It feels like forever, but it’s only been a couple of weeks since I attended my third Autodesk University. This year seemed a bit different in a way that I really can’t put my finger on. Might be the fact we only had two people attend and not the 4- 6 we’ve had in the past. No late nights playing craps. No losing people. This year was really about networking, validating what we know and tweckling.
We flew in Tuesday morning, checked our bags with the bell boy and went to get registered. With almost everyone in sessions already checking in was a breeze. I know it’s not possible, but it felt like the printer was printing before I could even hit enter.
We had a few minutes before we got the chance to meet up with Mortimer Vunderbight, henchmen and minions, so we cased the joint. By casing I mean just walking around killing time. If you have no interest in M-Six, you should have went just to see the view, wow. Their elevator bank only had 3 buttons, 60-62 – nice. This early meeting about soliciting input from the pioneers to see what direction to head next. Since they are pretty construction and FM heavy, they need a design hook to make it worth our while – I think Mortimer liked the idea I presented because I saw some steam billowing out as the gears started working.
My first class involves Aaron Maller and Laser Scanning. I usually try to attend Aaron’s classes not because he’s so dynamic that he literally falls of stages and unintentionally tries to takeout project screen stand legs, but he comes up with the craziest work flows. Work flows that just plain work. If you ever have a chance to see Aaron present
Next up was Echo Chamber: Complex Parametric Arrays in Autodesk Revit. Zach Kron and Andreas Diechmann. Zach has a voice that can entertain you even if they had computer issues that lasted over 10 minutes. This session was just nuts because they think on a totally different level. I go just to be amazed at what they can make Revit do, it’s truly mind boggling.
Wrapping up the sessions for Tuesday was good ‘ol Uncle Vunderbight doing a session on Designing an Evil Liar in Autodesk Revit. Although Uncle V. started in with a subliminal sales pitch for M-Six and VEO he did a good job tieing it in with Revit. Lots of great tips from reversing a topography to create the ceiling of a cave to creating more geometry than you need so you can carve it out using voids to create a submarine.
Tuesday evening was well, 2 words – CASE Tweetup. The room couldn’t have been more than 30′ x 30′ packed with hardcore Revit users and beer taps that seemed to never run dry. After that evening, there is no doubt they have a lot of support from the community.