The CADDle Call
By ZenTek Consultants
The CADDle CallMay 10, 2023
Importance of CAD Standards
CAD Standards have an impact on every design you create. In this episode, Cyndy Davenport, Civil Tech Specialist at ZenTek, joins us to discuss the benefits of well thought out CAD Standards. We'll also talk about the practicalities of developing, or improving, your internal CAD Standards.
Procore - A Field Users View
David Mills, Technical Specialist at ZenTek Consultants, is here to discuss how to best use Procore in a practical field-focused construction workflow.
BricsCAD V23 - Why You Need it in Your Office
Julie Keverian, North American Technical Manager at Bricsys, is back to discuss the newest features in the BricsCAD V23.2 update and how you can incorporate them into your daily workflow to maximize design efficiency and productivity.
Training Your Staff: What's the Right Answer
In this episode, we discuss ways firms can properly handle technical training in this busy design/build environment. We'll look into how the focus of technical training shouldn't be on just software training, but a holistic approach that includes workflow processes. Knowing which buttons to push to get an output with understanding what that output means leads to major inefficiencies.
This Month in Design Build
In this episode, we discuss a few of the new and exciting things that have happened in the design build industry recently.
GIS Data - Linking Autodesk and ESRI
Ramesh Sridharan, Product Manager of Infrastructure at Autodesk, is back to discuss the growing partnership between Autodesk and ESRI.
In this episode, we'll discuss how this partnership is making it easier for the industry to access and integrate GIS data into standard infrastructure designs and vice versa.
Benefits of Adding BricsCAD to Your Design Environment
In this episode, we discuss using more than one CAD system in your firm and the benefits of doing so. In particular, we're focusing on the business and cost benefits of incorporating BricsCAD into your current design environment.
Bluebeam Features You Need in Your Life: Spaces
In this episode, we discuss the benefits of using the Spaces feature in Bluebeam Revu.
Construction Estimating with Bluebeam Revu
If you're using Bluebeam Revu for just marking up documents or viewing pdf files, you're missing out on its most powerful feature - creating estimates. In this episode, we discuss how you can ditch doing estimates by hand or in Microsoft Excel, and configure Bluebeam Revu so you can easily and quickly create takeoffs and estimates that meet your requirements.
Subscription Licenses - Benefit or Burden?
In this episode, we discuss the pros and cons of software subscription licenses and the effect they are having on the AEC industry.
Automating Corridor Creation in AutoCAD Civil 3D
In this episode, we discuss the process of designing roads and corridors in AutoCAD Civil 3D. In particular, we're focusing on Corridor EZ - a plugin for Civil 3D from Civil Survey Solutions. Corridor EZ automates the entire corridor and road design process, including cul-de-sacs and intersections, right inside AutoCAD Civil 3D. You can take your design time from hours to just minutes.
Building Better Employees
In the design/build industry, technology and work conditions are becoming tighter companions. Making sure your employees have the tools, skills, and time they need to be highly efficient while maintaining a reasonable work/life balance is vital. In this episode, we discuss how to adapt to the changes in the industry to develop more productive, happier, and loyal employees.
This Month in Design Build
In this episode, we discuss recent news and how it affects the design build industry.
MEP & BIM
David Robison, President of Design Master Software, joins us to discuss MEP requirements in BIM and how these can be handled using BricsCAD. We'll also dive into the benefits of BIM for MEP engineers and designers.
CAD Management - Not Just About CAD
Your CAD skills can make you a super user, but they won't really make you a manager. In this episode, we discuss what's required on the management side. CAD Managers need to understand the business from the ROI calcs to selling ideas to executives to preparing training and rolling out support for staff.
Autodesk ReCap Pro 2024 - What's New
Ramesh Sridharan, Product Manager for Autodesk Infrastructure, is back to discuss the new features and functions in ReCap Pro 2024. He'll also provide tips on better integrating ReCap into your daily workflows.
We're Open in Canada
Our new subsidiary in Canada is now open and Steve Fahie, President of ZenTek Consultants CA, is here to discuss how we can help Canadian firms.
Bluebeam Features You Need In Your Life: Overlaying Documents
In this monthly feature, we discuss the benefits and practical use of overlaying documents in Bluebeam Revu.
Collaborate for Civil 3D
Andrew Milford, Autodesk Senior Product Manager for Civil Infrastructure, joins us to discuss the benefits of Collaborate for Civil 3D and how the tools and features have been updated for the 2024 release of the Civil Infrastructure tool sets.
AutoCAD Civil 3D 2024 is Here
Tim Yarris, AutoCAD Civil 3D Product Manager at Autodesk, is back to give us the breakdown on the new features and tools in AutoCAD Civil 2024 that will make designing more efficient.
AutoCAD Civil 3D - Is It Enough?
While AutoCAD Civil 3D is still the king in the civil design world, it's always good for us to look for ways to improve functionality to make our designs better, more efficient, and to reduce costs. In this episode, we focus on the tools that work with AutoCAD Civil 3D to enhance its capabilities - or shore up areas we find frustrating.
Introducing ZenPipe for AutoCAD Civil 3D
Cyndy Davenport, Civil Technical Specialist here at ZenTek, joins us to discuss ZenPipe for Civil 3D Pressure Networks. These new tools were designed to help those who struggle with development and layout of pressure pipe catalog data in AutoCAD Civil 3D. Listen in to learn more.
Bluebeam Revu Features You Need in Your Life
In this episode, we're discussing the Compare Documents feature in Bluebeam Revu and how you can use it in single and batch mode to identify the differences between construction documents and contracts, whether they are drawings or text-based. While using this feature is a simple process, it's one that many construction professionals don't really take advantage of.
Construction Estimating - Which Tools are Best?
The Construction Industry has plenty of tools available to handle QTO and estimating. In this episode, we discuss the pros and cons of these tools and where the industry is leaning. We'll also give our listeners an idea of what they should be looking at within their own firms.
This Month in Design Build
We're introducing a new segment, where every month we'll recap recent news in the Design Build industry. While we will try to focus on the technology side, we may also touch on the business and financial aspects, depending on the news story.
This month we're discussing:
- Digital Twin technologies for infrastructure
- Gensler's Design Forecast for 2023
- Dodge Reports - the growth of Prefab and Modular Construction
- ConstructionDive - the lack of growth in commercial construction for 3D modeling
ZenEstimate Tools - A Faster Way to Estimate
In this episode, we discuss construction estimating in Bluebeam Revu, and how using pre-defined tools to automate quantity takeoff, cost, and labor estimating can save you valuable time on your projects.
Procore Analytics for Construction Projects
Procore Analytics is the process of integrating all your data Procore data with Microsoft Power BI to turn your construction projects into visual powerhouses. In this episode, we discuss the importance of converting costs, schedules, KPIs, and performance data into visual charts and graphs that update in real-time, so you and your team can see the data visuals in an easily understandable format when you log into Procore.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.