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The CADDle Call

The CADDle Call

By ZenTek Consultants
Computer-Aided Design & Drafting meets humor and practicality, with a touch of business acumen thrown in for fun. Jim and Rocco, owners of ZenTek Consultants, the premiere U.S. technology consulting firm for the architecture, engineering, construction, and manufacturing industries discuss the fascinating world of CADD with some humor and honesty. Join them, and their industry-expert guests for CADD- focused tech and biz discussions. Warm Duck Shuffle by arnebhus |
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Civil CAD Software - We Don't All Need the Expensive Verticals

The CADDle Call

Civil CAD Software - We Don't All Need the Expensive Verticals

The CADDle Call

Getting 3D and BIM Data into the Field
Join us as we discuss affordable ways to get BIM and 3D model data into the field for staff to access easily.
May 12, 2021
The Management Part of CAD Management
Robert Green, expert in all things CAD Management, is back with us to discuss why CAD Managers need to understand and address the business side of CAD - from ROI to preparing training to selling your ideas to upper management. CAD Management is not just about setting up CAD standards and being a really good CAD person - listen in and learn why.
May 5, 2021
Construction Estimating with Bluebeam Revu
This week we discuss the powerful estimating tools in Bluebeam Revu and how firms can make the most of them to make their construction estimating processes more accurate and efficient.
April 28, 2021
Civil CAD Software - We Don't All Need the Expensive Verticals
Craig Swearingen, CAD Management & Civil Design expert, joins us today to discuss BricsCAD Pro, a CAD system with vital civil design features and tools that can be an alternative to the more expensive civil design software available today. Mr. Swearingen is also an Implementation Specialist at Bricsys.
April 21, 2021
Why is There Still a lot of Paper in Paperless Design?
Kevin Vaughan, Vice President of Tavco, joins us today to discuss why paper plotting isn't going away in the digital design world. We'll also take a look at cool new tools and features available.
April 14, 2021
What's New in the Autodesk World
Our friend Kimberly Fuhrman, who is now the Revit Community Manager at Autodesk, joins us to discuss the new things coming our way from the Autodesk world and the direction she sees things moving in the next year or two.
April 7, 2021
Young Engineers & Designers - What's Missing from Their Education
In this week's podcast, we discuss the lack of formal CAD skills training in post-secondary education for young engineers & designers, along with the problems it poses for them once they graduate and look for their first job.
March 31, 2021
3D Design - Is it Right for Everyone?
Jo Walker of Jo Walker Design joins us to discuss her experiences with 3D design as it relates to smaller design firms, along with what she sees as the positives and negatives of 3D modeling.
March 17, 2021
Structuring Design Output for Real World Constructability
We have a special guest for this episode. Matt DeBasio, estimator at P. Agnes, joins us to discuss the key components of a constructability process and the important content that's often missing from projects. We'll also discuss the issues that many construction professionals run into, particularly with PDF construction documents, and how those issues can be fixed.
March 10, 2021
Developing & Implementing CAD Standards
Todd Rogers, BIM Manager at Walter P. Moore, is back in the house to discuss his thoughts and concerns on the best way to develop and implement CAD standards in a firm, and whether you should do it yourself or bring in a consultant.
March 3, 2021
Construction Estimating with PDF
In this week's podcast, we discuss PDF takeoff systems and the estimating tools and processes you can use within them to ensure consistency in your construction projects.
February 24, 2021
How Company Culture Impacts Technology Decisions
Travis Fischer, VDC Manager at Kinsley Construction, joins us once again to discuss how firms must proactively consider company culture and how employees will respond to your new technology, long before you implement it. He'll share his work in this area and tips and tricks for our listeners.
February 17, 2021
Procore for Design and Construction
With the rise of IPD, Integrated Project Delivery method of working, Procore construction management software provides a huge benefit to design firms. We discuss how it works and the benefits of using it in your design workflow.
