CAD Manager's Newsletter (#303)

26 Jun, 2013 By: Robert Green

Meet Your Managers' Expectations

Upper management wants certain things from you as a CAD manager. Do you know what they are?

I recently spoke to a group of CAD managers in Dallas, Texas, and led an impromptu Q&A session where I let the conversation flow wherever it would. Surprisingly, I found a familiar theme from past years kept popping up: How does my management team expect me to get all this stuff done?

In my attempt to answer these concerns, I found myself articulating one of my own beliefs: "Upper management doesn't expect you to solve every single problem yourself, but they do have expectations about how they want you to handle your job!"

In this edition of the CAD Manager's Newsletter, I'll outline the key points from our discussion in the hope that you might find it as useful as we did. Here goes.

Expectation: Communicate

Senior managers are continually presented with a wide variety of problems from all sorts of people. Therefore, it stands to reason that they will always appreciate it when the employee reporting to them can communicate in a clear, concise, and unemotional way so they can quickly get back to work fixing all those problems.

Now let's put this in a CAD manager's context with the following communication recommendations:

Write shorter reports: Write in a short, executive-summary style when creating e-mails or printed reports. View your message as a conversation starter that grabs senior management's interest so you can confer with them in detail later. It is better to pique senior management's interest with a quick e-mail than bore them with a long, detail-laden message they'll never finish reading. Limit your reports to one page! Read more »

:: CAD Manager's Toolbox

How to Handle Employee-Provided Tools in the Workplace

More and more CAD managers are dealing with the BYOD (bring your own device) problem in their workplaces. Whether it is employees habitually texting or updating Facebook on their phones, accessing their desktops remotely via an iPad or laptop, or even using cloud file storage sites, managing the use of employee-provided tools is a vexing problem.

I've been reading a very helpful, and thorough, write-up on the management of BYOD issues from Cisco called the "Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Smart Solution Design Guide." Read more »

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:: Resources

CADENAS PARTsolutions Posts Catalog of PTC Creo CAD Models
CADENAS PARTsolutions has launched PARTcommunity for PTC, reportedly the world's largest online catalog of CAD models in native formats of PTC Creo design software. The portal provides free access to configure and download millions of certified native 3D models from more than 400 industrial supplier catalogs.

:: Events

RTC (Revit Technology Conference) 2013 North America
July 11–13, 2013
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
The RTC conference will offer an opening plenary session and keynote address, and multiple concurrent sessions over three days, including lab sessions. Attendees can learn from top instructors and industry experts, share ideas and insights with an international community of their peers, and explore the latest trends and technologies. Read more »

BIM Camp — Denver
July 25, 2013
Denver, Colorado
At BIM Camp, sponsored by Nemetschek Vectorworks, attendees will learn that adopting a building information modeling (BIM) workflow doesn't have to be time consuming or expensive. Read more »

Bluebeam EXtreme Conference
August 2, 2013
Los Angeles, California
Attendees of this conference can learn best practices from industry experts, connect with fellow Revu software enthusiasts, and attend a keynote presentation. 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

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