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. Learn more at https://zentekconsultants.net/. Warm Duck Shuffle by arnebhus | https://soundcloud.com/arnebhus
AutoCAD - Not the Only Game in Town
In this episode, we discuss AutoCAD, the kingpin of the CAD world, and viable CAD alternatives that provide impressive tools and features.
January 18, 2023
Marking Up Files the Right Way
If you do any type of work in the AEC world, at some point you'll deal with markups. Whether you're creating them, reviewing them, or implementing them into a design, markups are the mainstay of communication during the building process. In this episode, we discuss the processes and tools that allow you to effectively add markups, respond to them, make plan and real-world adjustments from them, and communicate changes with all those involved.
January 11, 2023
Technology for Local Governments
Over the last couple of years, we've seen a growing interest of US and Canadian local governments who want to make better use of their technology. In this episode, we focus on the technology and processes (both construction project management and CAD) that bring huge improvements in the daily work life of local government employees.
January 04, 2023
Stringer Topo V23 - Why Every Survey Firm Needs It
Cyndy Davenport, Civil Tech Lead at ZenTek, joins us to discuss the newest release of Stringer Topo - V23. We'll talk about how it's different from other systems on the market and dive into some of the new tools that are helpful for survey firms.
December 21, 2022
AutoCAD Civil 3D - The Latest & Greatest
Tim Yarris, Civil 3D Product Manager at Autodesk, is back with us to discuss the new features in the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2023.2 update. We'll discuss the improvements in speed and performance, as well as the customer requests - like corridor transitions - that made it into this release.
December 14, 2022
BricsCAD V23 - The Cool New Features
Julie Keverian, Technical Manager at Bricsys, joins us to discuss the newest release of BricsCAD - v23 - and the cool new features and tools that will make your design life easier.
December 07, 2022
Collaboration for Civil 3D - What is it?
We have 2 special guests from Autodesk on the show today. Dave Simeone, Senior Product Manager for Civil Products, and John Sayre, Technical Marketing Manager, explain the fundamental shift in the way we conceptualize, develop and share civil design information. We'll discuss this new concept of centralizing civil design into the cloud and integrating it with tools like BIM 360, Sheet Sets structures, Autodesk Forma, and more.
November 30, 2022
Autodesk InfraWorks & ReCap - Cool New Features
Ramesh Sridharan, Product Manager for Autodesk Infrastructure solutions, joins us to discuss the new features and tools in InfraWorks and ReCap 2023.1
November 23, 2022
Bluebeam Cloud - What is it Really?
Bluebeam released their newest version, 21, at the end of September and there are many major changes to the software. In this episode, we discuss the general changes to the product - licensing models, names, and prices - and then take a deeper dive into a new set of features called Bluebeam Cloud.
November 16, 2022
Engineering Leaders - Where Do They Come From?
Jeff Perry of More Than Engineering joins us to define what a leader is and how you can move your career forward by expanding your leadership skills.
November 02, 2022
Civil Site Design - Where It's Headed
Special guests Shane O'Rorke and Andrew Banson from Civil Survey Solutions join us to discuss Civil Site Design & Stringer Topo. They'll explain the key new features of Stringer Topo, which has been completely redesigned, and the AI tools in Civil Site Design. They'll also discuss the direction of their products and the industry as a whole.
October 26, 2022
Fresh from Autodesk University - Cool Civil 3D News
Tim Yarris, AutoCAD Civil 3D Product Manager at Autodesk, joins us to discuss the new announcements and tools for infrastructure.
October 19, 2022
Business Analytics for Construction
In this episode, we discuss the concept of taking raw data that you already have and organizing it into an intelligent decision-making tool, which can have a dramatic impact on your bottom line in a very competitive market. Plus, others in the organization can easily view and interpret this data via dashboards.
October 12, 2022
Customizing Bluebeam Revu for Your Own Needs - What it Takes
Bluebeam Revu is not just another PDF reader. It's a fully-developed QTO and estimating system with built-in cloud collaboration tools. In this episode, we focus on one feature in Bluebeam Revu - tools sets. These can change the way you work and increase efficiency and profitability. We discuss what they do, why they're so important, and how they benefit everyone in the company.
October 05, 2022
Make Use of Better Survey & Site Design Tools - Without Changing Your CAD System
It's a never-ending concern in the industry - you want to be better, faster and more efficient at design, but don't want the headache of changing your current design system. In this episode, we discuss how to improve your civil site design process, from field-to-finish, without changing to a new CAD system.
