It seems like yesterday I was completing my engineering degree at The Georgia Institute of Technology and heading out the Silicon Valley where I would work on various electro mechanical design projects for a variety of local firms. Part of my learning curve was figuring out how to load up a package of floppy disks my boss plopped onto my desk. I can still hear him saying, “It’s something called AutoCAD – you’re a sharp guy so figure it out.” Figure it out I did (along with SDRC, CALMA, Microstation, Pro-E and a few others) and before I knew it I’d become the CAD manager having never really sought out the job.
Moving back to the Atlanta area gave me the chance to pursue my engineering career further but it was always my CAD expertise that differentiated me. It seemed I was destined to become the alpha CAD user wherever I went as CAD users sought me out for advice and support. After 4 years of performing CAD management “in my spare time” I finally received the title, staff and managerial authority to undertake CAD management on a formal basis.
In 1991 – due to my employer’s abrupt business shut down – I took the plunge into running my own consulting practice doing all manner of custom programming, training and support work in the Atlanta area. My consulting practice has grown and continues to this day 25 years later. While the business model remains the same the challenges and technology continue to evolve and that’s what makes it interesting. I’m proud to have consulted for companies like Autodesk, Hewlett Packard, PEER, Synergis and a variety of smaller firms over the years.
After speaking at the early Autodesk University events (starting in 1994), I was offered the chance to write for CADENCE Magazine in 1998 – landing a prime inside-the-back-cover spot for an article known as Manager’s VPOINT. Now eighteen years, 151 columns and 360 CAD Manager’s newsletters later I feel privileged to continue writing for Cadalyst Magazine. If you’d like to check out a condensed version of my writings I’ve got a book on CAD management (Expert CAD Management: The Complete Guide) which can be obtained via Amazon for a very reasonable price.
When I’m not writing I run a consulting company (Robert Green Consulting) located in the Atlanta metropolitan area that serves clients all over the US and Canada. I also do teaching and public speaking engagements on CAD management, education and technology topics. I look forward to hearing from you or meeting you in person soon!
All the best,
Resources for CAD Managers
I strive to keep video, audio and written learning resources from my presentations updated at this web site so be sure to check back often. And, as always, as business conditions and technologies change you can be sure that I’ll continue to stay on the case and keep you, the CAD manager, informed.
You can also browse through all my Cadalyst Magazine articles/newsletters as well as my CAD Manager’s sample code sections.