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American Design Drafting Association


The winners of the 2014 Poster Contest have been Posted.  View Posters Here.

The 55th Technical Training Conference was held in Kansas City, Missouri is now part of our history.  For those that attendees, vendors, presenters and ADDA Board of Directors that were there, I hope that you received what you expected and more from the Conference and then traveled safely home.  For those that did not or could not attend, listed below are items you missed:

1.    Training in the following:

a.     Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing: 2 days in both fundamentals and application, provided by ASME certified instructors, Dennis Schwartz and Dr. Patrick McCuistion.

b.    Sustainable Design: 2 ½ days by Shane Lusk, owner of Home Services Northwest, LLC, who is a leading force in this concept.  He was aided by Terry Schultz, who also obtained a new position with ADDA by being appointed to the Board of Governors.

2.    Presentations as follows:

a.     Using Collaborative Team Projects to Create Individual Accountabilityby Jeff Levy, an instructor with the New River Community College in Dublin, VA.

b.    Impact of Industrial Waste on Water Districts: Presented by Dr. Edward Price, retired Engineer from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, IL.

c.     BIM Collaboration Lessons Learned: Presented Mirabela Ticu from Atkins Global.

d.    Atkins Global Company Overview: Presented Mirabela Ticu from Atkins Global.

e.     Design Data SDS2: Presented by Amanda Thonen from Design Data and Scott Thomas.

f.      ASME Y14 Standards Review: Presented by Dr. Patrick McCuistion.

g.     BIM Civil Processes: Presented by Professor Bill Stenth, an Associate Professor in the School of Construction at Pittsburg State University.

h.    Draftsight 2D CAD: Presented by Mark Lyons, Product Manager and Training Specialist for Draftsight, a product from Dassault Systemes.

i.       BIM Architectural and Civil: Presented by Professor Bill Stenth, an Associate Professor in the School of Construction at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS.

j.      Using Communities of Practice to Develop Staff: Presented by Rebecca Arsham, Global CADD Corporate Training Manager for Parsons Brinckerhoff.

k.     Basic Welding and Welding Symbols in Design: Presented by Ron McDonald, a retired Senior Engineering Technologist from T.D. Williamson, Inc.

l.       Engineering Technical Drafting and Design Management and Acquisition: Presented by Gary Bazzell, Manager for the Technical Skill Team at Boeing.

m.  Engineering Technical Drafting and Design Excellence Center: Presented by Jim Becker, a Change Development Specialist at Boeing.

n.    Using Technology to Work Remotely: Presented by Steve Mickley, Executive Director of the American Institute of Building Design.

Excellent training and information sessions!  Thanks to trainers and presenters!  In addition to the above, awards were presented and winners of the 2013 National Poster and Drafting Contest were announced.  Concerning the contest, entries are submitted by high school, technical schools or universities in several categories either at beginner level (high school) or advanced level (technical school or university).  Those contestants that placed may be found on ADDA’s website,  Thanks to all of the contestants and ADDA looks forward to this year’s contest entries at year end.  Awards presented are as follows:

1.    Dr. Edward Price for Outstanding Achievement for and Within ADDA: Presented to Floyd McWilliams, Past President of ADDA.

2.    ADDA Student of the Year: Presented to John Densford, Jr, a recent graduate of Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Newbern, TN.

3.    ADDA Instructor of the Year: Presented to Shannon Stewart, recently an instructor at Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Newbern, TN.

4.    ADDA Professional of the Year: Presented to Heather Fischer, a CAD Designer for the Lord Corporation located in Erie, PA

5.    ADDA Chapter of the Year: Presented to the ADDA Chapter at Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Newbern, TN.

Congratulations to all of the award winners, for with you, the future of the Design/Drafting profession lies!

I will close by thanking again all of the attendees, vendors, trainers, presenters who attended the 55th Technical Training Conference, with a special thanks to the home office for all of their hours of hard work in planning and setting up the Conference.  The 56th Conference will again be held in Kansas City next March.  Check the website for the dates.  I hope that all of you plan on attending!

Remember to ‘keep your lead sharp and erasers handy’ for what you draw today may be changed tomorrow.  Oh, I forgot that we are in the CAD age and that should be now noted as ‘keep your mouse active and the undo/erase icon/key handy’.


Remember ADDA is a 501c3 non-profit volunteer association.  All our directors and committees donate their time and effort to improve the profession to benefit other drafters, designers and graphic professionals.  If you would like to assist with any program or be involved with a committee or specific area, please contact me.  Most of our volunteer opportunities can be accomplished through emails and telephone calls.  Volunteering will give you exposure at the next level in your career to improve your network, job skills and personal development.