Speaker Sponsor Spotlight (v6)

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!


Dan StineDan Stine
BIM Administrator for LHB Inc

I’ll be teaching two classes. One on Energy modeling and another on Lighting!

My first class is on Autodesk’s energy modeling tools, which are often overlooked. But a lot has changed in the last year, both in Revit and with the advent of the cloud-based Insight 360 tool. I aim to bring the audience up to speed on the “free” opportunities Revit users have at their disposal (well, free if you have Revit on subscription).

My second class is on professional lighting design in Revit using ElumTools. I have done sessions on this before and have even earned a top speaker rating on this topic. However, the ElumTools software has changed a lot, even in the past few months. I will be highlighting many powerful new features such as site lighting and automatic Revit schedule generation.

Overall, I enjoy speaking at RTC because it’s fun! I have presented at RTC on four contents, and just love learning and sharing knowledge with the exceptional group of delegates. This will be my 9th RTC and when done, I will have presented 24 sessions in total. For the conferences in Singapore and Australia, I attended at my own expense (and most of the expense for Ireland as well)! I mention that just to point out that, like me, many attendees are extremely self-motivated and not just taking a vacation at their employer’s expense!

I also believe there are still some really important challenges with regard to implementing and using BIM. In the old days, a CAD technician could jump between disciplines and pick redlines; not saying this was/is ideal, but it could be done when needed. Now it can be a lot more challenging to find staff skilled in the art of BIM. This challenge is not limited to technicians either. I have done training for architects, MEP and structural engineers. But in the end, using BIM is something I find particularly rewarding. When fully committed to the fundaments of BIM, e.g. using Revit on all projects, the benefits are innumerable; energy modelling, lighting design, visualization, cost estimating, virtual reality, clash detection and much more.

So I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone during RTC. RTC is really about meeting people – period. And not just to talk about BIM. I have chatted about everything from biking to keeping “urban” chickens. It is also great to meet people who have used my Revit books – either as an instructor or a student.

Jacob DalboraJacob D’Albora
BIM Coordinator at RPA Design

I’ll be speaking about Enscape and how the this product has transformed my firms’ decision making process.  As clients and users are able to see their space in front of them they get very excited, but they also begin making comments (as they should).  With Enscape we are able to update the model during our meetings and continue to show them the space as they want it. Client sign off has been accelerated and almost eliminating the redesign process.

Some days it’s tough to find people that have the same passion for BIM and technology as I do.  RTC provides an opportunity to meet and speak with equally enthusiastic peers. Teaching in front of my peers that actually understand what I am talking about brings me joy.

So what’s so hard about BIM? Feeling like I’m too far ahead of the curve. Clients like to ask, “Why should I pay for that?” But if you’re not using BIM properly the investment in the information is lost when handed to a client.  Client’s should  be resourcing this data and improving their day to day operations. A lot of firms are creating more and more information in their models, the clients’ need to accept that this will only help them in the future.

Overall, I’m motivated by the beauty of “seeing” a design before construction. Not too long ago, you were waiting hours to days to get a photo-realistic rendering, setting up render farms to pool all of your resources. Today I am able to walk through and virtually experience my BIM model.

Yet RTC isn’t just about technology. It’s about community. Sure – there’s many late nights and long hours. But it’s the time with so many like-minded people and learning from their experiences that makes attending RTC worth the investment.

Steve ShellSteven Shell
Principal/Architect at Steven C. Shell, Architect

A funny thing: I did not know that I was getting into the BIM industry!

I discovered Revit just as Autodesk was acquiring it and I just thought that I was getting into a new and better way to do my job and a really cool way to do my drawings since I was still hand drawing and never used AutoCAD. By the way – I want to point out that I was trained in CAD back in 1983 and it was so painful, it kept me from ever wanting to use it again; however, I knew that there would be a better way to do our work on a computer someday…..I just had to wait for it.

Who would have thought that this little 3D parametric program by Charles River Software would end up being the cornerstone for a whole new revolution or “movement” and be the game changer it has turned out to be? Yet one of the most challenging things for me, other than just doing my job for the past 14 years or so, has been having the patience to wait for the technology and software to get to the point where I can use it easily and be able to have it do what I want it to do.

During one of the early AU’s, I heard Autodesk’s Carl Bass describe how to be on the cutting edge of technology. First, something is ‘impossible’, then it becomes ‘impractical’. At some time, it then becomes ‘possible’ and eventually, ‘expected’ and ultimately, ‘required’. He told us to live in the world of ‘possible’, while always looking over shoulder to see what is coming out of the world of ‘impractical’ so that you could prepare and take advantage of it when it becomes ‘possible’. That is living on the cutting edge of technology. I thought that what he said was shear generous and I have been living this way ever since.

This coolest ‘impractical’ technology which I have been watching and reading about for the past several years is now about to become ‘possible’ is capture technology. Using hand held laser scanning and photo capturing will be the next HUGE piece of the BIM puzzle. I can’t wait to be able to document reality and be able to use that captured data and visuals in my model so that I do not have to rely on a tape measure and I will not be modeling existing conditions the way that I have been for the past 36 years. I also look forward to having the ability to easily convert my photos into 3D parametric models and families so as to have them available to me in Revit.

If all of this isn’t rewarding, then I don’t know what the meaning of “rewarding” is.

However, what I still find challenging is to have our industry, as a whole, change the way we currently do our jobs. Considering the nature of our profession, that may take a while. I look forward to being able to do my drawings to the point where they are simply “Bid Documents” and show the design intent; however, from that point on, the Contractor and Owner will be able to use my model for their uses and not have to re-create all of my work from scratch in order to have the drawings do what they need them to do. In other words, I hate seeing the waste and inefficiency in how we do our job: one person does their drawings, and then the next person looks at them, bids them and then recreates everything from scratch in order to produce their drawings for fabrication or erection. I’m looking forward to a time when the BIM movement will help reduce the unnecessary drawing, redundancy and needless repetition in our industry.

Yet I’m still motivated by the simple things: graphics, graphics and graphics. As long as people are still making the switch and learning to use Revit and I keep hearing that Revit produces ugly drawings, I will keep teaching graphics. But graphics isn’t merely about how something “looks”, it’s about good communication. So I am still very passionate about making our 2D drawings communicate better and look beautiful. Ironically, nothing has changed. I started out hand drawing and I always thought that my drawings were “art”. Autodesk keeps giving us better tools to do that and I keep coming up with unique methods to achieve these goals using only Revit. I still love sharing my ideas and techniques with anybody who wants to listen and learn.

And why RTC? For the same thing every year! I get to see my very cool, smart, funny, creative, goofy, generous, loving, caring, sarcastic, and helpful RTC family friends during RTC conferences. Oh, and the food is usually really good.

Also, I get to hang with Wesley’s minions! You ladies ROCK!

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