CAD Manager's Newsletter (#250)

27 Oct, 2010 By: Robert Green

:: CAD Manager's Survey 2010, Part 2

Robert Green examines survey results about compensation, job security and workloads, corporate spending and training, and authority in the workplace.

This installment of the CAD Manager's Newsletter picks up where the last one left off in reporting the results of my annual CAD Manager's Survey. In this installment, I'll provide news about the economic situation in which CAD managers find themselves and how their jobs have changed since my 2008 survey (prior to the global recession).

I conducted the 2010 CAD Manager's Survey in September 2010, and approximately 194 readers provided input for this survey. The 2010 survey occurred roughly two years after the 2008 survey, which allows me to compare the pre- and post-economic meltdown worlds of North America and Europe and the effects on CAD managers and their jobs. Here goes.

Compensation Changes

Given how much economics have changed in the past few years, I wanted to measure more than just salary levels. Some interesting results and conclusions follow.

The bad news remains bad in terms of compensation. The survey indicates the continuing trend toward cutting or freezing compensation levels.

From the survey responses, the salaried and hourly CAD managers said:

  • 21% have had their pay cut since 2008
  • 36% have had their pay frozen since 2008
  • 43% reported no pay cuts or freezes since 2008

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:: CAD Manager's Toolbox: Autodesk License Management

This tip can help you manage license servers across multiple offices.

Reader Andrea Andreetti of DuctiSoft provided a great tip for managing multiple Autodesk license servers in various offices.

Find this key in the Windows registry:


You can now enter your FLEXlm port number using this format:

"Port number @ IP address" of the server where the FLEXlm is installed. (example 1234@123.456.789.0)

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:: Resources

Trimble Relaunches Informational Web Site for Customers
Positioning technology provider Trimble has rebuilt its Productivity web site, which offers news, magazine articles, brochures, white papers, product and application information, and a dealer locator. The new site has been designed for faster navigation, and users can create and upload their own videos.

First Service Pack Released for Vectorworks 2011 Line
Nemetschek Vectorworks has released a service pack that addresses many minor issues with the Vectorworks 2011 product line, especially in the areas of the new 3D environment, the latest building information modeling features, and the CINEMA 4D engine integration to Renderworks.

Roland Launches New Spanish-Language Printer Web Site
Printing and 3D modeling technology provider Roland DGA has launched a Spanish-language version of its consumer website designed to better serve Spanish-speaking businesses across the Americas. The site comprises more than 400 translated pages of product overviews, applications, company news, and case study articles.

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:: Events

Webinar: Construction Automation — Laser Scanning, BIM, and Machine Control at Turner Construction
November 3, 2010
1 p.m. ET
In this webcast, Autodesk and Turner Construction will present technologies and processes that can enable more efficient ways of completing heavy highway and land development construction projects. Topics will include using laser scanning and machine control in BIM (building information modeling) workflows. Read more »

Dassault Systèmes Customer Conference 2010
November 9–10, 2010
Orlando, Florida
The Dassault Systèmes (DS) Customer Conference is a PLM and 3D event designed for DS customers, partners, and technology leaders. Speakers will include DS President and CEO Bernard Charlès and representatives from Ford Motor Company, Procter and Gamble, GE Energy, IBM, Medtronic, and Tesla Motors. Read more »

Revit Technology Conference (RTC) 2011, North America
June 23–25, 2011
Huntington Beach, California
Having run in Australia for the past 6 years, the Revit Technology Conference (RTC) will hold its inaugural event in North America in 2011. RTC is an independent conference covering all things Revit: building information modeling and the whole ecosystem that supports it. 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

See Your Work on the Cover of Cadalyst Magazine!
Cadalyst editors invite designers and rendering artists to share your best rendering work, demonstrating the effective use of visualization techniques and technologies for communicating the intent of building, infrastructure, mechanical, product, or other CAD-based design. Our favorite entry will appear on the cover of Cadalyst magazine, fall 2010 edition. Sponsored by BOXX Technologies. Read more »

Bentley Releases Inaugural Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners Ranking
First-of-its-kind global ranking of public- and private-sector owners represents more than $13 trillion in infrastructure investments in 46 countries. Read more »

First Look Review: Autodesk Inventor 2011 (for AEC)
AEC users benefit from cross-platform collaboration between the software that designs the equipment and systems within buildings and the buildings themselves. Read more »

AutoCAD for Mac: It's Finally Here (Again)
A brand new, native version of AutoCAD arrives for the OS X platform, sporting an intuitive interface but lacking a number of key features. Read more »

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