Eric Chappell has been working, teaching, writing, and consulting in the world of civil engineering software for over 20 years, and he is a recognized expert in the world of Civil 3D and InfraWorks and InfraWork. Eric recently joined the Autodesk family in September of 2013 as a Premium Services Specialist. In the 12 years prior to that, he has written training materials and performed training for end users, trainers, and Autodesk employees around the globe. For several years, he has worked with Autodesk in authoring and developing two Autodesk certification exams. He also served as design systems manager for Timmons Group, a civil engineering and surveying firm based in Richmond, Virginia, where he managed software, standards, and training for over 200 users. Eric is also a highly rated instructor at Autodesk University, where he has taught for the past ten years.
Prior to writing and consulting, Eric spent nearly 10 years in the civil engineering and surveying fields while working for the H.F. Lenz Company in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. During his time at H.F. Lenz, he gained considerable practical experience as a survey crewman, designer, engineer, and CAD supervisor. Eric also holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and is certified in Pennsylvania as an EIT.
Eric is originally from southwestern Pennsylvania, but he has lived in the Richmond, Virginia, area for the past 13 years with his wife and four children. He enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his family. He can sometimes be seen playing drums for the band Sons of Zebedee, which plays at a variety of events in the Central Virginia area.
Eric is authoring a brand new series of Wiley/Sybex titles this year for Autodesk InfraWorks and InfraWorks 360 along with the fourth release of Civil 3D Essentials (2015).