Having been involved with the NCCC since its inception in 1990,
I have come to understand that the gathering has value that goes far beyond
the world of computers and CADD. Certainly, the conference provides immediate
and relevant knowledge about the practical application of CADD in the university environment,
and it has been of great value to me and my staff for illuminating the pitfalls
of deploying one technology or the direct benefits of deploying another through the shared
wisdom of its members.
At these conferences (8 of 12), I have had the opportunity to expand my networking across the
US and Canada. This network has provided me with valuable information
and suggestions that have helped save our institution money and avoid many
problems regarding our CAD/GIS and other mapping programs.
Oklahoma State University's participation in the National Collegiate CADD Conference has been
most worthwhile. Our representative to the Conference has found it
to be a valuable source for information from others whose work, goals, and
objectives are similar to ours.
What began in a small way among a close circle of friends linked by only the
common interest of embracing the emerging technologies of CADD in higher education
facilities management in the late 1980s has seemingly grown well beyond their
perceived dreams! So much for the 19th Century prose!
I have attended the conference since 1996. It has been a great
opportunity to network with people that are doing the same job. It's not
like those big conferences, like Autodesk University, where you get lost in the networking.
Each year I have learned a little bit that helps me do my job better. It is hard to
start a project from scratch, but when you can learn from the people who have already done
it, it makes your job that much easier.