Archive for January, 2008

Notice of the February 2008 Meeting

31 January 2008

Here’s the text of an email sent out to the membership tonight. Don’t fret if you’re not yet a member – we allow potential members a free trial meeting to see how great they are!

(C&BAV Incorporation Registration Number: A 13467S)
ABN: 65 553 575 021
Greetings friends

*** Next Vicaug Meeting ***
A quick reminder: Only a few sleeps to go to the next Victorian AutoCAD Users Group meeting is on
6:30pm Monday
4th February 2008
5th Floor, RMIT Building 94, 23-27 Cardigan St Carlton

Yes folks, that’s this coming Monday!
This is on the west side of Cardigan St, just north of Victoria St. Car parking is available at the kerbside or in the centre of the road. There is also a multi-storey Wilson car park right next door, which is open until 10pm (fee payable). Alternatively, the area is well served by public transport: trains to Melbourne Central station and / or trams along Swanston Street.
Our meeting room is called a Studio, room number 9405032. Take the lifts up to the fifth floor, follow the corridor around to the right and the Studio is on the left side, towards the end of the corridor.

Due to popular request, we will be starting the meeting a little later (at 6:30pm) than in previous months. This is due to the fact that parking in the vicinity is free after 6:30pm. We will try to start the presentations at 7:00 pm sharp, so the meeting should finish at a reasonable hour. (Although I have to admit that a few of us have been known to congregate on the footpath outside after the meeting and chew the fat until a somewhat less reasonable hour!)
All Welcome!
As usual, food and drinks will be provided, along with the opportunity to meet up with fellow AutoCAD users.

And, in case you were wondering, the presenters and topics for the meeting are…
CAD Project Management using Autodesk products such as Mechanical Desktop by Gordon Adams
Sidekick, a helper program for the Mechanical Engineer
and Mark Miller’s AutoCAD Tips and Tricks
plus the usual News, Your AutoCAD Questions Answered and friendly chat.
Also, we’ll be showing all sorts of goodies, so bring along your USB memory key if you’d like a copy of some of the items demonstrated.
Please note:
The order of business may be amended at the discretion of the President.
Check the Vicaug web page at <; and the blog at <; for any late breaking news of this and other upcoming meetings.
A summary of the official agenda for the meeting is as follows:
6:30 Meeting room opened for social chat, food and refreshments
6.45 pm: Open General Meeting
• All in attendance to sign Attendance Book
• Apologies
• President’s Opening address and discussion – as permitted by the President
• Minutes of Previous General Meeting (June 2007) – as circulated in the August 2007 “Blog” – to be received and adopted
• Presentations
• General Business and any such other matter/s that the President, at his discretion may allow.
9.00 pm: Closure
Note: order of business may be amended at the discretion of the President.
Make the most of your Vicaug membership by coming along and learning, socializing and discussing any topics at all, even CAD-related ones! If you haven’t been to a Vicaug meeting before, don’t be shy – we’re a very friendly bunch!
If you’re not yet a member or need to renew your membership, please consider joining by printing out and completing the form below and posting it, together with your cheque to Vicaug Inc., P.O. Box 466 Elsternwick Vic. 3185. This will ensure that you continue to receive notifications of events, are entitled to vote at Vicaug elections and attend all Vicaug meetings. If you received this reminder, but not other benefits, it most likely means that you are not financial and that your “complimentary” subscription has expired. If you have received this in error, or do not wish to have these reminders sent to you this way, please accept our apologies and advise Peter Godfrey by email at and your name will be removed from the mailing list.
Peter Godfrey
Vicaug Vice President and Newsletter/Blog Editor
Note New RMIT Venue!

Ya Gotta be Effing Joking!

25 January 2008

I don’t need to tell you that spam is a real problem in email, but sometimes the sheer ineptitude of spammers amazes me. I got one today flogging engineering mold making services which contained this line:

All our Engineers are with good level of English understanding, which give them the ability on communication with the customers.

‘Nuff said, really.

Job Vacancy – Document Management

23 January 2008

This just in from Steve Hunter:

Document Management System (DMS) Officer (Limited Tenure)

• Modern Office at Docklands
• Limited Tenure 6 months
• Customer Contact

As a Government Business Enterprise responsible for significant railway land and infrastructure in Victoria, VicTrack manages its assets by delivering commercial, social and environmental benefits to stakeholders. Activities include telecommunications, property services, asset management, outdoor advertising, IT services and commercial development.
This is a limited tenure position to cover maternity leave and is responsible for maintaining the Drawing Management System (DMS) processing daily transactions, producing reports as required, liaising with DMS users, answering customer queries and undertaking project tasks as required.

To be successful in this role, you will be familiar with database systems, have tertiary qualifications in CAD and DMS or appropriate experience, fast and accurate data input, intermediate MS Office and excellent written and verbal communication skills. A commitment to customer service, strong attention to detail, ability to organise and set priorities, a high level of initiative and self motivation are also requirements for this position.

This is a great opportunity to demonstrate a variety of skills and technical abilities whilst ensuring an accurate up to date system.

Level 8, 1010 La Trobe Street,
Docklands Vic 3008

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Is Your Ass Too Small?

3 January 2008

While looking for a big ceiling fan to circulate air in a public swimming pool building, we came across this company:
Yes, it’s actually real –it’s an American company who makes ceiling fans from 6ft up to about 24ft (that’s 24 FEET!) in diameter. The web site is full of zany humour: it actually makes fun of a pretty tedious job to select a fan. (It includes answers to essential questions like: Who abducted Riley Martin? and Do I have to kneel before Zod?) Check it out.