Jennifer DiBona, Bio

Jennifer DiBona is a long-time CAD consultant and trainer doing business as That CAD Girl.

Many years ago when working in civil engineering and land surveying offices, she found herself working primarily with men (naturally). Since she was the only “girl” in the office, clients or others asking for her would often simply ask for “That CAD Girl”. The name stuck.

Jennifer has a degree in Surveying Technology and has worked in several consulting offices across North Carolina and also in Chicago, Illinois. For a couple of years she worked for a private developer in Eastern NC that required her to complete, on average, 2-3 design projects per month. Each project included a site, grading, drainage, erosion control, stakeout and detail plans. In a fairly unique circumstance, grading contractors were paid for these projects based on the cut/fill numbers generated during the design process. Therefore, it was critical that accurate, dependable and defensible surface models be built for both existing and proposed conditions.

After working in Eastern NC with its nearly-flat topography, Jennifer moved to Asheville, NC where she spent a couple of years tackling surface models that incorporated retaining walls, multi-level building pads and 18% driveways.

From there, Jennifer moved back to the Raleigh area and started working with an Autodesk and Carlson Software reseller that also dealt in surveying and construction supplies. The timing was fortuitous as the new technology of GPS guided machine control was just coming into play in the construction industry in North Carolina. Jennifer’s prior experience with complex surface models was excellent preparation for creating surface model files needed to feed into the machine control systems.

The timing also worked out well because Carlson Software was just introducing their TakeOff Software package. Jennifer was able to work closely with the Carlson Software team during the rollout and saw just how much easier preparing a surface model could be by using the Carlson program.

In 2004, Jennifer became a full-time, independent consultant doing business as That CAD Girl providing training, technical support and other various consulting services for her customers. She also continued to focus on building surface models for machine control systems and helping grading contractors make the transition from paper-based to CAD-based estimating. Jennifer has spoken at several trade shows about the management and preparation of files for these systems.

In 2007 she again joined forces with Carlson Software when she became a reseller for their products and has concentrated on the programs in the Carlson Civil Suite (Survey, Civil, Hydrology and GIS) and Carlson TakeOff.

In 2009 Carlson Software announced they were expanding their training division, Carlson College and that Jennifer and That CAD Girl were added to the exclusive list of Carlson Software training providers.

Over the years, Jennifer has taught several Autocad classes for the continuing education departments of Coastal Carolina, Sampson and Johnston Community Colleges and is certified through the NC Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors to provide continuing education credit to licensees.

She has been a featured presenter at:

  • Autodesk University 2004 and 2007
  • World of Concrete/Technology for Construction 2004 and 2005
  • AEC Science & Technology 2005
  • NC Society of Surveyors Institute 2009
  • Carlson Software User Conference 2009, 2010
  • NC Society of Surveyors Annual Conference 2010-2012