Sessions

SU17 Topics!

SU17 Schedule

We are excited that Lynn Allen and Robert Green will be joining us this year.  Will you be joining us for the following sessions?

Keynote: The Human Side of Design, Lynn Allen
AutoCAD Tips and Tricks, Lynn Allen
Standards + Training = Productivity, Robert Green
Saving Money with CAD Management, Robert Green
AutoLISP Bootcamp for AutoCAD Platforms, Robert Green

And between the Synergis team and additional Autodesk and customer presenters, we will be covering:

For AEC and Infrastructure:
Best Practice: Why you need Data Management
Case Study: Embracing Building Information Modeling for the purposes of Facilities Management
Exploring the Future of Civil Engineering Design
Leveraging Revit Models with other Applications
Adding Custom Content to Fabrication CADmep Like a Boss
Live Design: Step Inside Your Designs
Autodesk Cloud Services for Architecture Engineering Construction and Owners (AECO)
Revit……You can make an app for that!
What’s New in Revit
What’s New in Civil 3D
What’s New in Infraworks 360
Using Drones and Lasers to Capture your Project (with ReCAP)

For Manufacturing:
Managing New Product Development with Fusion Lifecycle
Connected BOM with Vault and Fusion Lifecycle
Clamping the Leaks in Supplier Approval
Best Practice: Why you need Data Management
Advanced Autodesk Vault Professional:  Collaborating and sharing data across your enterprise with Replication, AVFS, and the Web Client
Vault What’s New 2018
Additive Manufacturing, Industry & Technology Overview – NEW!
Getting the Most Out of Your Inventor Templates
Inventor What’s New 2018
iParts vs. iLogic
Setting up your Inventor Library and Content Center
The Future of Inventor
Using Inventor DWG Underlay/ANYCAD to your Advantage – Lunch Session
Introduction to Fusion 360 for Inventor Users
Put the SIMple into Fusion SIMulation
Nastran inCAD
CAM Capabilities in Fusion
Scanning for Product & Factory Design
Case Study: How PPL Electric Utilities Company Successfully Implemented AutoCAD Electrical
Moving from AutoCAD to AutoCAD Electrical
Creating AutoCAD Electrical Standard Reports and Customization for Special Reports
Additive Manufacturing, Industry & Technology Overview

Session Descriptions – Check back as more are being added!

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

Adding Custom Content to Fabrication CADmep Like a Boss
Presenter: Jay Ayala, Autodesk
Who should attend this session: Managers, Engineers, Designers
The value proposition of Fabrication CAD MEP is to accurately depict a 3D model precisely enough to prefabricate from. The concept of prefabrication depends on the accuracy of the content. Both ductwork and pipe fittings are already accounted for. However, building product manufacturers are not in the habit of providing accurate 3D models of equipment. Items like pumps, bag filters, tanks, among others, are left up to the detailers.

Software users need the ability to accurately model equipment. This facilitates equipment being used on all subsequent projects. Additionally, it aids tremendously in establishing a company’s custom libraries. What you will learn in this session are the nuances of creating content. You will learn the proper modeling techniques, the commands necessary to create the content, and how to organize your library.

Autodesk Cloud Services for Architecture Engineering Construction and Owners (AECO)
Presenter: 
Caesar Ruest, Autodesk
Who should attend this session: Managers, Engineers, Designers, Contractors
Autodesk cloud services for AECO is rooted in the BIM 360  platform that accelerates project delivery and reduces risk for owners & contractors by enabling the office to easily coordinate and connect while empowering the field to anticipate and act.

At the end of this session the attendee will learn how BIM360 . . .

  • Provides industry-specific capabilities for managing all 2D plans, 3D models, and other project documents
  • Seamlessly integrates with authoring apps and existing cloud and local file systems
  • Delivers anywhere, anytime collaborative access to the entire project team

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
We have an excellent example of an owner embracing Building Information Modeling (BIM) for the purposes of Facilities Management (FM). The BIM Uses that a 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

Exploring the Future of Civil Engineering Design
Presenter:
Jeff Bartels, Autodesk
Who should attend this session:
Managers, Engineers, Designers
In this session we will look at how InfraWorks is changing the game when it comes to infrastructure design and modeling.  In our first 5 minutes, we’ll build a conceptual model of an existing site such that we can develop a proposed design in context.  We will then explore several techniques for creating proposed conditions such as roadways, grading, bridges, landscaping, etc. as well as extract quantities for estimating purposes.  Along the way we will learn how quickly a design can be modified, making it possible for many changes to be made “on the fly” during a meeting.  We’ll wrap up by creating compelling visualizations (including low cost virtual reality) to help drive support for a proposed project.

