Wednesday, April 30, 2008


New calendar below.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Tulsa Area AutoCAD Civil User Group Meeting February 7, 2008

Passing on this information from Anita Nicely of TAACUG (Tulsa Area AutoCAD Civil Users Group):

Tulsa Area AutoCAD Civil User Group Meeting
Thursday, February 7th, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Event: Tulsa Area AutoCAD Civil User Group Meeting
Date: February 7th, 2008
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Place: Le Bistro Deli, Mall 31
Address: 5970 E 31st St, Suite J

You are invited to attend the February 2008 meeting of the Tulsa Area AutoCAD Civil User Group.

We will be discussing the results of the survey that we have been sending out.

If anyone has not clicked the hyperlink and taken the survey, please do so now:

The purpose of this meeting is to decide on a meeting place, time, day and week of month. What we want to accomplish with this group. What we want to focus on as a group.

Bring all of your ideas and experience. It’s important for everyone to attend, and be heard about the direction we want this group to follow.

Exit the Broken Arrow Expressway at Sheridan and 31st St., then go north 2 blocks to the intersection of 31st St. and Sheridan Rd. Turn left, or west, go approximately 1 block. The Shopping center is on the south side of 31st St. just west of Sheridan Rd.

Access for this meeting will be through the entrance on the north side in the middle of Mall 31, facing 31st Street.

Friday, January 18, 2008

CAD Mgmt: Future Design Tools

CAD Managers and potential Chief Innovation Officers (see Scouting for CAD Managers) spend a lot of time on day-to-day tasks, but they also have to be looking to the future. The recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas provides a good opportunity to look at some consumer electronic trends and extrapolate those trends into tools for professional design. Many of the products shown will be available within the next five years, so it's reasonable to look for potential design tools from these products.

I remember drawing a doodle many years ago (probably all the way back to the late 80's) of a "Designer of the Future". What I envisioned at that time was someone in motion - moving on to the next task, communicating on the go with a large roll under their arm. At first glance it looked like a set of 30x42 prints, but it wasn't. What I wanted to portray was a device that was both a monitor and a digitizer that rolled up for portability and rolled out for use. On it our "future designer" would be able to work on their drawings, roll it up, and move on to the next task. I haven't seen this device yet, but I think we're getting closer. Electronic paper, thinner displays, multi-touch screens - just take those ideas and fast forward to the future.

So, if anyone out there does put together all the pieces of my "future designer's tool" be sure to send some royalties my way. And don't forget to make an 11x17 version.

PC Magazine's coverage of CES 2008,2806,2235882,00.asp

PC Magazine's photo blog of CES 2008,2704,2245608,00.asp

DL.TV's Episode 211 "We are off to CES 2008"

DL.TV's Episode 212 "We have products galore from CES 2008"

DL.TV's Episode 213 "Day Two of CES 2008"

DL.TV's Episode 214 "Wrappin Up at CES 2008"

DL.TV's Episode 215 "A Look Back at CES 2008"

Fujitsu’s Fabric Laptop,1205,l=222845&s=27838&a=222837&po=106,00.asp?p=y

Fujitsu’s Fabric Laptop,1205,l=222845&s=27838&a=222837&po=108,00.asp

MS Surface,1205,l=222845&s=27838&a=222837&po=206,00.asp