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2017.08.02

T'was the night before...BILT NA 2017

I said goodbye to my pup this morning at 4am and headed off to the airport. If you have done this before, you’ll know how hard it is to get up that early in the morning, where it’s cozy and quiet and there’s a puppy on your lap.

CuroKu
I was a little nervous about today and tomorrow as the people I've asked about coming to this year's convention are, regrettably, unable to attend. I know this is a great opportunity to meet a whole group of interesting and inspiring people. Even shy people like me have little problem making new friends since everyone here has something in common and are happy to share the excitement. Sure enough as I ride up and down the elevators, my badge of honour (the conference name tag lanyard) sets up conversations. If you see me around the conference, come over and say hi!


As always, these events are held in fantastic accommodations. As I settle into my room, I've been reading over my old RTC event notes. I had forgotten how much the first two conferences have influenced my perspective. It’s not just about Revit, it’s the whole Building Information Modeling (BIM) Process but never forget the end goal, the building for the client.


Ashraf Habibullah, last year’s keynote speaker, was fantastic. He was entertaining with his light up party suitcoat and his talk was also inspiring. I'm sure every structural consultant loved when he stated that they save thousands of lives a year through good structural design, they are heroes. YouTube has his talk posted so when you have time, I encourage to you listen to it. Below, I included the links. I can’t wait to hear this year’s speaker tomorrow.


"Success is moving from one failure to another with more enthusiasm."


Links
Ashraf’s speak (approx. 7min):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KtTjOpZNeY

Ashraf’s speak (approx. 44min):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG-ybyv1O60

2017.07.31

BILT NA 2017 - 3 days and counting

Thank you AUGI for this opportunity for blog for the BILT NA 2017.

Saskatoon River Bank

(Saskatoon's beautiful river bank)

It’s a few days before I fly out from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and head to big city Toronto. This is conference number three for me. The first one that I attended was in 2014, in beautiful Chicago, Illinois. The second one was 2016, in hot, hot Scottsdale, Arizona (now I understand why the Canadian “snow geese” fly back north for the summer).

I’m an architectural technologist here in Saskatoon. For those that don’t know what that job entails, I’d say it’s a cross between a draftsman and a junior architect. We draft, coordinate consultant teams, work on building code issues and more. I have a few projects I’m working on so I have to leave notes so my consultant team and my architects know where the projects are sitting while I’m gone.

If you have gone to BILT (previously RTC) before, you'll know about all the excellent sessions offered. Since I signed up a little later than usual, I missed out on the labs. However, there are still a number of great sounding -sessions to choose from. There are even sessions on landscape that, unfortunately, I didn’t have room to sign up for in my schedule.

There’s a session on in-house training I’ve signed up for since I always enjoy teaching/ helping my co-works with Revit. There’s a fun one that talks about 3D printing. Our office uses Newforma so I’ve signed up for the session on that. But the session that I’m most excited about is hearing the BIM lessons learned over the past eight years in the UK. I’m expecting I’ll take a lot of notes on that one as - from my perspective - it’s looking into the future.

Though I’ve gone to the conference twice now, I’ve never been to the Galas. This year, I get to! With its red and white dress theme, I’ll need to buy something new to wear…

2016.10.31

Last comments about RTC EU 2016 Porto

Nowadays employers expect their employees to be able to innovate at the speed that businesses require and this can only occur when they devote part of their time to learn what's new in the market.

Changes and rapid developments in technology have to pair with the ability of each of us to accelerate learning through the exchange of knowledge among peers. Obtaining skills occurs regularly in specialized forums on the Internet, on a worldwide scale. Moments exist where accelerated learning occurs and this has to do with participation in events where a good part of these communities come together in person, at a given place, to exchange ideas on this common passion.

The RTC Europe 2016 in Porto was one of those moments where learning took place at an enormous rate, thanks to the multiple interactions provided by an optimized learning context. Three immersive days on Revit Technologies, balanced with social events were a unique opportunity for those who participated in them.

Thanks to RTC events that organized the conference and sponsors, including AUGI, which made it possible as well as the speakers and delegates. Congratulations to all of you.

I couldn’t forget to mention Andrew Milburn’s presentation about “Project Soane - Reflections on a Journey”. Forgetting protocols and data management for a while makes possible to use BIM to research common History. You can learn more about SOANE project, a journey back into time, the Bank of England as it was 200 years ago,  here http://www.projectsoane.com/

A few words about the two main social events:

Friday Evening Function

At Taylors Famous Port Cellar we had the opportunity to learn about the fascinating history of Port wine, as well as the House of Taylor’s – now in its fourth century – making it one of the oldest Port companies. We tasted some of the Taylors Port Wine and enjoyed a hot buffet dinner with amazing views of Porto.

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Gala Dinner

Porto is a great place with lots of architectural preciosities and a good example is the Palácio da Bolsa, built in the 19th century by the city's Commercial Association, in neoclassical style where Gala Dinner took place with live entertainment.

SaveCollage gala rtc

Finally I would like to let you know that this was the last RTC conference. Next year the conferences continue with a different name BILT by RTC (Buildings Infrastructure Lifecycle Technology). The conference will take place at Aarhus, Denmark.

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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!

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