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AU 2020 – Going Virtual

It is that time of year again, seeing old friends that you haven’t seen since last year, bright lights, lots of music, even more walking…yes Autodesk University is in the air! Of course, with it be 2020 nothing will normal and we won’t all be gathered together in Las Vegas next week. This year AU is going virtual, starting Nov. 17th and going until Nov. 20th and it is FREE for everyone! You can still register HERE.

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DoC Event #007 – October 23rd – Revit Data Visualized with Dynamo

Dynamaniacs of Calgary Event #007

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

11:30 am to 1:30 pm in meeting room 0-13 (Level 0)

Calgary Central Library

800 3 St SE, Calgary Alberta T2G 2E7

FREE Registration Here

If you are going to be in Calgary over lunch on October 23rd then sign up for this FREE event to learn about using Dynamo to help visualize your Revit Data.

This will be a fun and informative hands-on lab for Dynamo users of all levels including beginners.

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A Year in Review – 2018 BILT World Tour

Late in 2017, I set a goal for myself to speak at all 4 BILT events in 2018. As I look back on 2018 I’m happy to say I was able to reach my goal and speak at all 2018 BILT Conferences! I can also say that it was way more work than it seemed like it would be in Fall 2017.

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AU 2017 – Submissions are Closed Now it’s Time to Vote!

This year Autodesk University is changing things up a little when it comes to how submissions for AU 2017 are selected. This year they are publishing all 2,257 abstracts that got submitted on or before the May 17th deadline. You can head over the Autodesk University Website to review all submissions and vote for the ones you like here.

Now to be clear – voting isn’t the only means by which submissions get selected for AU 2017 but rather another tool for the selection committee to use in ensuring the best lineup. This can be seen in the verbiage used on the voting page:

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Weekly Roundup – Special Edition – Autodesk University 2016



Another Autodesk University, or AU as we all call it is in the books, and once again it was just me and 10,721 of my closest friends!

I will start by sharing AU2016 by the numbers (at least according to the Autodesk University Website).


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Come Play BIMGO at #AU2016

If you are heading to Autodesk University in Vegas in a few days in (Nov. 15th – 17th) then you want to clear your Tuesday evening schedule so you can come and play BIMGO!!


What is “BIMGO” you ask, well its the BIM version of Bingo of course. The idea is to get a BIMGO card and keep track of the words said during the BIMThoughts podcast recording. As words on your card are said you mark them off, extra points if you have a Bingo dauber…


or a lucky troll.


The game will take place during a special AU recording of the BIMThoughts Podcast at the Enscape Booth (2763) in the exhibition hall. The recording will take place Tuesday, Nov. 15th starting @ 6:30 pm and going to about 7:10 pm. After all the BIMGO fun is over, we will move the party over to the IMAGINiT Booth (2917) where the prizes will be drawn and awarded @ 8:00 pm.

All you need to play is a business card (used for draws later) and to be at the Enscape booth by 6:30 on Tuesday to get your BIMGO card.

The BIMGO cards are limited so show up early to not miss out on all the fun!


BIMGO is sponsored by the great folks at:

See you all there on Tuesday!


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Architectural, AU, AU 2016, Autodesk, BIM, BIM Events, Dynamo, FormIt, FormIt 360, Labs, Revit, Revit 2017, Revit Training, Tips & Tricks

AU 2016 Registration Opens Aug. 17th – Here Are Some Class Options


The registration for this year’s University is set to open on August 17th, and when it does you will have a ton of classes to choose from in all sorts of disciplines and software. I thought I would help out with the selection process by suggesting a few classes from this year’s course catalog.

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When does 22 = 4? Why At Autodesk University 2016 of Course


The AU 2016 acceptance emails came out at the end of last week and I was lucky enough to receive one again this year! I was surprised, maybe even a little shocked, to read that I had been accepted for 4 sessions! Maybe I got 4 because AU classes are divided into four types: Instructional Demo, Hands-on Lab, Roundtable, and Industry Talk and I have a class for each type.

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FormIt Friday Episode 11: Friday 12/18! With Carl Storms


UPDATE: Video from this FormIt Friday now live – Link at bottom of this post

I am honoured and excited to have been asked to share some of what I talked about at AU 2015 a few weeks ago in Vegas with all the FormIteers on the last FormIt Friday of 2015.

This is going to be a recap session of what I did at AU, as well as a chance to talk about some of the class feed back. As well as getting to spend a little time to focus on some things that there just wasn’t enough time to fit in at AU.

Here are all the details from the FormIt 360 Blog.

FormIt Friday Episode 11: Friday 12/18! With Carl Storms!

Hi Everyone – We’re getting close to closing out 2015 and we want to have one more FormIt Friday to send the year off in style.

We’ve been lucky enough to make the acquaintance of power user Carl Storms. (aka the BIMsider) He led not one, but by popular demand, TWO AU sessions of his cleverly and aptly titled session: “FormIt + Revit = bye bye SketchUp’. Obviously the class resonated with many attendees and he’s agreed to share his knowledge with those who didn’t attend AU.

You can register by clicking the link below

FormIt Friday #11 – Friday Dec. 18th – 10:00 am – 11:00 am MST (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST)

If you are interested in seeing a full version of my AU class: “Revit + FormIt = Bye Bye SketchUp” I will be doing it one more time in January at the IMAGINiT Online BIM User Group – January 12, 2016 1:30 – 3 PM Eastern Time

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Here is the information about what my AU class was all about:

  • Topic: Revit + FormIt = Bye Bye SketchUp!
  • Class Summary: For years there has been a conceptual massing part of Revit that would allow designers to do many of the things they can do in SketchUp inside of Revit directly, but this has never really caught on and designers keep returning to SketchUp for ease of use. Now with the help of FormIt you can take your project from conceptual design all the way to construction documents with these two connected products without having to leave the .RVT file format. You can begin the conceptual design in FormIt and once the design is settled continue the working drawings process inside Revit. There is also the added benefit of being able to work on FormIt on your iPad or on any computer in a web based version, this allows for anytime anywhere design to happen. FormIt also has a feature that allows real time team collaboration on a design. This means the multiple members of a team can be simultaneously working on the same file from different locations, and different FormIt platforms.
  • Class Length: 60 Minutes
  • Class Type: Instructional Demo
  • Instructor: Carl Storms – Senior Applications Expert, IMAGINiT Technologies (yup its me!)

You can download the PDF of the class Handout and PowerPoint by clicking the Dropbox link below.


Here is a link to the Video from FormIt Friday Episode 11 (from the FormIt YouTube page).

FormIt Friday Episode 11 with Carl Storms!


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