I had the pleasure recently of being asked by Autodesk to present on their COBie Extension for Revit and Classification Manager for Revit at a conference. We have close ties to these tools and present on them a lot so this seemed pretty standard for us, until we figured out where the conference was. I had to dust off my passport, because it was time to head to Denmark for BILT Europe 2017.
The BILT (formerly RTC) conferences are some of our favorites over here at CADD. They are always well planned, the attendees are all just on the right side of nerdy, and the sessions are excellent. To top it off, it turns out that Denmark is the birthplace of Lego, and like many architects and designers out there, Lego is embedded into my DNA.
I flew into Billund with a day to burn and as if planets aligned, it turns out that the week before the conference, the recently complete Lego House was open for business. I spent a whole afternoon experiencing the architecture, trying out the exhibits, and just sucking in the mix of fun, design, and technology.
Turns out that was an outstanding appetizer for BILT itself. It’s always exciting to share knowledge with willing participants, but for me, it’s even better to learn something new. And spending time meeting, talking with, and learning from industry folks in a completely different country was eye-opening in terms of what they need and how they do things.
Some issues are definitely universal (I’m looking at you, coordinates in Revit), but there is certainly items that were a different focus compared to the users in the States. I learned a ton about IFC. Back home, IFC is mainly mentioned in passing. Turns out across the Atlantic, it’s treated more like a religion, and I had some excellent sessions with its strongest preachers. Data is stressed far more in the BIM lifecycle, and that was exciting to work and learn from folks who have been designing in a data focused workflow.
Turns out, the Venn diagram of Lego fans and design technology nerds has a pretty large overlap, so if you find yourself in Denmark, be sure to swing by Billund for a day, and if you find yourself near a BILT conference, be sure to attend.
Jason is the Senior Practice Manager for Architecture and Engineering at CADD Microsystems where he heads up a team of like-minded individuals who are passionate about design and technology and making them work together. He has worked both in front of and behind the monitor in the AEC industry for over 20 years beginning his career as an architectural designer, but quickly discovering a passion and knack for technology. He migrated to the IT support world, applying that passion to help architects and engineers leverage technology in new and exciting ways, and save time in the process. He is one of the founders of RevitRVA, a Revit user group in the central Virginia area, and has a wide array of knowledge and experience with both software and hardware to help companies improve their processes and work more effectively.
Join us on the Road
Our next stop is Autodesk University in Las Vegas on November 14 -16, 2017! Now in its 25th year, Autodesk University (AU) is a great opportunity for professionals from the architecture, design, manufacturing, and media industries to learn from Autodesk and industry experts, as well as share tips on using and getting the most out of the software. This year, presenters from our team of experts at CADD include Donnie Gladfelter, Jason Kunkel, and Purvi Gandhi Irwin.