Friday, 13 February 2015

KS Spring Release - Individual User Pages

The most popular KS wishlist request in recent months has been to make it easier for individuals and admins to view assessment history and results data on a per user basis.

This also ties in with our wider goal to make the KS assessment tools more integrated with other Learning and HR systems, where data is shared across two or more platforms.

So we have created a new personal dashboard for individual users to log in and monitor their personal KS history, within their current organisation.

This resource will make it easier for individuals to manage their KS user profile, invite history, learning evidence and assessment results, including benchmarking data. Annual appraisals and performance reviews will be enhanced by the ability to capture multiple HR, training and learning resources in a single place.

The dashboard login page now has a new option, called My KnowledgeSmart.

Here is the KS user homepage, split into 4 main areas: My Details, My Achievements, My Assessments and My Scores.

The My Details page allows users to set their own password, edit personal information and update the 5 datafields which KS admins use to filter wider user and results data. They can also add a picture, to personalise their KS page.

The My Achievements page offers an opportunity to upload any useful documents and records relating to their personal development and learning history. For example, training completion certificates, exam results, certification evidence, CPD records, resume or professional record of achievement data.

Users can make documents 'public' or 'private' and create an individual URL for sharing learning resources online:

The My Assessments page enables users to view KS assessments they have taken or have been invited to take. They can view summary reports for completed sessions by clicking on the assessment name and resume open sessions by clicking on the name of 'Not started' or 'In progress' sessions and entering their KS user name and password in the following login screen.

Clicking on the 'Rosette' icon displays a new certificate, which users can share using social media or via email.

The My Scores page is a place for users to view all KS scores in one place.

Available data includes: benchmark comparisons, performance charts and skills gap summaries.

KS admins can access individual user pages via their main KS dashboard > Users page. There is a new icon which opens up the user page in a separate window.

KS admins can control access to user pages on a per user basis:

KS admins can also control user page access on a per account basis:

KS admins can also disable the 'sharing' tool, which appears when the certificate is viewed:

If a user record is deleted or set to 'Ex-employee' status, their personal page will no longer be accessible. User data is not portable, from one company to another. KS data is account-specific and owned by the organisation, not the user.

We anticipate this area of the KS system developing further, as the year progresses. If you have any ideas for integration with other systems, or if you have suggestions for new tools, charts, reports, and so on, please let us know and we'll add them to the summer wishlist.


Sunday, 18 January 2015

KS Library Topics - Assessing Revit Architecture Skills

KnowledgeSmart skills assessment software helps firms of architects and engineers to measure software capability.

We have created an extensive range of assessments, covering the most popular design, engineering and BIM software titles, used by firms working in the global construction industry.

Assessments cover a range of popular vendors, including: Autodesk, Bentley Systems, Adobe, McNeel, Trimble and Graphisoft.

We work with a global network of world class authors. They are subject matter experts, published, thought leaders and working as consultants to industry, so they understand the practical application of the tools, as well as the menus and mouse-clicks. Popular KS authors include: CASE Inc, Chris Senior, Darryl McClelland, Eric Chappell, Envision CAD, Evolve, John Evans, Josh Modglin, Joel Harris, Paul Aubin, Paul Woddy, Revit Factory, Robert Manna, Scott Moyse, Scott Onstott, Tony Tedder, Thomas Weir and White Frog.

For our most popular assessments, we tend to create a variety of different modules, covering a range of different levels and abilities.

The current number one topic in our library is Autodesk Revit Architecture.  Here is a brief list of assessments available in our 'RAC Bundle'.  All of the following titles are available, as part of a KS Professional 1 license:

Revit Architecture for occasional users
Revit Architecture fundamentals
Revit Architecture – Xpress
Revit Architecture for Interiors
Revit Architecture advanced
Revit Content Creation
Revit Project Process
Revit Architecture – Extra qu's 1
Revit Architecture – Extra qu's 2
KS Community – Revit Architecture (White Frog)
KS Community – Revit Process & Workflow
KS Community – BIM Management (NB this one is software neutral, but included in the bundle)

So how does it all work?  In simple terms, it is a web based, practical test of knowledge and ability, so users will need access to a copy of the software, for which they are being assessed. They are presented with a series of task based and knowledge based questions, entering answers into the KS browser screen. At the end, a summary report with detailed feedback and coaching notes can be displayed to the user.  KS system administrators can access detailed reports, highlighting results, benchmark statistics and training recommendations.

