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Prepping for AU 2012

As mentioned in Matt’s post (AU2012: It’s Almost Here!), Autodesk University is upon us! Geeks, Nerds, Dorks and everything in between will descend upon Las Vegas in less then two weeks, holed up in Ballrooms and Cafeteria Hangers. After 4 days they will emerge more pale (if possible) and squinting at the bright sun. I can’t wait!

Like any proper Geek, I have been pouring over my schedule, reviewing handouts, studying the ballroom layouts and getting things ready. Last year was my first year and there is definitely a learning curve to going to an event like this! Let me share some tips to might help you have a great experience!

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Standards Schmanderds

Standards have been a part of a drafter’s life since the dawn of technical drawing. Standards have always played an important role in project delivery. When drafting meant rooms of ink-stained men hunched over rows of slanted tables, standards were the only way that drawing sets could look like it came from the same person. Fast forward a century – The same principles still apply.

Drafters moan, Managers cringe, Principals run in the other direction and the Clients are often disappointed when the conversation about standards are mentioned. There has always been a struggle within A/E firms when it comes to standardization. Personally, I have heard everything from “There is no Budget currently to update the standard” to “Standards are a waste of time, Our drafters produce the best drawing sets without using standards all the time”. I call bullshit (pardon my french). If we were to analyze how much time we all spend reworking drawings for graphic standards, datum consistency and proper annotation, I would bet that we could easily find the largest source of wasted profit for an entire project. Why are standards such a big deal? Why is it common that management either downplays or ignores the importance of standards? The answer for both boils down to cost.

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AU2012: Its Almost HERE!

Hi. It’s Movember. For most people, it marks the beginning of the holiday season. For Revit fanatics, it means AU time. I, for one, am excited about this year’s classes.  The line up is strong and I am with a firm that is open to adapting to new workflows and can really take advantage of the wealth of knowledge that all the speakers at AU provide. Jason and I are heading down to divide and concur some of the Revit/BIM classes and will be joined by another team member who will search out all the AutoCAD classes. I am going to quell my excitement about the conference by revisiting some of the past classes that have shaped my perspective on the industry and have elevated my knowledge of Revit. I figured it would be nice to share it with you.

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