Archive for January, 2009

CAD Manager vs BIM Manager

The 2008 Annual AUGI Salary Survey ask for people to state their job title.  Below is the results of that survey as it relates to CAD Managers and BIM Managers.


CAD Managers outweigh BIM Managers by almost 90%.  The number of people who responded and said that their job title was BIM Manager was dramatically lower.  I am curious if BIM Managers just did not respond to the survey or if the number is that much lower.

Here is a link to the full survey .

What do you think?


Interview with Bentley

I had a chance at the end of last year to have a virtual interview with Ed Mueller, Chief Marketing Officer of Bentley Systems. It was in the form of questions and answers via email.

Here you go…

There is a big push toward BIM. What is Bentley doing to advance this push?

Our BIM software empowers the design, construction, and operation of all types of buildings and facilities around the world, from the conventional to some of the most inspiring projects of our time. Because BIM has become a new way to approach the design and documentation of building projects, distributed teams can now share information more effectively throughout the building lifecycle and make better-informed decisions.

While CAD has served the AEC community valuably for decades, it has largely been used as an aid to documentation. BIM builds on the capabilities of CAD through discipline-specific applications that inform and enhance design, construction, and operations as well. BIM not only manages graphics, but also information that allows the automatic generation of drawings and reports, design analysis, schedule simulation, and facilities management.

For example, the Bentley Architecture BIM application provides seamless integration across the lifecycle of facilities. Its ability to support multidisciplinary workgroups and global teams allows them to build as one and gain a distinct advantage over stand-alone applications.

In addition, our BIM software includes energy analysis and simulation tools for high-performance building design. Our Hevacomp and Tas products accurately predict a building’s energy consumption, CO2 emissions, operating costs, and occupant comfort. By offering a comprehensive suite of industry-leading BIM and energy simulation tools, Bentley is able to provide today’s professionals with these capabilities and more, facilitating the productive delivery of sustainable high-performance buildings.

Bentley’s GenerativeComponents enables designers to explore more possibilities, in less time, create better designs, and efficiently create and manage complex geometric relationships. Empowered by computational methods, designers can direct their creativity to deliver inspired sustainable buildings that are freer in form and use innovative materials and assemblies. GenerativeComponents facilitates this by allowing the quick exploration of a broad range of “what-if” alternatives for even the most complex buildings
To inform decisions, GenerativeComponents is integrated with BIM, analysis, and simulation software, providing feedback on building materials, assemblies, systems performance, and environmental conditions. This integration also ensures that intent becomes reality by enabling designs to accurately and efficiently flow through to detailed production and fabrication.

Many firms are working in mixed environments or working with others who have differing CAD/BIM software. How is Bentley making the transfer of data between systems better?

With global economic uncertainty and ever-increasing shortfalls in engineering resources being just two of the challenges facing infrastructure organizations today, there has never been a more pressing time for innovative technology. It is imperative and, indeed, a responsibility to provide our users with the capabilities they need to increase their cost-efficiencies and maximize the returns on their investments in innovation.

Therefore, critical advantages of the V8i portfolio include intraoperability and interoperability. Together, they enable broader reuse of project and asset information generated during the design, construction, and operation of infrastructure, and enhance the ability of project teams to choose among multiple software offerings.

The intraoperability occurs across and between tightly coupled V8i products without loss of information. The interoperability occurs across necessarily distributed projects where participants can now increase their choice of software offerings from Bentley, and be loosely but usefully coupled with the work of other practitioners using software based on DGN, PDF, DWG, ISO 15926, IFC, and other industry standards and related APIs.

Complimentary BIM Webinar from RCMS

Not sure how good this will be – but I fugured I would let you know about it…

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is being used on a rapidly growing number of projects by the AEC industry’s key players. This complimentary webinar will have representatives from every AEC segment – architects, engineers, owners, general contractors, and building product manufacturers – all with different insight as to how they are adopting and leveraging this emerging technology.

January 15, 2009 / 1:00 PM EST

Find out more here…

BIM Manager – Questilutions

I am not the kind who really makes New Year resolutions, but I am the kind that asks myself a lot of questions. So I made up a word for it. "Questilutions" (pronounced kwes-che-lew-shens).

This is the process I go through to get myself moving into the new year. The questions start my thinking about what I need to start doing or stop doing. The questions are meant to lead to actions.

The problem with resolutions is that they are personal in nature. No two people will come up with the same resolution even if given the same circumstances. So if I wrote down my resolutions, it might be interesting to you. It might spur you on to make up some of your own. It may make you chuckle at my blue sky, wishful thinking. But you would not adopt them as your own. The determination of what you need to do is predicated on your specific environment. You would sit and think of your own and make up your resolutions that match your situation.

So what I have come up with is a series of questions that could be used to frame you resolutions. Here is the list: (in no particular order)

  1. What three things would you like to add to your list of accomplishments for 2009?
  2. If you had to define why your boss should give you a raise, how hard would you have to think about it?
  3. What BIM software have you been dying to try out?  How are you going to get it?
  4. When was the last time you had a conversation about what the senior managers in your firm want you to get done or improve?
  5. What two things have you been putting off for more than 2 months?
  6. Why have you not gotten invited to write or speak or teach outside your office?
  7. When was the last time you volunteered to help some one or some group that needed help?
  8. Who would list you as their "go to" person? How can you make the list longer?
  9. What was the last book you read that really impacted your life? How long has it been since your read something like that?
  10. What one thing do you most regret from 2008?  How are you going to make sure it is not on the regrets list for 2009?
  11. What will move my career forward faster?  What will get me a BIM title sooner?

There are more on my CADD Manager site . You may come up with some yourself.

If you have a question or defined an action plan for yourself this year… share one via a comment to this post.

Happy New Year!

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