Workshop Program: Practical CAD Management for Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers


This is a 7 hour workshop that teaches practical CAD management to land surveyors and civil engineers. It is split into a 3 hour morning session and a 3 hour afternoon session.

Morning Session

In the morning session Landon will provide an overview of CAD management. He will explain how “practical” CAD management is different from other types of CAD management and will describe its benefits. He will look at the reasons why CAD management is often neglected in land surveying and civil engineering organizations. He will then examine the aspects of practical CAD management and show how they can reduce costs when properly implemented. The workshop will be concluded with a brief look at the human capital management issues related to CAD management. This will include on how to find a good CAD manager inside your organization.

Afternoon Session

During the afternoon session, Landon will dive into the technical parts of practical CAD management. This will include showing the audience a step-by-step method for the development of individual CAD standards. He will also discuss tools and best practices for managing CAD libraries and drawing metadata. A discussion of how CAD standards implementation and monitoring will conclude the workshop.

What You Will Learn

Morning Session

  1.  The benefits of practical CAD management.
  2. The reasons CAD management is often neglected in land surveying and civil engineering organizations.
  3. The aspects of practical CAD Management.
  4. How to find a good CAD manager inside your organization.
  5. Three (3) opportunities for cost reduction from practical CAD management.

Afternoon Session

  1. The 4 parts of a practical CAD standard.
  2. The 3 main parts of a CAD standard system.
  3. A step-by-step method for developing practical CAD standards.
  4. Best practices for managing CAD libraries.
  5. Best practices for managing CAD metadata.
  6. Using folder/file audits as a CAD management tool.

Teacher Bio

Landon has been a regular CAD user for almost 2 decades. He works with AutoCAD Civil 3D and AutoCAD Raster Design on a daily basis. Landon works at the Mapping Department Manager for Hawkins and Associates Engineering. In this role he supervises the drafting of many survey work products. These work products include boundary survey maps, land subidivision maps, land planning exhibits, topographic surveys and land description plats. He has also designed (and implemented) CAD standards for several land surveying and civil engineering organizations.

Landon also customizes AutoCAD using the AutoLISP, Visual LISP and C# programming languages. He develops open source tools to assist land surveyors with drafting tasks. His open source tools also make it easier to move data between CAD and GIS. Landon is an advocate of open source software, open hardware, and open technology standards.

Landon creates maps, drawings, and 3D models in other software. This includes Trimble SketchUp, Trimble SketchUp Layout, BricsCAD, and Inkscape.

Landon Blake Business Portrait

Workshop Outline

Morning Session

  1. Why is CAD management frequently neglected?
  2. What is Practical CAD Management?
  3. What are the benefits of Practical CAD Management?
  4. The Aspects of Practical CAD Management
  5. How to Find a Good CAD Manager Inside Your Organization
  6. Three Opportunities for Cost Reduction Using Practical CAD Management

Afternoon Session

  1. The Four Parts of a Practical CAD Standard
  2. The 3 Main Parts of a Practical CAD Standard System
  3. A Step-By-Step Method for Developing CAD Standards
  4. Best Practices for Managing CAD Libraries
  5. Best Practices for Managing CAD Metadata
  6. Monitoring CAD Standard Performance

Workshop Questions

The workshop will answer these questions:

  1. Why is CAD management frequently neglected?
  2. How is practical CAD management different from the typical CAD management systems?
  3. How can a practical CAD management system save you money?
  4. How can you find a good CAD manager inside of your organization?
  5. What are the parts of a practical CAD standard?
  6. How do you develop practical cad standards for your organization>
  7. How can you manage CAD libraries?
  8. Do you need metadata about your CAD files?
  9. How do you manage CAD metadata?
  10. What are the common pain points in your CAD workflows?
  11. How do you use a drawing audit as part of your QA/QC process?
  12. What role does the folder/file audit play in your CAD management system?

Workshop Exercises

The workshop will include the following exercises:

Morning Session

  1. Identifying Areas of CAD Management Neglect In Your Organization
  2. Defining a CAD Manager Role
  3. Putting a Dollar Value on Cost Savings From Practical CAD Management

Afternoon Session

  1. Developing a Practical CAD Standard (Flood Risk Management Example)
  2. Developing a Practical CAD Standard (ROW Management Example)
  3. Developing a Simple CAD Library Management Plan
  4. Creating a Simple Drawing Metadata System

Workshop Links

  1. BricsCAD
  2. SurveyOS Right-of-Way Management Layer Standards
  3. SurveyOS Drawing Metadata Standards
  4. Redefined Horizons CAD Management Group

Price for the Morning Session

The morning session of this workshop is free. However, audience members attending the morning session are asked to make a donation to the Terry Hayden Memorial Scholarship. The minimum suggested donation amount is $49. Please register for the workshop first, and then make your donation on the Terry Hayden Memorial Scholarship using our form. You must register online to attend the morning session. This allows us to e-mail you information for the workshop and to ensure we have enough bandwidth for everyone to stream the program.

