Our group of CAD manager all-stars is back again this year with a new list of discussion topics. 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, as well as keeping up with rapidly changing technology, managing users, communicating with management and other non-technical people, budgeting, and much more. There will also be time for questions and answers when you can ask these experts the questions you've always wanted answered. Bring your questions and get answers from 4 CAD managers who have been there and done that.
CAD Managers and users with CAD management responsibilities
Rick Ellis is the President of CADapult Software Solutions, Inc., where he provides training and consulting services to clients around the country, helping them get the most out of their design software investment. Rick specializes in AutoCAD® Civil 3D®, AutoCAD® Map 3D, Autodesk® InfraWorks™, AutoCAD® Raster Design, and AutoCAD®. He is a member of the Autodesk Developer Network, and author of several critically acclaimed books on AutoCAD Civil 3D, and AutoCAD Map 3D; including the Practical Guideseries. Rick continues to use AutoCAD Civil 3D on projects in a production environment, in addition to teaching 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.
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; and other corporations, large and small. He is also a member of the board of directors for Autodesk User Group International (AUGI), and he’s an award-winning 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 8 years, and he hopes to broaden his reach. Moreno currently lives in Houston where he is the IT Manager for a Texas-based engineering firm. He is a public speaker and trainer and enjoys spending time with his dogs. 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, currently serves as President and Chairman of the Board for AUGI, and has presented at numerous technical events, including Revit Technology Conference North America and several Autodesk University conferences.
This class will examine the methods and benefits obtained in the implementation of a geotechnical Building Information Modeling (BIM) utilizing AutoCAD Civil 3D software and HoleBASE SI for a large transportation project with 118-plus borings within the Seattle area. McMillen Jacobs Associates knew they needed better visualizing methods and improved workflow efficiency when working with geotechnical data than those that the firm's legacy gINT system offered. The firm had a strong desire to utilize the functionality that Autodesk technology offered. The aim was to let this data be easily viewed and exploited in AutoCAD Civil 3D. The class will cover the transition to the AutoCAD Civil 3D / Keynetix solution, why a change was required, the new workflows developed to incorporate both legacy and new data, and the integration between the data management system HoleBASE SI and AutoCAD Civil 3D. We will also discuss any problems encountered in the process, together with the benefits gained and future opportunities the new technology will create.
Adding intelligence to your Inventor software designs is necessary when trying to speed up your design workflows. Inventor models don't have to be passive; they can have "intellect." Ask yourself these questions: Why should you always redo all the work every time you create a similar model? Do you find that you're creating similar models with only slight differences in size or configuration? Do you wish you could make your parts change when your layout changes? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this class is for you. We'll explore 4 different techniques to make your models work harder for you, covering the power of user parameters and functions, adaptive design, simplification, and iLogic. We'll learn how to use and apply these techniques to generate intelligent designs, improving the efficiency of design workflows.
Come and discover what the Inventor Product Development Team is working on for future releases of Inventor software and related offerings to help you in the future of making things. This session will feature Inventor Professional software.
AutoCAD Civil3D 2018 introduced a raft of new features.This class looks at two of those new features, connected alignments and dynamic offset profiles and how they will change the way you work with Civil3D.We will also look at some innovative ways to use these new features for other things, not just junctions.Who needs the junction wizard anymore? This workflow gives you more control and versatility.
Technology is moving at a fast pace these days-and with it comes technology disruptions. We'll look at what has happened in the past and what is happening today and see how your firm can come up with a strategy moving forward. Some items to start thinking about: How has your firm been dealing with these disruptions? What lessons has your firm learned? Where is your firm in the "bell curve" of adoption? Are you and your staff being proactive? Are you walking and talking "return on investment" on your processes? Asking these questions and more, we'll start looking at how to connect strategies together so your firm adopts and progresses with technology, staff, and workflows. After this presentation, you will take the first of many steps in what I call the Constant Cycle of Improvement.
