architecture and engineering professionals as a trainer and consultant to firms nationwide. In that role he hosts classroom style training sessions, and helps reinforce that training with subsequent mentoring sessions.

Prior to becoming a consultant and trainer, Donnie was the Design Systems Specialist (Assistant CAD Manager) for a multi-disciplinary civil engineering firm headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. An ENR 500 firm, they employed more than 350 people in nine offices throughout the Mid-Atlantic. During his near six-year tenure there, Donnie was jointly responsible for providing the technical support and training provided to each of their CAD professionals. In that role he was also responsible for the development of a collaborative Civil 3D BIM workflow used for a wide-range of projects within the firm.

Donnie Gladfelter lives in Richmond, Virginia where he and his fiancée Helen can oftentimes be found visiting regional historical sites, taking photographic excursions, attending a diverse selection of concerts, and skiing/snowboarding. Among some of their recent excursions includes visiting the Usonian Pope-Leighey House by world renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Donnie is also an Eagle Scout, and Vigil Honor member in the Order of the Arrow (Scouting’s National Honor Society).


Below you can find a summary of Donnie’s published works:

AutoCAD 2011 and AutoCAD LT 2011: No Experience Required

AutoCAD 2011 and AutoCAD LT 2011: No Experience Required
Autodesk Official Training Guide published by Wiley/Sybex


March / April 2007

Linear Quantities Made Quick


May / June 2007

First Look: AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008


July / August 2007

Thematic Mapping for Engineers


September / October 2007

Finding the 3D in Map 3D: Surface Visualization


November / December 2007

Google Earth: Now Showing in AutoCAD Civil 3D


January / February 2008

Civil 3D Parcels for the Land Desktop User


November / December 2008

Today and Tomorrow for Civil Engineers


January / February 2009

Civil 3D Data Shortcuts: How to save your RAM and your DWG

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