CAD Manager's Newsletter (#226)

23 Sep, 2009 By: Robert Green

What's the BIM Deal? Part 3

Managing expectations and planning ahead will help minimize stress and ensure a successful BIM implementation.

In the past two issues of the CAD Manager's Newsletter, I explained what BIM (building information modeling) is, deciphered its key terms, and outlined what you should prepare for. In this continuation of the series, I'll address the critical concept of positioning your BIM implementation for success — both your personal success as a CAD manager and your company's success with BIM.

So if BIM's in your future and management seems to be on board, what must you do next? Here goes.

Managing Expectations

Everyone in your company already has expectations about the BIM transition. Some users are dreading a negative experience that will require a lot of change and effort on their part. Management teams often expect implementation to be easier, faster, and cheaper than it really will be. And in some cases IT departments underestimate how taxing BIM applications can be on hardware and network infrastructures.

If you combine all these expectations and misconceptions, you can see that nobody is going to be happy when the reality of BIM implementation sets in. And if nobody's expectations are met, then you, the CAD manager, will suffer.

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:: CAD Manager's Toolbox: How Can I Motivate Myself?

The past year has been hard on CAD managers, but it's time to get reinvigorated.

I've received a number of gloomy emails from CAD managers in the past year. With economic problems, layoffs, and the like, you can forgive people for getting a little down. So the question might be, "How do I get past this funk and get motivated again?"

I wish I could snap my fingers and make the economy better, but since I can't, I'll offer the following suggestions for you to try in the meantime:

  • Learn something new about CAD that interests you. Learn it on your own time and reap the motivational benefits of getting out of your rut. During this downturn, I'm digging in to learn more about programming environments and simulation. Learning something new has me pumped up — and it'll work for you too.

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:: Resources

New White Paper on 3D Printing Integration Available from

A new white paper has been added to the white paper library titled, "Top 5 Reasons to Integrate 3D Printing into Your Product Development Lifecycle." This paper from Objet explores how organizations have leveraged this technology to gain an advantage over their competitors.

ESRI Releases Free E-Book on Spatial Thinking

Essays on Geography and GIS, Vol. 2, the latest offering from the Best Practices series published by geographic information system (GIS) software developer ESRI, is a collection of essays written by many of the top academics in the fields of geography and GIS technology. Previously published individually in the company's ArcNews magazine, the collection of articles provides insight into the power of spatial thinking. The e-book is available for download at no cost.

:: Events

Webinar: The Five Pillars of Engineering Document Management

September 22–24, 2009
1 p.m. EDT
Engineering software provider First Trace has turned its white paper, "The Five Pillars of Engineering Document Management," into a live webinar. Read more »

Webinar: Engineering vs. the Office: Fundamental Differences in
Document Management

October 6–8, 2009
12 noon EDT
This webinar from First Trace will provide a primer of the fundamental differences in document management and the risks associated with picking the wrong solution for the job. Read more »


For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to

:: What's New at

The Print Factor
AEC firms are facing a variety of challenging market trends — including decentralized printing, widespread use of color, and growing demand for environmentally responsible projects — that can be addressed with a modern wide-format printing system.
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Peer Software Facilitates CAD Collaboration
When implementing a CAD collaboration framework, the chosen solution must accommodate all stakeholders, whether they're located in the same office or scattered among multiple locations. Read more »

Drawing Connections between GIS and Design
With its forthcoming release of ArcGIS 9.4, ESRI is introducing new tools for geodesign. Wacom worked with ESRI product engineers to ensure that its interactive pen display systems will help users fully exploit these tools. Read more »

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