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Sessions full of great content

Architects – manufacturers – CAD managers – civil engineers – building design and construction professionals – product designers and technology enthusiasts. No matter what you do or what interests you have, you will find a session at SU2020 that will appeal to you, professionally and personally. We know our formula works because we draw from great attendee feedback each year – so we really have our finger on the pulse of what you are interested in learning about.

We’re preparing to bring you the most content ever at SU2020! Session descriptions for all classes being offered this year follow below. We will be offering more than 30 different sessions spread across 6 different “tracks”, including: “AutoCAD & CAD Management”, “Architecture & BIM”, “Civil & Reality Capture”,”Product Design”, “Specialized Manufacturing”, and “Process Management & Design Automation”.

Keynote and Kick-Off

“2020: A Year for Transformation”

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Featuring: Bill Griffin
Transformation is happening continuously – especially when it comes to technology and cutting-edge design software. From the drafting board to AutoCAD, to 3-D parametric modeling and now generative design, it is truly an exciting time to be in our industry.

This year’s keynote will welcome Bill Griffin, Chief Revenue Officer of Bright Machines, an organization dedicated to changing the economics, speed, and flexibility of manufacturing. Additionally, we welcome the SWORD Robotics Club of the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

In this interactive and engaging presentation, we will be discussing “transformation in technology”.

There will also be robots. Fighting robots.

AutoCAD & CAD Management

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AutoCAD on the Go

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Featuring: David Taylor
What happens when you’re out in the field, and inspiration hits and you want to design something quickly? If you’re not at your desk, what do you do? If you have ever needed AutoCAD to make or edit a drawing while out of the office, there are two great solutions! The AutoCAD Web App and AutoCAD Mobile App are available whenever and wherever you need them.  This session will explore, discuss and demonstrate these alternative AutoCAD applications so you can start designing right away.

  • Find out how to get and access alternative AutoCAD applications
  • Discover and explore the functions of the AutoCAD Web App & AutoCAD mobile app
  • Learn how to manage AutoCAD files out of the office or on the go

Getting the Most from Your Software

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Featuring: Robert Green  
You pay for modern software tools, CAD managers, IT, hardware, implementation, and training, but do you ever feel like you aren’t getting the productivity you should? Most senior management staff have felt this way at some point, and this session will explore why. This class will study the roles both senior and CAD managers play in making new tools perform, and explore the things that impede technology productivity that CAD managers and users often miss.

  • Learn how to make tools perform through motivation, intervention, implementing mission goals, customer interaction, and expectation management
  • Learn how poor user psychology, contractual barriers, negative peer pressure, and lack of a mission focus hinder productivity
  • Understand the specific roles of both CAD managers and senior management when rolling out software tools

The CAD Manager’s Handbook

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Featuring: Robert Green
AutoCAD Electrical has specific tools for creating electrical controls system designs. It has libraries of standard components and creates intelligent connections between project drawings. This session demonstrates how to take AutoCAD-based control system design and add AutoCAD Electrical intelligence. Sometimes it makes sense to keep the standard AutoCAD design in the project, and sometimes it makes sense to make the entire circuit smart. This session will work with tools available in a typical installation of AutoCAD Electrical and use some tools used for years in a standard AutoCAD installation.

  • Discover the ever-changing parameters of being a CAD manager and get practical advice on how to approach the job
  • Learn software management best practices and use of standards
  • Understand budgeting, cost control, and managing multiple platforms
  • Learn how to interact with IT, and communicate to management

Customizing for Productivity

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Featuring: Robert Green
Are you responsible for training your CAD users but feel overwhelmed by the task? Are you stymied by enforcing CAD standards? Does your management expect you to make your users more productive? Do you feel overwhelmed trying to do it all? This session will cover strategies for combining customization, standards automation and enforcement with an in-house productivity emphasis.

  • Learn efficiency analysis, corrective actions, and methods of how to create a custom CAD proving ground that achieves high productivity output
  • Uncover strategies for ongoing mentoring, training and recursive analysis
  • Be able to implement productivity strategies no matter what software program you manage

“Breaking News” on Your Autodesk Account

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Featuring: Mark Lancaster
The Autodesk Account has been around for several years to help customers manage their licenses, but Autodesk has recently made some changes and improvements to give users more access, capability, and functionality. This course gives an in-depth overview of these changes to make managing your Account easier than ever!

