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The CADDle Call

106 EpisodesProduced by ZenTek ConsultantsWebsite

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 fascin… read more

106 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

Understanding the New World of Construction Software

May 11th, 2022

31:02

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 …

Better Estimates, Done Faster

May 4th, 2022

24:55

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 …

Solidspac3 - The Most Important Construction Tool in Decades

April 20th, 2022

52:31

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 …

AutoCAD Civil 3D & Autodesk Infraworks 2023 are Here!

April 14th, 2022

52:51

In this episode, Tim Yarris, AutoCAD Civil 3D Product Manager, and Ramesh Sridharan, Autodesk Infraworks Product Manager, are back with us and …

Implementing & Using New Software Features in the Real World

March 30th, 2022

36:28

Special guest Todd Rogers, BIM Manager at Walter P. Moore, joins us to discuss the practical application of new tools & features in design/build, …

AI for the Civil Design World

March 23rd, 2022

28:07

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

March 16th, 2022

1:20:47

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 …

Understanding the World of Digital Twins

March 9th, 2022

58:42

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

March 2nd, 2022

25:33

In this episode, we're discussing a new concept that's rising quickly in the design & construction industries. We'll cover what Technology …

Geotechnical Modeler in AutoCAD Civil 3D Simplifies Geotechnical Work

February 23rd, 2022

42:50

In this episode, Tim Yarris, AutoCAD Civil 3D Product Manager, and Ramesh Sridharan, Autodesk Infraworks Product Manager, join us to discuss how the …

BIM - What LOD Do You Need and Does This Mean Using Autodesk Revit?

February 16th, 2022

28:50

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

February 2nd, 2022

32:36

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 …

Intelligent Setup of Construction PDFs - Vital Processes that are Missed

January 26th, 2022

30:36

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 …

Live Training vs Recorded Training

January 19th, 2022

29:31

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.

Alternatives to the Named User Licensing Model

January 12th, 2022

30:25

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 …

The Great Resignation and How to Cope with It

January 5th, 2022

35:33

Firms are losing their best employees at an alarming rate and finding suitable replacements is becoming difficult, if not impossible. So how can …

Preparing for the $1 Trillion Infrastructure Boom

December 22nd, 2021

31:16

Over the next 5 years, the workload for firms involved in infrastructure work will become crippling and the need for technology-capable people to …

The Power of Point Clouds

December 15th, 2021

35:53

John Ade, Solutions Consultant with Bricsys, joins us to discuss the practical use of point clouds in real-world projects. While many people still …

Best Practices for Implementing New or Updated Software

December 8th, 2021

41:40

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.

Can't Find the Right Employee? Build One!

December 1st, 2021

40:30

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.

Civil Site Design - A Better, Faster Way to Design

November 17th, 2021

37:25

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, …

BricsCAD: Enhancements in V22

November 3rd, 2021

27:24

Julie Keverian, Customer Success Specialist at Bricsys, joins us to discuss the enhancements made to the latest version of BricsCAD and how they can …

Dashboards - Simplifying Project Access

October 27th, 2021

30:15

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 …

Roadway Design Challenges

October 20th, 2021

28:04

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.

Free & Accessible BIM for Construction

October 13th, 2021

28:59

In this episode, we discuss four different tools that construction personnel can use to access BIM data in the field - at no cost.

Surveying Process: Best Practices & Tips

October 6th, 2021

33:51

Join us as we discuss surveying technology and the best ways to optimize developing drawings for survey work.

Breaking Down the Three Key Components of Standards

September 22nd, 2021

29:10

When discussing standards, most in the industry talk about it as an umbrella statement. In reality, there are three key components of standards - …

The Best Upgrade to Hit AutoCAD Civil 3D in a Decade

September 15th, 2021

34:05

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 …

CAD Support - What are Your Best Options?

September 8th, 2021

36:42

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 …

Using CAD for Faster Building Systems Layout

August 25th, 2021

26:50

Discussing how affordable and lightweight CAD & PDF takeoff software can simplify and improve daily work for those who deal with systems design and installation.

Why Engineers in Civil Design Need to Know CAD

August 18th, 2021

29:53

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 …

Nobody Knows How to Do CAD Anymore

August 11th, 2021

42:31

Tony Gaffney, veteran CAD consultant & trainer, and owner of Pinnacle Consulting, joins us to discuss the decline in output quality of CAD files …

BricsCAD - The Big Threat to Autodesk

August 4th, 2021

31:26

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.

