Islands in the Asphalt: Parking Lot Grading for Commercial Site Projects
Lecture; Process/Workflow; Technical Features; Sustainable Design; Technical Features; Process/Workflow    CI5241
Eric Chappell
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Parking lot grading is one of the most daunting tasks for a commercial site design project. Knowing the right tricks and techniques is crucial if you want to build models quickly and accurately and be able to modify them easily. In this class we will explore industry-proven design techniques that will result in stunning designs that are accurate, dynamic, and extremely useful in many aspects of the project. Some experience with site-grading design is recommended for attendees of this class.

Key Learnings

  • Adjust the model when changes arise
  • Model a general grading scheme for a site project
  • Model fine detail such as curbs, walls, and steps
  • Project site geometry to the general grading scheme to model design elevations


 Eric Chappell
Eric Chappell
Eric is a veteran instructor at AU, with this being his ninth consecutive year. He is the Author of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 Essentials published by Wiley/Sybex. He also serves as Design Systems Manager for Timmons Group, a Civil Engineering Consulting firm located in Richmond, VA and works as a consultant for Engineered Efficiency, where his duties primarily include writing and developing educational materials for Autodesk® products. He has also worked for Avatech Solutions (now IMAGINiT) as a Project Manager and Applications Engineer. During his tenure at Avatech, Eric provided training and consulting to hundreds of firms across the country, in addition to authoring seven training manuals for Avatech training courses. Before joining Avatech, Eric worked for ten years in the surveying and civil engineering fields as an employee of the H. F. Lenz Company in Johnstown, PA.

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