As the events diary starts to calm down for another year, I thought it would be worth summarising two of the larger events Cadassist have attended recently: RTC and Autodesk University.
European Revit Technology Conference (RTC), Dublin
Unlike Autodesk University, RTC isn’t operated by Autodesk, making it a slightly more independent event. There is no sales push or marketing message, just a group of power users who want to share knowledge. It was interesting to see a copy of ArchiCAD in the welcome pack to say the least. This was the European leg of the RTC tour, calling at North America and Australasia prior to Dublin Castle. There was a great range of classes from Dynamo to presenting real world uses of Revit in complex projects.
One of these classes was hosted by KPF, who I’ve worked closely with over the last two years, providing training and project support. It was great to see Martin Coyne (BIM Manager) and Architects Enrique Ramos Melgar and Rutger Huiberts present one of their projects which I’ve been working with since setting up the initial Revit project files.
Autodesk University (AU), Las Vegas
A very different event from RTC, Autodesk University is owned and operated by Autodesk themselves. In fact they have a small team that is already prepping next year’s event. Just over 10,000 people attended this year and it was estimated that 50% were first-timers. Luckily for me this was my second visit, so I had some concept of what to expect. This year, AU was attended by a number of Cadassist’s UK customers, including Aecom, Grimshaw Architects, KPF, Ridge & Partners, and URS. Together, we all had four days of early starts and late nights, attempting to take in as many of the 700 classes and technology previews as possible. The classes themselves are mostly presented by users, who are extremely enthusiastic to demonstrate and share some of their wisdom around an awesome workflow or demonstrating tips and tricks. The 3-day event was preceded with a handful of one day workshops such as the MEP/Structural Forum, Developers Program and the Leadership Forum (which we managed to get some of our customers into).
The opening and closing keynote, as well as some of the innovation forums, are available to the those who didn’t attend the event. I would advise checking them out: http://au.autodesk.com/au-online/overview. For those who did attend, it’s vital to log back in to the AU site and visit the class catalogue where you can download most of the presentations and handouts. These are available not only for the sessions you attended but those sessions you missed due to the late night at the roulette table.
How to feed 10,000 people at once
AU is a great opportunity to understand what is coming next. During the keynotes we get to see exactly how developing technology could be used in the future, whilst in the exhibition hall, we got to test and play with some new technology that is already available for application. Last year at AU, there was quite the focus on 3D printing. This year we saw everything, from a 3D printed car to hearing from an astronaut medic who is developing a buckle to prevent muscle wasting, which will be printed from the new 3D printer on the international space station. Who knows what we will see next year!
Finally, AU is a great opportunity to not only interact closely with our customers but with Autodesk as well. We attended some secret sessions (which we can’t talk about) which are always fun. This year, we set up a series of meetings between our customers and Autodesk directly so they could express their positives and negatives with their Autodesk experience.
It is only by attending sessions such as these that we get to facilitate face-to-face meetings for Cadassist and our clients with exceptional people such as the Global Subscription Business Manager for Autodesk (Emily Crane) or the Global Industry Strategy & Business Manager for Architecture (Angi Izzi) – so we would like to thank them for their valuable input as well.
Our customers gave us some fantastic feedback on these meetings:
“You went over and above what we expect of yourselves in arranging meetings with Autodesk.”
“. . . of all the software, resellers and vendors we work with, Cadassist provides the best value and support.”
More will follow shortly about what we learned at Autodesk University . . . . developments that will make a difference to the way you work in the New Year. Stay tuned!