PDF Takeover of the QTO World

July 28th, 2021

26:52

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 …

Tools Sets - A Better Way to Sell Construction Products

July 21st, 2021

24:29

In this episode, we're discussing a new way building product manufacturers can make themselves known to buyers in the construction industry. …

Construction Material Costs: Dealing with the Pinch

July 14th, 2021

32:00

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 …

Using "Lite" Versions of CAD Systems

July 7th, 2021

29:17

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.

Simplifying Punch Lists for Construction

June 30th, 2021

29:17

In order to alleviate bottlenecks in the punch list process, construction firms are turning to software systems that help automate this process. Join …

The Reality of Renderings

June 23rd, 2021

41:59

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 …

Onboarding New Employees in the Design World

June 9th, 2021

45:30

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 …

Why Involve Users in Standards Development

June 2nd, 2021

24:15

While it sounds like a no-brainer, many management personnel do not want to involve design staff in the standards and workflow development process - …

Project Dashboards for Construction Projects - Why They are Necessary

May 26th, 2021

23:04

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 …

Is 2D Drafting Dead?

May 19th, 2021

35:36

Julie Keverian, Customer Success Specialist at Bricsys, is back with us to discuss the true benefits of 2D design, whether digital 3D modeling is …

Getting 3D and BIM Data into the Field

May 12th, 2021

26:58

Join us as we discuss affordable ways to get BIM and 3D model data into the field for staff to access easily.

The Management Part of CAD Management

May 5th, 2021

43:17

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 …

Construction Estimating with Bluebeam Revu

April 28th, 2021

29:13

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 …

Civil CAD Software - We Don't All Need the Expensive Verticals

April 21st, 2021

41:28

Craig Swearingen, CAD Management & Civil Design expert, joins us today to discuss BricsCAD Pro, a CAD system with vital civil design features and …

Why is There Still a lot of Paper in Paperless Design?

April 14th, 2021

39:18

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 …

What's New in the Autodesk World

April 7th, 2021

33:06

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.

Young Engineers & Designers - What's Missing from Their Education

March 31st, 2021

29:40

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 …

3D Design - Is it Right for Everyone?

March 17th, 2021

50:10

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.

Structuring Design Output for Real World Constructability

March 10th, 2021

44:06

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 …

Developing & Implementing CAD Standards

March 3rd, 2021

30:40

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 …

Construction Estimating with PDF

February 24th, 2021

25:22

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 …

How Company Culture Impacts Technology Decisions

February 17th, 2021

28:08

Travis Fischer, VDC Manager at Kinsley Construction, joins us once again to discuss how firms must proactively consider company culture and how …

Procore for Design and Construction

February 10th, 2021

32:30

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 …

The Podcast about Podcasts

February 3rd, 2021

29:14

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 …

Technical Training - What is Available and Which Options Work Best

January 27th, 2021

30:33

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 …

Managing the Remote Design/Build Workforce

January 20th, 2021

35:20

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.

Civil Site Design Software: What are the Alternatives Today?

January 13th, 2021

29:09

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.

Scan to BIM - Dream or Reality?

January 6th, 2021

27:25

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 …

Procore: Promises vs Practical Performance

December 16th, 2020

49:32

Matt DeBasio, Estimator and Construction Technologist at P. Agnes Construction, uses Procore on a daily basis and he joins us to discuss his …

The Impact of Monopolistic CAD Practices

December 9th, 2020

42:12

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 …

Current & Emerging Technologies for the Design/Build World

December 2nd, 2020

40:24

Travis Fischer, VDC Manager for Kinsley Construction, joins us this week as we discuss the emerging technologies that are becoming most important to …

Understanding 3D Scanning and It's Importance

November 18th, 2020

41:48

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 …

CAD for Construction - Is it Worthwhile?

November 11th, 2020

25:09

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 …

Autodesk AEC Collection - Benefit or Burden

October 29th, 2020

34:24

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 …

Customizing Tool Sets in Bluebeam Revu

October 21st, 2020

24:48

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 …

Balancing Your Software Portfolio

October 14th, 2020

35:28

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 …

Are Contract CAD Drafting Services Beneficial?

October 7th, 2020

55:07

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 …

AI in the CAD World - What it is Really

September 30th, 2020

37:21

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 …

CAD Conventions & Tradeshows

September 23rd, 2020

35:39

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 …

Architectural Rendering: The Options

September 16th, 2020

32:41

Kimberly Fuhrman, architectural technologist and President of AUGI, is back with us this week to discuss the major architectural rendering options …

Entrepreneurship - Starting Your Own Tech Biz

September 2nd, 2020

32:20

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 …

CAD Training - Which Type is Best?

