This October, I was excited to attend my first series of the CADD Microsystems’ Tech Tours, which took place in Baltimore, Arlington, and Richmond. The Tech Tour is a great opportunity for our clients to network with industry peers, hear how other organizations are successfully transitioning to new technologies and processes, and attend educational sessions led by our experts. This year’s theme was Collaboration, and our sessions covered topics such as collaborating with design teams with Bluebeam, Masterplanning, Building Modeling Best Practices, Project Team and Grounded Collaboration, and Transportation Planning and Design.


Account Executive, Marcus Dulin, and I are all smiles while greeting attendees

The forward-looking tone of this Tech Tour commenced with the Keynote address from Jeff Gravatte, CADD Microsystems CEO. For over 25 years, Jeff has led CADD’s passion for addressing and providing solutions for our customer’s unique business challenges, and how emerging trends will impact the design industry. He stressed the importance of aligning your business to remain at the forefront of these advancements by transitioning your day-to-day business practices well before industry standards force you to comply.

Through Jeff’s valuable experience of watching fads come and go, he is resolute in the fact that “The Model,” will become an increasingly important element in all future projects. From Mobile Cloud Computing to Robots, Drones, Lasers, Pre-Fab and 3D Printing, and iRooms. All of these developments have one trend in common – that each element in the building lifecycle chain will need to communicate and collaborate through one consistent development model. This requires all functions to take into effect how their data will be applied and transformed as it moves down stream. Most importantly, our clients need to be aware of these future possibilities and remain in a position to adapt as needed.


CEO, Jeff Gravatte, during his presentation, “Emerging Industry Trends.”

Then came the six different break-out sessions. The CAD Geek, CADD’s very own Donnie Gladfelter, hosted three sessions that  explored the capabilities of the often under-utilized tools available in Map 3D, Civil 3D, Revit, and Infraworks 360 that have been designed to elevate your level of collaboration. Chris Lindo spoke to the importance of collaboration amongst all project stakeholders in order to successfully establish a foundation for BIM Project Team success through Revit and A360. Domineau Wiley, CADD’s FM and Space Management Applications Maven, shared how mobile applications can serve as a solution for both space planning and facilities management productivity on-the-go. TJ Meehan, our VP of Professional Services, shared the valuable insights he’s gained over the last 20 years in the Architectural industry, to reinforce individual and organizational best practices for optimal building modeling implementation amongst Revit teams. And Bluebeam’s Steve Jones made the trek from the west coast to lend expert advice on how to best utilize Profiles, Tools, and customizations to maximize Revu’s user interface.


Steve Jones, Bluebeam Software Inc., showcasing Revu’s user interface.

CADD Microsystems is committed to helping our customers stay ahead of the curve, and with events like the Tech Tour and our exclusive online customer-only portal, the CADD Community, we have become a trusted advisor in the design industry. From our consulting services to our classroom and on-demand training solutions, CADD has built the tools our customers need to guide and support them throughout these technical and ideological transitions. Recorded and on-demand versions of the sessions we presented at the Tech Tour are being added to the CADD Community on a weekly basis, so it’s a great resource for convenient and continuous learning. If you would like more information about the CADD Community, powered by Global eTraining, please find my contact information below.

I really enjoyed attending the Tech Tour and getting to meet so many of you! The Tech Tour will be returning again in May, so don’t miss your chance to mingle with us for the day and learn about the latest Autodesk software and industry advancements.

Andrea Hart
Global eTraining Strategist
T  703.719.7364  //  M  540.589.0997
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