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Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Autodesk University Day One

What a first day we’ve had at Autodesk University!

The day started early for me as I had a 6.30am conference call back to the UK but once that was over it was time to make our way over to the Mandalay Convention Centre. Luckily we got there just in time to grab a quick cup of tea and a muffin:

The first session on my agenda was all about integrating AutoCAD Electrical with Autodesk Vault to manage 2D electrical projects. Vault is very intelligent when it comes to working with AutoCAD Electrical and just by checking the electrical project file (.wdp) all of the associated DWG files are automatically checked into Vault and can be revision controlled using the tools inside of Vault. Where it gets even more exciting is when you start to use the tools inside of Vault Manufacturing to manage the electrical Bill of Materials. Vault Manufacturing will automatically read all of the intelligent component data that has been inserted as footprint into the electrical project or drawing to create an itemised bill of materials that can be associated with other 2D, 3D and non-CAD data!

After a quick visit to the Autodesk Manufacturing Lounge (below) on the third floor it was time to follow the thousands of other AU 2009 attendees for the main stage presentations that were given by Autodesk Evangelist Lynn Allen, Autodesk CEO Carl Bass and Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalski. There were also two very special guests that gave amazing presentations in their field of expertise.
Amory Lovins gave a very compelling presentation on how Whole System Design can revolutionise the way that manufacturers can save money and be green by thinking about optimising the whole design and the integrated systems rather than just individual parts.

Jon Landau
, Producer of the soon to be released movie Avatar presented how Autodesk Media & Entertainment tools gave Avatar Director James Cameron the ability to visualise the characters and set using a virtual camera that shows character and scene animation in real time.

After having lunch with 6000 others (it was very difficult trying to get someone to pass the salt!) it was off to a sneak peak of the next release of Autodesk Inventor. Unfortunately I can’t tell you about anything that we saw but..........

The final session of the day for me was a very timely one as it was all about the newly released Autodesk Inventor Publisher, what a great tool this is and one that is really going to help take a lot of the time and effort away from producing technical manuals. If you didn’t see it, have a read of my earlier article about Inventor Publisher and download it for free from Autodesk Labs.
Some of the classes are just finishing off and the Autodesk University 2009 Exhibition will shortly be open where some of the event sponsors will be exhibiting their technology so I think I’m going to have a wander down there to see what’s on show.

Thanks for reading, will keep you updated on tomorrows activity on here and on Twitter.