Let's take a look at an actual example of our Revit Architecture fundamentals assessment, in this short video:


KS customers have full editorial control over all KS library material, so they are ultimately in the driving seat, as far as the material that is presented to their teams goes. And they have the option of writing custom question from scratch, using the KS authoring tools, if they want to capture knowledge on in-house work flows, standards and processes.


Sunday, 14 December 2014

Top DAUG 2014 - The Results

This year, KnowledgeSmart and AUGI again teamed up to provide an interactive skills assessment, across 10 popular Autodesk software tracks: 3ds Max, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Plant 3D, Inventor, Navisworks, Revit Architecture, Revit MEP, Revit Structure and Vault.

Once again, we had some great prizes up for grabs.  Track winners walked away with a $100 USD Amazon voucher (a combination of high scores and fastest times determined the winner of each track), a glass trophy and the overall winner won a HP laptop and free pass to AU2015.

We spent several hours on Tuesday, setting up 16 networked PC's in the exhibition hall, at the AUGI stand.

 Next, 144 copies of Autodesk software needed checking, then all the KS sample data sets had to be uploaded to each machine and checked again.  Big thanks to Tony Brown for his assistance in accomplishing this task.

Here's how we looked when everything was finished:

The main competition ran over 3 days (1 x 3 hour slot on day one, 2 x 3 hour slots on day two and a final 1 hour slot on day three). Contestants had to answer 8-10 questions, using the 2015 version of each software title. Each session was limited to just 12 minutes, so people had to work fast! Special thanks to awesome AUGI team members, Kristin, Bob, Michael, Donnia and Richard, for briefing users and making sure everything ran smoothly.

Here are the Top DAUG's in action:

By the end of the contest, we posted 215 results.

Throughout the competition, we displayed a rolling list of the top 10 contestants for each track, on the AUGI big screen.

The Results

Congratulations to the following contestants, who won their respective tracks:

And a special mention to the overall winner of AUGI Top DAUG 2014:

Tracy Chadwick


So, let's take a detailed look at the results of this year's Top DAUG competition.


No. of Tests Completed:  215
Overall Average:  59% in 9 mins 14 secs
(NB the average score for 2013 was 48%).

Track 1 - 3ds Max

Track Winner: Herb Wagner
Winning Score: 55% in 11 mins 35 secs

Top 2 Contestants:

No. Completed: 2
Group Average: 35% in 11 mins 45 secs

Track 2 - AutoCAD

Track Winner: Tracy Chadwick
Winning Score: 100% in 3 mins 50 secs

Top 10 Contestants:

No. Completed: 68
Group Average: 63% in 8 mins 2 secs

Track 3 - AutoCAD Civil 3D

Track Winner: Christopher Fugitt
Winning Score: 88% in 5 mins 55 secs

Top 10 Contestants:

No. Completed: 21
Group Average: 66% in 9 mins 12 secs

Track 4 - AutoCAD Plant 3D

Track Winner: Patrick Alonzo
Winning Score: 72% in 11 mins 30 secs

Top 4 Contestants:

No. Completed: 4
Group Average: 52% in 10 mins 38 secs

Track 5 - Inventor

Track Winner: JD Mather
Winning Score: 81% in 11 mins 25 secs

Top 10 Contestants:

No. Completed: 21
Group Average: 41% in 11 mins 9 secs

Track 6 - Navisworks

Track Winner: Michael Doty
Winning Score: 60% in 6 mins 0 secs

Top 10 Contestants:

No. Completed: 13
Group Average: 49% in 9 mins 45 secs

Track 7 - Revit Architecture

Track Winner: Erik Eriksson
Winning Score: 99% in 10 mins 40 secs

Top 10 Contestants:

No. Completed: 47
Group Average: 57% in 10 mins 51 secs

Track 8 - Revit MEP

Track Winner: Ken Fields
Winning Score: 100% in 9 mins 15 secs

Top 10 Contestants:

