A few events have happened over the last few weeks that I would have loved to have attended, had I had the energy (and been in better shape).
The first was the grand opening of the Autodesk Gallery on May 11th. I received an invite – because of my participation in the NEST project – but as I was planning on actually being at the NEST building that day I declined. And I ended up being home with Covid, so there’s that.
The gallery was opened by SF Mayor London Breed. Here’s a snap of Andrew Anagnost showing the NEST exhibit to Mayor Breed.
Here’s a nice video summary of the event:
The other event was Digital Construction Week 2022 at the ExCeL in London. The 2m Dar Smart Bridge was once again on display – the first time since BIM World Paris – and I had hoped to get across to help out, but ended up (actually quite wisely) deciding to head directly home after the Smarter Bridges Conference rather than making the detour via London.
That said, I did end up on a Zoom call from Schipol Airport – with Pete Storey at the ExCeL and Nic Carey in San Francisco – to help get everything ready for DCW the night before: we had to nail down the process to get realtime data displayed inside Dasher, so that it would all work smoothly during the event. Which thankfully it did.
Pete has kindly shared some snaps of the event for me to post here. This is probably the state of the bridge while we were on our prep call:
Once finished, the Dar stand looked rather tidy.
Autodesk was also present: our Autodesk Construction Solutions team had an ACC-branded stand.
The Dar stand was right next to the Net Zero Stage.
If you look closely you can see the bridge – and Dasher – in the background.
Here’s a nice shot from below the bridge.
My colleague, Josh, did make it across to London on his way back from Amsterdam to Toronto. I’m really happy he got to see the bridge in person!
Here’s one last snap of Pete and Josh with Magda, another Research colleague.
It would have been nice to have been able to visit DCW 2022, although apparently British health & safety regulations meant I wouldn’t have been able to walk on it as we did in Paris.
I’m hoping the bridge will be across in New Orleans for Autodesk University 2022 in late September. At this stage it’s not certain I will be, though: somewhat disappointingly none of my AU proposals made the cut, this year, but if the bridge is there then I’d hope to be there, too. Let’s see.