AU is Coming! AU is Coming!!! ( like Charlie Brown’s “the Great Pumpkin”)
I will be trying to push to the top of the AU Journalist food chain this year. I love it!! BUT, in order for me to interview the best classes and best instructors, you need to VOTE for your favorites!!!
There are numerous great speakers and classes every year. But let’s say you are new to the scene; perhaps you don’t know many of these people or the subject matter is new.
Let me take you on a tour, and possibly make a few suggestions along the way. I’m not telling you whom to vote for, NO!. Merely suggesting that you give them a good look, so as to limit the number of sleeper classes you may run into.
BE CAREFUL, you cannot change a AU Class votes (or upgrade) once cast.
The AEC crowd
No one is as well known in the Civil circuit as James Wedding. His no-nonsense approach to Civil 3D and design will give you tried and true methods of successfully utilizing the tools from Autodesk.
The Cad Geek. Donnie just finished his latest AutoCAD book “no experience required”, and has a wealth of knowledge in the AutoCAD and Civil subjects. Charismatic style should make for some of the most popular classes this year.
great presenter, quite skilled in a variety of subjects, and his classes are quite informative.
great presenter, his class last year went very well
I don’t know of a more sought after speaker than Angel (except Ms. Allen). His classes are always packed. You’d think after this kind of advertisement, I could get a reserved seat. hint hint
One of my associates that have a great personality and work with a knowledgeable team. I would schedule his class in as well.
You want BIM, well you got it. Malcolm is an experienced ISD Application specialist with ImaginIt Canada.
That’s right Elvis. Elvis works for Ascent and has a lot of experience. He is one of those guys that made my trip last year a real success. I’ll be writing up some of his classes this year, and seeing how things go for him.
A very well known figure in the Autodesk realm. She is a well respected technical editor, and has a good sense of humor.
You gotta hand it to Curt. When there is a niche to fill, he’s right in there. Social branding is increasingly important in our technical world. The KungFu Drafter will throw down some insights on how to make the best of it.
Brian is part of the online design community. This may be his first year as a presenter at AU. I think he has something to offer, and would like to give him a chance to show us what he’s got.
You will not fall asleep in Matt’s classes. Matt seriously knows AutoCAD, and Certification. Definitely check out his classes.
Chris is an API pro that has a lot of knowledge packed in his head. Let’s give him the opportunity to get some out.
I was gonna add a seventh proposal, and do a surfacing class, but felt I had too many out, and the competition would be pretty heavy. Look whose doing surfacing class. The field to finish class might just pay for the day at AU. I’d like to be at that lecture.
Peter has been around quite a while, and is deep in the inner workings of Civil at Autodesk, and never without a smile. This class should be great.
No name is more synonymous with the AutoCAD API than Kean. If you need .NET, this is the first stop.
This is the guy that did the underground corridors. He is the Corridor link king. If you need Assembly and Corridor help, this guy should present a wealth of knowledge.
Steve is a Vis specialist, with an eye for the rub between CADD users and Autodesk. The king of Design Poll Taking should have a great twist on anything he brings to the table (and between class chats should be quite interesting too).
Generally known to be a knowledgeable individual in many subjects.
Very active in the Civil design community, Matthew’s classes should prove to be good.
Software Development at Avatech. His class should be informative.
The AutoCAD LT guru. If you are interested in LT, these classes should be worth planning in.
I don’t know Mark personally, but he is the former President of AUGI, and has a hard focus on CADD Management and Leadership. If these are topics you want to get a grip on, I suspect he’s one to see.
Shaan gets his own category because no one really knows what Shaan does. He just talks about everything Autodesk. No one better to teach this kind of class.
Nancy is the overlord of the ATC. If there is something she knows, it is Certification. She is an engaging speaker; she could talk about rocks and it would still be a fun class.
The Manufacturing bunch
I generally don’t need a certification prep class anymore, but I still try and attend Dan’s class. I have never seen anything so well tied to the tests as his presentation. If you will take the test at AU, go right after this class. If you understand what he is going over, you WILL pass the test. It will be that good. (Due to recent changes in Autodesk policy, I can no longer say whether Dan is, or is not part of the certification planning process.)
Kevin is the emerging technology guru. I apologize to anyone whose class I may miss during Kevin’s sessions. I will be there. I hope they have a substitute speaker for my class if it is at the same time (it’s a joke, I’m just kidding AU, really).
Rob is one of the Autodesk Manufacturing solution Evangelists, and his name (and face) have become synonymous with Inventor. His Youtube video count is going up faster that the national debt. He is known for enjoyable deliveries and being able to deliver large quantities of information is short periods of time. I will not likely miss Robert’s class. Did anyone know his name was Robert?
My buddy Mark seems like a run of the mill cad nerd, but his skill and knowledge of the industry will shock you. His classes should be awesome, and I don’t recommend missing them.
Jay is part of the Technical Marketing team and knows his stuff. His class should have some insights and innovations that will make the lecture time well worth it.
You’ve probably seen his webcasts. I got the opportunity to finally met him this spring, and I can say he is as enjoyable to listen to in person as are his webcasts.
Peter is embedded deep in the simulation inner workings at Autodesk. I saw him twice last year, and don’t intend to miss any of his classes this time either.
His class was very helpful this year. He ha a great stage personality, so these should all be fun labs.
Brian is part of the Autodesk Manufacturing team. He should bring a good vault presentation forward.
He did the Mechatronics class that I missed last year, which was rather unfortunate. Thom is well known in the Autodesk Education department, and his classes should be good.
Check out Gager’s titles…’that’s crazy talk’ I’m going to that one!
Sam is doing a bit on Publisher. Hmmm so is someone else I know. Anyway, Sam should deliver good class, so go to both!
His Showcase class last year went very well. I only wish that he would present it again.
Another knowledgeable person. I am looking forward to attending his lab.
I enjoyed his Rollin’s class last year. High intensity speaker. I interviewed him during lunch, and it went like the class. Fast paced and a lot of info.
Sunith has been writing tech articles for some time. I wish the class was live.
I don’t know Jonathan personally, but he was the winner of the book contest this spring. He works for Ketiv, and they usually don’t turn out idiots. No pressure Jonathan 🙂 Besides, BIM and Inventor is always a good sounding class.
You should know about Wasim, the author of the book I gave away this spring. ‘Up and Running with Autodesk Inventor Simulation’. This will likely be a pretty cool class.
And some oddball named John Evans 🙂
I mention these people because there is still some odd chance that AU could slip some of these in last minute. Keep your eyes open.
Dana classes could not be found. She has always had a super popular class, and it will be a shame not to have her this year. [throat clearing cough] I SAID IT WOULD BE A SHAME NOT TO ATTEND HER CLASS THIS YEAR!!! […still nothing…?]
She worked feverishly last year to keep Certification moving smoothly. If that will be similar this year, you may get to see her in Nancy Tremblay’s class.
She does so many speaking engagements throughout AU, that it will be unlikely to see her tied to a class room. Another one we should petition for.
Brian Sather, Justin Hoey, and Chris Hall
Autodesk Manufacturing TM team member classes are missing.
Seriously MFG, no class this year?
Will likely be too busy at the ImaginIt desk to teach.
We had a deal Rickard, you were going to teach this year!
That seems to be all the people that I know to be (or indicated they would be) submitting proposals. I hope this helps anyone who is undecided.
I look forward to seeing everyone there!