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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!

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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.

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.

2014.07.31

RTC Europe 2014

Dublin, Ireland
Thursday 30 October – Saturday 1 November 2014

Building on the success of the 2014 Australasian and North American events, RTC comes back for its second year in Europe, with the venue set in the beautiful Dublin Castle, at the centre of a truly unique capital.

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RTC is an event covering Building Information Modelling in all its aspects, with a core focus on workflows centred on Autodesk Revit, as well as complementary and alternative applications. This is a unique ‘for users, by users’ event, where experts and leaders in the field of BIM share their knowledge and experience, express their passion and exchange their insights.

As an independently-run conference created by industry professionals like you, we strive to produce the best BIM event you’ll get to each year. RTC focuses on the best use of the best tools, techniques and processes - not just for the technical experts, but for business leaders as well, with an entire stream of sessions dedicated to business leadership. We are also committed to cross-discipline and cross-sector engagement, with a regular attendee base from all design disciplines, construction, building owners, developers, facility management, quantity surveying, project management and academia.

This year’s program in Dublin boasts a rapidly expanding cohort of European experts including returning speakers such as Pierre Roscelli, Håvard Vasshaug and Graham Stewart, as well as those new to the roster, such as Rebecca de Cicco, Mattias Sahlberg, and David Philp. More classes for contractors, more classes on API and third party tools, more of everything! This year’s event runs for 3 days, hosts 70 classes, and spends Friday night at the Guinness Factory! This year we also introduce RTC Labs to the European event. An opportunity to work hands-on in a class led by some of the top Revit gurus worldwide, these classes always fill up fast (only 40 places per session) so make sure you take the opportunity to work on projects under the tutelage of great teachers like Steve Shell, Brian Mackey and Julian Benoit.

We want you to learn and to be inspired, and to inspire others to become better. Many of our past attendees have benefited from strong career advancement—we’d like to think it’s because they’re the people we attract to our events, and because we facilitate some part of their growth as industry professionals. There is a reason why over 90% of past delegates want to come back! To learn more go to www.rtcevents.com/rtc2014eu.

2013.12.12

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

AutoCAD
Ben Rand

AutoCAD Civil 3D
Steve Boon

AutoCAD Plant 3D
David Wolfe

BIM Skills
Brian Smith

Inventor
Ryan Johnson

Navisworks
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!

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