James has over 30 years of experience developing and managing CAD systems for large, multi-discipline, design firms. He has extensive experience as both a civil and architectural designer, as well as providing CAD management for both disciplines. He is an industry noted expert, writer, and speaker on all things CAD-related. In addition, Mr. Coppinger has a broad background in both training and technical support for the CAD industry.
Prior to launching ZenTek Consultants, James worked for 12 years at one of the largest civil engineering firms on the East Coast as Director of CAD & Training Services for a design staff of 500+ professionals across 17 regional offices and 18 design disciplines. During that time, he implemented two separate EDMS systems, converted the firm from basic AutoCAD to LDD and eventually to Civil 3D, developing all CAD standards and processes for those implementations.
In addition, James is a noted writer in the CAD community, being the creator and primary content generator for the very popular ThoughtCo CAD web site. He’s published multiple articles in trade journals, such as AUGI HotNews, as well as white papers and instructional articles for various industry publications. James has also been interviewed/featured in many Autodesk publications and has been an invited guest speaker at Autodesk University on the topics of Civil 3D and document management implementations for large design firms.
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