August 26th, 2020

27:13

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.

Could You Perform Civil/Survey Work in a Basic CAD System? Of Course!

August 19th, 2020

29:29

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 …

Are Construction Management Apps a Benefit or Burden?

August 12th, 2020

24:03

Construction is such a high dollar-value prospect that even minor efficiency and performance increases in project management can have a huge …

Tech Overkill - When it Stops Helping and Starts Hurting

August 5th, 2020

25:13

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 …

Redlining & Markups

July 29th, 2020

27:08

This vital process all too often gets overlooked in the design & construction world because it's still done manually with pen and paper. However, …

Benefits of Visualization in the Civil Design World

July 22nd, 2020

36:15

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 …

Clean Software Implementation

July 8th, 2020

35:46

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 …

Energy Analysis Using Autodesk Revit, FormIt and Insight360

July 1st, 2020

40:02

We welcome back Kimberly Fuhrman, President of AUGI and a leading architectural technologist, to discuss early energy analysis and LEED when …

Revit - It's Not Your Only BIM Option

June 24th, 2020

28:21

This week, we continue with BIM and discuss how Revit is not the only option available today.

BIM in the Civil Environment

June 17th, 2020

32:28

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 …

Software Resellers vs. Technology Consultants - What’s the Difference?

June 10th, 2020

28:59

While there is some overlap between software resellers and technology consultants, there are also very distinct differences. In this week's podcast, …

Building Products Manufacturing – Getting Your Product Easily Specified & Ordered

June 3rd, 2020

28:24

In this podcast, we discuss how Building Products Manufacturers are looking to get their products directly into the hands of architects, engineers, …

Controlling Non-CAD Files

May 27th, 2020

26:24

In this podcast, we discuss the best practices for controlling your non-CAD files (i.e., bids, specifications, reports, cut sheets, etc.) in a …

CAD in the Cloud

May 27th, 2020

27:01

In this podcast, we discuss the Cloud world and the feasibility of using CAD in the cloud.

Innovation in 2D CAD - Is There Any?

May 20th, 2020

26:32

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? 

Moving to BricsCAD - The Why and the How

May 13th, 2020

37:19

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 …

Civil Work – What goes into site and road design

May 6th, 2020

24:15

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 …

Collaboration for Construction – Working From Home Office and Field

April 29th, 2020

27:52

Today we're discussing working remotely in the Construction world. With 42% of the construction workforce being regularly mobile today, construction …

Training CAD Staff - There's a Better Way

April 21st, 2020

27:31

In this podcast, we discuss training CAD and design staff in this new paradigm of working remotely.

Cross Platform vs. Single File Type Models in CAD

April 15th, 2020

22:00

Most firms are using at least three different software systems for design. Many more use specialized programs for HVAC, MEP, Structural and …

Construction Estimating – the Best Tools

April 8th, 2020

20:09

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 …

Remote Collaboration – What Does It Look Like?

April 1st, 2020

34:11

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 …

CAD Management: The What, Why & How

March 10th, 2020

55:12

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 …

Parametric vs. Direct Modeling – Which is Better?

February 25th, 2020

32:54

In this episode, we dive into the world of manufacturing and discuss the two primary methods of modeling, Direct and Parametric.

BIM vs 3D - What's the Difference?

February 18th, 2020

33:38

In this episode, Kimberly Fuhrman, President of AUGI, joins us to discuss the differences between BIM (Building Information Modeling) and 3D Modeling.

Layers, Layers, Layers (Plus Some More Layers!)

February 11th, 2020

36:35

In this episode, we'll discuss the two major topics that come up when talking about layers: layer standards and plot styles.

AutoCAD – It’s Not Your Only 2D CAD Option

February 4th, 2020

29:33

Join us as we discuss the 2D CAD software options available on the market today.

Should You Customize Your CAD System or Use OOTB?

January 28th, 2020

32:47

In this episode we discuss the benefits of customizing your CAD system versus using it straight out of the box.

Construction Tech Worker Shortage – How to Fill the Gap

January 21st, 2020

30:11

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 …

Fragmentation – Do You Have Too Much Software?

January 14th, 2020

33:48

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 …

2D CAD: Is it Dead or Growing?

January 6th, 2020

37:35

Is 2D CAD still alive and a viable option for design...or has it been fully replaced by 3D CAD?


Subscription Licenses – Benefit or Burden?

January 6th, 2020

31:55

Subscription licensing vs Perpetual licensing and how customers feel about it.

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