Session Descriptions

Keynote: The Human Side of Design, Lynn Allen
Presenter: Lynn Allen
Who should attend this session: Managers, Engineers, Designers
The Design industry is changing in leaps and bounds as it embraces continually improving technology – but what does that mean for our future?  Join Autodesk Evangelist as she shares advances in design as it relates to improving the world around us today and tomorrow.

AutoCAD Tips and Tricks
Presenter: Lynn Allen
Who should attend this session: Managers, Engineers, Designers
If you want a plethora of power user tips then be sure join Cadalyst Columnist and author Lynn Allen as she takes you through a whirlwind of productivity techniques that are certain to improve your everyday drawing life. You will discover some of the lesser known AutoCAD features that will help remove the tedium and boost your ability to meet project deadlines.

Standards + Training = Productivity
Presenter: 
Robert Green
Who should attend this session:
Managers, Engineers, Designers
Are you responsible for training your CAD users but feel overwhelmed by the task? Are you stymied by the problems associated with enforcing CAD standards? Does your management expect you to make your users more productive? In this class, we cover some strategies for combining standards development and enforcement with an in-house training program to solve all 3 problems at once while keeping your budget under control. We start by building your company training program via efficiency analysis, move into creating effective training materials, and then we give you some ideas for becoming a better instructor. Next, we talk about turning your training program into your standards program by using all your training resources to build a best practices program.  If you’re responsible for creating a standards or training program, you can’t afford to miss this class.

AutoLISP Bootcamp for AutoCAD Platforms
Presenter: 
Robert Green
Who should attend this session: Managers, Engineers, Designers

Learn how to create keystroke-saving functions, delete and redefine commands, load Customize User Interface (CUI) files, set workspaces, control system variables, call external programs, and more, using AutoLISP programming language via a proven sample environment. Next, learn how to call the AutoLISP functions from toolbars, ribbons, and palettes, and learn to control the AutoCAD software profile/environment variables to manage plot configurations, palettes, and support directories. Finally, we will discuss how you can use these tricks to control multiple workstations via your network. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about how AutoLISP programming language can help you manage your AutoCAD software tools, you don’t want to miss this class. Note: This class assumes you have a working knowledge of customization and CUI file usage. A basic knowledge of AutoLISP programming language is also helpful.

Saving Money with CAD Management
Presenter: 
Robert Green
Who should attend this session: Managers, Engineers

Great CAD managers know that they can positively impact the bottom line by making projects run smoother and by reducing errors, but they often have difficulty getting their management teams to understand. In this session, we will talk about ways to integrate CAD management into project workflows in a way that cuts rework and gets more work done in fewer man-hours—saving the company money on every project. CAD managers will learn valuable tips for selling this approach to their senior managers, while IT and senior managers will gain valuable perspectives on how CAD management can impact their company’s profitability. Along the way, we’ll pay particular attention to measuring savings and computing the return on investment for CAD management. If you want to get your boss to listen to you, save them money with the concepts you’ll learn in this class.

For AEC & Infrastructure

Case Study: Embracing Building Information Modeling (BIM) for the Purposes of Facilities Management (FM)
Presenter:
Bill Knittle
Who should attend this session: Managers, Engineers, Designers
Swarthmore College is an excellent example of an owner embracing Building Information Modeling (BIM) for the purposes of Facilities Management (FM). The BIM Uses that the college is requiring on all capital projects are Record Modeling and Space Allocation. However, most of their existing space data lived in a failing Computer-aided Facility Management (CAFM) database application based on DWG backgrounds. Meanwhile, all new capital projects are being delivered in Revit. Synergis was tasked with engineering a solution that migrated their legacy data into a common platform that was compatible with their new Revit deliverable. In addition the solution had to make the data easy to report and easy to access anywhere on the campus.

At the end of this session the attendee will learn the benefits of using…

  • Dynamo for Revit to automate laborious tasks
  • Revit DB Link to link Revit project files to MS Access database
  • BIM 360 Docs to centralize, manage, view, share, and markup Revit Sheets and Models from anywhere

Using Drones and Lasers to Capture Your Project 
Presenter:
Kevin Spear
Who should attend this session:
Managers, Engineers, Designers
Time is our biggest impact to obtaining current conditions at a given site. What if we could obtain that raw data in a short period of time with an accuracy that matters. With a terrestrial high definition scanner, we can obtain a single scene with millimeter accuracy in as little as 10 minutes. The high definition scanners work well to capture both indoor and outdoor environments. For those large areas, we can utilize drone photogrammetry to typically cover 15 acres in 15 minutes. Find out what we can do with this mountain of information!

