Yesterday evening was the Q&A for my Autodesk University 2020 class, Lessons from Project Dasher: Building a Digital Twin Using Forge.
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I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this session – having a full hour dedicated to questions! – but I think it went OK.
There were a few speedbumps: the assigned moderator for my class was busy elsewhere and so only arrived partway through. It’s AU week, so I understood, and did my best to muddle through managing the questions. I went sometime before realising that unless I ignored – or changed the priority of the questions – they stayed at the top of the list. Once I understood this I managed to clear out the older comments – that I’d absolutely asked for, as at times I wasn’t sure things were working properly – from the 180+ questions in the list.
There were also some audio quirks – perhaps related to me wearing a shirt that brushed against the mic? – but I hope this didn’t prove too distracting for people.
The questions themselves were fantastic: I loved the engagement from people, and many questions were genuinely thought-provoking (perhaps too much so for me to do justice to on the spot). Thanks to all who attended and I really appreciate your patience.
I’ve just seen that for some reason a number of questions from the BIM Guru himself – Gavin Crump – didn’t show up until after the session was over. Sorry about that, Gav, I have no idea why you were being filtered! Anyway, here are the questions, which I’ll answer now:
Hi Kean, Gav from Australia. Two questions, one formal, one not.
Formal - awesome to see Autodesk moving into the digital twin realm! Are there any key areas of change we should expect to see in the current BIM authoring/design tools (Revit,C3D,Inventor etc.) to better support this end of the BIM model useage, or will it mostly be handled via data wrangling and associations?
Informal - have you figured out why the joystick sticks on floppy friday?
For the formal one: this is a great question! In the near-term I daresay there will be a fair bit of data-wrangling going on. My current experience with Autodesk Tandem is that it quickly shows up issues in the data – such as coordinate systems being misaligned – that will need fixing somewhere, whether in the authoring tool or in the Autodesk Tandem environment. A lot of issues can be fixed in Tandem, which is great, but others will need to be dealt with back in the authoring tool. Ideally some streamlined review/feedback mechanism would facilitate that, of course, and later on a change in the tooling or process would help address the data problems up-front… but these are things that are likely to bubble up as priorities as we head down this path.
For the informal one: I have not – I’m looking into getting a new old joystick, but for this week’s session (that I’m now going to record), I’ll be muddling on through, much as I did in yesterday’s Q&A session. ;-)
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