7 On-Demand Autodesk University 2013 Classes that Govies Shouldn’t Miss

If you weren’t able to make it to Autodesk University 2013 or are looking for a recap of your favorite classes, you can now access hundreds of the AU 2013 classes online. Registration is free and gives you access to on-demand versions of select sessions, handouts, presentations, and more. You can also use the “Find a Class” search tool to drill down to a particular software, industry or subject matter.

Be sure to check them out! In the meantime, here’s our recommendation of seven classes that you won’t want to miss!

1. Lynn Allen’s 60 AutoCAD Tips in 60 Minutes

If you want to learn a plethora of power user tips for AutoCAD, then be sure to watch Cadalyst columnist and Autodesk technical evangelist, Lynn Allen, as she takes you through a whirlwind of productivity techniques that are certain to improve your everyday drawing life. At a tip a minute, you are sure to discover some top secret AutoCAD software features that will remove tedium and boost your ability to meet project deadlines. View the class.

2. CAD and BIM Manager’s Handbook 2013 (or How to be a Better CAD or BIM Manager)

Whether you operate in a CAD or BIM environment, as a manager you need a diverse set of skills. This class, hosted by Cadalyst’s Robert Green, provides tips, tricks, technologies, tools, and strategies to help you better manage your company’s CAD/BIM environment. If you are frustrated by the management aspect of your job, this class gives you the tools to succeed.

Robert covers everything from problem identification, problem solving, user motivation, senior management support, budgeting, training program justification, objection handling and more. This class is product agnostic, so don’t worry about what discipline you support as a CAD manager. View the class.

3. Creating BIM Workflows for Civil Infrastructure Projects

If you’d like to know more about how BIM can be used to augment civil infrastructure projects including road, intersection and bridge design, check out “New Civil BIM Workflows Using InfraWorks, ReCap, and the Infrastructure Design Suite”. The session explains the basics and provides real life examples to show how 3D visualization and modeling software, Autodesk Infraworks (formerly Infrastructure Modeler), aggregates a variety of data including Civil 3D, Revit, 3ds Max, LiDAR, and more to support design and communicate design intent.

4. How to Efficiently Manage and Maintain Assets and Facilities

Presented by Recep Alakus, a GIS administrator with Hume City Council, Australia, this session explains how GIS professionals, asset managers, facilities and infrastructure managers, and CAD managers and users can use a variety of Autodesk tools to efficiently manage and maintain assets and infrastructure without requiring a traditional tabular asset management application. Learn how to set up a network-centric base GIS infrastructure and create and record spatial asset objects. View the class.

5. Train the Trainer, Making CAD Teaching Fun

If you’re a CAD manager or user and are in any way involved in training or teaching peers or new-hires how to use CAD technologies then this class is for you.

Just because you know the technical aspects of CAD, does that mean you are a good instructor? In this class, we look at ways to you make sure your students have confidence that they can use the software after the class is over. Learn how you can get in touch with your students. View the class.

6. Location, Location, Location – How to Bring Satellite Images, Maps and Field Data into AutoCAD Workflows

If you use DWG files in the field, start projects using live map data from Google Maps, or are involved in frequent site visits during the planning, design or construction phases, don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the location-based workflows in AutoCAD 2014. Easily locate your design in the real world just by entering a site address and bring satellite images, maps, and field data directly into AutoCAD.

View the class to find out more about how you can collaborate and connect your office and fieldwork together with AutoCAD desktop, web, and mobile.

7. Understand Advanced Techniques for Managing Building Data in Revit

Collecting and managing building data such as requirements for rooms and equipment is quite a challenge, especially as the project evolves from design through construction, and then as a basis for facility management. BIM, of course, can streamline this entire process. This class explains how Revit-based software can link to external data sources, automate the creation of areas and rooms, create room data sheets, and other graphic and non-graphic processes that complement BIM.  The class goes beyond learning Revit commands and looks at the underlying information requirements of emerging integration in project delivery. View the class.


Caron Beesley