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2016.10.13

Porto welcome BIM experts… join me at RTC EU 2016

My relationship as Autodesk software as a user started in 1994. Soon I realized that would profit greatly from the exchange of knowledge with others. Find a group of people who share the same concern and passion for what they do, and with an interest in learning how to do it better was a must. The social nature of human learning began to be my main concern in the pursuit of excellence. That’s why I joined AUGI.

As a trainer and university lecturer my concern to achieve the maximum possible knowledge in the minimum possible time always made me see the user encounter as something extremely valuable. The Internet has partly overcome logistical problems, but personal meetings continue to be where the full potential of knowledge exchange works in full.

That's why Revit Technology Conference (RTC) Europe 2016, taking place soon in my hometown, Porto, Portugal, is so important for me. It is as well a fantastic opportunity to meet top BIM experts from all over the world and, for you, to visit one of the most fantastic tourism destinations in Europe.

Let me now talk a bit about my Porto. It has a great tradition in architecture with two alumni of the Porto School of Architecture awarded with the Pritzker Architecture Prize:

  1. Álvaro Siza Vieira (1992);
  2. Eduardo Souto Moura (2011).

Porto is also famous for its Port Wine and the program of this RTC, on its Friday Evening Function, include a visit to one of the best Porto Wine Caves.

This video was kindly provided by the AUGI member Paulo Ferreira.

For more information about Porto have a look to the site of the Tourism Office and as well to the site of Region Tourism Office.

I expect a lot from the 71 speakers of the event and from the interaction with all the participants. With regard to the classes, I chose to attend:

  1. An Illusion of Knowledge | Re-Creating Learning and Teaching Techniques in AEC
  2. Developing Participatory Culture Through Digital Immersion with Revizto
  3. Interactive and Immersive Visualisation with V-Ray for Revit
  4. Revit Today and Tomorrow
  5. Glorious Gadgets
  6. Rendering History with Project Soane: Transforming Centuries-Old Drawings to BIM-Based Renderings and VR
  7. Get Ahead Of The Game: Environmental Analysis for Architects
  8. Global Attitudes Towards and Addressing the Barriers to BIM Collaboration - Perceived and Real
  9. Collaboration Tools and Methods Comparison

 
I also need to remember that certification is available during the event. As usual, a lot of Sponsors and Exhibitors, more than 40 will enrich the event with their offers and proposals.

On Saturday the day will close with the usual Gala Dinner in a wonderful place with wonderful people.

RTC is as you certainly know, a unique, independent conference covering all things BIM and the whole ecosystem that supports it. No other event brings so many opportunities and benefits together in a single location, and this year in Porto, Portugal. 

Do not hesitate join me at RTC EU 2016 Porto, Portugal. 

More information here

2016.07.19

RTC After-Thoughts

The Revit Technology Conference North America has wrapped up for another year. It's time to unpack, do laundry, re-adjust time zones and continue on with life. Looking back over the week, it's interesting to note the reasons people have for attending RTC. Most go to learn something new, obviously. Some go just to network with colleagues, some to meet with a vendor whose product is of particular interest to them. All go with expectations that this conference, or any conference, will ultimately meet those requirements.

RTC has a knack for balance between just enough sessions, time for networking and meeting with vendors. Each year, I'm impressed with the fluidity of the conference. Even when an industrial washing machine overpowers a session classroom, and said classroom moves to the lowest, farthest corner of the center, there is hardly a hiccup. (Yes, that happened!)

The overall purpose of the conference is to improve and inspire Revit users. People from all over the world come to this conference to expand their knowledge not just in Revit, but in anything that goes along with Revit...BIM, add-ins, processes, etc. There are those "a-ha!" moments, when you see something that really clicks, and you think "I just have to take this back to my office!" There were quite a few of those moments for me this year.

Next year's RTC is being held in Toronto, Canada, August 3rd-5th. Mark your calendars now, and maybe you, too, can have your own Revit "a-ha!" moment. Until then...REVIT ON!

2016.07.15

We're Halfway There - RTC NA Midweek

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Now that my east side internal clock has adjusted to the west side time difference, I can take a few minutes to think back over the last few days of RTC North America. Already equipped with several ideas to take back to my own office, it's been a productive time of learning sessions and networking. The keynote speaker, Ashraf Habibullah, wowed the RTC audience and challenged us to take a look beyond our technical selves and really think about the impacts of our work and our technology.