September 28, 2022
Building Your Design Career
Jeff Perry of More Than Engineering joins us to discuss career planning and development for tech and engineering folks. We'll discuss concrete processes that can start people on the path of laying out the career they want. CADDle Call listeners can get a career clarity checklist by visiting https://www.engineeringcareeraccelerator.com/caddlecall.
September 21, 2022
Constructing the Metaverse
Ken D'Amato, CEO of SmarTwin, helps guide us through using digital twins and BIM modeling concepts in the Metaverse. We'll focus on the reasons behind and benefits of modeling real world buildings and locations in the Metaverse.
September 14, 2022
Construction Analytics with Procore
We're seeing more and more construction firms wanting better financial and scheduling information from Procore data presented in a reliable way. In this episode, we discuss incorporating the concept of analytics into Procore to give you dynamic, intelligent, graphics-based dashboards and reports that can change the way your firm makes business decisions.
September 07, 2022
What's the Point of the Point Cloud?
Point clouds are becoming more vital, particularly in the infrastructure space, and there's confusion on the best ways to generate, import, and use this type of data in projects. In this episode, Tim Yarris (AutoCAD Civil 3D Product Manager) and Ramesh Sridharan (Autodesk Infrastructure Product Manager) join us to help answer these questions on point clouds and tell us more about Autodesk's long-term planning and development goals for reality capture.
August 31, 2022
Better Ways to Buy Design & Construction Software
In this episode, we discuss the different types of software licenses available, including OEM, explain what they are and how they work, as well as the concept of bundling to get discounts.
August 23, 2022
Technical Consulting in AEC - Where and How It Works Best
Join us as we discuss service work - those projects that are focused on customizing internal workflows, standards and templates to optimize how staff gets projects done. We'll talk about how service work applies to the different sectors in the AEC world and the methodologies that work best for each sector. With many firms being short-staffed, service work can make the internal processes more efficient without burdening understaffed teams, helping firms balance workload and profit.
August 17, 2022
Collaborate and Communicate with Bluebeam Studio
Communication, collaboration, and file sharing are the backbone of design projects. In this episode, we discuss a better way to control project file sharing and communication among team members without using dozens of different tools.
August 10, 2022
Leaving the Autodesk Subscription Model - Can You Do It?
In this podcast episode, we discuss the Autodesk Subscription Model monopoly, why the industry bought into it (hint - fear), and if there is an effective way to get out of it.
July 27, 2022
The Price is Wrong!
In this episode, we discuss the impact that fluctuating material prices and delivery delays are having on construction firms. Matt DeBasio, Project Estimator at P. Agnes Construction, joins us to discuss how he addresses these problems in the real world.
July 20, 2022
Bluebeam Revu for Space Planning & Facility Management
We all know that Bluebeam Revu is the most popular construction software on the market today. But, did you know you could also use it for space planning and facility management? In this episode, we discuss how to use Bluebeam Revu to create a dynamic inventory of items in a room, determine how much square footage of a building is being used for a specific purpose or by a specific group, and add links to forms, drawings and other data related to space.
July 13, 2022
BIM & Autodesk Revit - Configuring Both to Your Needs
In this episode, we discuss how to solidly configure BIM and Autodesk Revit to help prevent mistakes and cost overruns. Listen to The CADDle Call podcast on these platforms: Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Breaker, RadioPublic, Stitcher, iHeart Radio. Visit https://zentekconsultants.net/category/the-caddle-call-podcast/ for all CAD podcast episodes.
July 06, 2022
AutoCAD Civil 3D - It is Enough?
Every system and workflow on the planet can be improved and AutoCAD Civil 3D is no exception, even though it's the most popular tool for civil design. In this episode, we discuss common issues we hear about Civil 3D from those working in the civil design world and some of the tools available on the market today that can address those issues. Listen to The CADDle Call podcast on these platforms: Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Breaker, RadioPublic, Stitcher, iHeart Radio. Visit https://zentekconsultants.net/category/the-caddle-call-podcast/ for all CAD podcast episodes.
June 22, 2022
Migrating CAD Systems - Why You Shouldn't Fear It!
In this episode, we discuss the cringe-worthy topic of migrating CAD systems. Our guests, Julie Keverian and Craig Swearingen from Bricsys, join us with information on how you can navigate the waters and make the change to a better CAD system efficient and quick for your team. Listen to The CADDle Call podcast on these platforms: Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Breaker, RadioPublic, Stitcher, iHeart Radio. Visit https://zentekconsultants.net/category/the-caddle-call-podcast/ for all CAD podcast episodes.
