John D. (Jack) Foster
1581 Nelchina St. # A6 Anchorage, AK 99501
Home: 907-258-4486 Cell: 907-223-1101
30+ years in Piping, Plant Layout, Mechanical Design, Construction & Field Engineering. 15 Years
using AutoCAD + Rebis AutoPlant.
Please see the Addendum to my resume for Special Skills by scrolling down the page.
Accomplishments: Taught classes in Plant Design and AutoCAD 3D design at Autodesk University
in 2000 and 2001. Developed KIS Utilities and EZ-DIM with intelligent dimensions programs for
AutoCAD. Registered with AutoDesk as AutoCAD Developer and Consultant for working in 3D.
Taught beginning & advanced AutoCAD at community college for five years. Spent many additional
hours writing programs to make myself more productive using both AutoCAD and Rebis AutoPlant
Piping Design program. Easy clipped views for 3D design is one of the best programs.
Experience: 5/02 to Present 3D Design Services, LLC, Anchorage, Alaska. Converted 2D CAD and
paper drawings into 3D solid model of the Crowley CATCO vehicle. Design was created to high
accuracy for use in stress analysis and then drawings will be modified to create a newer much
better machine. 3D models of tanks & piping on trailers for portability for NANA/Colt and ASRC
Energy. 3D model of water treatment facility at Ft. Greeley for ASCG, Inc.
7/99 to 12/02: Senior Mechanical Piping Designer Phoenix Alaska Technology, Anchorage, Alaska.
Worked exclusively in AutoCAD 3D and 3D Studio MAX animations. Doing the conceptual and final
design for a new concept drilling rig for BP/AMOCO. I made ALL of the drawings for this new
concept drilling rig. It is light, modular and will be able to travel across the North Slope tundra
without the need for ice roads. I did all the animation’s necessary to secure the contract. Animation
included flying around the drill rig while working showing automated pipe handling, pipe delivery
boom, top drive and iron roughneck working together in real time. Many people have told me the
animation is very impressive! I am also the network administrator and handle a lot of the regular
simple network problems.
11/98 to 4/99 Senior Piping Designer AutoCAD 3D for APEL, Anchorage, AK.
Drew all the structural steel and 95% of the equipment, all in 3D, for a new concept mobile drill rig.
Developed 3D drawing for complete drill site on north slope. Drawing was utilized for planning,
engineering, environmental permits and sharing of information with other engineering members of
the alliance construction team.
3/98 to 11/98 Senior Piping Designer @ Tosco Refining Co.,
Bayway Refinery, Linden, NJ. Set up catalogs and create piping specs using new Rebis AP97
program. Developed method of creating specs using MS Access that is quicker and easier than
using Rebis Spec Generator. Trained piping designers in 3D and AutoPlant on a medium size
8/97 to 10/97 and 8/96 to 11/96 Senior Piping Designer @ Howe-Baker,
Tyler Texas Design piping for refinery using Rebis AutoPlant. Created menu customization and
programs to assist other designers. Created a simplified P&ID drawing program to suit a specific
requirement they had.
4/97 to 8/97 Senior AutoPlant Piping Designer @ Lockwood Greene,
Cincinnati, Ohio Trained designers to use AutoPlant Piping and be more productive when using it.
Drew all of the equipment in 3D to insert into equipment model. Routed utility piping systems for
food processing plant.
11/96 to 4/97 Senior AutoPlant Piping Designer @ Raytheon, San Juan, Puerto Rico Helped train
designers using AutoPlant in 3D Piping Design. Designed pipe and equipment for two tank farm
modifications. Developed great new method for creating plan and section drawings. Wrote program
for annotating pipe racks that saved many hours. Trained their AutoCAD people to design in 3D.
5/96 to 8/96 AutoCAD Senior Piping Designer using ProPipe 3D @ Molten Metal
Tech., Oak Ridge, TN. Design pipe and equipment in 3D for hazardous material waste reduction
plant. Mostly small bore pipe. Customized AutoCAD to help my coworkers easily manage xref's and
layers saving a lot of hours.
9/95 to 4/96 AutoCAD Senior Piping Designer using Rebis AutoPLANT
Process Systems, Inc. 1790 Kirby Parkway Suite 300 Memphis, TN 38138 Designed ALL the piping
for medium size expansion to chemical plant. Drew 100+ 3D pieces of equipment in only 4 weeks.
5/95 to 9/95 AutoCAD Senior Piping Designer using Rebis AutoPLANT @ Beloit Eng. Jacksonville,
FL. Piping design for $850M Pulp and Paper plant to be built in Indonesia. Wrote programs to
annotate pipe and add flow arrows that were always visible. Developed method of breaking down
huge 3D models into small manageable models.
10/94 to 5/95 AutoCAD Senior Piping Designer using EDA AutoPLANT Marinette Marine
Corporation, Marinette, Wisconsin 54143 Design various piping systems for 175' Coast Guard boat.
Developed method of checking interference's that reduced checking time from several hours to
usually less than one hour. Checking method was adapted to the design process which easily
increased productivity 10% to 20%.
3/94 to 10/94 AutoCAD Senior Piping Designer AutoPLANT. TDC Mechanical, Rio Rancho, New
Mexico, 87114 Design piping systems for Intel Pentium chip manufacturing facility using EDA
AutoPLANT Designer and Isometric programs. Extensively customized menu and wrote AutoLISP
programs making AutoPLANT easier to use. Also provided tech support and training on both
AutoCAD and AutoPLANT.
