What’s My Career Path? The Technologist’s Dilemma (Part 1)

There’s been a recent opinion piece making the social media rounds about why AEC technologists change jobs so frequently. While its point was that few firms have fully committed to proper BIM, it got me thinking about the career options technologists have, both within and beyond the traditional AEC firm universe. So while at the beach this summer, I did some thinking and jotted down my thoughts.

For this post, I’ll focus on working in an architecture or engineering firm, where there seem to be two categories: directly within the structure of the professional employees, or in support of them. These two can be thought of as “Technical” and “Administrative” roles, respectively.

A Technical role is, in essence, a traditional career path within a firm. Some people focus on interiors, others on codes & specs, building enclosure, and other areas. A technologist’s focus is on – you guessed it – technology. Advancement in a Technical role is well defined and understood – as a junior employee, lots of production is involved, and as one advances, the role grows to include mentor ship, management, and possibly business development. Administrative staff work in support of the Technical project teams. Layers of IT, knowledge management, marketing, accounting, legal, etc, exist to maintain and optimize the Technical teams’ and the whole organization’s performance.

Here’s the million dollar question: if a technologist role is situated in or across administrative layers, how can it best maintain its strategic focus? We’ve proposed a few suggestions in our “Billable vs Overhead” article published last year; please do check it out if you haven’t already done so.

Next time, I’ll ruminate on technologists’ options outside of traditional practice.

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A Win For the Industry (Who Do You Meet at BCS?)

Last week, I rambled on that I was in the process of creating some Revit Content for Elevators, that Architects/Engineers/Contractors could use to represent *any* manufacturers elevators, without having to re-download, delete content, re-place content, worry about hosting, worry about assimilating to standards, and so on.  The particular content is meant to:  1. Be generic, 2. Be adjustable enough to represent any SPECIFIC unit, 3. Look correct in all documentation and coordination _MG_8145 - Copy

programs, and 4. Have a User Experience that isn’t terrible, so users don’t have to re-learn-how-to-walk, just to model an elevator.

I started working on this content because several clients use Elevators on almost every job, and its a pain point… On almost every job.

  1. They go to a website that “configures” the content.
  2. It lets them download a piece.
  3. They place it in the model.
  4. Design constraints change, and to get it altered, they have to:
  5. Go back to the website that “configures” the content
  6. Download the new piece
  7. Delete the old one (lose all your annotations)
  8. Place the new one
  9. Re-annotate everything.
  10. Then the design constraints change again, andddddddd…………._MG_8152 - Copy

But, that’s not what is important today. It turns out, some Elevator Manufacturers were at the Building Content Summit, in Arizona. That was where I was talking to a couple of clients about the need for these components (while we navigated a model with elevators in it). I didn’t talk with the Elevator Manufacturer there (I didn’t know we were all in the same room!), but after posting some pictures on LinkedIn, they reached out to me, and we started emailing. As luck would have it (coincidence) we are literally up the street from one another, so we’re going to meet this week.

What about?  Who knows. They already have BIM Content (and Elevators, obviously).  But they must at least be curious, about why companies are asking for the content i’m making, when manufacturers already have BIM Content out there.  (And its true, you can find Revit Elevators out there for Schindler, KONE, ThyssenKrupp, OTIS, and more).

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BUT… Isn’t that conversation exactly what the Building Content Summit set out to create?  Manufacturers are making content, and they want users to use it.  Users want the content, but need it to work a certain (easy, effortless, repeatable) way.  If there is a disconnect there, isn’t the BEST thing that can happen that those parties make it in to a room together, and begin discussing why those things are the case?  What if i told you:  THAT ROOM IS AT THE BUILDING CONTENT SUMMIT?

Don’t just take my word for it, hear it from others that were at the Building Content Summit in Arizona, including some product Manufacturers.

Are you a product Manufacturer with BIM Content (or needing BIM Content to be developed) available already?  If so, are you registered for the Building Content Summit?  As some folks are finding out, even if you *think* your BIM Content is ready to go, the only way to find out is to get out there and truly interact with the USERS of your content, and BCS is the place to do it.

Check out the event, and the live schedule, at http://www.BuildConSum.com and get registered! Hope to see you there.

-A

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The First Look: Autodesk Industry Collections – Q&A Session

Autodesk Industry Collections

Q: Will the network license manager application change or will it remain the same FlexLM application with expanded license files for collections.

A: At this point, it is the same as FlexLM.

Q: Do you need to reinstall from suites to collections or can you just simply change the SN and product key?  For Multi-users.

A: For 2017, you can simply change the licensing in the program now.

