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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.