AU2013 Diary 2 – Adam Ward

More from Adam Ward at Autodesk University, sore heads and all…



After only 3 hours sleep I dragged myself out of bed and headed down for a quick grab and go breakfast before heading to my first class of the day.


FM2298: From BIM to Facilities Lifecycle Management

One area I’ve been focusing on recently is Facilities Management and Operation, so thought this class would be useful. The class showed how the BIM data can be utilised upstream and discussed what information is required for this purpose. The presentation was in the form of a case study on Indiana University Health’s Riley Hospital for children. Although a good class, it did not cover some of the technical aspects I had hoped it would.


CM1640: IFC – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I wasn’t going to attend this class as I had already attended it at BIM Show Live last year, however the class I was supposed to be attending turned out to be rubbish(!) so sneaked out and headed over to this class instead. Very pleased I did as it was an improved and updated version of the one I previously attended.


The class looked at both the good and the bad aspects of IFC from not only a format perspective but from a software perspective. Three presenters, each with expertise in different software packages (Revit, Bentley AECOSIM and Archicad) gave their work on IFC and their findings.



Rob Jackson (@BondbryanBIM) telling it how it is


The message was that the IFC file format itself isn’t the problem – sure it has problems but most problems we hear about IFC is the software vendors’ implementation of the IFC schema or user misunderstanding of IFC.


As one of the most vocal haters of IFC, in recent years I’ve changed my opinion and I now work with it almost daily. I do wish this class was available to me a few years ago as it would have been invaluable.


I then headed for lunch and re-united with Paul, who was also attending the same class as me for the next session.


MA1514: Hands-on with 360 Fusion

This was a hands-on lab on Autodesk Fusion 360 – Autodesk’s design and fabrication cloud based tool (think inventor in a web browser).


Paul getting hands-on with Fusion 360


While the hands-on session was good, the thing about Fusion 360 that stood out for me was the collaboration approach implemented by Autodesk. Because its application is cloud based, the models themselves can also be hosted in the cloud. The clever bit was that full versioning, sharing and collaborative working was achieved in a Facebook style feed that pulls everything together. It’s hard to explain the power of this until you see it in action but it is definitely the future, and I can’t wait until Revit has such features.


After the Fusion 360 class, I headed for one of the NDA sessions I was invited to. These NDA sessions are where Autodesk invite you to have a look at some of the cool technology they are developing and an opportunity to give feedback. Unfortunately because of the content these sessions are covered by a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) and I can’t talk about what I’ve seen. What I can say is this session was on Autodesk Revit and Collaboration.


The last class I was supposed to be attending was on substation design in Autodesk Inventor. Not any relevance to me and no idea why it was in my schedule so I skipped it and went for a walk around the exhibitor hall instead.







In the evening we headed to the 2013 CASE party which is always a must-do after party. This year they stepped up their game and as well as a free bar, there was a mechanical bull and drinking games!  Dr Dave, Paul and I had a few beers before Paul headed off to bed for an early night, shortly followed by myself. The lack of sleep and hangover feeling from the night before had taken its toll and we decided to recharge ready for the next day – Dr Dave however was holding up the fort still going strong late into the night!


Paul finally got his CASE T-shirt