Tuesday, November 30, 2010

First Day of AU 2010

The first day of AU 2010 was a success. I enjoyed the Welcome Address/General Session and all the classes.

  • First class on me list was "Introduction to Autodesk Storm and Sanitary Analysis"
This was the first time I had used this software. I really liked the user interface and how easy it is to input data into each object. The drawing area was very clear and easy to read. The lab was way too long for a one hour class. An extra half hour would have worked just right.

  • Second class of the day was "Integrating Autodesk Quantity Takeoff and Timberline Estimating"
This was also the first time using this software. The lab was based on a Revit model which was a really good example. I was hoping the lab was based on an AutoCAD software such as Civil 3D.

  • The third class was "Introduction to Photo-Based Reality Capture: Turn Photographs into a 3D Model in AutoCAD"
This was by far the best class of the day. This software is for anyone with a digital camera to create 3D objects from the photos they take. It was fairly easy to use and setup the photos. I visited the booth at the exhibit hall to have a model of my face created. I’ll post the model in DWF format when I receive it.

  • Forth class of the day was Lynn Allen’s "Getting Up to Speed on AutoCAD 2011"
This is always a fun class to take. It’s good to see what’s new in the latest version of AutoCAD.

  • The last class of the first day was "AutoCAD Civil 3D Caffeinated Tips and Tricks: A Yard Sale"
The instructor was very energetic. He talked about applications he and his company wrote that will make day to day tasks in Civil 3D easier and faster. I’ll have to download a few to try when I get back to work.

All in all, I had a great day and I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s classes.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

AU 2010!

My wife and I arrived in Las Vegas a few days early. We visited a number of cool places such as the Hoover Dam and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Being new to the blogging world, I'm looking forward to meeting new people at the blogger social meet and the AU conference.

See everyone tomorrow.