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The Holiday Season is Approaching

My favorite holiday is coming up this December. Just thinking of all the colorful, blinking lights, the cool wintry breezes and of course the hot Cocoa from room service has me daydreaming at work. I have my plane ticket and have picked out all my classes. It is not Christmas, but the annual trip to Autodesk University that I am looking forward to!

Each year I get to pick out my own presents during the four Days of AU with each class selection I make. I get to share my excitement with the other 9 to 10 thousand happy holiday travelers that also attend this event. As is the case every year, I will get my fair share of exercise as I go over the escalators and through the crowds of attendees and Autodesk elves to each and every new learning experience.

I am sure many of you have already booked your flights and selected your classes and are anxiously awaiting the event’s beginning like me. Although some of you reading this might be new to AUGI or even new to the industry and are curious about this event that sounds so exciting."


So for those that are new, let me tell you a little about it. Every year Autodesk puts on a huge event in Las Vegas for the past present and future users of Autodesk products. There are tons of classes, exhibits, demonstrations and parties to keep you busy. Attendees can learn not only about Autodesk products, but even more from vendors and sponsors that are also at the event. Additionally, this is a great place to learn about current and future industry trends and what some of your peers are doing. It is a great event to learn, share, and network.

To get more information and get registered, head over to the AU 2015 website and get signed up. And don’t forget to use your AUGITRK code for a chance at a free Premier AUGI membership.

Look forward to seeing you all in Vegas!



Announcing the results of the 2013 BoD Election

The Nominations and Elections Committee is pleased to announce the following candidates have been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the 2014-2016 term.

Melanie Perry

Shaun Bryant

Walt Sparling


AU2013 AUGI Top Daug Competition

Below are the winners for the 2013 AUGI Top Daug Competition. Each winner received a Top Daug trophy and a $100 gird card provided by KnowledgeSmart.

3ds Max
Ted Moore

Ben Rand

AutoCAD Civil 3D
Steve Boon

AutoCAD Plant 3D
David Wolfe

BIM Skills
Brian Smith

Ryan Johnson

Ryan Fintel

Revit Architecture
Bob Mihelich

Revit MEP
David Rushforth

Revit Structure
Kristopher Godfrey

And the grand prize winner is...

Overall Top DAUG Winner for AU 2013
Ben Rand

Ben will receive a HP netbook class computer and a free AU2014 Conference pass and hotel accommodations. Congrats to all!


Board of Directors Nominations

The AUGI Board of Directors is currently taking nominations for the three year term that begins in January 2014 and lasts through December 2016.

What is the Board and what do they do?

The Board of Directors is the governing body for AUGI. They are involved in long range planning, vision casting, high level management and most importantly, positive member interactions. The board is responsible for the overarching direction of the organization. The Board possesses a passion for Autodesk products and services and they are committed to sharing knowledge amongst the AUGI membership. Specific goals for the organization vary from year to year, but the underlying theme – that AUGI is all about users helping users – is constant.

The AUGI Board of Directors consists of a minimum of 6 up to a maximum of 10 Directors. Each Director serves a three year term.

Members of the AUGI Board of Directors share common ground and a common goal:

1. A commitment to our members.

2. A focus on the BIG picture and long term international growth.

3. A focus on the values behind our programs.

4. The assertion of perspectives, beliefs and concerns. They do not sit back with no comment or input. Participation is key to this role.

5. An understanding of the value of volunteers, delegation of tasks and allowing others to make decisions under the umbrella of the boards oversight.

Members of the AUGI Board participate in a teleconference at least once per month and meet in person up to three times a year. Two of these face-to-face meetings may take place at Autodesk corporate locations. The third takes place at Autodesk University.

Who can submit a nomination?

Any current member in good standing may submit a nomination for the Board of Directors. Self nominations are also allowed.

Who can I nominate?

Each name submitted must fulfill the following criteria:

• Be a member in good standing for at least one year; and
• Be a current officer of a Local User Group or User Group Association; and
• Show verifiable qualifications of managerial and business skills or project management skills by submitting at least 3 letters of recommendation regarding management or project experience. Contact information shall be provided for each recommendation; or
• Complete at least one year of AUGI volunteering with a recognized AUGI program; or
• Complete at least one year chairmanship of any recognized AUGI program.

