The CADDle Call show

The CADDle Call

Summary: 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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 Tool Palettes - CAD's Most Underrated Feature | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1567

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.

 Working from Home - Don't Screw it Up! | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2206

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.

 Long-Term Technology Support - How to Find It | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2041

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.

 Understanding the New World of Construction Software | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1862

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.

 Better Estimates, Done Faster | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1495

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.

 Solidspac3 - The Most Important Construction Tool in Decades | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 3151

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.

 AutoCAD Civil 3D & Autodesk Infraworks 2023 are Here! | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 3171

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.

 Implementing & Using New Software Features in the Real World | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2188

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.

 AI for the Civil Design World | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1687

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.

 Starting Your Own Business - The ZenTek Story | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 4847

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.

 Understanding the World of Digital Twins | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 3522

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.

 Technology Mentoring Programs | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1533

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.

 Geotechnical Modeler in AutoCAD Civil 3D Simplifies Geotechnical Work | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2570

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.

 BIM - What LOD Do You Need and Does This Mean Using Autodesk Revit? | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1730

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.

 The Importance of Technical Support | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1956

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.


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