OTC [Offshore Technology Conference

sent this to SW on OTC pavillion:
Dear SolidWorks Corporation:
For what my opinion and a few well intentioned suggestions may be worth
to you: I attended the OTC (Offshore Technology Conference) in Houston this past Wednesday, May 3th, and was particularly unimpressed with SolidWorks miserable (and seemingly miserly) presentation. The display booth was first of all located in the hot and steamy outdoors in a small, nondescript, wind-whipped, tent totally inappropriate for a supposedly 'world class', 3D parametric, CAD software instead of inside the main AIR-CONDITIONED, exhibit hall. Does SolidWorks Corporation think designers such as myself would actually be using your CAD software out of doors in a hostile climate such that of Houston Texas?! For oil derricks or mud-shaker equipment I could understand but software?....software?!! To make matters even worse: I seriously doubt that demo computers could even be relied upon to function properly in the 90-100 degree heat Houston is so famous for. If the totally inappropriate physical setting were not enough, I also observed pathetic group of Solidworks sales people, dressed in stealth-black uniforms, milling around as if they had no clue as to what they were for. Contrast this seemingly inept presentation with your chief competitor, Auto Desk, with its impressive showing which was, appropriately, inside the exhibit hall and fortified by a large, knowledgeable staff with ample presentation equipment. Though it may have in fact been there, I curiously did not notice either computers or video presentation equipment at Solidworks outdoor 'Canvas Palace'. Thankfully, I did however notice that Dassault Systemes S.A., your parent company, was not guilty of the same major mistake because it was located indoors. Would it have been a mistake to reach both potential, high-end CATIA and mid-range Solidworks users under the same Dassault parent umbrella - sharing a booth and fittingly inside?
While I fully understand that display space is expensive at the world's largest oil & gas event, OTC, I none the less feel that Solidworks forfeited an important showing opportunity in its miserly, outdoor, canvas headquarters. To give you a background: I am a senior designer working for a medium size, down-hole, tool company which uses you product exclusively. Pathfinder Engineering, for example, was not notified of the your planned presence at this major event let alone offered a few complimentary OTC passes as is the normal Supplier/Customer practice in this industry. I do indeed take pride in the fact that I have made my living with your product since I began using Solidworks in 1998 so I trust that these proceeding impressions (and suggestions) may be both timely and of some benefit to your organization. With this in mind, I would have expected more from Solidworks at OTC. And finally: I fully understand that there may have been unforeseen, mitigating circumstances involved resulting in why Solidworks was unable to obtain suitable display space for this all important event. If indeed this was the case, I sincerely apologize for my hasty opinions. If not, I believe you have a great opportunity for improving your marketing exposure in this region of the country. In either case: thank you very much for your interest and continued support.
Sincerely and Respectfully Yours:
Navy Diver
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How oridinal, Mr. G-35!
Navy Diver wrote:

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How original, Mr. G-35!
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Thanks for taking the time to write to them. A well written, calm, sensible letter will hopefully be read and attended to properly. And to think - he hangs out here with us - makes one proud! :-)
WT

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Mr. Diver,
I think your letter was well written but sometimes these booth's are run by the local VAR and not by SolidWorks themselves. As I look at the SolidWorks website they make no mention of being at the show of having it scheduled as run by corporate SolidWorks. Unfortunately for SolidWorks it is their name that is splattered all over the tent you mentioned. My guess is that this was under a VAR's control and when SolidWorks reads your email the VAR that ran that booth is going to get slapped around.
KMaren
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Ken,
this was SolidWorks Corporation and not any VAR. only select persons were notified to attend the un-event
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Navy Diver,
What in your opinion makes SW suited for Oil and Gas Equipment?
TOP
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Since Navy Diver is familiar with "down-hole" oil drilling, he would be familiar with my company's inclination recorder, (seen here http://www.precipart.com/oil.html ) which is designed in SolidWorks and measures the angle of the drilling hole. It's fairly complicated. We also were working on a gearbox design for an inspection device that crawls through oil filled pipelines. Is this what you mean by SWx suited for Oil exploration and gas equipment? Just curious, not flaming....
Scott

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That's two companies. Is that all?
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Nope. I'm in the oilfield and even had a booth inside at OTC!
I prefer SW not advertise........

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wrote:

duh, Cliff. Oil.
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I used to work at a company that made equipment used by the oil and gas industry. The equipment itself didn't go down the hole, but the sensor did. I'm sure like any industry, they use a lot of different types of equipment. Ours was sheetmetal, electronics and optics, which I consider SW pretty well suited for.
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it would be suited to any mechanical design software
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Hey,
I asked CJ (the local area rep for Swx) who he pissed off and his response was that Corp had lost the paperwork he submitted to get a real booth. So, they got all that was available. CJ indicated that next's year's booth was already reserved and paid for. Lighten up, it sounds like an honest mistake.
To all those out there who want to know which oil field companies use SolidWorks we have:
Oceaneering Halliburton Sonsub T D Williamson Perry Slingsby Submarine Systems, etc, etc, etc.
In the past, the oil field was most driven by ProE. There has been a migration over the past 5 years to SolidWorks. I know as I was one of the first users of SolidWorks in this community in 97.
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Cliff...master of stating the obvious.
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Mr. Diver:
You have not only wantonly plagiarized and taken thus unwarranted (nor deserved) credit for my adroit commentary on the recent 'SoiledWorks' display fiasco -IF THAT WERE NOT ENOUGH: you are still into me for the parking fee, 'Mr. Diver'!! What audacity! What n-e-r-v-e!
I rest my case, ace!
Regards,
Mr. Smoke-Pole
Navy Diver wrote:
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SmokePole,
Thank you for exposing me but I just couldn't resist such an austute observation and needed to 'tell the world'.
Sorry I forgot about the parking fees. Many happy returns!
ND
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