No. Completed: 24
Group Average: 64% in 7 mins 32 secs

Track 9 - Revit Structure

Track Winner: Rebecca Frangipane
Winning Score: 85% in 8 mins 30 secs

Top 9 Contestants:

No. Completed: 9
Group Average: 70% in 9 mins 51 secs

Track 10 - Vault

Track Winner: Bryson Anderson
Winning Score: 60% in 6 mins 50 secs

Top 6 Contestants:

No. Completed: 6
Group Average: 53% in 6 mins 17 secs

Most Popular Tracks

The most popular tracks, in order of completed tests, were as follows:

AutoCAD - 68 results
Revit Architecture - 47 results
Revit MEP - 24 results
Inventor - 21 results
AutoCAD Civil 3D - 21 results
Navisworks - 13 results
Revit Structure - 9 results
Vault - 6 results
AutoCAD Plant 3D - 4 results
3ds Max - 2 results

Total = 215 results

Honourable Mentions

100% Club

The following people achieved a maximum score of 100% in their track:

Tracy Chadwick - AutoCAD
Glen Sullivan - AutoCAD
Christine Noble - AutoCAD
Ken Fields - Revit MEP
(Plus Erik Eriksson scored a tantalisingly close 99% in the Revit Architecture track!)

Top Performers

The following people demonstrated impressive versatility by achieving above average scores in multiple tracks:

Chris Brown - AutoCAD, Inventor and Navisworks
Tracy Chadwick - AutoCAD, Revit Architecture, Inventor and Vault
Seth Cohen - AutoCAD and Civil 3D
Jason Dupree - AutoCAD and Inventor
Ken Fields - AutoCAD and Revit MEP
John Fout - Navisworks, Revit Architecture and Revit Structure
Rebecca Frangipane - Navisworks, Revit Architecture and Revit Structure
Brent McAnney - AutoCAD, Civil 3D and Vault
Kate Morrical - AutoCAD and Revit Structure
Mohaimie Mosmin - AutoCAD and Inventor
David Rushforth - Navisworks, Revit Architecture and Revit MEP
Maxime Sanschagrin - Revit Architecture, Revit MEP and Revit Structure
Jim Swain - AutoCAD and Inventor
Nick Tanner - AutoCAD, Navisworks and Revit Architecture

Boys vs Girls

Finally, let's take a look at the demographic breakdown of the competition. Out of 215 contestants, 185 were male and 30 female. The average overall performance for each group breaks down like this:

Girls: 64% in 9 mins 25 secs
Boys: 58% in 9 mins 11 secs

So, that's Top DAUG finished for another year. A thoroughly enjoyable 3 days at AU2014. 215 completed tests, across 10 popular tracks. Once again, the overall standard was extremely high, with some outstanding individual performances from our track winners and top 10 contestants.

Congratulations to all our winners. Thanks to the AUGI team for their support. Lastly, a big thank you to everyone who took part in this year's contest.

See you all in 2015 at the Venetian for more fun & games!


Saturday, 8 November 2014

AUGI Top DAUG 2014

KnowledgeSmart is partnering with the team at AUGI once again this year, for the annual Top DAUG skills contest at AU2014.

This year's contest is shaping up well, with 10 tracks planned for AU delegates.

Here's what we hope to include, using 2015 versions of the software:

3ds Max
AutoCAD 2D
AutoCAD Civil 3D
AutoCAD Plant 3D
Revit Architecture
Revit MEP
Revit Structure

As in year's past, contestants will have just 10 minutes to answer a selection of knowledge-based and practical tasks, covering the main features of each application.

The person who posts the highest score, combined with the fastest time, in each track, will take the prize for their chosen topic. Then we analyse the data from all streams, to crown the overall winner of the Top DAUG contest.

Hope to see you at the Manadalay Bay!  #therecanbeonlyone


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

KS Devs Update

Here is a brief update of what's being discussed at our next tech team workshop. With thanks to our customer feedback forums for the majority of these suggestions.

Our current dev is progressing well. More detailed notes to follow shortly for each, but our top 2 current wishlist items are:

User dashboard pages
Survey questions

One those devs hit the live site, we'll take a look at the following:

CSV Export Consistency

Review CSV export across the KS dashboard to ensure it is behaving in a consistent manner.

