The Claw Chooses Who Will Go….

With apologies to all the Toy Story fans, I’m very excited to announce that I’ve taken a position with Autodesk as Frontline Technical Specialist for Civil Engineering. I get to work with Angel, Jerry, Josh, Steve and Tanya showing the potential of AutoCAD Civil 3D to folks all over the country. I might even get to team back up with Dana on occasion! I’ll be doing most of my work through the Civil Engineering Resource Center, but will also be traveling some, so hopefully I’ll get to meet more of you.

I want to thank all of you for being part of the community, and especially those of you that were clients of Raider Consulting. I’ve gotten to know great Civil 3D folks all over the world and gotten to enjoy learning all about the different approaches we all take to CAD and engineering both.

So, what’s this mean for Not much. The rest of the crew here will be working to still provide the top notch tips, tricks, and general genius that they have for the last four years. I hope you’ll continue to visit, or perhaps even take this as a sign that it’s time to step up and write for this blog. If you’re interested, drop me a line, wedding@ this domain.

Thank you again, and I’ll see you soon.



  1. Matt Anderson says:

    Congrats James!

  2. Congrats James! I know you’ll be an awesome addition to the team at Autodesk.

  3. Tommie Richardson says:

    Congratulations, James. What about Mastering AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011? Is someone else taking the reins on that one?

  4. Shawn Caldwell says:

    Good Job!! feel free to come visit any time!

  5. Lisa Pohlmeyer says:

    Awesome! Congrats & have fun!

  6. Christopher says:

    Congrats! I can see know why I didn’t get contacted for the position you got.

  7. Mark Scacco says:

    Congrats James!

  8. John Postlewait says:

    My sincere Congrats, my friend.
    I hope you know that I wish nothing but the best for you and yours and I think it’s a good move for the desk.
    Do you think you can grant me Illustrious Alumni status from
    It would be part of my legacy.

  9. Kevin Spear says:

    Well done James. [to quote another famous movie]

    Is this surprising? What’s surprising is that this didn’t happen sooner. 🙂

    Have fun!

  10. AD Beach says:

    The mothership decided to beam you up! Congrats. Where will be your home base?

    • I’m staying in DFW, just moving into the Plano office with much of the Sales team. The commute’s about four times as long: up to 20 minutes instead of five (that five included brushing my teeth, so there will be some overlap.)

      I do know I’ll be at AU and at other events through out the year though!

  11. Neilw says:

    Congratulations James. You didn’t mention how this will affect your role with, but I expect you will not be nearly as involved, if at all. The blog will not be the same without you.

    • Neil, I mentioned it above, I’m going to drop to mostly an editor role here. The rest of the crew will be the content kings. I’ll make sure to announce webinars, road shows, etc.

  12. Paul Baker says:

    Great stuff mate… Try to get downunder sometime also…

  13. Bryan Tanner says:

    Congratulations. I might just see you at some point if/when you find yourself in Midwest. Good luck with all the adventures you might find yourself on with this opportunity.

  14. Terry Laird says:

    Congratulation James. Its been great working with you through the years and I know you will do great things at the Desk.

  15. David Garrigues says:

    Congratulations James! An excellent choice that shows a commitment to quality on behalf of Autodesk. You will do well… and therefore we will all do well.

  16. Wow, I guess I’m slow on the uptake! We can’t wait to work with you in your new capacity. congratulations and don’t forget about us little people.

  17. Shane Matt says:

    Congrats and good luck! I have enjoiyed the blog and will continue to!

  18. Eric Chappell says:

    Congratulations James!

  19. R.K. McSwain says:

    Congratulation James, and keep up the good work!