AU 2008 – Day 3

So at this point I’m actually sitting in JFK International Airport waiting for my connecting flight.  Shouldn’t be too much longer, but while I was here I figured I’d get caught up on my AU blogging.  AU 2008 seemed to absolutely fly by (no pun intended as I am sitting in an airport).  I’m sure part of that was greatly due to my schedule of assisting 3 labs, presenting 1 class, and spending what time I could helping AUGI.  Nonetheless, Thursday was my big day at AU.  As I have mentioned a few times before, I was invited to speak for the first time at AU this year.  My class for those just tuning in was Power to the Parcel, a class covering parcel design within AutoCAD Civil 3D. 

I have to admit, I have never been much of a morning person, so frankly my biggest fear of presenting at 8:00am Thursday was oversleeping.  Despite staying up a little later than I probably should have Wednesday evening rehearsing my class, I did manage to make it to my class on time.  While I made it to class on time I was not able to make it through my class without any technical glitches.  Despite everything working perfectly during my rehearsals, my last topic (parcel reports) bombed.  Parcel reports being my last topic, it was an absolute nightmare that I had to end my class on a low.  Thankfully however, everyone seems to have forgiven me for the technical glitch, and have given me positive reviews.  With that, hopefully they’ll have me back as a speaker again next year.

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AU Day 2

DSC_0980 As exhibited by my lack of a dedicated AU Day 2 post, it goes without saying my Wednesday was pretty busy. I’ve heard many say every AU they attend becomes busier than the previous; a statement I can personally attest to.  Nonetheless, I got my Tuesday started as a Lab Assistant; this time it was for John Beltran’s Hands-on Introduction to Dynamic Blocks.  Even as a Lab Assistant I found the class most enjoyable, picking up a few pointers I didn’t previously know about along the way.

After helping out with John’s lab, I was able to be an attendee for the rest of the day, well most of it at least. Among the sessions I attended was the one casual class I registered for; The Making of Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who.  No the class had absolutely nothing to do with Civil 3D, or anything else I personally do with Autodesk products, but it was incredibly neat to get a behind the scenes look at how the movie was made.  As I recall they had datasets of some 140+ GB for each scene.  Somehow I don’t think I should attempt such a dataset with Civil 3D.

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AU 2008 – Day 1

DSC_0901 Today marked the official start to Autodesk University 2008, and boy what a busy day! For me my morning got started being a lab assistant for Andrew Hill of AEC Systems in Australia. In that class he presented his “Project-Based Title Blocks using Fields, Attributes, and References”.  Andrew certainly had a lot packed into his class, but I must say it was all very awesome content.  Looking to the stats of this blog, among my most popular posts of all time is Update Block Attributes Using Excel. If you’re an AUOL member be sure to find Andrew’s class and download it’s content.  Among the goodies in his dataset is a LISP which updates attributes using Excel.

After my morning wakeup lab, it was off to the AUGI Volunteer Meet & Greet.  Since my lab conflicted with the event, I barely made it in time, but made it nonetheless.  Seems like there was a good showing of volunteers, which is always a good thing.  After all, without volunteers like you AUGI cannot be the organization it has become today!

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AU 2008 – Day 0

DSC_0893 So Autodesk University 2008 doesn’t officially get started until tomorrow (Tuesday).  That small detail didn’t get in the way of some very cool sessions and gatherings from being hosted. For me my day got started at the Richmond International Airport, for a quick flight to New York (JFK).  My layover was only supposed to be long enough for me to get from one gate to another, but as “luck” would have it – my flight from JFK to Las Vegas was delayed for about an hour.  Better late than never, I finally made it to The Venetian (host hotel for AU 2008) just in time for the AUGI Community Leadership Conference.

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Getting to AU on a Budget

image Congratulations, you sold your boss on the many Autodesk University takeaways, and Viva Las Vegas! Of course for you to take anything away from AU, you have to get there first. For many just convincing your boss to lay down the cash to go to AU was probably difficult enough, and you haven’t even booked your flight. With corporate budgets tighter than ever and airfare prices increasing every day, how can you insure you’re getting the biggest bang for your buck?

Before continuing I should mention that I am by no stretch of the imagination the world’s expert on travel. Instead I am just a geek who has spent many hours searching the internet trying to find the best deal possible. After all a geeks worth is measured not by what he/she knows, but how well he/she can Google – right?

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Autodesk University 2008 – Less than 3 months away

image It’s hard to believe, but in less than 3 months the CAD geeks of the world will be gathered in fabulous Las Vegas, NV for Autodesk University 2008.  So the ominous question is, how’s AU 2008 shaping up?  Well let me answer that by formulating a list of what to expect at AU 2008.

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