Nov 07

AutoCAD Basics 2023

Event Details

Ames, Iowa


Institute for Transportation – Room 4040
2711 South Loop Drive
Suite 4700
Ames, Iowa 50010-8664


November 7, 2023


Check-in Begins at 8:30 am
Training Begins at 9:00 am


Registration Fee per person : 75.00

Event Contact
David Veneziano
InTrans, Iowa LTAP


In this half day (4+ hour) course, students will learn the basic principles of AutoCAD. This includes navigating the model, creating objects, editing objects, using precise geometric references, creating annotation, and basic plotting. This course is designed for novice users and serves as a compact refresher for experienced users. The course will consist of instruction and interactive exercises.

Training laptops will be provided for participants to concurrently use alongside the instructor (or participants may bring their own if AutoCAD 2024 is installed).

Please note that due to a limited number of computers available with AutoCAD installed, participants will be paired up on workstations.  This also limits the registration capacity for this training 16 people.

Who Should Attend?

Staff and personnel with limited or no AutoCAD® experience.

**Please be advised that per Iowa engineers and continuing education requirements under 193C-7.4(542B, 272C) “Professional Development Guidelines”, Section 7.4(4) is “Exclusions”, which indicates that “Basic CAD and fundamental computer application courses” are excluded from allowable continuing education.**

Tentative Agenda

8:30 a.m. Check-in

9:00 a.m. 

AutoCAD overview and interface

Working with model objects

  • Drawing with precision using Object Snaps
  • Creating objects (e.g., Polylines, circles, hatches)
  • Modifying objects (e.g., trim, join, copy, align)
  • Basic Block usage
  • External References and file management

10:45 a.m. – Break

Managing and modifying in the software

  • Key Palettes (e.g., Layer Manager, Properties)
  • Editing objects and applying overrides
  • Drawing maintenance considerations

12:00 p.m.  Lunch (provided) / Break

12:45 p.m.  Plan production

  • Annotation and dynamic scaling
  • Modelspace, Paperspace, Layouts, and Viewports

1:45 p.m. – Break

2:00 p.m. Additional instruction / Questions and Answers / Adjourn

For More Information

If you have questions or need more information, please contact David Veneziano at 515-294-5480 or