  • Get an overview of new functionalities like the Seat Usage reporting tool, elimination of serial numbers, and other Account administrative functions
  • Learn about the Autodesk Ideas Forum so you can collaborate with other users and share your ideas for future improvements to the Autodesk Account
  • Join the Autodesk Admin community where you can access various learning resources and keep up with the Autodesk Account improvements 

Architecture & BIM

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BIM is a Process, Not a Deliverable

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Featuring: Jorge Quiroz
What’s the difference between BIM as a process and BIM as a deliverable? Understanding BIM as a process will help you get the most out of it! This presentation will address how a design consultant or contractor complies with a BIM requirement (which is usually as a Deliverable), and the actions you can take to make sure this doesn’t happen.

  • Understand the difference between BIM as a process and BIM as a deliverable
  • Discover why BIM requirements fail on some projects and how to avoid those failures
  • Know the necessary steps to respond to a BIM requirement
  • Learn how to follow BIM standards required on projects

Working with Civil Engineers – for Revit Users

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Featuring: Bill Knittle
The era of BIM and BIG DATA has brought a flood of developing technologies and never-ending iterations to the AEC industry.  So how do architects, engineers, and construction professionals keep up? With BIM processes, coordinating and sharing digital data between multiple applications is easy! This session will simulate a workflow between team members at different sites by coordinating in real-time with “Working with Architects for Civil 3D Users.”

  • Learn to synchronize coordinates between Revit and Civil 3D
  • See how Civil 3D surface models and site plans are shared and updated to Revit
  • Learn how to transfer points to the field
  • Gain a working understanding of the technologies like Revit, BIM360 Docs, Desktop Connector, and Shared Reference Point

BIM & Change Management

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Featuring: Jorge Quiroz
When we think about BIM and BIM adoption processes, we tend to concentrate on the technology side of the implementation. But what about the people side?  This presentation addresses the people-focused strategies you should consider when implementing BIM in an organization – because no matter how advanced technology gets, people are still the most important factor.

  • Identify levels of Change Management and apply the Principle of Change Management
  • Recognize all aspects, including technology and people, before starting a BIM implementation
  • Reduce your risk of failure when implementing BIM at your own organization by having the right team in place

BIM for Owners

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Featuring: Jorge Quiroz
Findings from a recent study commissioned by the Transportation Research Board, to CCI Engineering services, emphasize the use of BIM in Construction and Operations.  Along with an overview of these findings, this session will include how to adopt BIM from the owner’s perspective, and show the importance of developing GAP Analysis and ROI to build a business case that justifies the importance of digital transformation. Owners, Commissioning Agents and Operations personnel who are interested in understanding the real value of BIM for Operation and Maintenance can get a high-level overview of how to leverage BIM.

  • Understand the importance of having BIM standards
  • Identify what is considered “an asset”
  • Learn the importance of defining a standardized set of attributes
  • Learn how to integrate BIM with other applications, such as GIS, Maximo, etc.

Dare to Fab(ricate)

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Featuring: Bill Knittle & Ralph Schoch
In Revit, the lines between design and construction are blurring. Revit Building Information Modeling software helps engineers, designers, and contractors model to a high level of detail, and today, building systems modelers can embrace Revit’s powerful tools for MEP.  This hand’s on lab will explore the tools and workflows for the job.

  • Learn to define services in CADmep and load them into Revit
  • Explore “design-to-fab” workflows
  • Learn to detail in Revit from scratch
  • Create shop drawings

Civil & Reality Capture Track

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C4C3D (Collaboration for Civil 3D)

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Featuring: Kevin Spear
With BIM360 for Infrastructure, the difficulties of sharing work with another office, or recovering previous versions of a corrupted file are a thing of the past.  BIM360 Docs provides document management benefits, and BIM360 Design manages both external and data references. In this session, you’ll see a potential workflow of team members located in different offices, as well as how project managers provide reviews and markup comments with the web interface.

  • Get an overview of the project-oriented BIM 360 system
  • Be able to utilize Autodesk Desktop Connector to communicate local changes to the BIM 360 cloud
  • Learn how to share Civil 3D data
  • Get familiar with the mark-up process in BIM 360

Working with Architects – for Civil 3D Users

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Featuring: Kevin Spear
The era of BIM and BIG DATA has brought a flood of developing technologies and never-ending iterations to the AEC industry.  So how do architects, engineers, and construction professionals keep up? With BIM processes, coordinating and sharing digital data between multiple applications is easy! This course will simulate a workflow between team members at different sites by coordinating in real-time with “Working with Civil 3D Users for Architects.”

