• CAD Administrators vs IT?

    Let me get one thing straight, this isn’t meant as an attack on any one group and I’m not trying to single any group out. This is just my opinion on where I think the effort and skills should come from after almost 20 years in the industry.

    I’ve always had a strong opinion when it comes to CAD Administration and Management, having been in this area now for the past 10 to 15 years, that CAD Administration…

  • Where Has All the Training Gone?

    It’s a subject that has fascinated me for most of my working life. Why are companies so against training staff to get the experience they are after? I don’t mean training in how to do the job, but why overlook a very good candidate purely because they don’t have experience in one program or another? A good candidate will have experience in a number of different packages and should be able to get up to speed in a short…

  • Looking to Employ Superman

    A little while ago I wrote about the lack of training on offer for positions. Well lately it looks as though employers are looking for Superman with the list of requirements being asked for.

    Let’s face it, how many Lead Designers do you know who can also administrate both AutoCAD and MicroStation with experience in VB, basic macros and LISP? More to the point, just how many people will actually apply for these positions…

  • ‘Who is That Masked Man?’ – The CAD Administrator

    It’s a feeling I’ve had from time to time while trying to justify my existence to different people and companies. The reality is that many firms have tried to go down this path, in one way or another, only to end up with the wrong person and approach and be sworn off employing the right person for the job.

    So, what should you be looking for when it comes to a CAD Administrator and why are they necessary?

  • Sometimes It's the Basics - Part 3

    I hope you're going well during these hard times. It's certainly left me penty of time to ponder the future of the industry as well as mine. Lets add to this time to go over software updates and builds and there's some interesting times ahead.

    So, let's get to it.

    set construct toggle; selview all; update all

    This is a really easy way to turn off construction elements and refresh views all in one go. I…

  • Sometimes It's the Basics - Part 2

    Well, if you'r a regular reader I hope I haven't fried your brain with how my builds work. In the end, the build is about making it easier to deliver packages across the company no matter where the designers are and it can be managed from a single location. If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a message and I'll help where I can.

    So, back to a few of the basics.

    If you use a similar process to your…

  • Sometimes It's the Basics

    As a CAD Admin and Manager we can easily forget the little things that make day to day use of packages easier. Lately, I've been working with some mates from way back and while they love the new toys I've been working on, it's still the little things that make things easier.

    With AECOsim (OBD) and MicroStation, keyins via function keys or even custom menus can be very handy.

    For instance, we occasionally need…

  • Bentley Connect Changes to CADmanage Start-Up

    So, while we've had changes to the configs between V8i and Connect, the key to have all of this work using the same app is that we haven't had to change the code to the base CADmanage app. All of the work for Connect is happening at the config end in the application.

    We had our first look at this in our last article. For Connect we've had to move to a new std_appl.cfg file. This had been more around working with…

  • OBD Connect - std_appl.cfg Revisited

    It's been a while since I've had time to sit down and put some updates together. I've been wanting to share some updates for while, but rather than bombard you all at once I'll split down what I've done to date into OBD and OPM.

    If you've missed things to date, you can have a quick read here:

    The basics are still the…

  • Work Smarter, Not Harder II

    We're all wired differently. Me, I like to have things simplified when it comes to my tools. Like our first article on 'Work Smarter, Not Harder', this is where the VB Forms continue to make it easier to deliver a more cohesive interface.

    This time we're going to have a look more at View tools:

    View Form in VB

    As someone who likes to use full screen view for modelling and 2D, the key to making…

  • Work Smarter, Not Harder

    It's the little things that can make the difference when it comes to different CAD packages and the versions changes that can create confusion and slow people down.

    One way I work around this is to create custom GUI tools that are portable from version to version. That way, no matter what versions users face, the Company tools remain the same.

    For the jump from AECOSIM to Open Building Designer this was a big advantage…