Cedric Hider shares how he saves Cobb, Fendley & Associates $500 per week.

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  • HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA — Cobb, Fendley & Associates are no strangers to implementing strategies to maximize profits while keeping costs down. Twice ranked in the University of Houston Small Business Development Center’s Top 100 fastest-growing privately owned businesses, CFA keeps their focus on providing high-quality engineering services by adopting time-saving and productivity-boosting strategies in the design phase of a project.

    Cedric Hider and his son ready to go to a Dallas Mavericks basketball game

    Cedric Hider, Design and Project Engineer for CFA, took some time to share with MicroStation Today how he uses Axiom’s RefWriter to save valuable production time and to keep contributing to the firm’s commitment to quality, integrity and engineering excellence.

    MicroStation Today: Tell us about yourself and your duties.
    Cedric: I started out as Design Engineer for Dallas Water Utilities in 1997. Two years later, I was promoted to Project Engineer. In the fall of 2000, I accepted a position as Design and Project Engineer at CFA. As the Design and Project Engineer in the Utility Coordination Department, I am responsible for analyzing roadway projects to ensure that the designs of underground telecommunications conduits and underground utilities are in strict adherence to our project standards.

    MST: We hear you are quite fond of RefWriter?
    Cedric: RefWriter has been a huge time-saver. It would be rather hard for me to go back to using the Reference Exchange command now. Without the main drawing (master design file) being displayed on the reference file when I switch to it, it becomes difficult to determine how to handle items in the reference file without overlapping the items in the main design file. RefWriter maintains all of the view settings of the main drawing, so that when I’m altering the reference files, I won’t impact the main drawing.

    MST: How much money and time do you think RefWriter saves your company?
    Cedric: By using RefWriter, I don’t have to open and re-open drawings and toggle between sheet drawings and reference files which can take anywhere from two to three minutes per toggle. Any given day I may toggle between main drawing and reference drawings 20 or 30 times, depending on the project. So, we are looking at about an hour per day of toggling. If a project takes five days worth of work — and the average rate per hour for an engineer is around $100 — we are looking at $500 worth of savings per week!

    MST: What do you do with your time when you are not working?
    Cedric: I enjoy spending time with friends and family. My son is one year old and it is a joy just to spend time with him and watch him play. Also, I am a big fan of music. I play the saxophone and I usually find myself listening to jazz when I am relaxing. In addition, I love to work out. I work out at the neighborhood gym four to five times a week.

    MST: Thank you for sharing your story with us!
    Cedric: Thank you very much.

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