Q: Is a multi-user collection licensing controlled by the web only or can the collection licenses be added to an existing flexLM license manager?

A: It can be controlled by a local FlexLM license manager.

Q: Does a multiuser license work across a Wide Area Network?

A: Yes.

Q: What application (or web service) will be used to track product usage (by username) since we currently do not have this capability with FlexLM.

A: There is not one, it is named user and assigned in the accounts website.

Q: What happens with a non-connected use, would we have to ‘check out’ a license before disconnecting from the server?

A: Yes, you borrow a license for a set time you will be out.

Q: What are the implications of using a WAN for international offices?  Can this be done without any additional fees?

A: No, you will need to get the ETR or GETR license type.

Q: In a multi user environment where are the licenses held?

A: The licenses are held on your server, it was previously called network licenses.  

Q: Is there a limit to the number of users on the multi-user license?

A: At any time, the number of purchased licenses count will be able to use the software.

Q: Is the complimentary 25GB of cloud storage available for each user?

A: Yes, each user is given 25GB of cloud based storage.

Q: Are there more than 3 users that can be assigned to cloud credits with a single license?

A: That is only available for multi-user license, the single user license is just 1 to 1.

Q: Can you track who used the cloud credits?

A: From the shared cloud credits, yes.

Q: If the cloud credits are assigned per individual, what happens if that person leaves the company? Do the credits go with them?

A: Yes, as the cloud credits are assigned to an individual not the company.

Q: Is there any change to how do the updates happen now?

A: There is a desktop app that will notify you or your users of any updates required.

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Multi-Value Controls

We often use multi-value parameters in our automation projects as they are a way to offer options for your end user to select from.  Usually you, as the developer, will want to limit these options to what’s available, either due to selections already made or other constraints.  In this post, we’ll describe how to control values for one option based upon another selection.

Have a look at the User Interface (UI) shown below for a conveyor design by Salt Automation.

Salt Automation UI 1

When the end user selects a Duty Cycle of Heavy, the Motor Selection options should be 7-1/2 or 5 hp, as shown in the image.  But, what if the options need to change when the end user selects a Duty Cycle of Light, to either 2 or 1 hp?

Salt Automation UI 2

Let’s take a look at how we can accomplish this.  We can set the value options for the Duty Cycle parameter in either the Parameters dialog box via traditional methods or we can set it via iLogic code, using MultiValue.SetList.

The scheme for the MultiValue.SetList is:

    MultiValue.SetList(“parameter name”, “value 1”, “value 2”, “value 3”)

In our example, it would look like this:

    MultiValue.SetList(“Duty_Cycle”, “Heavy”, “Light”)

The benefits to setting the value options in code versus the traditional method are that you can set the order in which you want them displayed but more importantly, you modify the value options at run-time through your code.

Let’s look at how we can modify the value options of our Motor Selection parameter at run-time.  We’ll do this using the Case structure.  This could also be done with an If Then statement.

    Select Case Duty_Cycle

        Case “Heavy”

            MultiValue.SetList(“Motor_Selection”, “7.5 hp”, “5 hp”)

        Case “Light”

            MultiValue.SetList(“Motor_Selection”, “2 hp”, “1 hp”)

    End Select

The code above will set the Motor Selection options based up on the selection of the Duty Cycle parameter.

The entire code is listed below.  I am also setting the ValueOptions, which will be covered later.

‘ Set multi-value options

    MultiValue.SetValueOptions(True, DefaultIndex := 0)

    MultiValue.SetList(“Duty_Cycle”, “Heavy”, “Light”)

 

‘ Set Motor Selection based on Duty Cycle

    Select Case Duty_Cycle

        Case “Heavy”

            MultiValue.SetList(“Motor_Selection”, “7.5 hp”, “5 hp”)

        Case “Light”

            MultiValue.SetList(“Motor_Selection”, “2 hp”, “1 hp”)

    End Select

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9 Year Old 3D Printing Enthusiast Prints Prosthetic Hand for Teacher

So we’ve already heard about an adult who 3D printed a hand for a young boy, but what about a young boy who printed a …

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OMG, they killed Kenny! (now with 3D printing)

South Park is celebrating its 20th season (yes, its been 20 years), and to commemorate have partnered with Source3 to launch 3D printed products. This is …

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Chinese patient gets help from 3D printed braces

65 year-old Mr. Zhang’ s left hand changed to a clenched fist and couldn’t get back because of his hematencephalon. He couldn’t even hold a …

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A new 3D printing technology, interview with Xjet’s Dror Danai

Xjet received as “unprecedented level of interest” after revealing a new 3D printing method at RAPID 2016. I caught up with Dror Danai, Xjet CBO, …

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