Theodore Krause


Post-Secondary Education

Austin Community College
Associate of Applied Science
Arch/Engin Cad-Architectural Specia


Professional Projects

Structural Firm: LEAP! Structures

Project: Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation

Architect: Overland Partners

Building Sector: Institutional

Construction Type: Concrete and Steel https://www.overlandpartners.com/projects/baylor-business-school/?prjT=4

LEED Gold - 285,000 sf

This was my first professional commercial project as a draftsman in a 9 engineering firm - all engineers were required to model and draft on their own projects with me, the sole drafter organizing sheets sets, building central files, drafting details and overseeing the file management of all the projects in the company.

 

Notable Challenges: I was responsible for modeling most of the steel mezzanine level before I learned how to use beam systems and end attachment settings for steel. In retrospect, it would have been more effective to place all the wide flange using beam systems, then use the pick support tool to select the support members and set the end attachment parameters to “distance.” After the steel columns were attached to the roof deck, simply editing the slope value would allow all the steel members to slope appropriately. In this case, all the steel was set on to reference planes so any time the Architect modified the roof pitch, the reference planes and all sloped members would have to be remodelled manually which was extremely time consuming.

I was also trained to do the CA verification of the pan form layout drawings submitted by the concrete contractor.

 

Structural Firm: LEAP! Structures

Project: The Rivera

Architect: Good Fulton Farrell

Building Sector: Vertical Mixed Use - Multifamily Construction Type: Wood, Wood on Podium https://gff.com/view/the-rivera/

329 Units on 4 Acres

300,220 sf

I was the coordinating draftsman on this project and set the project up from start to finish and was responsible for drafting all the plan work, while the engineers on the project did most of the detailing.

Notable Challenges: This project is still-to-date the largest project I have ever drafted using AutoCAD. The main challenge of this project was drafting a varying façade and maintaining the correct structural members locations for the various balconies. To overcome tracking the column locations accurately up the 4 story structure, a separate file with column locations per level was overlaid to insure all levels corresponded. Base unit types were used on plan and balconies were drafted as part of the façade.

 

Structural Firm: LEAP! Structures

Project: The Tyndall at Robertson Hill

Architect: Humphrey’s and Partners

Building Sector: Multifamily

Construction Type: Concrete and Cold-Form https://humphreys.com/project/tyndall-robertson-hill/

182 Units

I was the lead draftsman on this model from start to finish, managed the sheet set, modeled plan information and drafted details, as well as built and managed titleblock updates. The project changed so dramatically between SD and DD phases, I actually built this entire model twice. This project was shelved for a couple years before breaking ground in 2017 and being completed in 2018.

Notable Challenges: On this project the architect submitted all file deliveries in .dwg format from Civil 3D which required each background be scrubbed through a 13 step process before becoming useful base layers in Revit. I built this model using Model Groups to assemble each unit type and then created a unit type legend on Level 1. Updating this model was extremely efficient because once each unit type was positioned correctly on the plan and at each level, any changes to the unit were made to the legend unit which would parametrically update the entire building. All stairways and corridors were also built as model groups to achieve the same efficiencies. Annotation groups were assigned to each model group so annotating each unit was equally as efficient, one change would populate every similar unit type.

 

Structural Firm: LEAP! Structures

Project: Live Oak Trails Apartments

Architect: Austin Community Design & Development Center

Building Sector: Multifamily - Affordable Housing

Construction Type: Wood

https://foundcom.org/housing/our-austin-communities/live-oak-trails-apartments/

63,335 sf - 7 building Complex

 

I was the coordinating draftsman on this model from start to finish, managed the sheet set, modeled plan information and drafted details, as well as built and managed titleblock updates.

Notable Challenges: Each building in this complex was delivered as a separate plan set with structural notes and detail sheets shared for all buildings. The fact that only one set of details was being submitted for the entire project meant that each building had a set of dummy sheets with details that could be referenced in that particular building model and not included with the final sheet set for that building. The architect submitted IFC export files from Archicad which required converting IFC into .rvt files for coordination in our models because our company used AutoDesk Revit exclusively for building our projects.