Account Name in CSV Export

Many companies have multiple child accounts but would like to perform one csv export of all users.  However there is no clear identifier in the csv export as to which account each user belongs.  Include ‘Account Name’ in CSV exports.

Improved data selection in CSV Exports

Consider implementing ‘Field Chooser’ functionality for CSV exports.  When exporting a csv, the Admin User can select which fields to appear and save this selection for future exports.  We would also look to add further options such as ‘Full Name’ (concatenating first name and surname), ‘Training Tags – All’ and ‘Training Tags – Individual’ etc.  By making this functionality available in KS we can dramatically reduce the amount of time Admin Users need to spend outside of KS manipulating the data.

Allow admins to set up regular auto-reports (i.e. weekly/monthly/quarterly) which summarise key activities. For example:  Invites sent: Not started, In progress, Pending, Completed : Results, Scores within a certain range: User type: Test name(s): Date range: Select data for a particular account or accounts. Choose recipients. Full list of selection criteria to be workshopped.

Search /Grouping Criteria – Date Range

Extend search and group criteria across the system to allow the inputting of a date range.  This provides Admin Users with more powerful options when reviewing invites, results etc. Ensure consistency across all dynamic grouping filters. (Invite History/Results/Users).

Add Test Not Completed to Status Dropdown

Currently test invites do not have a single ‘Not Completed’ status.  If an Admin User wishes to identify all outstanding tests they would need to join together ‘Not Started’ and ‘In progress’. Amend grouping options to bring together these two into a single ‘Not Completed’.

Auto-Email when extending a test

When an Admin User extends the expiry date of a test invite, admins would like KS to send an email to confirm along with the new expiry date.  This could be managed in much the same way as the standard invites are with Admin Users having the option of amending the default text. Include option to add additional email addresses.

Increase Character Limit on Multiple Choice and Matching List Answer Options

Multiple choice questions currently have a limit of 50 characters per answer.  KS to review this to identify why the limit is in place (display purposes, database restriction etc) and if it can be extended. Also look at Matching List fields.

Default for Admins of Multiple Accounts

Where an Admin is managing multiple accounts, KS currently defaults to the first account in the list (alphabetically).  Admins have requested a change in this behaviour.  KS to consider alternative default selection options.

Add column in Invites – Date of last reminder/extension

When viewing invites KS currently displays when the invite was first sent and the date and time of the Users last login.  Admins would like an additional column which advises when the User was last reminded (either by reminder or date extension).

Remove Invites from system when a User is deleted

When a User is marked as Ex-Employee there is a clear requirement to retain their interaction with KS however when a User is deleted from the system, admins would like to have any outstanding invites (Not Completed) deleted from the system.

Additional Points for Discussion

More detailed benchmarking & analysis of user demographic & results data.

New API for LMS linking (esp. Olive/Absorb/Pinnacle).

Add number of results to Results > Data page.

Add date stamp to Global Comparisons view and export.

Add user count to training requirements chart.

Review display of Global question benchmark data.

Add question ID to training request csv export.

Improve page speed: Users > Users and Invites > History.

Investigate single sign-on and Active Directory links for user data import.

Investigate Content Delivery Network - adding zip files for test start to CDN environment.


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

New KS Question Types

We have added some new test question types to the KS system this month.  Here's a brief summary of the new choices.

Matching list

This question type asks the user to correctly identify, or match the relationship between 2 lists of data.  Here's an example:

Here's a look at how to build up the answer options, for Matching list questions:

Complete the blank

This question type asks the user to fill in one (or more) blank fields, or select from a list of available options in a sentence or paragraph.  Here's an example:

Here's a look at how to build up the answer options, for Complete the blank questions:


This question type asks the user to review a word or short phrase and select a radio button option that relates to the ‘correct’ description.

Here's a look at how to build up the answer options, for Matrix questions:


This question type asks the user to write a longer answer to a question. This will not be automatically marked and will require manual scoring.

To assign marks to an Essay question, go to Invites > History and click on the 'Pending' link.

Click the 'Edit Score' link and assign your marks. You can also add comments, which will appear in the test report. Save your changes and the final score will appear on the Results > Data page.

The 'Create Question' page now lists all 9 KS test question types:

You'll also see  a brief description for each question type on the test landing page: