Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Autodesk University - Day One

The almost month-long wait is over and I'm finally at Autodesk University at the Venetian in Las Vegas. First and foremost, I must express my love and gratitude to my wife and family back home for enabling me to spend time preparing for, and ultimately making the journey to share my experiences with my industry colleagues. Love you and miss you already.

Onto business...Day One is pretty casual with dedicated events such as the Autodesk Developers Network (ADN) and AUGI Leadership Conference, but my arrival time only allowed for the annual AU Revit Mixer. Back in 2003, the Revit Mixer was an informal gathering of about 50 Revit users to mingle and show off their work. This year, we had to limit the crowd to about the first 300 responders! This year might be the last year for the Mixer, but we'll see what we can do about that ;-)

Jim Balding of WATG has done an amazing job for several years as the AUGI Revit Product Chair, but formally stepped down and passed the torch on to yours truly. I am honored by this opportunity and hope to continue meeting more fascinating people in my tenure. Classes begin tomorrow, so I'll be taking notes and sharing more with you all soon.


  1. Congratulations on this new endeavor! I don't know much about what a Product Chair does...would you mind posting some comments?

  2. I agree; Congrats! I look forward to seeing continued interest in the Revit community.

    I was disappointed that I couldn't attend the mixer. By the time I got the invitation, it was already booked up. (I should have tried to slip in, anyway!)

    With the obvious amount of interest in Revit these days, I hope that the mixer doesn't only improve, but grow! Here's a suggestion... Maybe since the use of Revit is diversifying, there could be multiple mixers: Commercial, Residential, Structural, MEP, FM, Construction, etc.
    That would give many more an opportunity to start out the week meeting others who aren't only using Revit, but doing the same sorts of things with it.

    Also, in an attempt to target those who are more actively involved in the community, maybe the announcement could go up on the AUGI site and pass the word around through blogs. There could be an online sign-up period before an email is sent-out to the thousands.

    Thanks for the great blog. Have fun being the Product Chair, and good luck!