June 15, 2022
PDF to DWG and Back Again
In the design world, we frequently run into issues with having files in one format and needing them in another. In this episode, we explore the conversion process between the two most common types of construction files - PDFs and DWGs. Listen to The CADDle Call podcast on these platforms: Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Breaker, RadioPublic, Stitcher, iHeart Radio. Visit https://zentekconsultants.net/category/the-caddle-call-podcast/ for all CAD podcast episodes.
June 08, 2022
Tool Palettes - CAD's Most Underrated Feature
In this episode, we talk about the ways you can make use of tool palettes in your CAD system to make life easier for everyone in your design group. Listen to The CADDle Call podcast on these platforms: Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Breaker, RadioPublic, Stitcher, iHeart Radio. Visit https://zentekconsultants.net/category/the-caddle-call-podcast/ for all CAD podcast episodes.
June 01, 2022
Working from Home - Don't Screw it Up!
While working remote became a necessity over the last couple of years, management is looking to bring employees back to the office and the traditional work model. But employees who have worked from home have seen the benefits of being able to better balance work and personal lives. In this episode, we discuss how you can convince management that you are a more productive and reliable employee when working from home.
May 25, 2022
Long-Term Technology Support - How to Find It
There is a gap between the purchase and implementation of a reliable software system that needs to be filled by technical trainers and consultants who have the design and construction experience required. The problem is finding people you can trust. In this episode, we discuss the concept of ongoing technical support and training for your staff and how you can get it.
May 18, 2022
Understanding the New World of Construction Software
In the last 5 years, new construction software systems have been popping up, causing quite a bit of confusion and misunderstanding about what they do. To alleviate the confusion, in this episode, we're discussing the different fields of construction software, what they do and who the players are in each.
May 11, 2022
Better Estimates, Done Faster
While many in the construction world use Bluebeam Revu mainly as a PDF viewer and markup tool, the true power of this software lies in its ability to handle detailed estimating and quantity takeoff. Listen as we discuss how to get the full power of estimating with a friendly user interface within Bluebeam Revu.
May 04, 2022
Solidspac3 - The Most Important Construction Tool in Decades
Alex Von Svoboda, VP of Sales at Solidspac3, joins us to discuss the power of their new construction variance reporting tool and how it has the capability to change the way the construction world works.
April 20, 2022
AutoCAD Civil 3D & Autodesk Infraworks 2023 are Here!
In this episode, Tim Yarris, AutoCAD Civil 3D Product Manager, and Ramesh Sridharan, Autodesk Infraworks Product Manager, are back with us and they're discussing the new tools and processes in the 2023 release of both Autodesk products.
April 14, 2022
Implementing & Using New Software Features in the Real World
Special guest Todd Rogers, BIM Manager at Walter P. Moore, joins us to discuss the practical application of new tools & features in design/build, particularly in civil design, and how to use them in the real world. We'll also tackle process change implementation - getting employees on board with the necessity of the changes and ensuring that they understand the new procedures and implications of not following them.
March 30, 2022
AI for the Civil Design World
In this episode, we're discussing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the benefits it brings to the civil design world. We'll also provide insight into 2 big players in this market - Civil Site Design and BricsCAD.
March 23, 2022
Starting Your Own Business - The ZenTek Story
It's our 100th episode and we're doing something a little different today. We're discussing how ZenTek Consultants got its start and provide feedback on the problems we faced - what worked, what didn't, and what's important - to help other entrepreneurs in their endeavors.
March 16, 2022
Understanding the World of Digital Twins
Ken D'Amato, CEO and co-founder of SmarTwin, joins us to discuss working with Digital Twins and how they integrate into BIM (Building Information Modeling) data.
March 09, 2022
Technology Mentoring Programs
In this episode, we're discussing a new concept that's rising quickly in the design & construction industries. We'll cover what Technology Mentoring is, how it works, who benefits from it, & where you can find it.
March 02, 2022
Geotechnical Modeler in AutoCAD Civil 3D Simplifies Geotechnical Work
In this episode, Tim Yarris, AutoCAD Civil 3D Product Manager, and Ramesh Sridharan, Autodesk Infraworks Product Manager, join us to discuss how the automation tools in the Geotechnical Modeler (available in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2022) and how they simplify geotechnical work in both 2D and 3D. The Geotechnical Modeler has a simple interface, easy-to-learn features, and generates great visual outputs of soil & boring samples in seconds.
