CAD Manager's Newsletter (#336)

28 Jan, 2015 By: Robert Green

CAD Management Predictions for 2015

During the next year, you'll see a variety of technology trends in your workplace. What will happen with BIM, the cloud, and more?

Now that we've all had a few weeks to settle into the New Year, many of us are pondering what challenges we'll face in the year ahead. Unfortunately, nobody exactly knows what to expect, and that leaves us to wrack our brains to forecast what's coming as best we can.

In this edition of the CAD Manager's Newsletter, I want to share some of my CAD technology predictions that I'm using to plan 2015 for my business, in hopes they may help you plan your year as well. After all, if we know what to expect, we have a much better chance of success! Here goes.

Trends to Watch For

Of course, trying to forecast the future isn't a precise science, but here are my top picks for trends of 2015:

  • building information modeling (BIM) penetrates the rest of the AEC world
  • cloud hype goes away
  • hardware technology is stable, and even less expensive
  • software upgrades are put on hold
  • file security makes a comeback
  • process takes on new importance.

How have I determined these trends, you ask? I synthesize information from a variety of sources, including:

  • interviews conducted with software industry personnel
  • experience with my clients
  • conversations with IT and CAD managers around the U.S.
  • conversations with hundreds of users at Autodesk University
  • good old gut feelings.

Let's examine each of these trends in a bit more detail.

BIM Penetrates the Rest of the AEC World

While there has been much discussion about BIM over the past few years, it has only been adopted by bigger firms that work on large, multidisciplinary projects where BIM is currently required. In contrast, if you talk to a small architecture firm, subcontractor, or a specialty construction firm that erects strip malls, builds small schools, or renovates existing buildings, and you find that BIM is still conspicuously absent. I believe that will change this year, as BIM reaches those smaller firms as well. Read more »

:: CAD Manager's Toolbox

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Total Folder Monitor

If you're like most CAD managers, you spend too much time trudging through network folders cleaning out garbage, organizing folders, and converting files. While none of these tasks are difficult, they are laborious. In the past, I've reverted to my DOS batch skills or old Command line utilities and spliced them into my Windows services, but that process takes time and isn't familiar to everyone. There must be a better way, right?

I've started using a utility called Total Folder Monitor from to automate these sorts of tasks. After a quick download, simply set up the desired parameters and Total Folder Monitor runs and keeps constant tabs on the target folders and tasks you specify. Read more »

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


:: Resources

Free ClearEdge3D Webinar Addresses BIM Challenges
ClearEdge3D has published on its web site a free, on-demand webinar for AEC professionals involved in scanning/modeling projects. "25 Tips, Tactics, and Work-Arounds for Better As-Built BIMs" offers planning tips to ensure an on-time, on-budget deliverable; on-site data collection tips; data processing and modeling best practices; and more. Viewers must fill out a brief form to access the webinar.

Report Predicts BIM Market Growth Despite Challenges
Markets has published a report that forecasts the global building information modeling (BIM) technology market will grow 17.4% over the next few years. "The Global BIM Market 2014–2018" ($2,000, single user) notes that major challenges in this market include the lack of expertise and the high cost of training.

:: Events

What's New in Bluebeam Revu 2015
February 4, 2015
11 a.m. PT
In this webinar from Novedge and Bluebeam, viewers will see Bluebeam Revu 2015's new features in action. Read more »

FME World Tour 2015
April 8–June 30, 2015
Various cities worldwide
Safe Software will sponsor one-day FME user meetings in more than 60 cities in 22 countries around the world. Read more »

Spring 2015 BIM Forum: Transforming Deliverables
April 29–30, 2015
San Diego, California
Registration is now open for this spring's building information modeling (BIM) event from BIMForum, which will focus on transforming deliverables. Read more »

AIA Convention 2015
May 14–16, 2015
Atlanta, Georgia
This year's American Institute of Architects (AIA) convention promises nearly 300 educational opportunities, a first look at new materials and technology, anda keynote speech by President Bill Clinton. Read more »

Revit Technology Conference (RTC) Australasia
May 14–16, 2015
Queensland, Australia
Those who attend the eleventh Australasian Revit Technology Conference will have the opportunity to explore the latest trends in Autodesk Revit and related technologies, and to share ideas and insights with an international community of their peers. Read more »

North American Revit Technology Conference (RTC) 2015
July 23–25, 2015
Washington, D.C.
The fifth North American RTC will offer an opening plenary session and keynote address, multiple concurrent sessions over three days, and lab sessions. 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

Learning Curve Tutorial: Yet Another Way to Go from 3D to 2D in AutoCAD
To create 2D views from 3D models quickly, try the ViewBase family of commands. Read more »

Internet of Things: What It Means for Designers and Their Companies
The growing network of web-connected products demands a new approach to product development. Read more »

SPECapc Releases PTC Creo 3.0 Benchmark
Users can measure and compare the performance of PTC Creo 3.0 on the latest generation of CAD workstations. Read more »

HP Expands Workstation and Display Options for 2015
Two workstation Ultrabooks lead the lineup of offerings for professionals in AEC, manufacturing, and entertainment. Read more »

About the Author: Robert Green

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