CAD Manager's Newsletter (#269)

28 Sep, 2011 By: Robert Green

:: CAD Manager's Survey 2011 Goes Live

The annual survey is back — and it needs your input to succeed!

Over the past decade, I've been surveying the CAD management community to report on salary trends and various other factors that reflect job conditions for CAD managers. Each year, I ask for your help so we can all learn where we stand and how conditions compare with previous years.

In the past three years we've seen a lot of volatility in the economy, and resultant changes in the compensation and duties for CAD managers. There have also been profound technology developments — including BIM (building information modeling) adoption, cloud computing, WAN (wide-area network) challenges, and self-paced training tools — that have conspired to change the tools we all use to manage CAD in our environments. So in the 2011 CAD Manager's Survey, I'll be asking some new questions to help quantify how the CAD management landscape is changing.

Please take a few minutes to read through the content of the survey and the descriptions of the analyses I will perform, then log on and participate in the survey. The more replies we get, the more useful the survey will be. After the results are tabulated, I'll digest and analyze the data and draw some conclusions that I'll report to you in future issues of the CAD Manager's Newsletter.

Here goes.

Compensation and Demographics

The number-one thing I'm asked is how much CAD managers are making, given the experience and educational credentials they bring to the table. I'm seeing a rift growing between 2D and 3D/BIM managers, so questions to measure these trends have been added this year. I'm also tracking gender and age information to determine how the CAD manager role is changing in terms of average age and male-to-female ratio. Read more »

:: CAD Manager's Toolbox: AUGI Salary Survey Results

Curious about CAD paychecks? Check out these figures from Autodesk User Group International.

If you don't use Autodesk products you may not know about AUGI (Autodesk User Group International), but you should check out the organization's recent CAD user salary survey nonetheless. Even though the 2011 AUGI Salary Survey is Autodesk-centric, I've found it to be a reliable barometer of the CAD industry as a whole, particularly with respect to regional and discipline-based trends. Read more »

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

:: Resources

Tekla BIM Model Coordination Tool Available on
GRAPHISOFT has begun offering Tekla BIMsight as a free download from The software is designed for BIM (building information modeling) model coordination. With it, construction companies and others can use their own design files for 3D project collaboration purposes — for example, to detect clashes.

:: Events

SolidWorks 2012 Launch Events
October 3–25, 2011
Various cities
FISHER/UNITECH will present a series of free launch events across the Midwest to support the release of SolidWorks 2012. Events will be held in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas. Read more »

2011 Autodesk University User Conference and Exhibition
November 29–December 1, 2011
Las Vegas, Nevada
Autodesk University (AU) 2011 will include hundreds of technical classes and hands-on labs, advanced classes for experts and managers, and free Autodesk certification exams. Read more »

CIMdata PLM Certificate Program: Santa Clara
December 5–9, 2011
Santa Clara, California
The CIMdata PLM (product lifecycle management) Certificate Program prepares PLM professionals at several levels to address the challenges inherent in PLM implementations. 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

CADspeed Blog Post: Remote Graphics and the Professional CAD Workstation
There is a growing demand for portability, energy conversation and cost savings in the CAD world — hence the movement to small form factor devices use of the cloud for review and commenting. Read more »

How to Hire a Great BIM Manager
The best leaders have several traits in common — and a few of them might surprise you. Read more »

First Look Review: SolidWorks Premium 2012
Latest release adds cost analysis, motion optimization, and faster handling of very large assemblies. Read more »

CAD Standards: Strategies for Success
Once you've developed these guidelines, how can you convince your users to follow them? Read more »

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Document Assemblies with Level of Detail
Suppress components and create views in Autodesk Inventor. Read more »

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