Autodesk University & 25th Anniversary

Autodesk University

For those who don’t know, registration for this year’s Autodesk University is in full swing. AU 2007 is definitely shaping up to be one of the biggest ever with a projection for nearly 10,000 attendees. Wow ? that’s a lot of people. AU 2007 is going to be my first AU, so I am naturally excited about the whole experience. While I personally will not be presenting any classes, my boss Eric Chappell will be. This year he will be offering two classes, one on Civil 3D, and another on CAD Management.

His classes:

  • CM219-2: Evolution Not Revolution: The Secret to Successful CAD Standards

    CAD committees, long meetings, heated debates, low compliance — if this sounds familiar, then you’ve probably tried to implement new CAD standards at your company. The mistake that many companies make is trying to change too much too fast. In this session, we’ll take a look at a more effective approach to developing your CAD standards and maximizing the compliance of your users.

  • CV318-3: No Building Pads Allowed: Real-World Grading

    Tired of seeing grading demonstrated with flat, rectangular building pads? Would you like to learn how to build real site components, like the ones in your projects? This advanced class takes you through the Top 10 most common site-design elements that can be built with AutoCAD Civil 3D grading components such as surfaces, feature lines, and grading objects. Learn how to build ponds, endwalls, channels, ramps, berms, and many other real-world features. A must-see for anyone serious about grading.

If you have a chance, check out one or both of his classes at AU this year. Beyond the classes however, AU is surely to be a pretty spectacular event, as this is the year of anniversaries. With AU 2007 being the 15th Annual User Conference, Autodesk is surely to put on a phenomenally impressive event. Before you register, check out AUGI and your software reseller, as each have had some specials offering discounts on the conference fee.

Speaking of anniversaries, this is also the 25th anniversary of both AutoCAD and Autodesk as a company. Autodesk has put together a pretty neat site highlighting some of the monumental moments in the company’s history. Also for the Autodesk junkies out there, they have provided a quiz where you can test your knowledge on all things Autodesk. An interesting read during your next coffee break.

Donnie Gladfelter
Donnie Gladfelter

Donnie is author of the book and Autodesk Official Press, AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT: No Experience Required, a columnist for AUGIWorld Magazine, Autodesk University speaker, and former member of the AUGI Board of Directors.

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