Artificial intelligence-machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL)-is advancing rapidly. Industry 4.0 smart factories will provide (through the Internet of Things and data sharing) the massive amount of data required for accurate ML/DL training. Where are we today and how will this technology impact manufacturing in the future?
What is deep learning? In what fields is it useful, and how does it relate to artificial intelligence? Join this session with the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute to get a working understanding of deep learning and why this powerful new technology is getting so much attention. Learn how deep neural networks are trained to perform tasks with super-human accuracy, and the challenges organizations face in adopting this new approach. We'll cover the software, hardware, and training resources that many organizations are using to overcome the challenges and deliver breakthrough results. Plus, learn about the types of problems that benefit from deep learning, as well as the skills and knowledge needed to use this powerful technology and the characteristics of successful deep-learning projects.
Technology changes dramatically every year, resulting in significant improvements for users of AutoCAD, Revit, Inventor, 3ds Max, Maya, Showcase, Civil 3D, Autodesk Simulation and more—but only if you know what to choose and why. Learn important tips and tricks on latest processor selection, graphics card selection, memory, disk drives, and monitors for both the mobile and desktop workstations. We will also cover setups for virtual reality and artificial reality. This class will help you understand the most recent technology changes, and how to make your configuration choices to get the best performance for what you're willing to spend. We'll cover performance data as well as tips for proper setup. We'll highlight new features and technologies in the market that provide advantages to users. This course is geared for a beginner to intermediate level, and you just might see technologies you didn’t know existed. Keep your design process competitive as technology change is significant.
No doubt you've used YouTube to figure out technical problems before, right? So why not use YouTube-style videos to deliver your standards training? But how do you create your own videos and how do you get started? What kind of hardware, software, sound equipment, scripts, and cameras do you need to become your own video/training producer? In this class, we'll answer these questions while passing along effective practices for using Camtasia software as our editing tool of choice. From lesson planning to video capture through editing and creating output for various media environments, you'll learn some great tips and tricks. We'll also discuss some techniques you can use to refine your video presentations to evaluate your technique, voice, segment length, and pacing. If you've wanted to start making your own standards, project, or CAD training videos but weren't sure how to do it, this class will give you everything you need to get started.
This class will explore and question the standard forms of communication between architects, construction managers, and builders in various parts of the world. In some cultures, hiring an architect, designer, and/or construction manager is not a standard practice or form of service. Architectural drawings can be misleading and hard to understand to someone with limited education and background in the construction industry. The African Design Centre Fellows, together with MASS Design Group and Autodesk Foundation volunteers, workshopped and developed new drawing techniques and standards that can be applied in other contexts to break down the communication barrier between architects, builders, and foremen on construction sites in Rwanda. Using the Autodesk Foundation's Volunteer Rwanda Trip in October 2016 as a case study, the session will discuss the lessons learned and applied during workshops with builders and foremen to help architects and designers communicate more effectively.
This course will start with the assumption that many CAD / Building Information Modeling (BIM) managers have little to no direct managerial authority over the staffers they support, yet they're still expected to get results. To make things worse, many times these managers are also engineers, architects, or designers working under severe time constraints while expected to remain billable. This course will present strategies for peer-to-peer interaction with users and project managers that can help you persuade people to comply with key CAD/BIM management directives such as standards, file storage, training, and interdepartmental coordination. If you fit the peer-to-peer CAD/BIM manager profile, you're sure to pick up some solid ideas you can use immediately. And even if you do have full managerial authority, you can still benefit from using some of these collaborative and persuasive strategies. This class is designed for managers of numerous disciplines.
Whether you're a budding entrepreneur or an established machine tool manufacturer, social media has grown to be a major platform for business innovation, customer growth, and brand loyalty. Led by John Saunders of NYC CNC, let's discuss the specific roles that YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and more play in modern manufacturing, and why your company should-or should not-use social media. We'll cover best practices, dos and don'ts, how to successfully build a social channel, and how to measure results.