CAD Manager's Newsletter (#247)

8 Sep, 2010 By: Robert Green

:: A Preview of the CAD Manager's Survey 2010

Reader feedback helped create this year's survey, which is almost ready for your input. The topics will include demographic data, CAD standards, training, and much more.

In the last issue of the CAD Manager's Newsletter, I mentioned that I wanted your feedback about the upcoming CAD Manager's Survey. As a result, a good number of you replied, sharing some great ideas that will be included in this year's survey.

In this issue, I'll describe the structure of the survey so you can start thinking about your answers, and I'll give you one last chance to share your ideas for improving it. Here goes.

Personal Data

I've received many requests for details about the educational background, age, experience, and gender of the average CAD manager, so I'll gather that information in this survey. Questions will include the following:

  • Are you male or female?
  • What is your age?
  • How long have you been a CAD manager?
  • Do you have a two-year, four-year, or advanced college degree?

Compensation and Economics

This is the area that I receive the most questions about; it seems that everyone wants to know how their pay and benefits stack up against those of their peers. This year I hope to examine not just CAD management compensation, but also how poor global economies have affected job security for CAD managers. My hope is to draw some conclusions about how pay and economic indicators are linked so I can better predict future CAD management trends. Read more »

:: CAD Manager's Toolbox:
A Free File Transfer Utility Fills the Bill

When it's a hassle to share large files via FTP or e-mail attachment, this program offers a simple alternative.

I recently led a training class in which several video files were produced that I wanted to send to students. Because of the large size of the files involved, I posted them to my FTP (file transfer protocol) site, but I soon found that many students either lacked experience with using FTP utilities or were blocked from FTP access by their IT departments.

I therefore asked myself the question: "What's the best way to send large files to clients?" Read more »


Do you have a helpful tip or item for the CAD Manager's Newsletter? Send it to me at If I use your tip in the newsletter you'll receive a cool Cadalyst prize!

:: Resources

Product Lifecycle Management Expert Blogs on the Topic
Jyotirmoy Dutta, lead of product lifecycle management (PLM) for medical technology firm Stryker, has begun writing a blog titled Puthimaas: My Thoughts on PLM. Recent posts include "Examples of Frugal Engineering," "Can PLM Encompass ALM (Application Lifecycle Management)?" and "Quality Risk Management: Missing Link in the Product Lifecycle?"

AVEVA Opens Centre of Excellence for Oil and Gas Industry
AVEVA, a provider of engineering design and information management solutions, has unveiled a new Centre of Excellence for Operations Integrity Management in Stavanger, Norway. The center will work with oil and gas owner-operators to design and deploy software solutions that meet their data handover, enterprise asset management, and decision support requirements.

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:: Events

Webinar: Lifecycle Assessment and BIM for Sustainability
September 14, 2010
10–11 a.m. PT
Robert Middlebrooks will lead this webinar from Autodesk, which will address the need for architects, engineers, construction professionals, and building owners to focus on the best decisions during conception, design, construction, and operations in order to support sustainability objectives. Read more »

Capture 3D Users Group Conference and 3D Metrology Workshop
October 6–7, 2010
Newport Beach, California
The goal of this fourth biannual conference is to provide tips, techniques, and solutions to improve internal processes in order to maximize return on investment. Topics will include 3D scanning, quality control, inspection, reverse engineering, and more. Read more »

Seventh International Revit Technology Conference (RTC), Australia
May 26–28, 2011
Gold Coast, Queensland
This independent conference covers topics of interest to those using the Revit platform as a base for building information modeling. Speakers and delegates include designers, owners, surveyors, and facility managers. Attendees can learn from instructors and industry experts, explore trends and technologies, and share ideas and insights with an international community. 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

Shortest Route to a 3D Throw Pillow
As use of Autodesk Revit increases, so does the demand for stock imagery, called entourage, to add detail to architectural presentations. Read more »

Bentley Adds Three Product Firsts to OpenPlant Line
OpenPlant Modeler V8i, OpenPlant ModelServer V8i, and OpenPlant Isometrics Manager V8i achieve interoperability requirements of iRING user community. Read more »

User Profile: Revving Up Software Training
Jan-Willem Zuyderduyn is determined to teach 3D modeling techniques in a way that's challenging, accessible — and fun. Read more »

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