News from RTC Europe 2016 ... halfway done

What about this fantastic opportunity to improve our knowledge? They have been fabulous days where learning happens at breakneck speed thanks to the numerous interactions between many and varied users of Revit Technology. Thanks to all the participants for sharing knowledge.
Come to me often thought:

“We need others to complement and develop our own expertise. This collective character of knowledge does not mean that individuals don’t count. In fact, the best communities welcome strong personalities and encourage disagreements and debates. Controversy is part of what makes a community vital, effective, and productive.” ― Etienne Wenger, Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge

Let me try to give you an idea of RTC Europe 2016...

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The majority of sessions have been really interesting and varied. I'll try to talk about them in more detail in a later post.

Keynote Address about "Printing Architecture - Towards a Digital Building" was a fantastic and showed us how Information technology can become a crucial driver of architectonic evolution. The research at the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication, that aims to revolutionize architecture through the seamless combination of digital technologies and physical building processes, was well presented and explored. The talk gave an outlook to ground-breaking technologies for tomorrow’s construction.

To give some examples of inspiring sessions I will speak, for now, only on two of them. One was Joe Banks "Collaboration Tools and Methods Comparison". I loved the way he made the presentation and its contents. Along a fun and engaging presentation he showed the options that are available and guided us through the pros and cons of everything out there now. It also presented proposals on what could and should be doing in the future. Some of you have made the very interesting debate.

I loved as well Margarida Barbosa session about "Optimising Construction Monitoring Processes with Reality Capture". She shared with us her knowledge and experience about the optimisation of Construction Monitoring Processes by showing case studies where Point Clouds and Sensors were used. She also talked about workflows involving Data Acquisition through fixed cameras, UAVs, and Sensors, as well as the use of Pix4d, Revit and Navisworks software.

A word about the RTC team that organized the event in a very professional way, thank you for the wonderful work.

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And finally a word about the AUGI and the fantastic support as GLOBAL GOLD SPONSOR of this event. It was very nice to have the opportunity to review and get along with many members of this fabulous community that includes users of various Autodesk software.


AUGI HotNews -- October 2016, Issue No. 161

Read the full issue—must be logged in to read our online version.

The full issue contains the below articles, plus sections — Articles by AUGI Members, AUGI Forums (hot topics), AUGI Announcements, HP Solutions (News and updates on HP Z Workstations and Large Format Printers), Autodesk Product Updates (Service Patches and Updates released by Autodesk during the past month), Autodesk News (recent news relating to Autodesk), AUGI Volunteering (opportunities), AUGI Members’ Blogs…


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


AUGIWorld October 2016 Issue Released!

AUGIWorld October 2016
Show of hands… anyone using Autodesk products in their out-of-the-box state? What? Nobody?? There’s a reason AUGIWorld visits the topic of product customization every year—because AUGI members like to adjust their Autodesk products in order to achieve peak productivity.

In the October 2016 issue, AUGIWorld authors are quick to offer up customization advice to the readership. For example, in the article “Inside the Customize User Interface (CUI),” Melinda Heavrin unpacks the CUI in AutoCAD Architecture and shows you how to customize workspaces, ribbon tabs, toolbars, and more.

AutoCAD command lovers will appreciate “Move Over, Mouse… My Keyboard Had a Tune-Up,” a collaborative effort by Sam Lucido and Murray Clack that provides lots of tips for speeding up access to frequently used commands.

Also in the October 2016 AUGIWorld…

The IoT in AEC — Peter Marchese examines the IoT (Internet of Things) and applications for AECO, describing real-life examples.

Customizing Revit for the Precast Concrete Industry — Michael Hopple and Zachary Engle team up to bring you customization tips and tricks and an outline for creating fabrication-level shop drawings.

Navigating Your Performance Review — Mark Kiker shows you how to make the most of this annual review for a positive impact on your salary and career.

Introduction: The Max Creation Graph (MCG) — Brian Chapman instructs on the use of MCG, a visual programming language developed specifically for users to “innovate” for themselves and others.

Leveraging the Use of Profile Banding — Stephen Walz shares lessons learned when his company undertook a large project that called for a thoughtfully planned, organized, and executed workflow. Here’s a look at their approach.

Also in this issue…

The HP Z240 “CAD Monster” — Robert Green introduces an HP workstation offering more performance, greater SSD storage capacity, faster I/O and configuration flexibility than the previous generation Z240 Workstation. Read all about it.

Inside Track — Brian Andresen with three new offerings for AEC. This month, he looks at SimScale Integration for Autodesk Fusion 360, an engineering simulation platform; Bimcave Auto Search Set, which automatically creates multiple Search Sets for different values of a property; and the Autodesk Buzzsaw mobile app, which permits Buzzsaw users to securely access AEC project designs and documents from anywhere.

Case Study: HOK automates BIM deliverables for Salt Lake City terminal redevelopment — this editorial examines a massive North American construction project and the use of RTV Tools’ Xporter PRO, an add on for Revit that automates documentation processes.

AUGIWorld October 2016 Issue Released!


Board of Director Nominations


The AUGI Nomination and Elections committee is now accepting nominations for Board of Directors for 2017-2019.

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 possess 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 board's oversight.

Members of the AUGI Board participate in a teleconference at least once per month and meet in person typically twice a year. One of the the face-to-face meetings may take place at Autodesk corporate location, the second 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
  • Email
  • Digital photo (preferably with a white background)
  • Qualification Statement (min 100 words, max 600) – 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 board.elections@augi.com.

Download the Board of Directors' Nomination Form (DOC) or Board of Directors' Nomination Form (PDF) 

All nominations must be in by midnight (CST) October 19th, 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 November 16th and will be open through November 30th at 9:59pm PST. Results will be made available as soon as possible but no later than December 5th, 2016.. Results will be made available as soon as possible but no later than December 21st, 2016. Winners will be notified via mail or phone. Public notification will be provided on the AUGI Web site, BLAUGI, and in AUGI HotNews. For information on voting procedures, visit the Bylaws section by using the menu on the left of this page. If you have any questions about the AUGI Board elections process, contact the Nominations and Elections Committee at board.elections@augi.com.

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 both during the workweek and possibly Saturday and Sunday). The AU meetings may take even more time away from home. Other meetings will be scheduled between January and June. Board members' typical travel costs for meetings will be reimbursed by AUGI.

There are monthly conference calls for which you are expected to prepare 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, local events, and other AUGI and Autodesk functions 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.

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