  • Learn to synchronize coordinates between Civil 3D and Revit
  • See how to share and update Civil 3D surface models and site plans to Revit
  • Learn how to transfer points to the field
  • Gain a working understanding of technologies like Civil 3D, BIM 360 Docs, Desktop Connector, and Shared Reference Point

Capturing Reality with Leica

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Featuring: Wyatt Lee
Laser scanning – the fastest, safest, and most accurate way to capture reality, or as-built data. Have you seen the time and cost savings realized by those who utilize laser scanning? Do you know of all the various ways that laser scanning can benefit you? Sure, measuring. But what about capturing an entire site and using that point cloud data to develop your model?

  • Learn about the technology that makes Leica hardware the best in the industry
  • Understand what is capable with laser scanning and what is not
  • Learn how you can leverage point cloud data directly in your Autodesk models

Virtual Installation with Autodesk: A “Real-World” Case Study

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Featuring: Jacob Hauptmann, Borton-Lawson
For this session we will join Jacob Haputmann, Emerging Technologies Service Leader at Borotn-Lawson, as he discusses a recently completed, real-world project in which Borton-Lawson realied heavily on Civil 3D, Recap, and Navisworks.  In this engaging presentation, we will look at a structural project which required laser precision and multiple stages of verification to meet very strict regulations related to the installation of horizontal storage modules. See how Laser scanning, Recap360, Civil3D, and Navisworks Manage were combined to evaluate, design, and construct against the odds with a high degree of accuracy and certainty.

  • Checking flatness on a sloped surface within Recap and Civil 3D
  • Performing clash detection against a point cloud surface
  • Using corridors to build a sloped bearing bad
  • How Grading Objects compare bearing areas to surface

From Point Cloud to Terrain & Beyond

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Featuring: Kevin Spear
Adding drones to your workflow can increase productivity in every phase of your project from surveying, all the way to completion.  In this session, you will discover workflows that take drone photos to generate topography and a 2D ortho-mosaic image for Civil Engineers and to acquire BIM objects within Revit for Architects.

  • Learn to evaluate Civil 3D, Infraworks, and Revit tools for model creation
  • Build a fundamental knowledge of Recap Pro
  • Understand data collection techniques that impact the quality of the source point cloud data, and be able to classify point cloud data in Infraworks
  • Learn how to create surfaces in both Civil 3D and Infraworks

Product Design Track

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Intro to Inventor Sheet Metal Nesting

Featuring: Mark Lancaster
One of the many tools in the Product Design and Manufacturing Collection is the Inventor Nesting Utility, which allows you to nest your flattened sheet metal components in an optimized layout within your raw material.  This session will demonstrate how to take your flattened sheet metal components and lay them out to be processed by your CNC, laser or plasma table.

  • Get an overview of Inventor Nesting and see what it can do for your sheet metal components
  • Learn how to take your sheet metal flat patterns and nest/lay them out
  • Learn to export for the actual manufacturing process of the layout

Inventor Nesting Isn’t Just for Sheet Metal

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Featuring: Mark Lancaster
When we think about nesting, we automatically think of sheet metal, right?  Not anymore! This course will demonstrate that the Inventor Nesting Utility is not always about sheet metal by taking a wooden Adirondack chair and using Inventor to lay out the individual components on a sheet of plywood.

  • See what Inventor Nesting can do when you don’t have sheet metal components
  • Learn how to take your Inventor models, AutoCAD drawings, and DXF files and nest/lay them out
  • Learn to export for the actual manufacturing process of the layout

Analyzing Your Design with Autodesk FEA

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Featuring: Mark Lancaster & Jim Swain
Now that you’ve seen how to nest our chair for a production run, let’s use FEA to understand which wooden Adirondack Chair plan lives up to its design, or is design overkill.  This course will introduce you to Inventor FEA (Finite Element Analysis) and show you the design process from beginning to end.

  • Learn to set-up and run an analysis
  • Understanding the analysis results
  • Adjusting and reevaluating your design based on analysis results

Simulate Better Outcomes with the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection

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Featuring: Jim Swain
Do you want to know how your design will function before you ship it?  What about before you even design it?  There are a wealth of tools included in the Product Design and Manufacturing Collection that can help guide your design decisions from the initial concept to the final tweaks – this session will demonstrate those tools to help you simulate better outcomes in your designs.

  • Learn what tools are included in the collection with a focus on Inventor & Fusion 360
  • Understand the capabilities of these tools and see where they overlap one another and where they differ
  • Know exactly which tool to use for your design and when

Moving Beyond PDMC – Moldflow & CFD

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Featuring: Jim Swain
Autodesk has many tools beyond what is available in the Product Design and Manufacturing Collection. For the product design team, two interesting offerings are Moldflow and Autodesk CFD. These tools can be used to help improve predictions on how your designs will behave in the real world. To illustrate this we will look at how a plastic enclosure for an electronics module will react to its molded-in stresses and heating from the electronics.

