Essential Apps to Survive Autodesk University 2012

Autodesk University 2012 is just a week away, and with both the 20th AU and Autodesk’s 30th birthday to celebrate, this should be an extraordinary conference. Fellow blogger Shaan Hurley authored a great “overall AU survival guide” post recently that you should certainly check out if you haven’t already. As noted in that post, you

Arriving at Autodesk University 2010

Autodesk University 2010 doesn’t officially begin until Tuesday, but that hasn’t stopped several energetic attendees from finding their way to Vegas a few days early. The stage here at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV is nearly set, and will soon welcome 6,102 attendees to this year’s conference. If you’re among those attending AU in

Automate Sheet Setup with Named Page Setups

image During my time at Autodesk University 2009 this year, I had the chance to sit down with Heidi Hewett and record some videos for the AutoCAD Exchange.  Among the topics, we discussed were Named Page Setups inside AutoCAD.  Despite their time-saving potential, Named Page Setups seem to be one of those features that’s been in the software forever, and is often overlooked. So if you find yourself overwhelmed with the endless array of plotting options inside AutoCAD, have a look at this quick video.

In the video, I’ll show you ways to capture all the settings inside the AutoCAD PLOT command in a way you can configure the dialog once, and use it again and again. In addition to the time Named Page Setups can save you, they also ensure each of your sheets is setup in exactly the same way; so your title block will plot in the same location on every sheet.

Catch me on Dave Graveline’s Into Tomorrow radio show this weekend

image While at Autodesk University last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Dave Graveline, host of the popular technology radio show “Into Tomorrow.”  His 3-hour radio program airs on over 100 AM & FM radio stations around the U.S., on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, radio stations in Germany, Bermuda, New Zealand, Canada and several other sources including Mobile Broadcast Network, BeOS Radio, Sprint Radio, TiVo, CelleCast and many others – every weekend. As you may have guessed, this weeks show features his interviews from Autodesk University 2009.

Autodesk University & AUv 2009 classes added to AU Online

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So it’s no secret that Autodesk University offers a class on nearly every conceivable topic related to Autodesk products.  Of course with such an expansive catalog comes the problem I’ve had every year I have attended AU.  That problem? Simple, trying to pick only 1 class per time bracket.  During the conference there’s simply more great classes being offered than there is time for those great classes.

AU 2008 tweets for 2008-12-06

Boarding for my flight to JFK – New York # Grabbing a bite to eat at the airport. Nothing like spending the night in the airport. # Just got ripped off by the cabbie – $30 ride to the airport. # Just looked at my #AU2008 Survey Results for Power to the Parcel. With 47%

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.

AU 2008 tweets for 2008-12-05

The au party seems to be thinning out. Where’s the afterparty? # Don McMillian is about to take the stage. Proof engineers can be funny #AU2008 # These Design Slam designs are pretty incredible #AU2008 # The DJ is kickin’ it old school with some Beastie! # When software crashes – design slam 2008 #

AU 2008 tweets for 2008-12-04

Teaching my class in the AM – wish me luck # On to the Avatech client appreciation event at Tao # Working the AUGI booth # And all the AUGI members are entering the hall at #AU2008 # Wait, what’s that the speaker is using for his presentation… A mac? # Ok Larry – I’ll

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.

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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