Our group of CAD Manager All-Stars is back again this year with a new list of topics to discuss. Learn from the experiences of this panel of diverse CAD managers who are widely respected as leaders in their field. Hear their unique perspectives and solutions to challenges faced by CAD managers from organizations of all sizes and backgrounds. Topics include CAD standards, keeping up with rapidly changing technology, managing users, communicating with management and other nontechnical people, budgeting, and much more. There will also be time to ask these experts the questions you’ve always wanted to ask. Bring your questions and get answers from 4 CAD managers who have been there and done that. AIA Approved
CAD Managers and users with CAD management responsibilities
Rick Ellis is the President of CADapult Software Solutions, where he provides training and consulting services to clients around the country, helping them get the most out of their design software investment. Ellis specializes in AutoCAD Civil 3D software, AutoCAD Map 3D software, InfraWorks software, AutoCAD Raster Design software, and AutoCAD software. He is a member of the Autodesk Developer Network, and the author of several critically acclaimed books on AutoCAD Civil 3D software and AutoCAD Map 3D software, including the Practical Guide series. Ellis continues to use AutoCAD Civil 3D software on projects in a production environment, and he teaches classes to organizations both large and small around the country. This practical background and approach has made him a sought-after instructor by organizations around the world.
Since 1991, Robert Green has provided CAD management consulting, programming, training, and technical-writing services for clients throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. A mechanical engineer by training, Green has used many popular CAD tools in a variety of engineering environments since 1985. Green has acquired his expertise in CAD management via real-world experience as the “alpha CAD user” everywhere he has worked. Over time, he has come to enjoy the technological and training challenges associated with CAD management, and he now trains CAD managers via public speaking. Green is well known for his insightful articles in Cadalyst magazine, and for his book, Expert CAD Management: The Complete Guide (published by Sybex). When he’s not writing, Green heads his own consulting practice, Robert Green Consulting, based in Atlanta, Georgia.
R.K. McSwain has worked in the civil engineering / survey industry for more than 20 years. His responsibilities have ranged from hand drafting to using the latest versions of AutoCAD Civil 3D software. McSwain has 20 years of experience developing applications for AutoCAD software using AutoLISP dialect, Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), and other languages. His specialty is in the administration of AutoCAD software-based systems, including installation, customization, and standards development. McSwain has 15 years of experience in presenting professional training seminars on AutoCAD software and AutoCAD-based applications such as AutoCAD Civil 3D software. As a contributing editor for Cadalyst magazine, McSwain performs software and hardware reviews, and serves as Hot Tip Harry and content reviewer for the Cadalyst weekly newsletter "Tips and Tools Weekly." McSwain created CAD Panacea (http://cadpanacea.com) over 11 years ago as a resource for CAD users all over the world. He is a member of the Autodesk Expert Elite and the Autodesk Bloggers Council.
Curt Moreno is the owner and editor of Kung Fu Drafter, a blog that is CAD-centric and geek peripheral. He is an active freelance content creator for clients such as the Autodesk, Inc.; Hewlett-Packard Company; and other corporations, large and small. He is also a contributing editor to Cadalyst magazine as member of the board of directors for Autodesk User Group International (AUGI), and he’s a highly rated Autodesk University speaker. He has written and spoken on topics revolving around the CAD profession, management issues, presentation topics, and customer relations for the past 6 years, and he hopes to broaden his reach. Moreno currently lives in Houston where he is the CAD coordinator for a Texas-based engineering firm. He is a public speaker and trainer, and enjoys spending time with his dog and horses. Visit his blog at www.kungfudrafter.com, follow him on Twitter at @WKFD, or search for him on Google+.
Silman is a structural engineering firm with offices in New York, Boston, and Washington, DC. As the Digital Design Manager, Kate Morrical is responsible for coordinating procedures and standards for software used in the design process, whether CAD, Building Information Modeling (BIM), or design/analysis programs. Before rejoining Silman in 2012 (where she also worked from 2003 to 2008), Kate was a Technical Marketing Manager for Autodesk, Inc. There, she worked on the AutoCAD software family of products, specifically AutoCAD LT software. She has over 15 years' experience with Autodesk products, is a member of the Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) Board of Directors, and has presented at numerous technical events, including Revit Technology Conference North America and several Autodesk University conferences.
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