CADDManager on May 29th, 2009

I passed the 600th post recently and wanted to give a few stats on my blog. 137 posts on CAD Management 84 posts on CAD Standards 40 posts on Tips 57 Issues of the CAD Manager Journal – starting in 2004 832,651 hits since I opened the doors And some recent locations that have hit [...]

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CADDManager on May 28th, 2009

Do you break out the CAD files from all other files? Some put their CAD files under the same Root Folder and others have them elsewhere. Combine them or separate them you need to always put them in the same area so people know where they are. My preference? Put all project files under the [...]

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CADDManager on May 27th, 2009

The Root Folder Define the exact allowable characters and max length. Don’t leave it to the user to guess what to call the folders. Many times there are creative folders buried in your project that may include unacceptable characters. The whole point in providing a naming convention is to ensure consistency. You need things to [...]

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CADDManager on May 25th, 2009

There are many questions that need to be answered when defining what folder contains what data. Working through the questions will let you know how much information you need to include in your standards. My whole approach in helping you develop your standard is to just ask questions. These questions will help you think through [...]

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CADDManager on May 21st, 2009

When you are developing a CAD Standard, you have to ask a lot of questions. If you have the right questions, you are better set to achieve the right answers. As I proceed to escort you through the creation or review of your CAD Standard, I will be posing a lot of questions. There may [...]

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CADDManager on May 20th, 2009

Don’t expect anyone to read the Standard Okay – you have just finished defining, collecting, collating, writing and publishing your standard. Now – act like no one will ever read it. The reason I say that is because “if” people read it, it will be because you make them. Most of them will not care [...]

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CADDManager on May 19th, 2009

The Standard should be as brief as you can be and still be effective Keep it as short and as simple as you can. But not so short and sweet that it is not effective. This post will be an example of just that… Cover what needs to be covered to the depth that is [...]

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CADDManager on May 18th, 2009

The Standard is a tool to increase productivity The Standard helps increase your speed, quality and productivity. You want a Bottom Line – that’s it. In all my years of working in CAD, nothing has improved my environment better than a strong CAD Standard. Training has its value. Support has its benefits. Resellers and Autodesk [...]

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CADDManager on May 17th, 2009

Some firms have special in house terms that they use for file types. Backgrounds, Base Files, Master Files, X files, Sheet Files, Plot Files, CD Files, etc. Not all firms use the same “buss words” for the same kinds of files, so if you have some that you think are unique, include short definitions of [...]

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