CAD Manager's Newsletter (#222)

22 Jul, 2009 By: Robert Green

CAD Management in a Continuing Recession, Part 2

Industry experts Lynn Allen and Nigel Davies advise on how to survive and thrive during the down economy.

The recession and high unemployment continue to be big news in North America and Europe, and the e-mail I receive from readers continues to focus on economic concerns. In the last installment of the CAD Manager's Newsletter, I laid out the dire economic statistics and made some recommendations for CAD managers dealing with the downturn.

To give you some alternate viewpoints, I've asked a couple of my industry colleagues to respond to some questions related to CAD management in this economy. I think you'll find their replies thought-provoking.

The first person I interviewed was Lynn Allen, technical evangelist for Autodesk. Lynn travels more than anyone I know and trains thousands of users around the globe every year in the latest Autodesk applications. If anybody has a grip on software use and training trends, it's Lynn. For insight, check out Lynn's blog.

The second interviewee was Nigel Davies, owner of Evolve Consultancy in Keynsham, United Kingdom. Nigel performs system integration, CAD management, and process optimization consulting for companies using Autodesk and Bentley products throughout the United Kingdom. Like me, Nigel served as a full-time CAD manager at several firms before consulting on his own, so he has a keen eye for what CAD managers are experiencing in European markets. For more information, visit Nigel's Web site.

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:: CAD Manager's Toolbox:
Restarting CAD Licenses and Subscriptions

If you need to discontinue software because of the economy, what do you do when you need it again?

I've received questions from CAD managers whose companies have had to abandon some of their CAD licenses or stop subscription contracts as a result of the poor economy. Readers wonder what will happen later, when business picks up and they want to put the abandoned licenses back in use.

To address these questions, Cadalyst Editor-in-Chief Nancy Johnson asked Angela Simoes, manager of corporate PR, channel, and education for Autodesk, to explain the company's software licensing policies. Following is a snapshot of Autodesk's policy. For more information and advice, see the full article coming later this week to

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:: Resources

Luxology Unveils Asset Sharing Web Site for Modo

Luxology, a developer of artist-focused 3D software, unveiled Luxology Community Asset Sharing Site, a participatory content-sharing portal and learning resource. Users can upload and download presets, exchange associated usage tips and techniques with other artists, and more.

Transoft Solutions Launches Corporate Blog

AEC software developer Transoft Solutions launched its new corporate blog, Ahead of the Curve. The site includes information on the AEC industry and CAD technology, as well as Transoft news.

COMSOL Launches Community Site

Multiphysics modeling software provider COMSOL announced its new networking site, COMSOL Community, which includes a suite of services to facilitate interaction among users and the exchange of models and application expertise.

:: Events

Workshop: Implementing AutoCAD Civil 3D 101

July 23, 2009
San Francisco, California
In this seminar, Ideate's civil engineers will share their best practices for implementing Civil 3D. Read more »

Test Drive: Transportation with AutoCAD Civil 3D

July 28, 2009
San Jose, California
Join Ideate's civil engineering team as they walk attendees through a hands-on exercise to design a road that has been completed using the corridor model in Civil 3D. Read more »

Summer Series: Splash into Futurecasting

Through August 11, 2009
Various dates and times.
For six weeks this summer, Fiatech is hosting webinars to share its tips and trends. The series looks at future forecasts in energy, economics, cities, organizations, and technologies. Read more »

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on

:: What's New at

Cadalyst Labs Review: Revit Architecture 2010
Look beyond the controversial ribbon interface and you'll find some great improvements, including gradient backgrounds, local file creation, conceptual design tools, and a flexible API. Read more »

Solid Edge Tutorial: Learn Synchronous Technology at Your Own Pace
Choose the proper template in Solid Edge to complete existing designs in the mode they began as you transition to Synchronous Technology. Read more »

About the Author: Robert Green

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