Speaker Sponsor Spotlight (v5)

Being a speaker at RTC takes dedication above and beyond. In my experience, it takes a minimum of 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’s the Who’s Who of Dedication? Read on to find out – and then register today to come and meet your industry peers!

Kate MorricalKate Morrical
Digital Design Manager at Silman

I’ve always considered software conferences to be a little like group therapy. There aren’t many places where you can describe how frustrated you are by an obscure quirk of a program and have a dozen people respond, “I know! Me too!”

But the best part about conferences like RTC is that this isn’t where the conversation ends. The next phrase you’re likely to hear after “me too!” is “…and this is how I fixed it!” Put together enough of your own fixes, and you too can be an expert presenter. That’s why I’m speaking on Modeling Existing Structures in Revit. It’s something our firm does a lot of, and we’ve learned a lot about what to do…and what not to do. At Silman, we believe that knowledge should be shared–and since speakers also get to attend sessions, I’m looking forward to being on the other side of the knowledge sharing too.

My second-favorite part of being a speaker is when someone says to me after a class, “I didn’t know <some fact> before. I’m going to put that to use in the office right away.” But my favorite is when somebody says “You know, we had that same challenge, and we solved it completely differently…” Because that means we both learn something. And that’s why I like speaking at RTC.

Jim MarcheseJim Marchese
BIM Lead at Stantec

I’m co-presenting a course with Robert Manna called “WTF Would You Model That For?” Using a number of case studies, we will discuss the changing methods of information delivery in the era of BIM and how project teams address challenges and opportunities that arise.

I’m motivated to speak at RTC because this is a one-of-a-kind conference where seemingly larger than life ideas can be exchanged and still be implemented in a scalable way when you’re back at the office. One of the challenges of BIM is finding the sweet spot between big promises and real-world execution. How do you get people excited about using technology that rarely highlights projects like tenant fit-outs and operating room renovations? By establishing a plan with teams and helping them to improve collaboration, coordination, and implementation. The really exciting part is when you take that experience and begin to roll it out on every project that comes through the door. That is a true measure of success.

Carl StormsCarl Storms
Senior Applications Expert  at IMAGINiT Technologies

This year I’m doing my first Lab, as well as an updated version of my 25 Add-ins class from last year’s RTCNA. I will be talking about Dynamo in the lab, and really trying to get the point across that anyone can do it. If you are looking for a Dynamo lab that ANYONE can take part in, then you have found it! For me I like the challenge of coming up with a session that others will want to attend, and hopefully leaving after having learned a little something and had some fun while doing it.

IMO the biggest challenge I’m constantly running into is the “Silo” effect that so many firms fall into once they make the move to BIM. BIM really does work better when everyone is on the same page from day one and truly comments to collaboration. I believe this because I spend so much of my time training others about BIM and BIM software, it’s that moment when I see that they get “it”. When no matter what software I’m teaching, at the end of the class the students are truly excited about how this new knowledge is going to improve their day to day workflow.

Overall, I look forward to everything about RTC: the sessions are always great, as are the social events, and I always seem to learn about something new in the exhibit hall. But I think the biggest thing is meeting up with friends old and new that I only see at RTC every year…and the Glorious Gadgets! Got to have me some Glorious Gadgets!


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