Autodesk University Classes Online Through 12/19!

RPC Trees shown in a Project Scene during Autodesk CEO Carl Bass's Opening Remarks at AU2011

Autodesk University (AU) opening session is always exciting. You learn about upcoming innovations related to design, software and the industry and hear from industry movers and shakers. It kicks off a multi-day conference filled with labs, instruction classes, TED-like presentations and more for users of AutoCAD, Revit, 3ds Max, Inventor, Navisworks and other Autodesk products. If you missed AU or simply want to refresh, check out the AU Virtual options through December 19.

Access AU Virtual 2011 Online
There are hundreds of classes available during the three day event and it is impossible to see all the ones you want. Autodesk provides online versions of many classes for free through December 19. This is a perfect opportunity to see what you missed or refresh on what you saw. Autodesk University Virtual (AU Virtual) offers a multitude of classes focused on workflow, BIM, rendering, tips and tricks from experts in the industry. To gain access to register for free at AU 2011

Autodesk University 2011: Expect to SEE and Learn a Lot

Autodesk University: Expect to SEE and Learn a Lot

At the end of this month, Autodesk University will convene in Las Vegas, November 28 – December 1. This annual event is a great networking, learning and certification opportunity for both end users and software developers. Hundreds of classes will be available live and many are also offered online. For complete details visit: Autodesk University 2011

Several ArchVision partners and friends will be exhibiting and/or attending this year. We encourage you to stop by and learn about their technologies. For a complete list of exhbitors, click here.

ArchVision will be available to meet with customers one on one. To schedule a time with a member of the ArchVision team, please email Dee Fife, dfife at

Tweet about Autodesk University 2011: #au2011

RPC Sightings Happen Everyday

RPC Sightings happen everyday around the world, including Lexington, KY, USA. While walking to the office, one of our senior developers spotted a project site development billboard featuring RPC Content. Very cool!

Share your RPC sightings with us on Facebook, Twitter, or our Blog.

Well Designed Arenas, Stadiums and Ballparks Add to the Experience

FIFA Women’s World Cup is in full swing. Yesterday, Team USA pulled out a win over Brazil at Dresden Germany’s Rudolf-Harbig Stadium. The match was AWESOME — and from an architectural perspective the facilities sports teams use today are awesome.

HKS, AECOM, NBBJ, Populous, Foster + Partners and HOK are some of the more widely known architectural firms of record for larger sports venues around the globe. Creating renderings and animations to share with client, community and other stakeholders is standard procedure. HKS Sports & Entertainment Group designed Dallas Cowboys Stadium marketing video above, showcases the stadium-experience-to-be and demonstrates how RPC Content can be effectively integrated into renderings and animations.

Looking forward to the rest of the World Cup matches! Wednesday’s round features France v USA and Japan v Sweden. GO USA!

YouTube Video Tutorials Can Help Streamline Your Workflow

Seth Godin posted a short and sweet blog entry today: “Time for a Workflow Audit.” No matter the project, taking the time to streamline your workflow benefits everyone involved.

In the case of RPC, video tutorials provide a way to learn how to fast track your workflow. In addition to a series of ArchVision video tutorials, user generated videos abound on blogs and YouTube in a variety of languages. Application partners also publish useful RPC-centric video tutorials, including: Autodesk ADN, Autodessys formZ, Piranesi and others.

Here’s a great example of an available RPC video tutorial:

Do you have tips and tricks to help streamline workflow? We invite you to share them with us.

User Spotlight: Insight Architectural Group

Last month, we showed you a project using RPCs that was led by architectural powerhouse HOK. While virtually every Top 250 Architecture Firms uses our software, we also have great relations with firms that focus on servicing local and regional projects and clients.

As many of you know, I spend quite a bit of time interacting with our users. I’m always here to help users troubleshoot and ensure the RPC workflow is “flowing.” Every time I speak with our users, I am always impressed by the vast depth of projects that include RPCs.

Last week, Architect Stephen Helmey of Insight Architectural Group in Hendersonville, Tennessee shared some project work: a proposed Student Services and Classroom building and several national Subaru dealership visualization projects. In practice in Tennessee since 1980, Stephen has a Master of Architecture from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Having worked in the 3D industry for more than 20 years now, his range of project experience is diverse. Here are a few samples of his recent project work:

The Subaru dealership shown is part of a national account. The use of RPC Trees and Shrubs help convey the desired look. The below project, completed using Revit Architecture, is part of a proposal for a university student center.

How a Trip to Nepal Sparked Conversations about BIM…

Earlier this year, I took off on a trip with friends to Nepal. One of my longtime friends, who resides abroad, was able to join us. He was excited to take a break from the reality of never-ending construction, growth and the finance world of Singapore. He’d recently finished up a contract with the impressive AEC endeavor Marina Bay Sands Casino.

I was looking forward to the Nepal adventure almost as much as I was to catch up on what life is like Singapore vis a vis its explosive growth. Singapore itself is an amalgamation of cultures and it is a wonder (from an outside perspective) that the work ethic and culture is so singularly focused on the betterment of the state. In that vein, productivity and outcome are critical to success. My friend described the process of managing the massiveness of the overall project – “the data and the specifications” and communicating it out to engineers, designers, vendors, marketing and his area of expertise: finance. BIM technology saved the project money and time.

Once we landed, we left the realities of work behind for the surrealism of Nepal and its awe inspiring lands.

Catching up on some blogs today put Singapore back on the radar. BIM expert Phil Read’s recent blog post ‘Revit In The Classroom’ showcases Singapore’s investment in BIM in higher education (Singapore’s Polytechnic Institute Student Projects) . It was nice to see RPC Content featured in student projects and it was a reminder that the use of BIM technology is fast becoming the standard even in this remote island nation. (Autodesk’s Phil Bernstein offered some Singapore BIM insights in his May 11 blog post: Questions of Productiveness, Here and Abroad).

Next week one of the most relevant AEC conferences, the Revit Technology Conference North America 2011 will be held. If you can’t work it into your schedule, I encourage you to follow some of its founders and speakers for BIM insights and industry trends.

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