February 23, 2022
BIM - What LOD Do You Need and Does This Mean Using Autodesk Revit?
In this episode, we're discussing BIM (Building Information Modeling), what it is, what it isn't, and how to best integrate into your designs and builds.
February 16, 2022
The Importance of Technical Support
Technical Support is a vital for staff because it provides then with help when they're having issues with the processes of the system. This is not to be confused with Software Support which deals with issues with the system itself. Efficiency, time, money and productivity all decline quickly when staff doesn't have the proper technical support the moment they need it. In this episode, we'll discuss ways you can ensure staff has access to proper support when they need it.
February 02, 2022
Intelligent Setup of Construction PDFs - Vital Processes that are Missed
Over 50% of every single work week in construction firms in spent searching through construction documents for the necessary data. In this episode, we discuss how to intelligently set up your construction PDFs so that you can save time, money and aggravation on every single project, every week.
January 26, 2022
Live Training vs Recorded Training
In this episode, we look at the concepts of live (in-person or online) training and recorded on-demand training, and discuss the pros and cons of each.
January 19, 2022
Alternatives to the Named User Licensing Model
Named User Licensing is a "new" concept in software licensing that allows software development companies to maximize profits at the expense of their users. In this podcast, we discuss alternative options that are more cost effective and ensure you aren't being taken advantage of by the larger software developers.
January 12, 2022
The Great Resignation and How to Cope with It
Firms are losing their best employees at an alarming rate and finding suitable replacements is becoming difficult, if not impossible. So how can management deal with it in a effective manner?
January 05, 2022
Preparing for the $1 Trillion Infrastructure Boom
Over the next 5 years, the workload for firms involved in infrastructure work will become crippling and the need for technology-capable people to counterbalance the shortage of skilled labor will increase substantially. In this episode, we discuss the looming issues and how firms can start getting ready for them now.
December 22, 2021
The Power of Point Clouds
John Ade, Solutions Consultant with Bricsys, joins us to discuss the practical use of point clouds in real-world projects. While many people still shy away from point clouds, this versatile data collection method benefits everyone in the AEC and Manufacturing industries with dozens of vital applications.
December 15, 2021
Best Practices for Implementing New or Updated Software
Todd Rogers, BIM Manager at Walter P. Moore, joins us to discuss how real companies implement new or updated software. He shares his experiences and provides some tips for our listeners.
December 08, 2021
Can't Find the Right Employee? Build One!
Angela Hendrix, Director of Training & Workforce Development for GBCA (General Building Contractors Association), joins us to discuss building the next generation of employees in the construction industry.
December 01, 2021
Civil Site Design - A Better, Faster Way to Design
In this podcast, Andrew English and Andrew Banson from Civil Site Solutions in Australia join us to discuss Civil Site Design, a plugin for Civil 3D, AutoCAD, and BricsCAD with A.I. capabilities. If you design any civil or site projects, you need to listen to this podcast.
November 17, 2021
BricsCAD: Enhancements in V22
Julie Keverian, Customer Success Specialist at Bricsys, joins us to discuss the enhancements made to the latest version of BricsCAD and how they can benefit your industry-specific workflows.
November 03, 2021
Dashboards - Simplifying Project Access
Discussing the benefits of project dashboards and why they should be a regular component of every job. The idea behind dashboards is to create one master data and communication center for the project that doesn't require searching or training to find data.
October 27, 2021
Roadway Design Challenges
This week we discuss roadway design, how AutoCAD Civil 3D and Civil Site Design each work in different ways, and which one tackles the lengthy design process better.
October 20, 2021
Free & Accessible BIM for Construction
In this episode, we discuss four different tools that construction personnel can use to access BIM data in the field - at no cost.
October 13, 2021
Surveying Process: Best Practices & Tips
Join us as we discuss surveying technology and the best ways to optimize developing drawings for survey work.
October 06, 2021
Breaking Down the Three Key Components of Standards
When discussing standards, most in the industry talk about it as an umbrella statement. In reality, there are three key components of standards - Styles, Tools & Templates. In order to properly develop your standards, you need to focus on developing these key components.