February 10, 2021
The Podcast about Podcasts
The BIG 5-0! Yes, today marks our 50th podcast! For those who have been listening, we thank you for your support. In today's podcast, we're going to do something a little different and talk about what we've learned on our podcast journey, and just maybe spark some ideas for those who want to create their own podcast.
February 3, 2021
Technical Training - What is Available and Which Options Work Best
Training is vital at all levels and research shows that employees who receive regular training are less likely to leave their employer. Today we'll take a look at the different options for training and discuss the pros and cons of a few of them.
January 27, 2021
Managing the Remote Design/Build Workforce
In this podcast, we discuss the management of the remote workforce in the design and construction world, along with practical concerns and where the environment is headed in the future.
January 20, 2021
Civil Site Design Software: What are the Alternatives Today?
Join us as we discuss the major and up-and-coming players in the Civil Design software marketplace, along with the pros and cons of their tools.
January 13, 2021
Scan to BIM - Dream or Reality?
Julie Keverian of Bricsys is back to discuss the Scan to BIM process and whether it's a viable reality for many firms. This process encompasses scanning an existing environment and converting the point cloud data into a 3D model with BIM data.
January 6, 2021
Procore: Promises vs Practical Performance
Matt DeBasio, Estimator and Construction Technologist at P. Agnes Construction, uses Procore on a daily basis and he joins us to discuss his experience with this project management system, including its benefits and drawbacks.
December 16, 2020
The Impact of Monopolistic CAD Practices
Owen Wengerd, CAD Industry veteran for over 20 years, joins us to discuss his views on the long-term effects that monopolistic CAD practices have on the design world - both individually and corporate-wide.
December 9, 2020
Current & Emerging Technologies for the Design/Build World
Travis Fischer, VDC Manager for Kinsley Construction, joins us this week as we discuss the emerging technologies that are becoming most important to the design/build industry and how they change the work processes between field and office.
December 2, 2020
Understanding 3D Scanning and It's Importance
Jason Harless, CADD Manager at Cannon Corp, joins us this week to help us understand the different types of 3D scanning, the processes and the underlying concepts. We'll also discuss concerns and the importance of using 3D scanning in your projects.
November 18, 2020
CAD for Construction - Is it Worthwhile?
Traditionally most construction firms don't bother with a CAD system. But with the advent of 3D and BIM technology, more firms are finding that old school paper drawings and PDF files aren't enough anymore.
November 11, 2020
Autodesk AEC Collection - Benefit or Burden
Todd Rodgers, BIM Manager at Walter P. Moore, is back for a candid discussion on the breadth of the Autodesk AEC Collection and the concerns that come into play when users are trying to configure, distribute, and work with all the software in the collection, whether they use it all or just one or two of the software tools .
October 29, 2020
Customizing Tool Sets in Bluebeam Revu
This week we discuss the concept of tool sets in Bluebeam Revu and how you can create re-usable, company & task-specific intelligent tools that can be used on every one of your construction projects.
October 21, 2020
Balancing Your Software Portfolio
Robert Green joins us once again to discuss the concept of a software portfolio, how to manage it, and why it's important for every design and construction firm to have one. Mr. Green is the author of the CAD Manager column at Cadalyst, Director of Implementation at Bricsys, and all around CAD expert, so we're really excited to have him speak with us about this topic.
October 14, 2020
Are Contract CAD Drafting Services Beneficial?
This week Tony Gaffney, veteran CAD consultant, designer and instructor, joins us as to discuss the benefits of using a CAD drafting service and the process for effectively working with the firm you select.
October 7, 2020
AI in the CAD World - What it is Really
In this podcast, we discuss the concept of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it plays into the CAD world. We'll talk with Julie Keverian, Customer Success Specialist at Bricsys, about how AI benefits designers today and how much more we expect from it in the next few years.
September 30, 2020
CAD Conventions & Tradeshows
In this podcast we discuss a controversial topic - whether having employees attend CAD conferences, workshops and tradeshows provides a return on investment for a firm. We'll discuss the actual vs perceived benefits when compared to the cost, regardless if the event is virtual or in-person.
