Speaker Profile with Dan Stine: No End In Sight for New Topics

Teacher, author and dad Dan Stine opens up about RTC, what he does and where he thinks BIM is heading.

 

How many times you’ve attended an RTC conference (North America and/or elsewhere):

“I have presented at all RTC events in North America and one in Europe. Plus, in addition to Washington DC later this month, I will be speaking at the inaugural Asian event later this year in Singapore. So, at the end of this year it will be 7 RTCs and 18 sessions presented!“

 

What you do (not just your title…what you really do!):

“I provide full-time training and support for a diverse 250 person A/E firm. We design everything from buildings, to bridges, to pipelines. I am also currently overseeing the development of Revit standards and as-built model (Architectural, Structural and MEP) of one of the largest buildings in Minnesota; the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. We also developed the Electrical Productivity Pack sold by CTC. I teach Revit at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in both the Interior Design and Architecture departments. When I am not doing things with my family I spend lots of time writing—I have written ten textbooks. Only four books are on Revit and two are focused on hand sketching!“

 

What is interesting about what you do (what motivates you at both work and play):

“I love teaching. I enjoy seeing staff do amazing things, increase productivity and accuracy with concepts and workflows I helped them learn/understand. Similarly, working with highly motivated college students who what to do crazy things in terms of design is super fun. As I mentioned in a previous RTC blog post, RTC Family Vacation, I have been able to combine RTC and family fun (which included, for example, a road/fairy trip to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff). In fact, my family will be going to Singapore with me!”

 

Where you think design technology is headed in the next 3-5 years (or a more appropriate technology issue of interest to you):

“Looks like everything is going to the cloud… Even though I work at a full service multi-discipline firm, we still deal with external collaboration a lot. I look forward to more robust ways to achieve this. I am also excited about the development around Virtual Reality and Revit. We have had great success, internally and with clients, using Revizto and the Oculus Rift (however, I think my kids may have more time on the Oculus than staff).”

 

Why you attend RTC (what’s the business and personal motivation):

“As I already mentioned, I love teaching. I also love learning new things and with the Revit eco-system there is no end in sight for new topics. RTC is a great venue for this. The networking is second to none as well given the smaller attendance. I have met lots of great people that I keep in regular contact with, including Autodesk staff.“

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