Monday, July 07, 2008

Portland Revit User Group - Summary

As I mentioned recently I attended this user group meeting while in Portland for the AUGI Board of Directors meeting.

This group was started several years ago (if I have my facts straight) by Darren Lewis with HDR. He later passed on the reigns to Gordon Price, a frequent contributor at AUGI, and with BOORA. This group enjoys the support of three resellers in their region, Imaginit, Ideate & PPI Group. They also provide the food and beverages for each meeting.

The meeting is held at the Multnomah Public Library and unlike a lot of user groups they meet during an extended lunch hour. This apparently is much more successful for them than evenings.

This meeting focused on the new features in Revit 2009. Gordon led the discussion and entertained comments all the while. The group was very gracious when I interupted occasionally with comments and talked about AUGI briefly. There were a little over 30 people in attendance which is off the usual mark of between 40-50. I attribute this to my presence, sorry!

Here's a shot of them in action or at least preparing to be in action. Note if you look closely you may be able to tell that Gordon is using an unsupported notebook, a Mac!


Well it may be a bit much to expect to see that...here's another shot of the crowd.


These were taken earlier, before the majority of the gang arrived or were still wandering a bit.

We wrapped the meeting by awarding the door prize, a Not for Resale (NFR) certificate that permits the winner to download the software of their choice from Autodesk (software that is available to choose from on their site, not all but many titles). I was also able to offer a special second NFR certificate in light of my visit.

One of the very tangible benefits of associating your local user group with AUGI is that Autodesk will offer up to four NFR certificates to your group during each year. Moses Drake with The Fa├žade Group was the lucky draw for the one I brought with me, congrats Moses!

This is a list of their board members:

D. Crawford Smith
Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects
www.zgf..com

Hakan Cete
Mulvanny G2 Architecture
www.mulvannyg2.com

Devon Lumbard
Degenkolb Engineers
www.degenkolb.com

Kevin Janik
Otak Architects
www.otak.com

Celeste Warren
Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects
www.amaa.com

Eric miller
BOORA Architects
www.boora.com

Keep up the good work!!

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