September 23, 2020
Architectural Rendering: The Options
Kimberly Fuhrman, architectural technologist and President of AUGI, is back with us this week to discuss the major architectural rendering options available on the market today, along with the benefits and drawbacks of each. 
September 16, 2020
Entrepreneurship - Starting Your Own Tech Biz
With the recent mass layoffs and business closures, many people are making the decision to open their own firms. This week we talk about how we started ZenTek Consultants and the share some of the lessons we learned during the process, including the necessary internal technology.
September 2, 2020
CAD Training - Which Type is Best?
This week we discuss the pros and cons of the different types of CAD training (in-person, online and pre-recorded) and which is best for modern businesses.
August 26, 2020
Could You Perform Civil/Survey Work in a Basic CAD System? Of Course!
Do you need to spend thousands of dollars for extensive 3D civil design systems? Or could you work in a much more affordable 2D system? In this podcast, we discuss the possibilities of using civil and survey design tools in a 2D CAD environment and whether it's a worthwhile pursuit.
August 19, 2020
Are Construction Management Apps a Benefit or Burden?
Construction is such a high dollar-value prospect that even minor efficiency and performance increases in project management can have a huge financial impact. Listen in as we discuss the Enterprise and Modular systems.
August 12, 2020
Tech Overkill - When it Stops Helping and Starts Hurting
In this podcast we discuss how too many software solutions can actually hurt your bottom line rather than help it in the way you had hoped. There is a point of diminishing returns when it comes to technology and you can put so many processes in place that the bulk of your workday is spent controlling those processes instead of completing billable work.
August 5, 2020
Redlining & Markups
This vital process all too often gets overlooked in the design & construction world because it's still done manually with pen and paper. However, modern technology makes this process faster, cheaper, and more efficient. So why is there resistance to change?
July 29, 2020
Benefits of Visualization in the Civil Design World
Todd Rogers, Senior Associate at Walter P. Moore & an expert in the Civil/GIS/BIM world, is back with us for an honest discussion about the positives and negatives of visualization in the Civil Design world. Listen in to learn why visualization is important and the benefits of using it over traditional plan presentations.
July 22, 2020
Clean Software Implementation
Robert Green, Director of Implementation at Bricsys and expert in all things CAD, walks you through the most important steps for preparing your network and systems for both upgrades and fresh installations of the software your firm uses.
July 8, 2020
Energy Analysis Using Autodesk Revit, FormIt and Insight360
We welcome back Kimberly Fuhrman, President of AUGI and a leading architectural technologist, to discuss early energy analysis and LEED when designing buildings. Specifically, we'll discuss the benefits of using the combination of Autodesk's Revit, FormIt and Insight360 software to perform multiple analyses on a project to optimize for a greener building, ensure compliance with LEED standards, and save the client money in the long-term.
July 1, 2020
Revit - It's Not Your Only BIM Option
This week, we continue with BIM and discuss how Revit is not the only option available today.
June 24, 2020
BIM in the Civil Environment
Today we're talking with Todd Rodgers about the uses of BIM (Building Information Modeling) in the Civil environment. Mr. Rodgers is the BIM Manager at Walter P Moore and on the Board of Directors for AUGI. Listen in as he explains why it's important to consider BIM in Civil projects and the details of implementing BIM workflows in the Civil workspace.
June 17, 2020
Software Resellers vs. Technology Consultants - What’s the Difference?
While there is some overlap between software resellers and technology consultants, there are also very distinct differences. In this week's podcast, we discuss the best practices for working with each one so you get the most out of your experience.
June 10, 2020
Building Products Manufacturing – Getting Your Product Easily Specified & Ordered
In this podcast, we discuss how Building Products Manufacturers are looking to get their products directly into the hands of architects, engineers, and contractors, and the tools they are using to ensure their products are specified in the design and bid processes as early as possible.
June 3, 2020
Controlling Non-CAD Files
In this podcast, we discuss the best practices for controlling your non-CAD files (i.e., bids, specifications, reports, cut sheets, etc.) in a design/build project.
May 27, 2020
CAD in the Cloud
In this podcast, we discuss the Cloud world and the feasibility of using CAD in the cloud.
