Summer and Fall 2021 Highlights of The CAD Geek

For my friends in the United States, I hope you and your family had an outstanding Thanksgiving. For those who this was just another week, hello again. It’s been a while. To be more precise, it’s been over six months since we last connected.

So what’s been going on in that time? As you can probably imagine, the most straightforward answer to that question is – quite a bit.

Working on getting back into the swing of blogging on a more regular basis, much of what’s happened in the last several months deserves its own post. I’ll get to those in due time, but in the meantime, I wanted to catch you up on some highlights.

Autodesk University

The last time we caught up, I had recently submitted several proposals for Autodesk University 2021. Of those proposals, my “AutoCAD Tips, Tricks, and the Most Dependable Drafting Techniques” proposal was accepted.

Continuing my run as an Autodesk University for a fifteenth consecutive year, I presented that class during the conference in October. Although we were still virtual this year, the feedback and connections I made during the conference and my presentation didn’t disappoint.

I’ll talk more about Autodesk University in an upcoming post. In the meantime, if you haven’t already, be sure to check out my class on the Autodesk University website.

Contributing Author for the Official AutoCAD Blog

Although I’ve not published any new posts here on The CAD Geek since April, that doesn’t mean I haven’t published any new posts anywhere. In fact, I’ve taken on a new project as a contributing author for the Official AutoCAD Blog. As part of that project, I’ve published five new posts there, with several more on the way!

I look forward to expanding upon some of the ideas shared in those posts both here and on the Official AutoCAD Blog in the coming months. Of course, if you’d like to catch up on all I’ve shared on the Official AutoCAD Blog, here’s a list of my recently published articles:

Training the Timmons Group Team

Finally, beyond everything outlined above, what’s kept me most busy is helping the Timmons Group team be better through a myriad of learning and development initiatives. In the last year, we’ve added hundreds of new people to our team, and a big part of my role is to implement and manage the learning and development programs that help ensure their success.

We’ve both implemented new programs and built upon many existing programs in the last year to achieve that. Among those programs was the extensive training series we hosted over the summer, the in-person (Zoom) and on-demand version of our Civil 3D Fundamentals course, and elevating our onboarding program with a blend of coaching, live training, on-demand training, and more.

Suffice to say; it’s been as challenging as it’s been exciting at the office this year. With the number of new projects coming in the door, it seems we’ll likely add as many new people to our team in 2022 as we have in 2021.

Nonetheless, stay tuned over the coming weeks as I expand upon several of the highlights shared in this post. In the meantime, as we venture into the holiday season, may you remain safe and make magical memories with your family this year!

Donnie Gladfelter
Donnie Gladfelter

Donnie is author of the book and Autodesk Official Press, AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT: No Experience Required, a columnist for AUGIWorld Magazine, Autodesk University speaker, and former member of the AUGI Board of Directors.


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