Leveraging Revit Models with other Applications
Presenter:
Peter Gehring, IMC Construction Construction
Who should attend this session:
Managers, Engineers, Designers
This session will look at options to export, view, analyze, and extend the functionality of Revit models with other software for cost estimates, coordination, videos, renderings and virtual walkthroughs. We’ll look at 3d pdfs, Navisworks, Autodesk Live and BIM 360 team.

By the end of this session the attendee will….

  • Learn how to create and review 3d PDFs from Revit
  • See how Navisworks can review, & coordinate Revit and other 3d models
  • Review different options for cost estimates form connected Revit models
  • Get exposure to rendering and virtual walkthroughs starting with Revit models
  • Understand options for sharing Revit models and sheets to project stakeholders

Live Design: Step Inside Your Designs
Presenter:
Jose M. Elizardo, Autodesk
Who should attend this session:
Managers, Engineers, Designers
In this session we will see how to create interactive and immersive experiences including virtual reality using Revit LIVE. We will than see how to optimize and enhance your LIVE projects using Autodesk Stingray and 3ds Max.

Revit……You can make an app for that!
Presenter: Robert Lehman, Eastern Exterior Wall Systems
Who should attend this session:
Managers, Engineers, Designers
In this class you will learn to create your first Revit app from scratch. Whether you have programming experience, Revit experience, or neither I will show you all the basic information you’ll need to get started. Learn what the Revit API is, and the tools you need to use it. There are many opportunities to automate and simplify your workflows within Revit to enhance your daily work. If you’ve ever been using Revit and said to yourself “I wish Revit could do that” then this is the class for you. Some knowledge of Revit and programming languages is helpful, but not required.

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. Civil 3D 2018 also incorporates the v1 enhancements into the application. Several design features provide greater control over corridor baseline relationships. We can now create plan over plan or profile over profile sheets for production! So come on out and get the scoop on Civil 3D 2018!

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

  • Identify new features within Civil 3D 2018
  • Understand those mid-year improvements from Civil 3D 2017
  • Apply those features to gaps in productivity

What’s New in InfraWorks 
Presenter:
Kevin Spear
Who should attend this session:
Managers, Engineers, Designers
Join us to see the new features within Infraworks 2018.  Understand those mid-year improvements from Infraworks 360 2017. And apply these new features to fill the gaps in productivity.

For Manufacturing

Case Study: How PPL Electric Utilities Company Successfully Implemented AutoCAD Electrical
Presenter: Audrey Marich & Todd Schmoock
Who should attend this session:
Managers, Engineers, Designers
Are you looking at implementing AutoCAD Electrical at your company? Maybe you are in the process of implementing AutoCAD Electrical, or you tried to implement AutoCAD Electrical and had some issues. With all of the variables to consider like how many employees will need access, will some need to access while traveling, shared content, creating content, templates, drawing/project properties, etc. it can be overwhelming. This class will allow you to see how PPL implemented the AutoCAD Electrical software, and will give best practices from PPL on how they implemented AutoCAD Electrical successfully

At the end of this session the attendee will….

  • Identify common mistakes and how to avoid them
  • Discover how to manage content and keep them updated
  • Describe what files and folders need to be shared in a multiuser environment
  • Develop a plan to train other group members to use AutoCAD Electrical successfully

Clamping the Leaks in Supplier Approval
Presenter: Candi Kruse, Don Kelly & Chris Thomas, Victaulic
Who should attend this session:
Managers, Engineers, Designers
Victaulic is a manufacturer of piping system solutions with facilities and suppliers spread across the globe. See how Victaulic went from a Supplier Approval Process with holes, to an improved closed loop process in less than 3 weeks with Fusion Lifecycle.

