Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Revit Technology Conference NA2011

Well, RTC has come and gone, and what a whirlwind it was...

I have to say, this was the best Revit-related conference I've been to in years, maybe ever. The caliber of the other presenters was fantastic, and the caliber of the attendees was as well. It was a real who's who of Revit users, and I felt lucky to be in attendance, much less speaking!

I have to give some shout outs to my favorite presentations:

  • Lee Miller - As usual, a fantastic presentation, this time on urban planning in Revit. There were some absolutely stunning shots in this presentation both in terms of graphics and information. 
  • Jason Grant - JG pulled a one-two punch, first stunning the audience with a good jab in super families, where we learned there is good AND evil in the super families world; and then landed the uppercut for a TKO with the presentation graphics in Revit. Extra Kudos for being my favorite class and giving out the related content. Rock Star material here.
  • Aaron Maller - My compatriot in the workplace put together a great presentation late in the game to fill a slot vacated by another speaker. The presentation was on putting together a high quality template, not just the basic stuff you learn at AU and from Resellers. I literally saw one BIM manager smack their forehead when Aaron mentioned a little trick about embedding links in advance so you could pre-define filters and VG settings for links. Brilliant.
  • Jay Zallan - The best class I've seen to date on space programming in Revit, with some great tips on using masses in conjunction with locked room or area separation lines to really push what the program can do.

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Every presentation I attended was excellent, and I can't say that about any other conference I've attended in years. Congratulations to the organizers and Aussies for a great first year, and I'm looking forward to the next - although I'll never forgive them for removing my one last excuse to get Beck to pay for a trip to Australia...

It was (THIS BIG)...
As for my presentation, I think it went well - although I'm not 100% sure how I ended up telling a fish story. It was probably also my last presentation of the SaRang project - First AU, then MARA, then a few RUGs, then Autodesk, and finally RTC. I think it has had its 15 minutes of fame. (Of course, now I have to do something new...yikes!). If you attended and want to access the materials, videos, etc... There's a solid 700MB of stuff on box.net for you to mine to your heart's content: Conceptual Massing on a REAL Project

See you at next year's conference!

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