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I made it back from San Francisco for the Autodesk World Press Days but took 4 hours longer due to an engine not starting on the plane (commercial airline), then after an hour and a half of them working on it we took off headed for Salt Lake city only to circle for over an hour over the Western Utah desert while the Salt Lake City airport was closed due to heavy snow. While checking ion for the flight I was talking with a few people about my travel curse passed onto me by my former boss Shawn Gilmore. My travel curse has been fairly unique in many respects like North Korea firing misses over the China Sea while I was above, trapped in Queenstown New Zealand, luggage being lost and once right before meeting Autodesk founder John Walker in Switzerland, jets loss of fuel while over the Atlantic and an emergency landing in New York, computers stolen, police raid on a jet for a passenger smoking in the bathroom, several inches of snow in Tokyo before I landed and it does not snow there too often, stuck for 7 hours in custom while Brazilian customs agents went on strike, detained in Canada only to be told a few hours later "it must have been an American security database issue", Been in too many storm of the century examples like in Vancouver last year when it seemed the world and all trees were being rearranged and all power out and water contaminated, and many more unfortunately. People now ask me to email them before I travel to allow them to escape the region or avoid the same flights.
I had a few sessions and meetings yesterday. I had a good discussion with Ralph Grabowski, ran into Martyn Day for only a second but long enough to get his picture, attended a lunch presentation from an auto designer from China's NAC. On the way to the airport I shared a cab with an journalist and had a great discussion about the worlds eroding infrastructure such as bridges and utilities and how their continued lack of attention after construction will result in a poor future.
One thing I took away from the World Press Days that I was not really aware of was how critical NavisWorks was to the large projects in the entire AEC Industry and BIM projects to save time, resources, and costs by showing a project in 4D where time is considered in the 3D project so you can plan project flow or all design data in 3D for collision detection and multi discipline coordination. NavisWorks was shown in most of the AEC presentations from large buildings and their piping or overall construction to the new span of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco.
Ok onto the links for 2009 and World Press Day Presentations:
Autodesk 2009 Product Links from Between the Lines by Shaan Hurley (me)
Some AutoCAD 2009 thoughts from Mistress of the Dorkness by Melanie (Stone) Perry
Introduction to the AutoCAD 2009 Ribbon from The CAD Geek by Donnie Gladfelter
AutoCAD 2009 - What's New... from CADit by John Benstead
The new AutoCAD 2009 Action Recorder for Valentines Day! from Lynn Allen's Blog by Lynn Allen
A Huge Weight is Lifted from Inside the System by Kyle Bernhardt
AutoCAD 2009… A closer look at the Action Recorder from Heidi Hewett's Blog by Heidi Hewitt
Autodesk Launches New Solutions for Building Information Modeling from BIM & BEAM by Nicolas Mangon
Streamlining Workflows in Utilities: Technology is No Longer the Excuse from Between the Poles by Geoff Zeiss
Autodesk World Press Days 2008 -- Day 2.75 from WorldCAD Access by Ralph Grabowski
Autodesk World Press Days 2008 -- Day 1.75 from WorldCAD Access by Ralph Grabowski
Autodesk World Press Days 2008 -- Day 1.5 from WorldCAD Access by Ralph Grabowski
Autodesk World Press Days 2008 -- Day 1 from WorldCAD Access by Ralph Grabowski
Autodesk Impression to be available to Subscription Customers from Victorian AutoCAD Users Group by Peter Godfrey
New Navigation Tools - Revit 2009 from Revit OpEd by Steve
AutoCAD Architecture 2009 from Knowing What You Don't Know About CAD by Mike Massey
Bloggers -- Kids in the Candy Store from CAD Insider by Roopinder Tara
Journalists and Bloggers-- Old School Meets New School from CAD Insider by Roopinder Tara
Automated Keynoting in Autodesk Revit from Breaking Down the Walls by Matt Dillon
AutoCAD 2009 - Action Recorder from Blog da CADKlein in Portuguese by Luciana Klein
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Between the Lines - Autodesk blog by Shaan Hurley