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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!

2eb86e3Timon Hazell
Sr. BIM Engineer at  Silman

Ever since attending my first RTC and learning from such a collaborative environment, I have wanted to share. There is a spark at this conference and I was gaining so much. So I set a goal to speak and give back.

RTC has a communal spirit. Not only do people come with an incredible level of knowledge, but they present themselves in a very humble and approachable way.  There is something special about RTC that brings Revit enthusiasts, experts and beginners, together.

When such an enthusiastic group is brought together, not only do we thrive, we also seek to make things just a little better when we realize we are not on this path alone.  I’m presenting case studies  that discuss how BIM was used for complex canopies. Changes, changes and more changes while setting up our models and cross-platform processes to adapt and handle so many changes.

How did we succeed? Teaser: we snuck a Rhino <> Revit workflow session into RTC!

Overall, I’ve learned that working  with BIM can be incredibly challenging. New tools and constant development are being processed to handle so many of the challenges we face. And it’s important to keep a finger on the pulse of change.

So when I think about creating models or training, I like to keep in mind that we are not just modeling, we are “virtual builders.” If it doesn’t make sense to the designers, there will probably be questions or RFI’s later on. This is a challenge as the AEC industry has been going through an enormous shift. Yet BIM brings about an ever evolving shift in the way we process information. This is a challenge and a beautiful thing: to not only watch the world change before our eyes, but to be that change.

I look forward to sharing our process and learning from others too.  It’s a great environment and we would love for you to join us.

13d1bb1Aaron Vorwerk, AIA, NCARB, EIT, LEED AP BD+C
Sr. Technical Sales Specialist for Architecture, Engineering & Construction at Autodesk, Inc.

I see RTC as a gathering of the best and brightest BIM minds (representing leading firms) around the world. I am passionate about what I do, and so are my industry peers at RTC. So I see it as a privilege to attend and an honor to present.

I’ll be covering many of the new features across the Building Design Suites in my  session. My colleague Scott Davis and I will conduct this session tag-team style! It will be a fast-paced overview of all flavors of Revit AND the new companion product features.

Later on, I’ll jump in and co-present in Scott’s session on BIM 360 Docs.

Without question, the highlight of RTC for me is the opportunity to see familiar faces and meet new ones across the AEC industry as the RTC “family” continues to grow. Looking forward to speaking with so many of you during and after classes!

MarkSMark Schmieding AIA, LEED AP
 Director, BIM Applications at Goettsch Partners

I’m looking forward to discussing the “fit and finish” that needs to occur after you’ve got Revit going in most of the office. So many people are eager to pick up Revit and run with it! But what about the rest? You know, those hangers-on who won’t let their favorite piece of software go and try a new – and demonstratively better – way to work.

I think there’s a few important ways to make sure projects get started as soon as possible in Revit. First of all –  you have to make this an enjoyable transition. But getting people to use Revit is really about trying to change people’s behavior. Easy for some – but amid tough and incredibly talented personalities (such as senior designers and technical leaders) it’s quite a challenge. So I’m looking forward to presenting my techniques and open the floor for discussion from others who have found different ways to get resisters on the bandwagon.

Overall, speaking at RTC gives me a unique chance to formulate my ideas on “paper” and present them to my industry peers for discussion for validation. RTC also gives me ‘street cred’ and helps me feel more integrated as a contributor to RTC.

But RTC is also a lot of fun! Sure – finding out about new techniques and products that help me and my office is great. But seeing my Revit peeps and catching up from last year’s RTC is a total bonus!

Scott CScott Chatterton
BIM and Quality Control Manager at HDR International

I’ll be discussing unique processes and procedures to address a variety of challenges on large, complex building projects. My specific project is a case study from the Vancouver-based BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital. This was an enormously complex, $680 million project delivered by public-private partnership (P3). I’ll be presenting the pitfalls and lessons learned that can be replicated on any project, regardless of size or scope.

I’m motivated to speak at RTC in the hope that sharing my knowledge in the hope that it helps people improve how they tackle projects and manage their BIM teams. Getting everyone on board – especially the client (as the one participant in the project who really benefits the most from BIM) – is the biggest challenge. But also the most rewarding when it happens. In the end, the key to success is working with passionate, experienced people who “see the light” and are willing to work together for the benefit of the project.

And yet RTC isn’t merely about BIM. It’s also about catching up with industry leaders a wealth of knowledge and being able to see if I’m on the right track with my approach to BIM!

Dat LeinDat Lien
President at Axoscape

Axoscape believes the industry as a whole can benefit tremendously from Building Information Modeling and to that end, we are on a mission to help as many architects, designers, engineers and contractors as possible achieve the goal of BIM adoption either by providing production services, consulting or training. Speaking at RTC will definitely help us spread the word.

Xavier Loayza and I will be speaking about photogrammetry.  Photogrammetry is the science of turning pictures into point clouds, meshes and orthographic projections – big words! But photogrammetry has come a long way in a short time! Depending on what you’re trying to achieve, photogrammetry could be a great supplement to laser scanning, not to mention less expensive and even fun.

The best part about the photogrammetry process is that it allows us to get outside and see the world from the perspective of a UAV. I’ve been flying remote control model planes since I was a kid and this process allows me to have the best of both worlds. But this is serious work though, and there are increasing regulations to be aware of however the results are nothing short of amazing. So I encourage you to come check out our session if you’re into taking pictures at high altitudes and playing with flying toys.

We had a great time last year and look forward to continued interaction with the RTC community. People that we’ve met (like our new friends from Australia) would not be possible if not for RTC. Seeing the local sites was also a plus as last year’s Friday evening function at the U.S. Postal Museum was a awe inspiring experience!

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