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Design Automation Specialist Brings Passion for Creative Problem Solving & Efficiency to Snyder

Snyder & Associates is pleased to welcome Design Automation Specialist Paul Kirkendall to our Madison office.

“Paul brings a great depth of Autodesk knowledge and experience to our team,” shares Mike Calkins, PE, Business Unit Leader for Snyder & Associates Madison. “Paul’s experience with 3D modeling will help owners visualize our designs and make informed decisions quickly.”

Paul comes to the Snyder team with over 10 years of civil engineering software implementation experience.

“I enjoy finding creative, new ways to problem solve and help people work efficiently,” he says. “I look forward to helping automate the software process and assisting with projects.”

Despite the depth of his experience, Paul remains in awe of how fast CADD software changes. To stay current, he regularly pursues software certification opportunities and attends conferences and workshops. When it comes to industry insights and upcoming software releases, Paul says social media accounts like Autodesk Civil 3D and Autodesk User Group International, among others, are helpful to follow.

In terms of career challenges, Paul says the most significant hurdle he faces outside of the occasional hardware limitation, is helping people move beyond the natural resistance to change. His go-to solution is to find relative ways to showcase efficiency during training using project simulations. Visual examples, he says, “are important to helping learners overcome their hesitation by showing how fast things can be updated and manipulated on the fly.”

Paul is the most recent addition to the Madison office, following Municipal Engineer Marie Amundson and Landscape Architect Andy Meessmann.