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….

  • Identify the standard AutoCAD Electrical reports
  • Understand some custom reports that could be used
  • Get an introduction to customization
  • Learn how to get setup for company standards

Vault What’s New 2018
Presenter: John Kavusak & Mark Lancaster
Who should attend this session: Managers, Engineers, Designers
This session will cover the new enhancements in the 2018 release of Vault.  Sign up and learn how you can create 2D PDFs from your 2D drawings or that you now have the ability to assign given users to one of the new Vault Administrator roles.  See the improvements within the Vault browser in Inventor or how you can insert into CAD directly from the Vault Client.

At the end of this session the attendee will….

  • Create/Manage 2D PDFs
  • Improvements in Vault Copy Design
  • Learn the new Vault Administrator roles
  • Vault changes within Inventor 2018
  • Miscellaneous Improvements

Advanced Autodesk Vault Professional:  Collaborating and sharing data across your enterprise with Replication, AVFS, and the Web Client
Presenter: John Kavusak & Mark Lancaster
Who should attend this session: Managers, Engineers, Designers
Sharing and collaborating data with different physical locations of your enterprise can present many challenges.  Autodesk Vault has several features to help companies share and collaborate on data globally with the use of replication, Autodesk Vault File Server, and the Vault Web client.

At the end of this session the attendee will….

  • Learn about the 3 different replication models
  • Pro and Cons of each of the models
  • Choose which model is right for your environment
  • Discuss other ways to collaborate with Vault, including the web client, Project Sync, VPN access into the Vault and the cloud

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.

Nastran inCAD
Presenter:
 Corey Gulley, Autodesk
Who should attend this session:
Managers, Engineers, Designers

During this session, you will learn how Autodesk Nastran can help you with upfront engineering to help guide you towards making better design decisions.

Put the SIMple into Fusion SIMulation 
Presenter:
Dave Graves, Autodesk
Who should attend this session:
Engineers, Designers
Come learn how the simulation capabilities in the Autodesk Fusion platform (Powered by Nastran) can help you make better designs while reducing development time.  Learn how your products can go from Good to Great!

At the end of this session the attendee will….

  • Understand the value of Upfront Simulation
  • Learn about Shape Optimization and Event Simulation
  • See how simulation can give you x-ray vision into your product design

CAM Capabilities in Fusion
Presenter: Wayne Griffenberg
Who should attend this session: Engineers, Designers, Machinists, Makers
CAM in the cloud is a reality with Fusion 360. Autodesk HSM CAM tools are completely integrated inside Fusion 360, enabling the next generation design-to-manufacturing workflow through unparalleled ease-of-use and flexibility when creating programs for your machining projects. This session provides an overview of how to use Fusion 360 CAM to set up, program and post NC code for CNC milling machine tools.

At the end of this session the attendee will…

  • Get an introduction to the Integrated CAM Workspace
  • Understand the 7 step CAM Workflow
  • Learn how to setup and position a workpiece for machining
  • Know how to easily apply Toolpath Strategies directly to the CAD model in Fusion 360
  • Be able to generate a Setup Sheet and post NC Code to drive a CNC Machine
  • Make changes to the CAD Model to automatically update all CAM Toolpaths
  • Understand how Easy it is To Use Fusion’s Integrated CAD and CAM on the Cloud!

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

Using Inventor DWG Underlay/ANYCAD to your Advantage
Presenter:
Mark Lancaster
Who should attend this session:
Managers, Engineers, Designers
Do you need to place a purchased component in your Inventor model and the vendor only supplied you with a 2D drawing or perhaps a PDF of the design?  Stop over and have lunch with me and I will demonstrate how you can take this information and generate a 3D model of it using the ANYCAD DWG Underlay in Inventor.

Moving from AutoCAD to 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.

Scanning for Product & Factory Design
Presenter:
Jim Swain
Who should attend this session:
Managers, Engineers, Designers
Laser scanning and photogrammetry used to be both expensive and time consuming. With new hardware and software both tools are now available to all of us. In this session we will look at several applications and their workflows so that you can capture existing equipment and product designs and then build from there. These workflows will include documenting existing factory machines and work areas, and getting a solid model from a point cloud.