from Civil to Inventor

The Autodesk enthusiast exile


Welcome.  ようこそ。

AU 2010!  Yeah, well I’m back and already looking forward to next year.

I won the Inventor 2011 Beta Contests for Simulation.  Now I’m back to pounding out courseware again.

Don’t forget the supportive folks at Autodesk University, Autodesk Certifications,, BIM on the Rocks, and Tekni.

I took on some design contracts this past year, and things went quite well.  If you need a design put on paper, or a problem worked out, let me know.

If you want to see something, please post to the Civil3D or Inventor product pages.  I will continue do my best. みんあさんがんばれ。

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John Evans


Fun in Kanazawa with my nephew Shido !

My name is John Evans, and I am an Autodesk Inventor and Civil 3D Certified Professional.  I currently work for Gustin, Cothern, and Tucker, Inc., a Civil Engineering firm in Niceville, Florida. There I manage the Civil 3D seats, training, troubleshooting, construction data management, and occasionally programming.  I provide consulting services for product design, and serve as a consulting author at Tekni Consulting, where I write content for Inventor training courses.  I attended Autodesk University 2006, 2007, and 2009 in Las Vegas.

I am a veteran with extensive experience in Aerospace maintenance, Mechanical engineering and manufacturing, and Civil Engineering/Surveying, both field and office, and I speak English and Japanese.  When I am not answering questions here, I am with my family, writing training material, proving a new design, studying Japanese, or in my machine shop.

I Currently use AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010, Autodesk Inventor 2010, MasterCAM X2, InventorCAM, and Mach3.

If I could do more of something besides blogging to everyone, it would probably be…

At Autodesk University!!!!!

with loving wife and her monster Nikon while I watch my kids, spending time with my Japanese Friends, in Japan, Cutting parts in my machine shop, Playing poker, Swinging a sword in Kenjustu class, spending time with my 2 best friends Jamie and Jason, and learning something new.

"In God We Trust"… Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer”…Albert Einstein

“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves”…Albert Einstein

“Honor isn’t about making the right choices. It’s about dealing with the consequences” … Midori Koto

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  1. Hi, good morning. Pl advise me for best Autodesk Inventor 2009 tutorials on dvd and books?

    Comment by k | January 26, 2009 | Reply

    • K,
      There are a lot of materials out there. If you have access to AU materials, that is a great place to look. Garin Gardener also does Podcasts that are good.
      My first video volume for Inventor 2009 is being published in late February. It’s the 2D environment, and the remaining volumes will be released soon thereafter. They are being published as vBook by Retrieve. I’ll post the link as soon as it is available.

      Comment by John Evans | February 13, 2009 | Reply

  2. What a fantastic site! I just happened to find it through a Google search but I can already tell that I will be visiting often.

    You can definitely count on being added to our blog roll very soon! Good luck to you and I’m super jealous you got to visit Japan.

    – Curt –

    Comment by Curt Moreno | August 19, 2009 | Reply

    • Curt,
      Thanks for the kind words and support. I try to keep the momentum up here as much as possible.

      As for Japan, it might be nice for me to say, “it wasn’t that big of a deal”, but I can’t. It was awesome. I stayed with my Japanese family (adopted sort of), and we got to hang with the regular folks instead of just doing tourist things. We have been trying to get back since the day we left.

      Thanks again.

      Comment by John Evans | August 19, 2009 | Reply

  3. Hello,
    I’m an automotive engineering student in Nigeria. I just stumbled across your site. It’s really a nice one. I also like the way you are blending with other cultures. Well, I’m so curious about Autodesk Inventor. I began learning 2 months ago. Today, I way able to complete my first project which is a design of an Infant Scooter.

    I’ll like to get materials for automotive engineering, especially on car designs. Thanks.

    Ndianabasi U.

    Comment by Ndianabasi Udonkang | August 28, 2009 | Reply

    • Ndianabashi,
      Thanks for the post. I will be adding some dynamic simulation, but a few months from now. Keep checking back. Right now I am deep into some Civil issues, and writing Inventor courses at Tekni. You can pick up some training with Autodesk. Check out the free training with Autodesk Assistance Program.

      Comment by John Evans | August 28, 2009 | Reply

  4. Following up on you article about inovative uses of Civils I though you might find the post below and interesting read if you haven’t seen it.

    Comment by Chris Thorn | February 2, 2010 | Reply

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