The AU Experience – Reseller Style

Join me at AU 2008

Most folks in the AEC world see the website, the advertising, the media attention in general for Autodesk University. It makes you want to go. And for good reason. I have been to AU the previous two years and have not only enjoyed the time, but learned a few things along the way.  This year, I wanted to present a few topics and experience AU from the Speaker perspective…

So I submitted several class topics back in august i believe it was. As it turned out, they did not select any of my topics. No worries, as they focused my interest towards assisting speaker’s of lab sessions. I was able to support 4 different 90 minute labs; (simply login or register at to see the class content and presentations)lab

CV100-2L Pipe Network and Hydraflow Basics

CR210-1L Quantity Survey and BIM using QTO

CD219-1L Keeping it Digital in the Field

GS340-2L Classy Mapping: Autodesk Map Feature Classification

Each one was very different and had a different audience. it was like being a proctor in a lab back in college, only the people attending were interested professionals instead of half interested (or baked depending on what school you went to) college kids. Additionally, I was able to meet a few folks in the labs that I’ve talked to in either the Discussion Groups or Autodesk Support. Good stuff…

Another great aspect of AU is the networking and parties. One particular party was the beta launch for Civil 3D 2010. In previous years, the beta product was shown to emphasize stability. This year, it seemed to emphasize heavily requested features.  …And i have to stop there. 🙂 Let’s just say the 2010 release can’t come fast enough for many of you…

Finally, a great aspect of AU is that it has been held in Las Vegas. Now, I’m traditionally not a betting man. More because I lack necessary funds (2 kids 6 years and younger) to do ANY type of gambling. That said, the hotel I stayed in was the Palazzo, part of the Venetian Hotel complex. All of the rooms have at least a large bedroom and a large living room separated by a marble topped half wall. Luxury would be the understatement. Oh, lest I forget the bathroom where any female could stay for the entire trip. OH, and if you forget anything, the Venetian has an extreme shopping experience – the Grand Canal Shoppes where you stroll along the Grand Canal and visit shops like Burberry and Barneys and see the Living Statues in St. Marks Square.


With all of that, you get quite the workout walking from your room to the Conference area (the Sands Conference Center) to Breakfast or Lunch and back. Who needs to workout when you easily walk 2 or 3 miles a day just simply going to each class, each meal and back to your room. Add in any side entertainment and you might lose that Turkey weight!  🙂

So to those of you that want to go, put in those requests NOW. AU 2009 will be held again in Las Vegas but at the Mandalay Bay from December 1-4, 2009. Registration will open in mid august. The popular labs and classes fill up fast. So the earlier you can secure registration, the better your choices for education.


About Kevin
Hi… I am a husband, father, brother and neighbor. I am employed as a Civil Engineer and have enjoyed playing the drums for the last 30+ years.

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