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The sessions have been varied and enticing...it has been hard to choose between sessions. A popular session was "Ask the BIM Stars", which included some top names in our industry, including Lynn Allen, Steve Stafford, Brian and Desiree Mackey (to name a few!), and hosted by Bill Debevc. There have been sessions on topics like FormIt and Enscape (another of my favorites!), Facilities Management, and of course, BIM. The uses for Global Parameters has been covered by a few sessions, and it's easy to see that these will become powerful tools within Revit.

Speaking of Enscape, Phil Read's booth in the expo hall has been a hit with those of us who remember when arcade games were the latest and greatest!

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A big part of RTC is the networking, and it's been exciting to meet people from all over the world who have the same interest in Revit and are looking for ways to help their own firms improve Revit workflows and production. One can sometimes learn just as much over a lunchtime conversation as sitting in a class session. And, those connections we make extend beyond these few days at RTC, even into developing business relations and future project collaborations.

Finally, it's important to recognize AUGI's presence here at RTC. As a Gold Sponsor, we're here to get the word out about AUGI, this great community of not only Revit users, but all Autodesk users. So, thank you, AUGI!

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2016.06.27

Next Up...RTC North America!

RTC Welcome Entry

Revit Technology Conference (RTC) North America is coming up faster than blazing saddles! Being held in Scottsdale, AZ (I'm already starting to sweat just thinking about it!), RTC will be held July 14-16 at the beautiful Westin Keirland Resort. If you haven't been to an RTC Conference, you don't know what you're missing!

Last year, RTC was held in Arlington, VA - a hop, skip and jump over the Potomac from Washington, D.C. Since it was so close to my stomping grounds, I made the trek to my first RTC. I went thinking that this would be "just another" technology conference with dry class sessions and awkward networking. Boy, was I wrong!

RTC was created by users, for users. The class sessions are always engaging and relevant, with heavy-hitters in the Revit world such as Steven Shell, Marcello Sgambelluri, and AUGI's own Kate Morrical, to name a few. Check out the entire lineup here. This year's keynote speaker, Ashraf Habibullah, president of software company Computers and Structures, Inc., promises to have an intriguing opening to the conference. There are also pre-conference events such as the Design Technology Summit and the Building Content Summit. The Expo Hall is a great place to meet people who want to enhance your Revit experience and software capabilities.

Of course, the some of the highlights of RTC (other than the class sessions, but don't tell your boss!), are the evening social events. Who knew you could have so much fun at a work conference! These really are great times to get to know others in the industry. The conference numbers are kept low so that by day 2, you will already be seeing familiar faces. The Saturday night gala is the pinnacle of the week, with a different theme each year. This year's theme (of course!) is the Wild, Wild West.

My boots are packed, but I'll have to leave the horse at home! I'll be assisting with a FormIt workshop on Wednesday before the conference...stop in and say 'hello'! Check out all of the details for RTC NA here.

2015.08.26

Attend AU2015 and become an AUGI Premier Member Free!

Are you planning on attending AU2015 in Las Vegas this year? AUGI is rewarding the first 150 AUGI members who register with a free one year AUGI Premier Membership.

Earlier this summer AUGI President Bob Bell discussed AUGI support for Autodesk University and asked for your help to demonstrate that support.

"Your board of directors and management team recently met with some folks from Autodesk to discuss Autodesk University. Autodesk wants to know how influential AUGI is with its members regarding Autodesk University. Does AUGI do enough to inform its members about AU and encourage them to attend the event?"

Show your support – it’s as easy as 1-2-3!

1 – Visit http://au.autodesk.com to access the main website for AU2015. Log in and proceed with registering to attend.

2 – Near the end of the process is field for a Registration Code, where you can enter “AUGITRK”. This will show you attending AU with AUGI. It’s also how you get your free membership upgrade (first 150 registrants only).

3 – Complete your registration process and get ready for another fantastic Autodesk University. Don’t forget to attend  the AUGI General Meeting, just prior to the AUGI Reception. Look for more information from us soon, and search the Autodesk University scheduler to add it to your itinerary.

Thank you for your membership, participation, and support for your Autodesk User Group International.

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