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AutoCAD 2010 - A Handbook for Theatre Users New Edition
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First published by ET Press in January of 2005. After much struggling with how to approach it, I eventually hit upon one large project running throughout the book.
I selected the creation of a Groundplan and 3D rendering of a fictional theatre. By this method most of the techniques required are covered in a theatrical context that people should be to relate to
Exercises and examples throughout the book help the reader monitor their progress in using AutoCAD. AutoCAD releases 2009 to 2010 are covered in the first edition. Users of AutoCAD 2011 will also be able to use the book, with minor adjustments
The new edition has 274 pages and over 250 illustrations. Supporting files for the exercises in the book are available from the ET Books

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Reviews for the first edition

‘His book will in fact prove useful to anyone learning AutoCAD, in any number of disciplines’   ‘well-written, concise and easy to understand’ LSI Online

For LSI’s full review, click here

AutoCAD 2010 - A Handbook for Theatre Users ISBN 978 1 904031 61 1

ET Press Reference 1020, Applications and  Techniques Series



Training using the Handbook

The handbook can also be used a course book with various exercises being submitted as with the full AutoCAD for Theatre course. It can be seen as a ‘lite’ version as the handbook deals only with the tools required to build the project in the book. Nevertheless comprehensive coverage of the majority of AutoCAD’s 2D and 3D draughting tools are covered and explained.

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Other Publications

At the moment  am currently collating information on behalf of the Association of Lighting Designers from the first Lighting Design Software survey, which will form the basis of a series of articles published in ALD’s Focus magazine.

I have written articles previously for the ALD as well as Lighting and Sound International and the ABTT’s Sightline Magazine

In December 2009 I wrote a 2 part article on using CAD in live theatre. AUGI (Autodesk Users Group International) represents all sorts of users of Autodesk programmes, so a lot of the article is about explaining how theatre works

Part 1 can be viewed here: AUGIWorld Dec 09
Part 2 is here
AugiWorld Jan 10