CAD Manager's Newsletter (#151)

24 May, 2006 By: Robert Green

CAD Management Trends, Part 2: What's happening with peers around the country related to software, hardware, budgeting and senior management

CAD Management Trends, Part 2

What's happening with peers around the country related
to software, hardware, budgeting and senior management

In the past issue of CAD Manager's Newsletter, I began examining current business and economic trends that affect CAD managers' working environments. In this installment I want to finish the series on CAD management trends by noting some software, hardware, budgeting and senior management trends I've observed over the past year or so.

I base these conclusions on informal polls I take of hundreds of CAD managers at various user groups and public speaking events. My polling isn't scientific, but I believe the generalizations I form based on the results are representative of the field as a whole.Read more >>

:: CAD Manager's Q&A

What's the best thing I can do to advance my career?

Robert Green responds: I get this question a good bit, and it's always one I struggle to answer. If I had to distill every piece of career advice I could ever give down to a single sentence it would be this:

Be a self-motivated learner who's constantly striving to improve!   Read more >>

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:: Resource

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:: Events

AutoCAD Tips and Tricks
June 1, 2006
Tampa, Florida
Avatech Solutions invites design professionals to a free event presented by Lynn Allen, Cadalyst columnist and Autodesk worldwide technical evangelist. Read more

2nd Annual Emerging Technologies, New Product Development & Marketing Innovations 2006
June 18-22, 2006
San Diego, California
This interactive MindXchange hosted by Frost & Sullivan examines and delivers real-world insights and case histories from seasoned product teams and emerging technology professionals. Read more

Collaborative Technologies Conference
June 19-22, 2006
Boston, Massachusetts
Conference program is designed to provide insight to help IT and business leaders develop and implement a collaboration strategy. Read more

AUGI CAD Camp -- Hawaii
June 29, 2006
Honolulu, Hawaii
Spec Systems hosts this AUGI (Autodesk User Group International) learning and networking event. Choose from 15 intense Autodesk product classes designed to provide productivity techniques you can apply immediately. Read more

VisMasters Design Visualization Conference
August 4, 2006
Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts
The VisMasters Design Visualization Conference is a one-day event focused on the business, art and technology of design visualization. Designed for professional visualization artists, architects, designers and students, the conference includes a full day of sessions, vendor showcase, user group events, networking opportunities, reception, industry awards ceremony and VisMasters after party. Read more

For Cadalyst's full calendar of events, click here.

:: What's New at

Cadalyst's New Job Search Now Live! Our new search tool offers a state-by-state list of CAD-related job openings, or you can customize a search to find your own list of U.S. job openings based on the keywords and locations you specify. Use the Job Search button on Cadalyst's Management, Manufacturing, AEC or GIS Web site or click here for a direct link. 

Tech Trends (Feature) -- Reverse-Engineering the Past: An industrial archeologist uses SolidWorks to bring an old locomotive back to life. 

Circles and Lines (Tutorial), by Lynn Allen: AutoCAD 2007 offers handy 2D updates that save you time.

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