Thursday, April 30, 2009

Buy This Book

If you are looking for a book new CADD book to read (with lots of pictures and arrows) then look no farther than the new, (hopefully to be best seller) from Karen Coen-Brown and Randall J. Robinson (that's me) - Understanding Microstation V8 XM in 2D: A Basic Guide FOR XM and V8i Users.

It is available now from Stipes Publishing for the amazing low price of $49.80. For more details and to order a copy visit

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Thursday, April 09, 2009

Conferences and Cost

Well 2009 is really starting to take it's toll on conferences. Last month Bentley canceled the BE Conference that was scheduled to be held this May in Charlotte, NC. Which really sucks since Charlotte is just down the road from my house and I was looking forward to attending.

Then a couple of days ago I received a email for Paul Fort in NJ informing me (and others) that the HEEP Area I meeting that was being planned for June was canceled mainly due to State DOT Travel Restrictions. Which is a short sighted shame (not on Area I's part, but on the states). Bentley also cited the travel restrictions as a reason for the BE cancellation also. (Although I think it may have been a money saving thing for Bentley not its customers).


It is a shame that agencies, organizations and company's cut back on travel and training when the economy is down. You would think it would be just the opposite since their work loads are down they would have time to train, learn new skills and make personal contacts, which will help them thrive in the future. But that makes a bit to much sense I guess.

So what is your organization doing, building for the future or hunkering down for the quarter?

P.S. check out HEEP.ORG the Area II and International meetings are still on and you won't find a better conference deal anywhere...