1/87 to 3/94 AutoCAD Senior Piping and Mechanical Designer. Hoechst-Celanese Corporation, PO
Box 1000 Narrows, Virginia 24124. Design & layout piping, HVAC & structural steel for plant
1984 to 1987: Field Engineer, Project Coordinator and Mechanical Designer (direct employment).
Conveyor Corporation of America, PO Box 646, Crowley, Texas 76036. Design and layout conveyor
components when in engineering home office.
1982 to 1984: Piping Design, Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, Glenrose, Texas. Systems
engineer responsible for CVCS and waste process systems.
1981 to 1982: Mechanical Inspector, Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant, Spring City, TN. Inspect work
performed by various craft.
1963 to 1981: Drafter and Designer, Mechanical and Piping @ various companies. Started with
Cincinnati Milling Machine drafting apprenticeship program. Followed this with contract engineering
doing anything to gain experience. Worked twice at Goodyear doing conveyors and machine
design. One year at GE jet engine plant. One year doing field surveys for sanitary sewers and
water lines. Litton Unit Handling Systems layout and design small complete conveyor systems. Six
month nuclear piping. Dow Chemical, Freeport, Tx 2 years and BASF Wyandotte Corp 5 years
doing primarily piping and some mechanical design work. A.E. Staley Mfg. Co. one year piping and
Addendum to resume of John D. (Jack) Foster.
I created this addendum to my resume as there are many things that I have done that are too much
to describe in a normal resume style. This has been done to emphasis some of those
accomplishments and things that I do that are way above a normal AutoCAD or Rebis designer.
I have setup design projects using various disciplines 3D drawings to create 3D models using
straight AutoCAD and Rebis AutoPlant software. This includes cable trays, individual pieces of
equipment, HVAC ductwork, piping and structural steel. These models are then xreferenced into
other design discipline drawings. This allows the designers to readily see where there is room to
place their discipline’s components. The designer can also see most interference or potential
interference problems. I have written many additional programs that allow attaching or overlaying
these drawings as external referenced drawings into other disciplines drawings. Most of these
programs use dialog boxes making all this easy to do. The ability to easily share drawings with
other disciplines greatly reduces design as well as construction costs.
In Tennessee two senior designers and the lead designer had spent two months working on a
project. Two weeks after I started on the project the lead designer stopped the other two designers
from doing any more design work. I found so many interference's in their design work that we
virtually started over. I was given the task of designing ALL of the pipe for the project, which was
several million dollars in size. I was able to complete all of this design and the project stayed on
schedule. Field rework was minimal due to my method of using multiple view ports and clipped views
when I design. This was done using Rebis AutoPlant.
I was asked by a Rebis sales rep to go to Raytheon, Puerto Rico to help them get started using
AutoPlant. Prior to my going to Puerto Rico Rebis had sent two of their instructors to Raytheon for
two weeks each but the users were still having problems. A designer created a clipped view using
my clipped view program that took him less than two minutes. He had previously spent nearly two
days trying to create the same clipped view. The project engineer told me she overheard the
designers talking amongst themselves and said "they didn't know what they would have done if I
had not come to Puerto Rico to help them. I also developed a way to do final construction plan and
elevation drawings that is great. Quoting the construction manager upon seeing this new type of
plan and section drawings, "I could put it together with grade schoolers' using these drawings" and
"this will save the field a lot of time." I stayed at Raytheon for 4 ½ months and they were mad when I
My supervisor at Beloit told me the designer from brand X. Engineering drew 15 pipe routing lines in
84 hours and I drew 15 equally difficult lines in less than 20 hours. I converted ALL the drawings to
"color by size" for an 850 million dollar pulp and paper plant by running six computers at the same
time over a weekend. I wrote a program to annotate the piping after conversion which saved many
man hours. This was all using Rebis AutoPlant.
I spent three days at Basic Systems in Cambridge, Ohio consulting with them on AutoPlant
Designer and Isometric programs. I showed them how to use multiple paper space viewports for 3D
design work. How to use clipped views to find interference problems. Provided some custom
programs and menu customization to help their designers. The first evening we were discussing
their project and I suggested they take one special area and make it one drawing instead of
several. The very nice comment I heard was "do you know how many drawings that will save us?" I
am sure this suggestion alone more than covered my cost.
In New Mexico on an Intel Fab project ten designers were struggling to use the AutoPLANT
Isometric program. A coworker and I made many modifications that helped get the project on track.
One designer reported to management "the project is a lot further along thanks to all the things
Jack did with the software."
The following are quotes from a memo sent to me concerning my usage and customization of the
AutoPLANT Isometric program at the Intel Fab project. "The work you have done with the EDA ISO
Metrics menus to automate redundant functions through macros and lisp routines has not gone
unnoticed." "... this work is valuable ..." and "...desire to incorporate features of your menu
customizations in the next release of the software."
My clipped view program is so quick and easy to use and is essential for 3D design work. It does
some additional features, such as creating related View's, UCS's and layers. For creating 3D final
plan and elevation views it will save even more time. Of the several hundred programs I have
written this one is in the top five category. I also have a method of using the 3D reps for making
final plan and elevation drawings that will save literally hundreds of hours. This is one of the
reasons several people have told me I am like a free employee. I save a company more time and
money than they pay me. A combination of my general design skills along with all the customization
and programs I have written is why.