- 8:00am General Design Industry Main Stage
- 10:00am Autodesk® Revit® for Business and Project Managers
- 11:30am Networking Lunch "AUGI Birds of a Feather"
- 1:00pm Leveraging BIM Downstream: Real-World Examples of Using BIM Data Throughout the Project
- 3:00pm Beyond Autodesk® Revit®: Where is all this Going?
- 5:00pm Destination CAD: Creating a Successful Work Environment
- 8:00pm AU Evening Event – The Blue Man Group
After a brisk walk in close to 0 deg c temperatures, it was nice to get a warm welcome at the General Design mainstage. The AutoCAD platform group featured many wishlist responses that may be seen in future releases of AutoCAD. There was also a great demo of Impression.
I then had a session on facilities management which raised some rather topical issues. Lots to consider when I get home. At lunch I spent most the time in the exhibit floor and managed to catch up with Architect/Writer Ed Goldberg and meet Roopinder Tara of Tenlinks.com. I also met Autodesk DWF Blogger Scott Sheppard for the first time which was great. There was some big DWF news with the announcement that Microsoft will support DWF in Windows Vista:
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PRESS RELEASE: Autodesk Unlocks Design Data for Windows Vista and XPS Users
LAS VEGAS, Nov. 30, 2006 - At Autodesk University, Autodesk, Inc, announced a collaboration with Microsoft Corp. to seamlessly integrate DWF technology with Windows Vista using the XML Paper Specification (XPS). This initiative will provide users with the ability to view and manage DWF detail-rich design information without requiring additional downloads of plug-ins or special viewing software..."
See Scotts Beyond the Paper Blog for the full release and his own post details on this:
AU Update: Microsoft Announces Support for DWF via XPS - Beyond the Paper
Just came out of an interesting session/discussion on BIM & the future of Architecture. As an outsider, I'm not an Architect, watching this technology impact their role in the whole construction process and how the profession is adapting to the new economic, technological & environmental demands that are arriving, ready or not, reminded me of the sort of discussion seen in manufacturing 15 years ago. BIM's drive, and need, for integration is smashing cross discipline barriers.
Tonight the entertainment is The Blue Man Group. Shaan has been hinting that something special is planned but given all I know about them is: The are Blue and are Men not sure what to expect!
Edited for Typos & photos added 09–12–2006