Speaker Sponsor Spotlight (v3)

Prepping for RTC is no modest task. In my experience, it takes ~ 40 hours to create both handout and presentation for a one hour session. On top of that, you need to practice your presentation multiple times for consistency and flow. Present your session well, and you’ll be roundly praised! Do it poorly and you’ll have face-planted in front of hundreds of industry peers.

Consider that these forty-plus hours has to come from outside work hours. Late nights, weekends and more. Who has time for this?  Read on!

Aubrey TuckerAubrey Tucker
Regional BIM Lead for Stantec Architecture

I’m speaking about advanced scheduling and virtual reality workflows that require little software. I’m motivated to speak at RTC because it encourages me to continue pushing on new innovative ways of working. The most challenging particularity with BIM is getting people to use the quintessential tools of BIM because it’s specifically not drafting a lot of the time.

I find the knowledge BIM imparts on those savvy with the process is incredible because it’s about how buildings and software come together. I look forward to the mind blowing experience of everyone else’s presentations – always an exciting part of my calendar!

Laura KeyserLaura Keyser
Architect for HH Architecture

It’s one thing to understand the inner workings of a piece of software as complex as Revit with a workflow that can be equally as challenging to manage on a day-to-day basis.  However, developing methods to effectively document and distribute that knowledge with others can sometimes be an equally daunting task.  Having discussed this very topic with fellow colleagues at RTC in previous years, it seemed like an appropriate idea for a session at this year’s event.

The topic may not be as glamorous as other sessions at the conference, but it’s been my experience that having good training materials in an office gives a Revit Manager/BIM Manager/Office Guru time to explore the more advanced features in Revit that are presented in those other sessions.  We’ll be looking at the obvious, such as good starting points for support documentation, as well as the less obvious, such as training materials for non-Revit users.  I have developed support documentation in both a large and a small office, so I hope to be able to share my experiences from both ends of the spectrum to the wide audience at RTC.

After missing RTC last year (even though it was practically in my backyard at the time!), I’m looking forward to catching up with familiar faces.  I always find that the most useful tidbit I learn from the conference comes from a conversation that I just have in passing with someone during lunch or an evening social event.  At RTC, it’s always nice to know that you’re surrounded by people who have the same passion for Revit and BIM as you do.

Norbert HowellNorbert A. Howell
Manager, 3D+ Information Modeling Group for Gannett Fleming, Inc.

I’m pleased to be presenting how to create a usable Revit Graphic Column Schedule.  Two of our structural engineers challenged me after I told them don’t ever say Revit “can’t” do something, tell me what you want to accomplish with Revit and we’ll find a way to do it.  After showing our engineers Revit “can do it” I thought there have to be more engineers that have this same need. So why not submit a class to RTC! I am honored to be accepted as a first time speaker at RTC and share my experience.

Having been in the AEC industry for over 30 years and seeing BIM grow up has been truly rewarding.  In my various roles throughout my career I’ve had the pleasure (and sometimes challenge) of teaching engineers, architects, and technical staff how to use CAD and BIM software.  To see the software develop and mature has always amazed me, but to have people I have taught and mentored embrace BIM and Revit and to really use it and push it warms my heart, one of the true joys of being a “teacher”.

On the flip side, my biggest frustration with BIM is seeing and hearing people say they use BIM but all they are doing is making nice 3D models and pretty pictures. They forget what the “I” stand for.  I believe we all face the challenge of the BIM paradigm shift, it requires us to look at things differently and we have to accept the fact that BIM/Revit does not work like AutoCAD.

I’m attending RTC for the first time and solely focused on Revit, which is really exciting! I’m not only looking forward to meeting people that share this common interest in BIM but learning from them too!

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