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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!

2016.06.27

Next Up...RTC North America!

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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.

2016.05.24

RTC Australasia 2016 - Post-Event Wrap Up

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The Twelfth RTC Australasia: A wrap up and why it is not being called the “Revit Technology Conference” anymore.

This year, the RTC Australasia was held at the Crowne Plaza in one of Australia's most sophisticated food and wine regions: the Hunter Valley. About 150km north of Sydney - nearly 400 people attended this year’s RTC Australasia, making it a great conference once again.

Welcome and opening statements: Opening the conference, Chris Needham started the Keynote Address event with an opening remark, announcing that the RTC is no longer the Revit Technology Conference – not confined by name or nature to all things Revit. It is no longer constrained to design, either. He outlined that the goal of the RTC event management would be to build an attendee base of a much broader demographic.

The Freak Factor: This year’s keynote speaker was David Randoll who presented The Freak Factor: Discovering Uniqueness by Flaunting Weakness. As someone who professed to talk for a living, he spoke about how people can get the most out of themselves by allowing them to do what they are best at instead of trying to fix their flaws. In fact their flaws can be important clues to their strengths.

Conference Sessions: Afterwards, the conference continued with individual sessions, including presentations and lab sessions as well as two new streams for construction planning and estimating and the ArchiCAD user community which joined via ARCHICON. As usual the lab sessions offered gallery and class seating and – apart from some technical challenges during some sessions – were very well prepared and presented.

Exhibition: The exhibition took place in the exhibition centre, presenting Sefaira, Autodesk, Codebook, USG Boral, Solibri, Invicara, the RTC gadgets lab, CAD Learning (who also sponsored the competition prizes), Pluralsight, A2K Technologies, SysQue, Newforma, Peer Software, Ideate, Revitzo, CAD Group, CR Kennedy, dRofus, Oasys and Chaos Group as well as Common Elements Ltd.

Social Events: As always, the social events were one of the highlights during the RTC event. At the end of the first day of the conference, the Welcome Function took place in the exhibition hall (sponsored by Ideate), being followed by the Friday Evening Function which took place at the Hope Estate Winery (sponsored by Chaos Group). The last day was highlighted by the Saturday’s Gala Dinner (sponsored by New Forma) in which Chris Needham announced that the RTC Australasia 2017 will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, from the 25th to the 27th of May, 2017.

Overall the twelfth RTC Australasia 2016 has shown that the AEC industry is not just discussing BIM as a new technology anymore, instead BIM has become an integral part of business strategies and conversations. As Dr. Dominik Holzer mentioned in his session, BIM technology may not always be mandatory yet but there is an increasing number of organisations and states that are already asking for it, changing the AEC industry and the role of those managing it.

2016.05.13

RTC Australasia 2016

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The Twelfth RTC Australasia: Thursday 12 May – Saturday 14 May 2016

Not being completely over yet, but the twelfth RTC Australasia at the Crowne Plaza can already be described as a great event again. Having attended numerous sessions to meet some of the world's top instructors and industry experts while being able to network and share ideas with an international community - accomplishing the free Revit certification examinations in between - just make this conference unique.

Keynote Speaker: This year’s keynote speaker was David Rendall, presenting The Freak Factor: Discovering Uniqueness by Flaunting Weakness. David Rendall has spoken to audiences around the world and has a doctor of management degree in organizational leadership, as well as a graduate degree in psychology. Believing that amplifying people’s weaknesses is crucial for their success, he encourages them to do the same. In fact, people’s weakness is actually the best clue to their strengths. As a result, people should find out how maximizing their “freak factor” can transform their life, work, and relationships:

“What makes us weird also makes us wonderful. What makes us weak also makes us strong.”

Speakers and the Glorious Gadgets: Usually a project is not only about modelling as documentation is also playing a big role. Katja Gard – Revit Manager at the Buchan Group – was speaking about this in her session: Documentation…Documentation. She outlined a typical workflow by dividing it into four simple steps: Pre-model, model set-up, working model(s) and documentation. While outlining the pro and cons of the strategy itself, she also reminds the audience that the human factor will always be important. Harlan Brumm - Autodesk’s Revit Product Manager for Architecture and Construction – presented the latest advances in Revit and its companion building products. These included i.e. new functions for railings which can now be hosted on shaped edited floors, roofs and on the top of walls, the introduction of depth cueing which allows users to add depth to their elevations and sections as well as a new text editor and layout engine. Also tags have been improved, allowing to calculate values and improvements to leaders to document a model more individually. One of the last speakers today was Dominik Holzer – owner of AEC Connect and author of the book: The BIM Manager’s Handbook. His presentation: You are a BIM Manager – Really? outlined the cornerstones of management activities associated with BIM as most BIM managers seem to be insufficiently trained in management – definitely one of the most interesting presentations today. As always the glorious gadgets session was again one of the highlights during the RTC event. This year, Chris Needham presented new gadgets such as the mushroom death suit, flyboard, aeromobile, metallic glass, a drone defender and much more.

LAB Sessions: Like the years before, the lab sessions have also been part of this year’s RTC again, offering class and gallery seating. Especially Dynamo as the visual programming extension for Autodesk Revit has been discussed quite often during these lab sessions. For example, Jason Howden – CEO and Director at RVT Tools - presented the String Theory – Dynamo for Absolute Beginners and a follow up lab session, getting people started with leveraging the power of Dynamo. Stephen Taskin – Studio Design Technology Manager at Woods Bagot – identified useful applications of Dynamo programming to increase efficiency on projects as part of his lab session: Dozen Practical Uses of Dynamo. Following these lab sessions, Konrad Sobon - the creator of Mantis Shrimp and Bumblebee plug-ins and Project BIM Specialist at Grimshaw – presented: Mantis Shrimp - Interop for Grasshopper and Dynamo and a second session called: Bumblebee - An Interop for Excel and Dynamo. Mantis Shrimp is a Dynamo (Revit) and Grasshopper (Rhino) interoperability project which allows users to read Rhino's native file type while Bumblebee can be used as an Excel and Dynamo interoperability plugin that vastly improves Dynamo’s ability to read and write Excel files.

Looking at all these possibilities and new developments that have been presented throughout the event and during the lab sessions, it is quite obvious that design technology is rapidly transforming how architects and engineers are working today.

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