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Brian Benton

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CAD Designer/Drafter/GIS Operator/Writer/Supervisor/Author PROFILE: Dynamic 17+ year career spanning a wide variety of design genres featuring extensive experience in the latest CAD and other Design Documenting software and practices. Several years experience designing in the Mechanical, Structural, Marine, Environmental, and Civil Engineering fields. A published author and columnist with proven abilities to communicate well, lead, and learn. EXPERIENCE SUMMARY Published Author - Design/Drafting/Layout - GIS Operator - 3D Modeling - Rendering - Standards Supervision/Management - Project Management - Technical Writing - Teaching/Training IT Management/Support - Technical Support - CAD Support - Digital Design Illustrations EDUCATION 2008 A.S. Design Drafting - Edison State College, Fort Myers, FL Specialty in Civil/Survey, Deans List, Graduated with Honors 1992 Calumet High School, Calumet Township, IN Graduated National Honor Society, Top ten percent of graduating class Chosen for Who’s Who among American H.S. Students SPECIALIZED TRAINING GIS Operations, Surveying (in office and in field), Drafting (2D and 3D), Design, CAD SOFTWARE SKILLS AutoCAD, Autodesk Impression, VIZ, Civil3D, M-Color, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, MS Outlook, MS Publisher, MS One Note, Open Office, ESRI, Map Info, Google Docs, Google Apps, Google Earth, Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, Dream Weaver, Corel Draw and more. AFFILIATIONS AUGI (Autodesk Users Group International) Contributing Author, Monthly Newsletter Column, Online Instructor, International Coordinator, Member ADDA (American Design Drafting Association) - Member SWFAP (South West Florida AutoCAD Professionals) Member Ellen Finkelstein (Author) Assisted in updating her book, AutoCAD & AutoCAD LT Bible Autodesk (Software Developer) Member of Alpha and Beta Testing Team, Created AutoCAD 2010 Templates, Dynamic Blocks, and Example Drawings that ship with the software COMMUNITY SERVICE Turtle Time, Inc. Fort Myers Beach Library Building Committee Fort Myers Beach Youth Soccer Club AUTHOR Author AutoCAD Training Video Series “AutoCAD 2010 Fundamentals”, “AutoCAD 2011 Fundamentals”, and “Advanced AutoCAD 2011” (AutoCAD 2012 titles available summer 2011) REFERENCES Available upon request. PROFESIONAL EXPERIENCE: 12/08-Present CADALYST MAGAZINE Tip Patroller for “Tips and Tricks Weekly” Newsletter. Review, test and write about reader issued tips covering CAD. Was a member of the team that developed Cadalyst’s online CAD Tips Wiki. Contributing Writer. 3/09-Present TURRELL, HALL & ASSOCIATES, INC. Naples, FL CAD/IT Manager & GIS Operator. Managed CAD Users, software, and standards. Managed Server, workstations, software, and all IT assets. Marina design, single family dock design and permitting. Construction drawings. Environmental impact maps. 8/03-8/08 HEIDT & ASSOCIATES, INC. Fort Myers, FL Senior Engineering Cad Technician/Designer. Civil/Survey drafting & design, details and layout work. Wastewater, potable water main, drainage layout and road design primarily for residential developments and some commercial projects. Site, parking and road grading. Site planning and development. Record drawing coordination and management with municipalities, contractors, and survey crews. Survey checking, drafting and field work. GIS map and database development. Developed CAD standards manual for office and assisted in developing Company Wide Standards. Supervised Engineering CAD Department, trained all CAD users in latest techniques and practices. IT support, maintenance, and management. Chosen as Employee of the Year for 2005. 3/01-8/03 ENSPECT, INC. Merrillville, IN Structural inspector- primarily for the industrial services. Structural design, layout, drafting, and detailing. Completed inspection reports and recommendations that included existing conditions, needed repairs, and material specifications. Lead drafting/layout team on several new construction projects including libraries, church buildings, and baseball stadiums. Major involvement in Blast furnace repair project after an explosion at a local steel mill. Conducted inspections, drawings, repair reports and recommendations all done on site. 3/00-1/01 B & H TECHNICAL SERVICES Merrillville, IN Application Engineer: Demonstrated/installed plotter/printer software and hardware to customers and provided technical support and implamentation. 6/95-3/00 STAMPER ENGINEERING ASSOCIATES, INC. Merrillville, IN Mechanical Design/Layout/Detail, Structural/Civil Layouts using AutoCAD. Conducted Project Proposals and estimates. Interfaced directly with clients. Was the lead designer that developed a coater using an injection-roller application. Extensive design and layout work on blast furnace realignment apparatus projects. Customized CAD systems. Maintained CAD manual, standards, workstations, plotters, and network system. 11/93-6/95 MECA ENG. & ESPO ENGINEERING East Chicago, IN Contracted to Union Tank Car Company through the companies listed. Mechanical drafting using Intergraph and Microstation. Converted hand drawn drawings to digital format. Organized basic parts drawings into a library system. Was on a development team designing new safety relief valves. Created template files for standard products.

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