I don’t typically do “Weekly Roundup” posts, but there’s only so many posts one blogger can crank out in one week, and well the number of worthwhile announcements exceeded that threshold this week. Bad news if you’re a blogger trying to write about all the cool things you come across, EXCELLENT news if you’re an AutoCAD user!
If you attended the AUGI Annual Meeting Wednesday evening at Autodesk University, you learned AUGI has an exciting year ahead of it. Perhaps the most exciting announcement was the return of AUGI CAD Camps. More details should be out soon, however you can read the AUGI CAD Camp press release from September. Outside of CAD
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.
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!
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.
It’s hard to believe, but AU 2008 is really just 1 week away. This time next week myself and thousands of fellow esteemed CAD users will be walking the streets of Las Vegas, and be immersed in all things CAD. While things like the opening session promise to be a must see event, what else
Tonight my local user group, Richmond AutoCAD Manifest (RAM), held their end-of-year dinner. 2007 was certainly a great year for us, as we did manage to grow our membership. Adding to an already incredible year, our 2007 RAM President, John Morgan, shared some exciting news with the group. He along with Bill Adams, Richard Binning,