  • Get a high-level overview of both Moldflow and Autodesk CFD
  • Understand the methodology for designing products for analysis
  • Learn to interpret analysis results to refine design decisions

Specialized Manufacturing

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Building an Assembly with Fusion 360

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Featuring: Dave Breiner
Have you been wondering if Fusion 360 is a good fit for you? Designers, Engineers, and all other CAD users – come see how easy Fusion 360 is to use! This class will review the process of creating a small assembly from beginning to end.

  • Gain a working understanding of creating a small assembly in Fusion 360 by using the create components in place process
  • Learn the process of creating an assembly from beginning to end
  • Know when/if Fusion 360 is the right fit for you and your design process

Making the Move from AutoCAD to AutoCAD Electrical

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Featuring: Todd Schmoock
AutoCAD Electrical has specific tools and libraries of standard components for creating intelligent connections between project drawings.  This session will demonstrate the tools available in a typical installation of AutoCAD Electrical, and use some tools that have been used for years in a standard AutoCAD installation, so you can make the move from AutoCAD to AutoCAD Electrical with confidence!

  • Gain an understanding of the tools specific to AutoCAD Electrical to create electrical controls system designs
  • Take an AutoCAD-based control system-design and add AutoCAD Electrical intelligence
  • Understand when it makes sense to keep the standard AutoCAD design, versus when you should make the entire circuit “smart”

AutoCAD Electrical Workshop

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Featuring: Todd Schmoock
Have you been finding that some things just aren’t working when trying to implement AutoCAD Electrical at your company?  If you’re frustrated with the things that aren’t going right, this workshop is for you.  We’ll dive into the most common subjects that derail implementing AutoCAD Electrical, and help you get on track.

  • Have the opportunity to discuss with other companies using AutoCAD Electrical, and see what has worked for them
  • Understand the things that might go wrong during implementation and how to avoid them
  • Work with an AutoCAD Electrical expert to solve issues that need resolutions

Generative Design & Additive Manufacturing

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Featuring: Corey Gulley, Autodesk
Generative design is a design exploration process. Designers or engineers input design goals into the generative design software, along with parameters such as performance or spatial requirements, materials, manufacturing methods, and cost constraints. The software explores all the possible permutations of a solution, quickly generating design alternatives. Produce non-traditional and generative designs through additive processes offering component lightweighting, custom tailored products, and on-demand production. 

  • Create innovative, high-performance products that are beyond traditional design tools, materials, and manufacturing processes
  • Explore a wider range of design options with generative design. Quickly generate high-performing design alternatives optimized for additive manufacturing
  • Work with customized supports, mesh repair, and simulated and improved workflows to optimize your additive production process

CAM – “Subtractive” Manufacturing

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Featuring: Brian DiNola, Autodesk
CAD/CAM applications are used to both design a product and program manufacturing processes, specifically, CNC machining. CAM software uses the models and assemblies created in CAD software to generate toolpaths that drive machine tools to turn designs into physical parts. CAD/CAM software is used to design and manufacture prototypes, finished parts, and production runs. 

  • Prepare your designs for manufacture, create 3, 4, and 5-axis precision toolpaths to machine parts, and inspect finished parts on the machine tool
  • Program Swiss and multi-axis lathes with an intuitive and visual process
  • Automate prismatic machining to program consistently and in less time
  • Integrated workflows with design through manufacture

Process Management & Design Automation

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[Workshop] Leveling Up Vault Data Management through Fusion Lifecycle

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Featuring: John Kavusak, Scott Stortz, and Joe Corson
Vault product data management (PDM) helps designers and engineers better organize design data, enhance documentation management, and streamline revision processes of their Product data.  Fusion Lifecycle product lifecycle management (PLM) accelerates product development across all departments by automating workflows and delivering timely information. 

These tools are powerful enough when implemented alone, so imagine what they can do together! Vault PDM and Fusion Lifecycle PLM can be seamlessly integrated, resulting in a superior approach to managing product designs.

This comprehensive, information-packed super-session will walk you through everything you need to know to implement Vault and Fusion Lifecycle.  You’ll be able to define and establish each one’s role in a workflow, through a simulated workflow demonstration. You’ll learn which tool to use and when, which is more appropriate to handle Change Management at your company, and most importantly, when it makes sense for an organization to look at PLM.  If you want a superior, collaborative design process, don’t miss this valuable, in-depth presentation.

