Column: CAD Manager
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Quality assurance in AEC design CAD is changing how we handle this essential building design phase.   1 Jun, 2003

CAD automation in the AEC drawing production process is changing some of the fundamental processes and aspects of professional practice, and not necessarily for the better. One such area is quality assurance checking and coordinating of drawings among the various...More>>

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Plotting in style: The face-off between named and color-dependent plot styles.   1 Apr, 2003

Though the official buzz at Autodesk University in December was about keeping CAD data digital, most of us continue to fuss with plotting to paper. Paper remains the preferred medium in many situations for all kinds of historical, practical, and legal reasons. I love the maxim "Never send a...More>>

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Manage the Review ProcessAnnual performance reviews can be an effective CAD management tool.   1 Feb, 2003

We often receive queries from CAD managers, especially young people or those new to the CAD manager role, about how they can learn about the people-management parts of their job. Internet newsgroups and forums feature a stream of complaints and grumbling about CAD management duties in environments...More>>

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What now?   1 Oct, 2002

The ongoing quest for full-featured, easy-to-use CAD software.More>>

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How to get what you need from upper management   1 Oct, 2002

CAD managers and users alike wonder how to get better support from upper management for the CAD manager position. One of the most frequently asked questions in CAD-related newsgroups is: How many CAD users should an organization have before it needs a full-time CAD manager?...More>>

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Don't Do It All?Delegate   1 Aug, 2002

More On The People Side of CAD ManagementMore>>

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Don't Do It All—Delegate   1 Aug, 2002

More On The People Side of CAD ManagementMore>>

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AutoCAD installation two-step   1 Apr, 2002

Preparation is key to successful software upgrades.More>>

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The Next Big Thing   1 Feb, 2002

What's on your CAD wish list?More>>

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Coping with CAD burnout,Part II: Know thyself   1 Sep, 2001

Many readers wrote to say how closely they identified with the burnout symptoms described in my November 1999 CAD Manager article, Coping with burnout. Though that article explored the causes and some partial solutions to burnout of CAD drafters who are under your charge, ...More>>