Friday, 19 August 2011

CAD & BIM Manager's Survey 2011

The UK Architectural, Engineering & Construction CAD & BIM Manager's Survey 2011 is now open for your input!

Organised by respected independent BIM consultants, Evolve, the survey is one of the most important of its kind in the UK construction industry, comparing the roles performed by CAD, BIM and Technology Managers in the sector. Topics covered include, roles and responsibilities, salaries, the ratio of CAD & BIM support staff to users, opinions on support providers, quality of training, standards and much more.

Evolve Principal, Nigel Davies, comments, 'Responses in previous years have been phenomenal, so we encourage people to take part this year to help paint a true picture of CAD and BIM within the UK as we continue to slowly progress out of a deep recession, and BIM begins to become more and more important.'

Nigel adds, 'The questions are mostly multiple-choice so the survey should take around 20-30 minutes to complete fully. Please feel free to leave any questions unanswered if you wish, there are no required fields.'

Here's the link:

Results will be published in the Autumn.


Monday, 1 August 2011

KS Library update

We've had a few mails in recent weeks, asking about updates to the KS library, so I thought I'd drop a few lines on the blog about what we're working on..

Updates to existing data sets are a common theme this summer.  We work with a network of independent specialist authors, to create the KS OTS (off the shelf) titles. Juggling schedules with talented authors is challenging - as their skills are always in demand!  However, we are making good progress, with a rolling programme of updates and new releases, taking us into the autumn period.

So, in approximate date order:

AutoCAD 2D fundamentals 2012 - Aug 11
AutoCAD 2D 2012 - Xpress - Aug 11
AutoCAD 2D for occasional users 2012 - Aug 11
AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 (part 3) - Aug 11
RAC 2012 fundamentals (metric), new questions - Aug 11
RST 2011 fundamentals (metric), including new coaching notes - Aug 11
RST 2011 - Xpress (metric) - Aug 11
RST 2012 fundamentals (metric) - Aug 11
RST 2012 - Xpress (metric) - Aug 11

Google SketchUp fundamentals - Sept 11
RAC 2012 fundamentals (metric), including new coaching notes - Sept 11
RAC 2012 - Xpress (metric) - Sept 11
RAC 2012 fundamentals (Imperial) - Sept 11
RAC 2012 - Xpress (Imperial) - Sept 11
RST 2012 fundamentals (Imperial) - Sept 11
RST 2012 - Xpress (Imperial) - Sept 11

Inventor 2012 module 1 - Oct 11
Revit for Interiors 2012 - Oct 11
Revit Standards module 1 (community resource) - Oct 11
RST 2012 fundamentals (metric), new questions - Oct 11

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 (part 4) - Nov 11
Ecotect 2012 - Nov 11
Navisworks Manage 2012 - Nov 11
Revit for occasional users 2012 - Nov 11
RMEP 2012 fundamentals (metric), new questions - Nov 11

We'll also be adding 2012 data sets for the following titles (dates TBC):

Revit Content Creation
Revit MEP fundamentals (Mechanical) (Imperial)
Revit MEP fundamentals (Plumbing) (Imperial)
Revit MEP fundamentals (Electrical) (Imperial)
AutoCAD Civil 3D (parts 1-4)
3ds Max (modules 1-4)

So that's about it for the next few months.  These dates might be subject to change, but this gives you a pretty good idea of where we're aiming to be by the close of the year.  There are a few more ideas in discussion, including topics like Codebook, Bentley Navigator, MS Excel, MicroStation Select Series 1-3, Adobe Illustrator and USACE Attachment F.  We'll keep you posted..