 

Structural Firm: LEAP! Structures

Project: Charles Schwab & Co.

Architect: Page/

Building Sector: Corporate Campus

Construction Type: Concrete and Steel https://pagethink.com/v/blog-detail/Touring-Schwab-Austin/163/

469,000 sf

 

I was the coordinating draftsman on this model, managed the sheet set, modeled plan information and drafted details, as well as built and managed titleblock updates.

Notable Challenges: This campus plan included renovating the former 5-story Tivoli office, included an existing parking garage, added a new parking garage, a new 5-story office space and a campus amenities building with cafe, conference area and training facilities. Each building was modeled as a separate structure and coordinated into the campus site model. The site model housed all the structural notes and details. The architect had very specific requirements for building and using worksets on this project specific to the discipline that had to be adhered to strictly.

 

Structural Firm: StructuresTX

Project: The Range

Architect: Clayton & Little Architects

Building Sector: Commercial

Construction Type: Tilt-Wall Panel, Concrete and Steel

http://structurestx.com/portfolio/the-range/

52,000 sf

 

I was the coordinating draftsman on this model, managed the sheet set, modeled plan information and drafted details, as well as built and managed titleblock updates.

I was one of two draftsman responsible for modeling the 99 panel tilt-wall structure. Concrete panel walls were required for safety in this state-of-the-art indoor shooting range. The ceiling within the shooting range was designed with additional reinforcing to support the steel ballistics baffles that were used for safety and sound reduction requirements. It was a standard tilt-wall assignment.

 

Structural Firm: JQ Engineering

Project: Bee County Law Enforcement Facility

Architect: Brinkley Sargent Wiginton

Building Sector: Correctional Facility

Construction Type: Tilt-Wall Panel, Concrete, CMU and Steel

 

I was the lead draftsman on this model from start to finish, managed the sheet set, modeled plan information and drafted details, as well as built and managed titleblock updates.

 

Structural Firm: JQ Engineering

Project: University of Texas Graduate School Housing

Architect: Kirksey Architecture

Building Sector: Multifamily

Construction Type: Steel, Cold-form Steel and Wood

 

I was the lead draftsman on this model from start to finish, managed the sheet set, modeled plan information and drafted details, as well as built and managed titleblock updates.

Unfortunately, this project made it to 95% CD before being put on hold.

 

Much like the Tyndall project, I built this model using Model Groups to assemble each unit type and then created a unit type legend on Level 1. This project proposed a 6 story cold-form framed structure, a 4-story wood framed structure and a series of (4) 2-story wood framed buildings. The unit type wall and floor systems were modelled as wall and flooring types and shear wall locations and callouts were completed as annotations. Updating this model like the Tyndall occurred parametrically and made the process extremely efficient. All stairways and corridors were also built as model groups to achieve the same efficiencies.

 

Structural Firm: JQ Engineering

Project: Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas - Daycare and Head Start Facility

Architect: KGA Architects

Building Sector: Educational

Construction Type: Concrete and Steel

I was the lead draftsman on this model from start to finish, managed the sheet set, modeled plan information and drafted details, as well as built and managed titleblock updates.

 

Structural Firm: JQ Engineering

Project: Prairie View - A&M University -Public Safety Building

Architect: WestEast Design Group

Building Sector: Correctional Facility

Construction Type: Concrete, CMU and Steel

I was the lead draftsman on this model from start to finish, managed the sheet set, modeled plan information and drafted details, as well as built and managed titleblock updates.


Professional Experience

BACKGROUND

I bring a unique blend of skills to my role as an educator. I was a consultant to Commercial General Contractors helping manage data and submittals for LEED certified buildings for 6 years, was a Project Manager for 15 years, held a successful 18-year career in the graphic design industry and have worked as a BIM Technician for 8 years. I come to my role with a broad understanding and practical approach to Building Information Modeling and CAD production.

 

Professional credentials include:

  • BIM (Building Information Modeling) using AutoDesk Revit, CAD drafting using AutoDesk AutoCAD
  • U.S. Green Building Council - LEED Project Management for Commercial Building
  • Graphic Design using Adobe Creative Suite applications
  • 15 years as a Project Manager
  • 9 years as a Designer and Production Manager at Educational Book Publisher
  • 4 years as a Corporate Supervisor managing FTE employees
  • 8 years managing Project Employees
  • RFP/RFQ process, Vendor Contracts, Vendor Training & Relationship Development
  • Offshore Vendor Relations
  • Corporate Communications

 

 

Austin Community College Austin, TX

Assistant Professor August 2020 - present

As assistant professor I oversee the Associates of Applied Sciences - Architectural Specialization degree award within the Architectural and Engineering CAD department. I also plan, develop, and write the program curriculum, provide program advising for current and in-coming students, manage adjunct faculty and teach courses.

 

 

BUILDING INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

 

Bergelectric Austin, TX

Detailer November 2019 - July 2020

Bergelectric is a National Electrical Contractor with 14 offices across the United States. As a detailer in the Austin Office, I was one of five responsible for generating shop drawings for electrical equipment the company was contracted to build. I work directly with Project Foreman who digitally markup floor plan PDFs in the field according to electrical engineering specs, then sent the PDFs to detailers who modeling the electrical equipment using Revit software. 

 

Throughout the construction phase, detailers participate in pre-construction Clash Detection and coordination meetings conducted by the VDC (Virtual Design and Construction) Manager for the GC, using Navisworks software as the clash detection tool. During the construction phase, I work with the entire construction team GC, MEP, Fire, Fire Suppression, Data contractors to resolve any building conflicts virtually before the construction began. All PDFs are generated, marked and shared using Bluebeam Revu software. Our core building sectors included; Hospital, University/Institutional, Institutional Housing, Hotel, High-rise Residential, Corporate HQ, Industrial/Manufacturing and Mixed-use Commercial.

Fort Structures Austin, TX

CAD Technician January 2019 - November 2019

I was a CAD Technician and Office Manager for a small four engineer Structural Engineering firm that focuses on the following building sectors; Residential, High-end Residential, Small Commercial and Restaurant.

As the CAD Technician, I provided drafting and office support to the engineering staff. Duties included;

  • Generating complete 1st pass sheet sets which included, laying out the structural system for the building, determining preliminary structural member sizes and locations, and included General Notes, Plan Notes, Section cut Details and Detail Sheets.
  • Practicing and upholding drafting standards.
  • Preparing Architectural files to be used as backgrounds in AutoCAD structural files for other Engineering staff.
  • General Modeling and Drafting Standards upkeep, organizing Typical Details, Notes and company templates.
  • Office Manager duties included proposal writing, inspection letter writing and contract formatting.


JQ Engineering Austin, TX

BIM Technician September 2016 - September 2018

JQ Engineering is a state-wide Structural and Civil Engineering firm with 150 employees in Lubbock, Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston and Austin.  I was the primary BIM Technician for the Austin Office and also provided production support to my colleagues state-wide. The Austin JQ office worked solely in the Commercial building sectors of Urgent Healthcare, University/Institutional, K-12 Educational, Hotel/Lodging, and Institutional Housing. As a BIM Technician I provided modeling and drafting support between offices using a digital workflow and helped inform BIM protocols for the company. Duties included;

  • Practicing and upholding drafting standards.
  • Starting Bluebeam Sessions for digital markup workflow.
  • Preparing AutoCAD files to be used as backgrounds in Revit models.
  • Starting new project models, coordinating sheet sets, general notes, plan notes and drafting details.
  • General Modeling and Drafting duties such as redline corrections, detail drafting, and general notes output.
  • Converting AutoCAD titleblocks into family files for Revit implementation.
  • Preparing Revit models for export to GC and/or Architect.
  • Maintaining the KIPP plotter.

 

StructuresTX Austin, TX

CAD/BIM Technician June 2015 - September 2016

I was one of three CAD/BIM Technicians supporting a staff of nine Structural Engineers.  The firm focused on building sectors that included High-end Residential, Residential, Urgent Healthcare, University/Institutional, K-12 Educational, Restaurant, and Hotel/Lodging.

I provided modeling and drafting support to a team of four engineers and helped inform BIM/CAD protocols for the company.

  • Generating complete 1st pass sheet sets which included, laying out the structural system for the building, determining structural member sizes, locations for floor plan sheets and included General Notes, Plan Notes, Section cut Details and Detail Sheets.
  • Practicing and upholding drafting standards.
  • Preparing Architectural files to be used as backgrounds in AutoCAD structural files for other Engineering staff.
  • General Modeling and Drafting Standards upkeep, organizing Typical Details, Notes and company templates.

Additional duties include;

  • Developing a digital project tracking form as an Adobe Fillable Form.
  • Conducted research regarding implementation of Level of Design (LOD) criteria to define product deliverables and manage project budgets.
  • Led the effort to hire a new technology service provider for the company, including RFQ writing, interviewing and vendor selection processes. Also led an effort to develop a Disaster Recovery manual for the company.
  • Provided graphic design support to redesign company branding and prepare digital files for print vendors.

 

LEAP! Structures Austin, TX

BIM/CAD Specialist November 2013- June 2015

I was the BIM/CAD Specialist for a nine engineer Structural Engineering firm focused on building sectors that included;

High-end Residential, Multi-family Residential, University/Institution, Restaurant and Hotel/Lodging.

I provided modeling and drafting support to the 9-engineer staff and managed the BIM/CAD development for the company. Duties include;

  • Managing company files.
  • Maintaining and updating all the Revit templates.
  • Improving modeling and drafting standards for the company.
  • Preparing AutoCAD files to be used as backgrounds in Revit models.
  • Starting new project models/CAD files and affiliated sheet sets, general notes, plan notes and details.
  • Converting AutoCAD titleblocks into family files for Revit.
  • Preparing Revit models for export to GC and/or Architect.
  • Maintaining the Oce plotter.

 

Self Employed • Austin, Texas 

LEED®-AP/Project Manager December 2011 - June 2013

   Provided LEED project management support services for General Contracting firm James R. Thompson, Inc.

     • James R. Thompson, Inc., Dallas, TX 2008-2013, project list provided on-request.

   Drafting & Modeling Services October 2012 - November 2013

     Provided CAD drafting and modeling services for clients, reference samples on LinkedIn site.

     • Jameson Interiors, Austin, TX

     • Dusty Whipple Concrete Design, Austin, TX

                                                         

Sue Barnett Sustainable Design [SBSD] • Austin, Texas

LEED®-AP/Compliance Analyst February 2008 - December 2011

As a Compliance Analyst, I provided project management support to commercial construction projects for clients attempting LEED® certification. I provided technical guidance and recommendations for possible LEED® credits that could be achievable by clients and practical to the project. I advised commercial General Contractor Project Managers and Superintendents to assure that the company’s building procedures and practices meshed with the criteria required by the U.S. Green Building Council LEED® rating system to assure it was in accordance with the construction specifications established for the project.

 

 

GRAPHIC DESIGN INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

 

Harcourt Educational Publishers • Austin, Texas   

Production Coordinator III • January 2004 - July 2007

As a Production Coordinator III for Harcourt Publishing, I was responsible for managing complex, multi-component product lines, employees and technology development for our department. As a Production Coordinator I planned project workflows, developed project schedules, selected and trained vendors, prepared contracts, engaged in project management, management and hiring of contract employees, as well as managing contract relations with state-side and off-shore vendors. I supervised three FTE employees and up to six project employees.

Image Services Coordinator/Supervisor • September 2001 - December 2003

I managed the production output for a group of four photoshop specialists who created all the graphic elements within the company’s extensive product-line from charts and graphs, to cover designs and point of purchase displays.

Design Manager/Graphic Designer II • February 1997 - August 2001

I worked directly with Editorial, Marketing, Product Development and Production staff to determine the best ways to deliver educational content to students and the associated support materials for teachers. As a designer I was involved in focus testing products with our product development team - evaluating teachers and students to receive direct feedback regarding how our designs affected their experiences as users.

 

 

City of Austin, Infrastructure Support Services • Austin, Texas

Graphic Designer II • September 1995 - November 1997

As a Graphic Designer in the Infrastructure Support Services Department I was responsible for providing marketing, designing public service announcements, purchasing printing services and managing service contracts as well as creating educational materials for the Green Building Program, Water Quality Department, Air Quality Department, and Water Conservation department at the City of Austin.

 

King County Surface Water Management • Seattle, Washington

Planning Support Technician II • February 1992 - January 1995

As a Planning Support Technician, I was hired to bring the traditional design paste-up process into the digital age. Our department was one of the first public agencies to develop digital mapping for drainage planning in the country. Autodesk AutoCAD was used to digitize USGS paper topographic maps then to export map files to graphic design software where the files were used in reports to inform the public about natural resources within the county. This process was eventually refined and Surface Water Management purchased one of the first Arc/Info platforms in the country and all maps were output using geographic information systems software.

 

Ligature, Inc. • Chicago, Illinois

Information Technology Manager January 1991- September 1991

As the Information Technology Manager for a mid-sized publishing production house, I was responsible for maintaining, installing, upgrading, networking and purchasing all computer hardware as well as managing the software licensing, purchasing and installation for all departments.  I worked directly with the CEO to develop budgets for equipment and scheduling software purchases and rollouts.

 

ELCEDE, GMBH • Schaumburg, Illinois

Design Coordinator • September 1989 - May 1991

As a Design Coordinator. The company designed and manufactured systems for the packaging industry. In my role, I worked with our CAD programmer and CNC specialist to create a fully computerized process for developing flat box packaging designs from start to finish. The packaging design shape and line types were created in AutoCAD using Autolisp and machine language programming to optimize and nest a maximum number of packages per sheet. I worked with the exported CAD nested package templates to develop graphic designs using Macintosh based software and outputting designs to film for the 4-color printing process. The process was some of the earliest computer graphic design work in the industry and one of the industry’s earliest fully computerized packaging design workflows.

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Received 3 “Star” awards at Harcourt Publishing (1996, 2001, 2003) for outstanding performance, desire to enhance the workplace and instituting cost cutting initiatives.
  • International Association of Business Communicators, Austin Chapter —Award of Excellence 1996 & Award of Merit 1996 for educational materials developed for City of Austin Conservation Programs.
  • Texas Public Relations Association, 1997 Best of Texas Awards—Silver Award (first place) & Bronze Award (second place) for educational materials developed for City of Austin Conservation Programs.

 

EDUCATION

Austin Community College

Spring 2011- Fall 2013

A.A.S. Degree in Architectural & Engineering Computer-Aided Design – Architectural Specialty

 

Rochester Institute of Technology

B.S. Printing Management & Science, May 1989

 

 

COMPUTER SOFTWARE 

 

AutoCAD 2011-2023                    Revit 2011-2023                                                            Navisworks 2019                                                     Bluebeam Revu                              Adobe Acrobat                              Adobe CS10 (Illustrator, InDesign, PhotoShop)           Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)                                                Windows OS                                Mac OS

                                                    

 ADVANCED TRAINING 

• Project Management Certificate course for business professionals—St. Edwards University, Fall 2006

• Coaching and Employee Development for Managers 2003

• Workplace Diversity and Ethics 2005

• Co-employment Logistics Training (Managing Contract Employees) 2007

       

CERTIFICATIONS 

 
   

LEED-Accredited Professional—Spring 2008


Teaching Experience

I have been Assistant Professor in the Architectural & Engineering CAD department at Austin Community College since the Fall of 2020. In addition to teaching I have been rewriting the entire program curriculum and managing adjunct faculty.


Professional Publications

As a workforce educator, I am a practitioner and not an academic scholar or author.



Published: August 21, 2023