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65 Years on the Planet, 30 Years with ARCHICAD – Looking Back, Looking Forward

Today, April 18th 2019 is my 65th birthday!

And by coincidence (in terms of important milestones), it's my 30th year working with ARCHICAD; and last week, my ARCHICAD Tutorials YouTube channel reached 25,000 subscribers.

I'm sharing the event with my ARCHICAD tribe, and you're invited (of course) to celebrate with me this special occasion in a special edition of the ARCHICAD USER monthly webinar. 

In today's session, I'll be giving you my perspective on the ARCHICAD journey along with two guests who played very important roles.

If you're not already registered, click here to join us at 1 pm PDT or you can catch the recording later on the ARCHICAD USER website.

A BIRTHDAY GIFT

If I've helped you along the ARCHICAD journey, with my tutorials, training courses or MasterTemplate, here are two ways you can give me a birthday gift:

  1. Write up a testimonial about my work and how it has helped you on this page
  2. Buy one of my ARCHICAD products during my BIG 65th birthday sale, which runs through April 30th.

Help me celebrate at bobrow.com/65

Announcing the New ARCHICAD USER Jobs Board!

The brand new, totally free ARCHICAD USER jobs board is a community service helping users connect from across town or around the world. 

Join me on a quick tour and see how easy it is to register (it's free) and post a job or contract or upload your resume for consulting or employment.

This week I'm celebrating my 65th birthday with a bunch of new videos and announcements, culminating on Thursday April 18th with a unique edition of the ARCHICAD USER monthly webinar with two special guests. 

More to come soon!

Taking ARCHICAD Beyond Design: Cost Estimation and Construction Management

Free ARCHICAD USER webinar:
Monday March 11th at 1 pm PDT

Taking ARCHICAD Beyond Design: Cost Estimation and Construction Management
with Roderick Anderson & John Hallgarth

Info & Registration: https://archicaduser.com

We're resuming the monthly ARCHICAD USER webinar series with an exciting session featuring two veterans who leverage the ARCHICAD model for cost estimation and construction management.

Learn how these experts set up their ARCHICAD projects and manage data for accurate quantity take-offs and interface with a variety of tools for management, reporting and communication including BIMx Pro, Bluebeam and Excel.

I'll introduce and moderate the discussion, and guide the Q&A. It's going to be a fascinating deep dive into this vital area where design, cost and construction processes meet.

NEW ARCHICAD Tutorials Website Launches!

I'm pleased to announce the launch of ARCHICADTutorials.com, a new website providing rich resources for users, featuring high quality free ARCHICAD tutorials.

I've started stocking the site with my best tutorial videos, while adding professionally created transcriptions to facilitate searching as well as captions to help people with language or hearing challenges.

Eric Bobrow.

I'll be inviting ARCHICAD experts from around the world to share their work on this site, with the aim of creating the best and most comprehensive resource possible for users of all levels.

WHY AM I DOING THIS? WHAT'S THE PLAN?

Currently, ARCHICAD tutorial videos are spread out all over the web, on YouTube as well as individual websites set up by different experts and companies.

Standards vary, and it can be hard to find the best videos or articles when you need them.

The new site will provide a richer environment than YouTube in that we can post transcripts as well as downloads, and links to related videos and resources.

In addition, I plan to add a rating system so that it's easy to see which tutorials are the most popular and highest rated, as well as tagging and categorization to simplify searches.

More community-building features may be incorporated such as a Slack workspace for online discussion and sharing of files.

Check out the new site and let me know what you think, either by responding to this email or posting a comment.

I'm excited about the possibilities - this is just the beginning!

MY MISSION IS TO HELP ARCHICAD USERS

It is my mission to help ARCHICAD users get the most out of the software, and this is my latest initiative.

Another one that is kicking into high gear right now is my new ARCHICAD Best Practices 2020 course and coaching program.

The 2020 program launched this month and will run all year. You can still get in for half price, and get a HUGE bonus of ALL of my other training courses.

For complete details and to sign up, please visit bobrow.com/2020.

Important: the 2020 course launch offer ends January 31, just a few days from now.

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ARCHICAD Help Wanted – Jobs and Contracts

  • Looking for ARCHICAD-trained staff? 
  • Seeking a position or a contract with an ARCHICAD firm?
  • Let's see whether we can make some connections.

Periodically, ARCHICAD firms ask if I can refer them to experienced users in their local area they can hire; sometimes they prefer using freelancers locally or on a remote basis for contract work. 

Similarly, users sometimes ask me if I can give them a list of ARCHICAD firms in a particular city so they can try to find a position.

When I was an ARCHICAD reseller (1989 to 2010) I knew the users in my area, and ran the local user group, so I was able to connect people fairly easily. 

Nowadays I serve users from around the world so this is more difficult. 

ARCHICAD JOB PORTALS 

Graphisoft has a free jobs board at Graphisoft.com/jobs and some people say they’ve used it, or checked the listings. 

A while back I set up a section of the ARCHICAD USER website as a user directory with the idea of helping people connect. Quite a few people have added their names and contact info, but I haven’t promoted it actively as a jobs board. 

I know of two other portals (archicadjobs.com and archvista.com/job-listings/) but both seem to be infrequently updated and not well-used.

What's your experience with this subject?
Do you know of a useful job portal for ARCHICAD users and firms?

ARCHICAD JOBS SURVEY AND MATCHMAKING 

I’d like to assess how much interest there is in developing a service or a web portal to connect ARCHICAD users and firms. 

It takes some effort to set something up that is robust and effective, so I’m going to start with a survey to see whether this is a hot-button issue or just something that “would be nice”. 

Click HERE to participate in a 5 minute survey regarding ARCHICAD jobs and free-lance services. 

In addition to collecting general information and feedback, this survey will be a quick test of the marketplace for jobs and services. 

If your firm currently needs someone skilled with ARCHICAD, you can describe the position or contract as well as other factors (required level of experience or specialty, in-office or remote, part-time/full-time/contract, etc.). 

If you’re actively looking for work right now, you may describe your background and experience and the type and location of the opportunity you are seeking. 

I will post a summary of the responses, and will see if I can help connect some job-seekers with firms that can use their services. 

It will be interesting to see the results of the survey, and how many people and firms are currently "in the market". 

I'm not sure where this will go, however I'm definitely considering how I can help more individuals and firms connect and be successful with ARCHICAD. 

I'll be back with another email talking about a different variation of "Help Wanted" shortly. 

Eric 

P.S. I can recommend one outsourcing firm - Team4Bim.

They are based in Europe but work with clients worldwide. Their rates are very affordable, and several people have told me they do high quality work. If you reach out to them, tell them Eric Bobrow sent you... 

P.P.S. Would you like MY help boosting YOUR skills as an ARCHICAD user? Or help training your staff?

My special Launch Offer for the ARCHICAD Best Practices 2020 course and coaching program is still open through January 31. 

Click the green button below to save up to 87% on a huge package of ARCHICAD training resources. It's a comprehensive, fully updated reference library you'll treasure for a long time to come.

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