May 27, 2020
Innovation in 2D CAD - Is There Any?
2D CAD is the oldest and most-widely used tool of the CAD world, but has it been left behind when it comes to development & innovation? 
May 20, 2020
Moving to BricsCAD - The Why and the How
Robert Green, CAD expert and Director of Implementation at Bricsys, joins us today to discuss the benefits and superior features of BricsCAD and why people are starting to shift from AutoCAD to BricsCAD as their primary drafting tool.
May 13, 2020
Civil Work – What goes into site and road design
This week's podcast deals with the realities of site and road design processes. We'll discuss the best ways to start a design and the different tools you can use to begin and, eventually, complete a project.
May 6, 2020
Collaboration for Construction – Working From Home Office and Field
Today we're discussing working remotely in the Construction world. With 42% of the construction workforce being regularly mobile today, construction firms are always looking for better, faster, simpler ways to control their documents while still making them available to staff, no matter where they are located.
April 29, 2020
Training CAD Staff - There's a Better Way
In this podcast, we discuss training CAD and design staff in this new paradigm of working remotely.
April 21, 2020
Cross Platform vs. Single File Type Models in CAD
Most firms are using at least three different software systems for design. Many more use specialized programs for HVAC, MEP, Structural and engineering analysis. This creates multiple headaches for CAD personnel and designers.  Today, we'll discuss the current shift in the CAD industry, where smaller, more responsive CAD systems are going to the concept of Single File Type Models. In other words, you use one primary software package, with one set of tools, that will handle all your design needs.
April 15, 2020
Construction Estimating – the Best Tools
We’re moving a bit outside the CAD world in this podcast to discuss construction estimating tools for an important reason: construction is the end product of designs and it helps to understand how end users work with design output we provide.
April 8, 2020
Remote Collaboration – What Does It Look Like?
In these unprecedented times, a lot of us are having to work from home without having the experience or infrastructure to do so. And in the design/CAD world, this is compounded by the need for collaboration. Join us as we discuss these challenges and how you can work through them.
April 1, 2020
CAD Management: The What, Why & How
Interested in learning more about CAD Management? Join us and special guest Robert Green as we discuss  the What, Why and How of CAD Management. Mr. Green is a respected speaker, author, and all around expert in all things CADD.
March 10, 2020
Parametric vs. Direct Modeling – Which is Better?
In this episode, we dive into the world of manufacturing and discuss the two primary methods of modeling, Direct and Parametric.
February 25, 2020
BIM vs 3D - What's the Difference?
In this episode, Kimberly Fuhrman, President of AUGI, joins us to discuss the differences between BIM (Building Information Modeling) and 3D Modeling.
February 18, 2020
Layers, Layers, Layers (Plus Some More Layers!)
In this episode, we'll discuss the two major topics that come up when talking about layers: layer standards and plot styles.
February 11, 2020
AutoCAD – It’s Not Your Only 2D CAD Option
Join us as we discuss the 2D CAD software options available on the market today.
February 4, 2020
Should You Customize Your CAD System or Use OOTB?
In this episode we discuss the benefits of customizing your CAD system versus using it straight out of the box.
January 28, 2020
Construction Tech Worker Shortage – How to Fill the Gap
The Construction industry has been booming in the last 2 years and over 80% of construction firms in the U.S. are reporting a skilled worker shortage. Right now there are over 200,000 unfilled construction jobs in the United States. What can be done to address this?
January 21, 2020
Fragmentation – Do You Have Too Much Software?
Do you own too many software packages that perform similar or overlapping tasks? Do your employees use different design systems? This fragmentation can cause confusion among team members and slows down projects, which in the end causes the firm to lose money.
January 14, 2020
2D CAD: Is it Dead or Growing?
Is 2D CAD still alive and a viable option for design...or has it been fully replaced by 3D CAD?
January 6, 2020
Subscription Licenses – Benefit or Burden?
Subscription licensing vs Perpetual licensing and how customers feel about it.
January 6, 2020