Price for the Afternoon Session

The cost to attend the afternoon session of the workshop is $149. This price includes an attendance certificate. It also gives you the option to have us help track your professional development hours. Register for the workshop using our simple form, and you will be e-mailed a link to pay for the workshop fee. If you would like to be mailed an invoice instead of paying the workshop fee online with a credit card, send Landon an e-mail. We can prepare and mail you an invoice. (The invoice must be paid 1 week before the date of the workshop.)

Professional Development Hours

You should be able to count 3 hours of professional development for the morning session of the workshop and 4 hours for the afternoon session of the workshop. This is a total of 7 hours for both sessions. (Please check with your licensing board or certifying authority on the eligibility of this workshop for your specific continuting education requirements.) If you attend both sessions and pay for the afternoon session, we will send you an attendance certificate for both the morning and afternoon session.

Date, Time and Location

This workshop will be taught as an online webinar on Friday, December 13th, 2016. The morning session starts at 8:30. The afternoon session starts at 1:00.

The workshop is presented in high-quality pre-recorded HD video. Landon will be on hand during the webinar to answer questions submitted during the video presentation. Questions and answers will be posted online and updated throughout the presentation. The videos will be available for viewing online the Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday following the Friday workshop.

If the ability to submit questions and feedback to Landon during the Friday presentation isn’t important to you, the workshop videos can be viewed anytime during the 5-day window. You are welcome to watch the workshop videos multiple times during the 5-day window.

Take This Training As An Online Course

This training is offered as an online course for individuals and groups. Certification of course completion is available. If you would like to take this training as an online course, or would like us to offer an online course to your team, please reach out to Landon Blake by e-mail.

Customize This Training For Your Organization

Redefined Horizons can customize this training to meet the specific needs of your organization. We can add or remove topics, craft examples from your practice, and design systems to measure team member learning. If you are interested in customizing this training for your organization, please reach out to Landon Blake by e-mail.

About the Terry Hayden Memorial Scholarship

The morning session of this workshop supports the Terry Hayden Memorial Scholarship.

Terry Hayden was a very important part of the land surveying community in Central California. He founded his company, Aerial Photomapping Services, in 1987. He was a member of the American Society For photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, California Land Surveyors Association, American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, ACEC California, and the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors. Terry also held a Registered Photogrammetrist License with the State of Oregon.

Under Terry’s guidance APS developed a reputation as a high-quality photogrammetry and remote sensing service provider. He was a key business partner of land surveying and civil engineering firms throughout the California Central Valley. The quality of Terry’s photogrammetric work was second-to-none, and he was a good friend to many of his clients.

Terry was also involved in commercial art, graphic arts, and fine art photography. His black-and-white photography is in private and public art collections around the United States. He taught photography at the Wadsworth Athenuem in Hartford, Connecticut and at the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford.

Host This Workshop

Would you like to host this workshop at your organization or in your community? Redefined Horizons teaches workshops across the Western United States. If you are interested in hosting this talk, please contact Landon Blake by e-mail.

We can offer the course at a discount for members of your organization or support a local scholarship of your choice if you host the workshop.

Subscribe to Our CAD Newsletter

Landon Blake, the owner of Redefined Horizons, publishes a regular newsletter on CAD management, CAD customization, and CAD programming. The newsletter has content designed specifically for land surveyors, civil engineers, and GIS professionals. We publish the free newsletter under a Creative Commons license. Visit our Subscribe page if you would like to sign-up to receive a copy of the newsletter.

Related Workshops

Landon teaches several other workshops on CAD. These include:

  • 3D Land Development Concept Modeling in Trimble Sketch-Up
  • Applying the Power of AutoLISP/Visual Lisp to Your CAD Standards
  • Civil 3D Point Management for Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers
  • Mastering Civil 3D Styles for Points, Lines, Alignments, and Surfaces
  • Automated Survey Drawing With Civil 3D
  • Best Practices For Moving Data Between CAD and GIS
  • Implementing Automated Point Layering and Automated Linework

Learn about these and other workshops on the Redefined Horizons Talks and Workshops web page.

First Reader Program for CAD Management Book

Landon is currently working on a book entitled “Practical CAD Management for Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers”. The book is designed specifically for land surveyors and engineers. It answers their common questions about CAD management. You can support our creation of this book by becoming part of our First Reader Program. As part of the First Reader Program you will receive early access to all parts of the book. You’ll have an exclusive opportunity to review and provide feedback on these preliminary versions of the book. You’ll also receive exclusive book chapters, diagrams, and tools that won’t be included in the regular version of the book. You’ll be sent a high-quality printed version of the book when it is finished. Please sign up for the Practical CAD Management for Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers First Reader Program if you can support our work.