September 22, 2021
The Best Upgrade to Hit AutoCAD Civil 3D in a Decade
Tim Yarris, AutoCAD Civil 3D Product Manager at Autodesk, joins us to discuss new features in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2022. We'll specifically talk about Project Explorer, which provides a whole new level of engineering interaction with Civil 3D data.
September 15, 2021
CAD Support - What are Your Best Options?
In this episode, we discuss the never ending search for the best way to handle CAD standards, upgrades, training, and technical help. We tackle the pros and cons of different types of support providers, as well as the main processes management and users need to consider.
September 08, 2021
Using CAD for Faster Building Systems Layout
Discussing how affordable and lightweight CAD & PDF takeoff software can simplify and improve daily work for those who deal with systems design and installation.
August 25, 2021
Why Engineers in Civil Design Need to Know CAD
Over the last decade there's been a change in Civil Design firms where engineers are responsible for their own design work. We'll discuss this shift, why it's important that engineers know CAD, and the tools on the market today that can help them.
August 18, 2021
Nobody Knows How to Do CAD Anymore
Tony Gaffney, veteran CAD consultant & trainer, and owner of Pinnacle Consulting, joins us to discuss the decline in output quality of CAD files over the last decade. There has been a dramatic change in the way drawings are developed and output and this hasn't been good for the design/build industry. We'll discuss some reasons for this decline and share ideas on how to correct things.
August 11, 2021
BricsCAD - The Big Threat to Autodesk
Craig Swearingen, Implementation Specialist at Bricsys with an extensive background in CAD Management, joins us to discuss BricsCAD, it's impact on the CAD software market, and what is does better than the competition.
August 04, 2021
PDF Takeover of the QTO World
One of the biggest changes in construction over the last decade has been the shift toward the use of PDF construction documents as the primary tool for quantity takeoff. In this podcast, we discuss the reasons for this shift and the tools that help staff generate more accurate takeoffs in far less time.
July 28, 2021
Tools Sets - A Better Way to Sell Construction Products
In this episode, we're discussing a new way building product manufacturers can make themselves known to buyers in the construction industry. Providing tools sets with product metadata makes it easier for designers and estimators to handle layouts using the products and increases the chances of the product being specified for the construction job.
July 21, 2021
Construction Material Costs: Dealing with the Pinch
In this episode, Todd Rogers, BIM Manager at Walter P. Moore, joins us as we discuss the serious impacts that the rising costs of construction materials is having on the industry. We'll discuss the dramatic impact on profitability and the skyrocketing costs of building everything from commercial to residential projects.
July 14, 2021
Using "Lite" Versions of CAD Systems
We're discussing the concept of "lite" CAD systems, those specifically designed for 2D drafting. We'll talk about who they're good for, what they cost, and which ones to consider.
July 07, 2021
Simplifying Punch Lists for Construction
In order to alleviate bottlenecks in the punch list process, construction firms are turning to software systems that help automate this process. Join us as we discuss what you should consider when selecting a software system.
June 30, 2021
The Reality of Renderings
Jo Walker, owner of Jo Walker Design, is back to discuss her experiences (good and bad) with using architectural renderings. We'll talk about how they're used, when it's beneficial to do them and when it's a waste of time and resources.
June 23, 2021
Onboarding New Employees in the Design World
Craig Swearingen, Implementation Specialist at Bricsys, is back with us to talk about the challenges of bringing on new hires and getting them up to speed on your systems and standards. He'll also share some tips based on his experiences.
June 09, 2021
Why Involve Users in Standards Development
While it sounds like a no-brainer, many management personnel do not want to involve design staff in the standards and workflow development process - and that's a big mistake. Learn why it's necessary.
June 02, 2021
Project Dashboards for Construction Projects - Why They are Necessary
Utilizing custom dashboards in project management software allows team members to easily sort and review all the data related to a specific construction project. In this podcast, we discuss the benefits of custom dashboards and discuss how you can create your own for better file management.
May 26, 2021
Is 2D Drafting Dead?
Julie Keverian, Customer Success Specialist at Bricsys, is back with us to discuss the true benefits of 2D design, whether digital 3D modeling is taking over, and the fate of 2D drafting in the design and construction world.
May 19, 2021
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 05, 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 07, 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 03, 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 03, 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 06, 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 09, 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 02, 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 07, 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 02, 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 05, 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 08, 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 01, 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 03, 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 06, 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 08, 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 01, 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 04, 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 06, 2020
Subscription Licenses – Benefit or Burden?
Subscription licensing vs Perpetual licensing and how customers feel about it.
January 06, 2020