CADDManager on May 31st, 2012
This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series The Trials of a New CAD Manager

Trial Five:  A CAD Meltdown A nuclear meltdown is a term for a severe nuclear reactor accident that results in core damage from overheating.  Accidental damage can happen in CAD also.  A meltdown is when the project gets a major derailing, a critical piece of hardware fails at the most inopportune time, software explodes in […]

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This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series The Trials of a New CAD Manager

Trial Four: The Smartest Guy in the CAD Room – Thinking you know it all Sometimes a new CAD Manager will think that they know everything that there is to know about the tools they use.  This feeling comes from the fact that they are most likely the smartest guy in the CAD room and […]

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CADDManager on May 23rd, 2012
This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series The Trials of a New CAD Manager

Trial Three:  Ambiguity of your Duties: What am I supposed to do? Sometimes new managers really do not have a full understanding of what they are to be doing.  Most have a good grip on what it took to get them the position, but if they are growing into the spot, they may not see […]

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This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series The Trials of a New CAD Manager

Trial Two:  The Constriction of Having No Control Trial number two is related to number one (The Authority Challenge) but it relates to not having control.  You have no control over key areas that impact your success. This relates to people and projects. Symptoms of this Trial:  The existing workforce that you have to work […]

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CADDManager on May 16th, 2012

Bentley Systems, Incorporated today introduced the shared OpenRoads information modeling functionality in its InRoads, GEOPAK, and MXROAD V8i(SELECTseries 3) products for roadway design. … Users of any or all of these products can now benefit from shared innovations that increase the potential of information modeling in road design, construction, and operations. The new functionality advances what’s possible in civil design through […]

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CADDManager on May 15th, 2012
This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series The Trials of a New CAD Manager

Becoming a new CAD Manager can be a joyous time in your career path.  You have finally achieved something that you have sought after for years.  You have been recognized by the firm for all of the contributions you have made.  You have gotten a title that you were seeking and know that you can […]

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CADDManager on May 9th, 2012
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Extraordinary CAD Managers

Coming to the end of this series with just a few more items to post. 7.  Procedures are a means to an end, not written in stone. Average CAD Managers usually have good CAD Standards.  They know their stuff and they get the document created and distributed.  They also get people to follow the standards.  […]

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CADDManager on May 8th, 2012
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Extraordinary CAD Managers

A couple more ideas about working you Core areas of CAD Management. 5.  Change is to be embraced and managed, not avoided. Average CAD Managers see change as annoying, a duty and demanded by others.  It appears to be complicated and threatening to some, something to be endured only when a firm is in desperate […]

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CADDManager on May 2nd, 2012
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Extraordinary CAD Managers

The last post introduced this topic and I continue with my outline of what might make an Extraordinary CAD Manager as they work on their Core. 3. CAD Managers serve others, not control them. Average CAD Managers want users to do just what they are told and they squelch creativity.  I am not talking about […]

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