Post Graduation / Enginering School
- Structural Security National Course - 1981
- Skyscrapers construction - 1982
- Development of Reinforced Concrete - 1982
- Structural Design of Buildings - 1982
- Structures' Calculation - 1982
- Seismic resistant Engineering - 1983
- Simpatcom - Applications of Reinforced Concrete – Years 1989 to 1993
Post Graduation / General
- Autocad Advanced Applications - 2001
- Cost Estimation - 2003
- AIA – American Institute of Architects - International Associate since 2004
- Frank L. Wright's Martin House Complex- Associate since 2009
Can you tell us a little about your background, who are you and what you do?
My name is Patricia Gamburgo. When I was 12 years old, I used to ask for grid paper to design floor plans, and after, I used to draw and write “scenes” happening in these houses. Naturally, I decided to study Architecture. During those years, I needed to work in order to pay the University, so I started tutoring high school students and later, I became a teacher-assistant at the University. My students used to say “this subject sounds easy when you explain it”. I became an Architect in December of 1980. I remember that, after my graduation, I felt that I didn’t have all the tools and answers for a design professional. So, I returned to University, for Post Graduation Engineering courses as well as continuing education. After this and during the following years, I worked with different companies, doing design and project management, as well as cost estimation and construction management (on site). Being the manager of a big project, supervising different professionals and coordinating all the documents turned out to be my biggest professional challenge. Looking for tools and solutions, I went to College to learn “Advanced CAD applications”, where I was introduced to the concept of Building Information Modeling (B.I.M.) and to the programs allowing the connection of all the documents of a project: I had found the answers I was looking for!
What motivated you to write the books?
I opened my website www.punchhelpers.com in 2002, and from the very beginning I trained Punch users. Again, I heard “this subject sounds easy when you explain it”. I exchanged emails with dozens of users, (some of them became friends) they sent comments and asked for long term assistance. I thought about a video series, but one of the users asked “what am I supposed to do while I am seeing the video? I need something that I can click and search 24/7” so the e-books idea was born. I started the first draft a long time ago, creating tutorials from questions asked at the Forum. In 2012, I became the Forum moderator, and the requests for training and books multiplied, so I decided to write a series of e-books, bringing together my Punch Software experience and my knowledge as an Architect.
New Second Edition! This is the fourth e-book of the Learning Punch Software (R) series, and as the title states, covers the current Power Tools included with the different titles of the program up to version 17.7, for Windows and 17.5.7. for Mac.
The well-known Punchhelpers' tutorials compiled and updated, with NEW texts and images as well as a NEW collection of frequently asked questions and useful answers about different topics. For all the Punch Software (R) programs up to V17.5, Windows and Mac Versions.
New Second Edition! This e-book includes Tutorials, How-To Guides, Questions & Answers and lots of resources to learn and understand the Punch! Software (R) programs, in all the versions. The topics are analyzed from the programs' point of view as well as useful design information. It combines Patricia’s experience with Punch! Software (R) with her professional knowledge as Architect
New Second Edition! This is the first book of a series intended to help the programs' users by providing learning resources that combine my experience using Punch! Software (R) with my professional knowledge as an Architect.
In this first issue, we are going to learn how to master the process of importing Cad drawings, objects and pictures as well as exporting and printing images and plans.