2003 director's message

 

April 2003

In keeping with the theme of the 2003 National Collegiate CADD Conference, "Sharing Our Collective Knowledge," the content of NCCC 2003 focused on increasing opportunities for sharing. NCCC attendees retain a wealth of experience in using a variety of tools and methods to manage educational facilities. Their willingness to share that experience with their peers who gather with them from across the country is what makes the NCCC great, year after year.

This year will be no different. But based on economic projections of state and local finances, we know this is likely to be a lean budget year for many of our constituent institutions. Perhaps more than ever, those who have the responsibility to authorize spending will ask the question, "How can we justify the cost?" That is a good question, and there are some good answers.

How can we justify the cost of attending NCCC 2003?

Decreased budgets require us to do more with less. NCCC attendees form a focused group of individuals who share the challenges of managing facilities with limited resources. Their knowledge and experience in applying innovative methods to increase efficiency will be available to you as they share their experiences at NCCC 2003.

We increasingly turn to technology to compensate for a lack of staff because of tightened personnel budgets. Several technology-related companies will attend and help sponsor NCCC 2003. No doubt, they are motivated to sell products and services, but our contact with them also allows us to influence the further development of their goods and services to meet our needs.

It is only natural for an administrator to ask, "How can we justify spending money to participate in a conference when the institution is facing budget reductions?" The answer lies in the value of the conference's content and the focused interaction it provides. Sometimes learning one new piece of information, or gaining better understanding about only one process can justify the entire cost of attending the NCCC. And making one professional contact can be worth much more.

Establishing professional networks; gaining knowledge of how others efficiently manage building information and mapping-related enterprises; finding out how to get the best out of CADD-related design tools; learning new methods for managing and distributing campus data-these and many more benefits await both those who attend NCCC 2003 and those who send them.

The cost of attending this conference is often less than the cost of attending classes at other training sites. And NCCC 2003 offers to you the knowledge of more than one trainer or company that is focused on the use of only one product or process. NCCC 2003 offers hands-on training opportunities, peer-to-peer discussions, and varied presentations. Attendees will return to their institutions with increased knowledge of the practices, techniques, and tools of technology that can help them become more productive. NCCC 2003 offers value to any school, small or large.

We hope to see you at the conference this summer.

Charles Bowler
Conference Director
University of Maryland
301-405-0008
cbowler@wam.umd.edu

 

January 2003

The 2003 National Collegiate CADD Conference is titled Sharing Our Collective Knowledge. All of our conferences have been based on this theme. We are planning to develop the content of this conference to provide increased opportunity for interactive sharing of our experiences.

2003 is likely to be a lean budget year for most of our institutions based on economic projections that I have seen or heard of relative to state and local finances. This is a prime reason for us to gather to share our experiences in using CADD capabilities to operate our facilities as efficiently as possible. New and improved computer hardware and CADD features provide us more capabilities every year to develop and maintain the data, mapping and other resources required to run our highly complex facilities. Our conferences allow us to confer with our peers at other institutions and learn of new resource developments, techniques used by others, and special applications for CADD that will assist us in providing increased productivity without increased budgets. We plan to offer training of value to any school, small or large.

This conference envisions increased use of interactive group learning techniques such as the round-table discussions you have participated in at recent conferences. The relative mix of round-tables, training opportunities and formal presentations on the schedule are to be addressed over the next two months. We already are planning to offer relevant tutorial sessions the afternoon before the Tuesday evening reception and/or on Friday afternoon. Among the topics that could be offered are Land Development Desktop, VBA.net, other CADD programming techniques, web application of MapGuide, and space management.

We would like to invite your participation in developing the conference agenda by completing our questionnaire on your training needs, preferred method of learning, programs used by your facility, and other items relative to development of the conference. This questionnaire will take only a few minutes of your time but it is very important for our conference planning. This questionnaire is intended to help us maximize your learning experience and will be of best use in developing the conference content if it is returned in the near future. Even if you are not sure you will be able to attend your response will be valuable in planning our 2003 conference and future NCCC conferences.

If you have a special expertise that you would be willing to speak on, facilitate a relevant round-table or conduct a training session on a topic please let me know.

Charles Bowler
Conference Director
University of Maryland
301-405-0008
cbowler@wam.umd.edu