All Candidates will be evaluated based on their understanding and agreement with Board policy, procedure, operational organization and philosophical outlook.

What will the nominee have to do?

The Nominees will need to submit the following information:

• Name 
• Company
• Address
• Phone
• Fax
• Email
• Digital photo (preferable with a white background)
• Qualification Statement (min 100 words) – namely a “where, how and why” statement; that is, “where” do you see yourself best fitting in; “how” you would fill this specific area and “why” you should be selected.

For those who will be included on the ballot, the photo and statement will be posted on the Elections page of the AUGI web site.

How do I nominate someone (or myself)?

To run for a position on the AUGI Board of Directors, send your nomination using the prescribed form listed below to

Download the Board of Directors' Nomination Form (PDF)

All nominations must be recieved by midnight (CST) Nov. 03, 2013, in order to be considered on the ballot. The Nomination and Elections committee will review the nominations and seek approval by the full board for the names of those nominees that will be included on the ballot.

How will the voting be conducted?

Voting will begin December 4rd, 2013 and be open through midnight (CST) December 18th, 2013. Results will be made available as soon as possible but no later than December 27th, 2013. Winners will be notified via mail or phone. Public notification will be provided both on the AUGI Web site, Blaugi, and in AUGI Hot News. For information on voting procedures, visit the Bylaws section on our Web site. If you have any questions about the AUGI Board elections process, contact the Nominating Committee at

Keep in mind… Please consider that the Board of Directors may meet face to face up to 3 times a year with one meeting coinciding with Autodesk University. These face to face meetings may take 4 days or more of your time (these may include time away from work and possibly Saturday and Sunday). The AU meetings may take even more time away from home. The other two meetings are usually scheduled for January and June.Board members typical travel costs for meetings will be reimbursed by AUGI.

There are monthly conference calls in which you are expected to prepare for in advance and actively participate in. The conference calls are currently scheduled for the third Saturday of the month for approximately 2 hours, but have been known to exceed that duration. The times of these meetings may vary based on the board members location.

Board members are also encouraged to attend Local User Groups or Associations in their area, events, and other AUGI and Autodesk events as a representative of AUGI. Board members may also be serving in other areas as volunteers where they are subject to the timeline and demands of the projects in which they are involved.


AUGIWorld July 2013 Issue Released!

Everybody's in management. Whether you're a CAD Manager with a staff and hardware/
software to tend, a project manager with looming deadlines, or a drafter overseeing a piece
of a bigger picture, the task of managing is yours.
The July 2013 issue of AUGIWorld offers tips for managing your environment - in whatever
form that takes. In "BIM, on a Smaller Scale" author Martijn de Riet discusses the differ-
ences between managing BIM in a large company and a small one.
Bryan Tanner covers the bases in "Managing Your Civil Design Software 
which explores all aspects of management from drawings to people. In
"The BIM Manager's Balancing Act," Bill Campbell describes the challenges that BIM
managers face every day.


Also in the July 2013 AUGIWorld...
Highs and Lows of Moving DWG into a Database – Gordon Luckett offers some stellar
tips for using a database to manage DWG files.
Fantastic Filters – Greg Hale explores the finer points of using filters in Revit Structure. 
You'll learn about using filters for documentation; management, review, and coordination;
and analysis.
Simulation, Vault, and You – John Evans shares his experiences with Autodesk
Vault and Simulation CFD and Mechanical.
On Display, in ACA – Melinda Heavrin provides a comprehensive overview of AutoCAD 
Architecture's display system.
Get a Grip on AutoCAD – Walt Sparling shows you how to get efficient with grips in 
AutoCAD. Michael Beall offers a bonus AutoCAD tip on changing the insertion point of
a block.
Revit Adaptive Components for MEP – Mark Green and Alan Jackson team up to bring 
you the features of Adaptive Components and their use in architecture, MEP, and more.
Also in this issue...
Navistools: Tools for BIM – John Foster introduces you to Navistools, which enable and 
support collaborative BIM processes and provide asset and facilities management.
AUGI Forums: String Theory – Melanie Perry with some highlights from the AUGI Forums.
Inside Track – Lee Ambrosius presents recent developments for the Autodesk world. This 
month: learning software and productivity boosters.

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