At the end of this session the attendee will be able to….

  • Identify the accuracies and efforts needed to utilize drone and laser scanners
  • Understand the different context for drone versus high definition scanning
  • Apply these concepts to real world conditions

What’s New in Civil 3D 
Presenter:
Kevin Spear
Who should attend this session:
Managers, Engineers, Designers
Civil 3D is getting a little gray now. But just when you thought there was nothing new, here comes Civil 3D 2017. Several new features and workflows are included that support both design efficiency as well as production efficiency. And there have been ongoing advancements!

At the end of this session the attendee will be able to….

  • Identify new features
  • Understand those mid-year improvements from Civil 3D 2017
  • Apply those features to gaps in productivity

For Manufacturing

Creating AutoCAD Electrical standard reports and customization for special reports
Presenter:
James Johnson & Todd Schmoock
Who should attend this session:
Managers, Engineers, Designers
Energize electrical designs by using the AutoCAD® Electrical report functionality and additional customization. Electrical designs in AutoCAD® Electrical are wired together which allows you to run reports on one or more drawings all with a few clicks. This class will demonstrate using the capability of the standard report tools in AutoCAD® Electrical and how to use additional customization to extract the circuit data from drawings.  The data in your AutoCAD® Electrical drawing can be exported to another file format, print directly from the report generator, or customization can be added to output additional data to extended formats.  However, there are so many options to how you may want reports formatted, it becomes difficult to understand how to satisfy your company’s requirements.  Come to this class to see how you can take a standard report from AutoCAD Electrical or create customization to format the reports to your company standards more quickly.

At the end of this session the attendee will….

  • Standard Electrical Reports
  • Custom Electrical Reports
  • Introduction to Customization
  • Setup for Company standards

Getting the most out of your Inventor Templates
Presenter:
Mark Lancaster
Who should attend this session:
Engineers, Designers
Inventor templates play an important role in your organization and design process.   So important, I believe a properly configured template is more valuable than your designs.  Sign up for this session and see if your Inventor templates are properly configured.

At the end of this session the attendee will….

  • Know what’s provided with the installation
  • Be able to develop an implementation plan
  • Understand the 4 Important Pillars of an Inventor Template
  • Know what to include in your template
  • Be provided with template iLogic snippets

Introduction to Fusion 360 for Inventor Users
Presenter: Jim Swain & Dave Breiner
Who should attend this session:
Engineers, Designers
Many things in Fusion will look familiar to you Inventor users: sketching lines, adding fillets, etc. And other things will leave you scratching your head, such as creating assemblies.

We will take a look at how modeling works in Fusion compared to how modeling is done in Inventor. We will take a look at building a Part/Assembly using bodies, components and assembly joints/constraints. We will even make drawings!

iParts vs. iLogic
Presenter:
 Dave Breiner
Who should attend this session:
Engineers, Designers
Take a look at the differences between iParts and iLogic parts. How they are built and the flexibility they provide in building standardized parts. I will step through the building process of each part and look at the plus and minuses with each method.

Setting up your Inventor Library and Content Center
Presenter:
Mark Lancaster
Who should attend this session:
Managers, Engineers, Designers
Having a library and/or content center helps simplify your Inventor design process.  But should you being using a library or content center in your setup?  Perhaps you’ll need both.  This session will teach you both ways and how to configure and use them in your organization.

At the end of this session the attendee will….

  • Know the difference between a library and content center component.
  • Be able to configure their library and/or content center (including Vault)
  • Understand how to publish content to their content center
  • A separate Content Center Management handout will be provided

What’s New in AutoCAD Electrical 
Presenter:
Todd Schmoock
Who should attend this session:
Managers, Engineers, Designers
Attend this session to learn why AutoCAD Electrical is a better solution than using standard AutoCAD for documenting electrical controls.  Even without fully implementing AutoCAD Electrical the time savings can be 25% over standard AutoCAD.

At the end of this session the attendee will….

  • Learn why AutoCAD Electrical is a better choice than AutoCAD for efficient schematic design.
  • Learn how projects and linked drawings can improve productivity.
  • Learn about new features.
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