CADDManager on April 17th, 2015

Many of the Ribbon Panels in AutoCAD 2016 have more than meets the eye.  Want to see more of the menu… Try This: Click the little down arrow at the bottom of the Ribbon. This will drop down the additional menu items. Click on the Pin and it will hold the menu open for you. […]

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CADDManager on March 20th, 2015
This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Character and Skills

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Character and SkillsMoving to the Skills area now.  It differs from the Character portion of this series.  Character is who you are, Skills are what you do.  I am not going to list a long march of skills that define every last thing that a […]

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CADDManager on March 19th, 2015
This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Character and Skills

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Character and SkillsThe final installment of my short list of character traits. These are also known as soft skills.  The people side of things.  The intangible inner perspectives and habits that make someone who they are. Flexibility – Ability and willingness to go the extra […]

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CADDManager on March 18th, 2015
This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Character and Skills

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Character and SkillsLet’s take a look at the next set of characteristics. Having a Plan B – Defines back out strategy as part of planning. Quickly develops options if things derail.  Is not overly optimistic to the point of not thinking about things going wrong.  […]

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CADDManager on March 17th, 2015
This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Character and Skills

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Character and SkillsContinuing the thread of this series about what I think a CAD Manager should have as far as character and skills.  Here are the next few: Organized – Keeps track of tasks and deadlines. Knows how to prioritize. Is aware of others priorities […]

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CADDManager on March 16th, 2015
This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Character and Skills

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Character and SkillsRecently I was involved in a process where I had to define what I thought the personal character and skills of a CAD Manager should be.  I pondered this question and started jotting down my first impressions.  It was a concise list that […]

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CADDManager on November 14th, 2011

One of the things that I think we may have lost is knowing what you are actually depicting.  In the days when the draftsperson had to interact with the Architects, Engineers and Designers they learned what they were actually trying to depict in the finished product.  They would show pictures, sketch images and actually take […]

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CADDManager on November 8th, 2011

Think before you draw. Hand drafting took a long time.  It caused you to think before you actually set information to paper.  Thinking is good.  In today’s fast paced CAD and BIM markets, the software moves quicker than some people think. Moving from one sheet to another caused you to give pause and think “Am […]

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CADDManager on October 31st, 2011

We need to retain the ability to put together a set of Plans I mentioned this before so this is an expansion on that comment.  You should be thinking about how a set of plans are used and then group them for maximum efficiency and clarity.  The entire set should tell a story that starts […]

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