  • Learn how your company can leverage the new enhancements in Vault 2020
  • Understand the differences between PDM & PLM
  • Learn the value of connecting PLM and PDM for an organization
  • See how Fusion Lifecycle can manage your product data beyond engineering
  • Discover opportunities to use accurate part numbers and BOM data in processes such as quality and supplier management
  • Learn additional uses for PLM beyond traditional business processes that can add value to your organization
  • Learn how companies can expand on the core Vault functionality with simple to use plugins, like coolOrange
  • *Note – this workshop takes place during Sessions #1, #2, and #3. If you enroll in this workshop you will not be able to attend other sessions that occur during Session #1, #2, and #3.

The Re-Evolution of Product Design

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Featuring: Dave Taylor
Everyone has heard about it, but what really is Autodesk Generative Design? Let’s start by taking a journey into the background of this revolutionary product. Then, using Fusion 360, simulation, AI and cloud computing, we’ll introduce you to the method of how to evolve your design. We will show how to create new ideas and how you can optimize your existing legacy products. Similar to structures built-in nature, Generative Design outcomes really do follow the function of your final requirements. Join our session to explore this process of using biometric algorithms and Artificial Intelligence to come up with solutions no one could ever dream of. Open your mind to new creativity with Generative Design!  

  • Get a good background on what Generative Design in
  • Learn how to get started and how to set-up modeling requirements for design
  • See how to generate multiple outcomes from criteria such as material type & more
  • Learn how to explore outcomes in multiple views and export the new design for CAD and manufacturing

Build an iLogic Part from the Beginning

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Featuring: Dave Breiner
InventoriLogic enables rules-driven design, providing a simple way to capture and reuse your work.  For designers and engineers in the manufacturing environment, iLogic can standardize and automate your design processes, saving you time.  This session is a great introduction to using iLogic and will show you how easy it is to get started!

  • Be able to build an iLogic Part in Inventor from beginning to end
  • Learn basic functions of iLogic like setting up User Parameters, creating rules and flexing the model using an iLogic Form.

Lunch & Learn Sessions

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S.W.O.R.D. Robotics Club & Penn College of Tech Q&A

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Featuring: Dave Taylor, Craig Miller, and students of S.W.O.R.D.
In this interactive lunch session, spend your time with the students and instructors from the Pennsylvania College of Technology, and learn more about their process for designing and building remote-controlled robots. Learn more about how the students design and test their robots and find our what their inspiration was for some of the creations they’ve built.

  • Learn more about the design and technology programs available to students
  • Understand the process of conceptualizing, designing, and building a functioning robot
  • Ask the students questions about their designs and inspiration

FAA Remote Pilot Certification: How to Pass & Why You Need It!

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Featuring: Kevin Spear
In this interactive lunch session, we’ll review many aspects of flying drones commercially. We’ll start by reviewing FAA requirements to become a drone pilot, as well as various online resources to assist you in becoming a drone pilot. Lastly, we’ll discover various misconceptions about drones and how to address both rules and myths regarding local, state, and federal agencies.

  • Understand the FAA Part 107 Knowledge Test requirements
  • Uncover free study resources for passing the Part 107 exam
  • Discuss legal limitations and protections for flying drones commercially

Autodesk Design & Manufacturing Product Roadmap

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Featuring: Autodesk
If you use the Autodesk Product Design & Manufacturing Collection, this lunch session is for you! Join Autodesk to get a sneak peek into what is coming in future releases.

  • Learn the vision for the Autodesk product development roadmap
  • Understand what new features are being considered

General Manufacturing

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“Stump the Chumps”

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Featuring: The Synergis Manufacturing Team
If you work in the manufacturing industry or are a user of Inventor, Fusion 360, Vault, or any other Autodesk manufacturing software, here is your chance to get your own questions answered by the Synergis Manufacturing Team. Come prepared with questions for the interactive session and bring a notebook.

  • Q&A with the Synergis Manufacturing Team
  • See if you can stump one of our experts

General Engineering & Construction

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“Stump the Chumps”

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Featuring: The Synergis AEC Team
If you work in the architecture, civil, infrastructure, or building industries or are a user of AutoCAD, Revit, Civil 3D, InfraWorks, BIM360, or any other Autodesk AEC software, here is your chance to get your own questions answered by the Synergis AEC Team. Come prepared with questions for the interactive session and bring a notebook.

  • Q&A with the Synergis AEC Team
  • See if you can stump one of our experts

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