2013 News

  • Presentations Available for Download

    I've posted the 2013 Conference Presentations that we've received so far.  You can download them from this page, or click the Presentations menu above and click 2013 Presentations option.


  • MACC Leadership Track Update

    For the first time, The Mid-America CADD Community is offering an Executive Track in conjunction with it's conference. This track is an opportunity for Project Managers, Program Managers, Design Technology Leadership, CIO|CTO and other decisions makers to gather and discuss industry trends and the ever changing technology front.

    The Executive track is $40 and includes lunch. The track is separate from the main conference and registration for the main conference is NOT required. For every 5 paid attendess for the main conference your organization receives one free reservation for the Leadership track. Register for the MACC Executive Track at the conference registration site.

    Sessions will include discussion on work sharing projects across your firm, roundtable discussion on experiences in modernizing a practice, and moving to 3D workflows. The full agenda can be viewed online.

    MACC 2013 is held at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kansas. Overland Park offers a beautiful suburban setting with access to many wonderful hotels and dining options. The Overland Park Sheraton, connected directly to the Convention Center and Chase Suite Hotel located just a few steps away have special rates for MACC attendees.

  • Conference Building Track News

    MACC has held a Building Track for many years now, focused on the Bentley building suite of tools.  As the BIM universe continues to expand, other workflows and toolsets need to be taken into account.  This year's Building track will be split into two:

    Day 1 will focus on the technical aspect of AECOsim Building Designer, Bentley's single information modeling software application for architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical systems deisgn.  Sessions include a software update, content creation, drawing production and reports.

    Day 2 will focus on Interoperability in the Building environment, and how Bentley users consume and interact with other types of data created for disparate technologies.  Sessions will interoperating with AutoCAD DWG files, Revit RVT files, CIS/2, and ISM.  Two features on this track to watch out for:

    1. Content - this session will discuss Bentley's new approach to Content, including the RFA Interpreter, where Bentley users can use Revit  Family Content without the need of Revit
    2. ProjectWise and Revit:  this session will focus on how ProjectWise is used to managed Revit projects in a multi-office, multi-discipline  scenario

    You can sign up at http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1248378.  Costs are $125 / day.   Each day's registration includes sessions, workshops (first come first serve), breakfast, lunch, snacks, and "in the bag" giveaways. 

    We hope to see you there! 

    See  below for longer descriptions of each session. 

    Day 1- Building

    What's New in SS4 - an overview of all the new features in AECOsim Building Designer SELECT Series 4 release.  AECOSim Building Designer is a combined BIM solution that includes architecture, architectural space planning, structural, mechanical, and electrical design.  Topics include Dynamic View enhancements, IFC enhancements, COBie/FM Handover support, Compound Wall enhancements, Structural enhancements, including new Column Grids, Joists, and Decking toolsets, and over 175 new Mechanical components.

    Documenting Data in Models - The ability to effectively leverage data in BIM models is crucial to architects and engineers. In this session users learn how to use the reporting tools within AECOsim Building Designer to generate schedules and reports. The session also teaches users the best practices for creating custom search queries and reports.

    Creating Your Own Parametric Content in Parametric Cell Studio- Session participants learn the basic concepts of creating and assembling cells in order to create and use parametric content. They also learn the best practices for developing parametric content and gain an understanding of its connection to the datagroup system. In addition, they discover how to make content more user-friendly for their teams and to keep their customizations separate from delivered content. Finally, they are taught how to schedule new content and leverage macros.

    Dynamic Views - Learn in this session how to apply techniques for incorporating office-drawing standards into the Dynamic View templates in order to optimize drawing production using AECOsim Building Designer.

    Supe up your Structural Production! -  This session will be focused on the Structural Modeling and Documentation portion of AECOsim Building Designer.     Modeling techniques, structural drawing production and resymbolization rules, templates, details, and Hypermodeling are just a few of the items that will be discussed.  A must for anyone in the BIM or Plant world who works around the structural discipline.

    Day 2- Interoperability

    DWG - For many years, Bentley and Autodesk have enjoyed an agreement whereby each company shares their file format libraries in their flagship products to promote interoperability  of DWG files within the Bentley environment.  Join us in this session to discuss how Bentley uses and works with the DWG file format.

    Content / RFA - This session teaches participants about Bentley’s solution for handling content and provides them with some practical tips on how to get the most value from content when working on building projects.  Topics will include the future of the new Parametric Content Modeler, the forthcoming Content Management Service, and highlighting the current RFA Interpreter.  The RFA Interpreter (beta) allows AECOsim users to utilize parametric content from RFA format (Revit Family format by Autodesk.)

    i-Models - Bentley i-Model is a container for open infrastructure information exchange and enables bidirectional feedback in dynamic workflows.  i-Models can be generated by multiple types of products, including Bentley tools as well as Autodesk tools such as Revit, and can opened graphically AND from an ODBC datasource such as Excel, Access or SQL.  This session will focus on how to generate and use i-Models in multiple ways.

    Structural/ISM - Integrated Structural Modeling (ISM) is a comprehensive interoperability methology for structural information.  ISM works with multiple types of platforms and technologes, including Bentley tools, Autodesk Revit, and Tekla, amongst others.  This session will overview how the ISM process works, how data is transfered, and how ISM can be used to bring disparate structural designers together.

    ProjectWise and Revit - Learn how to optimize Revit workflows for project teams in multiple remote locations with minimal impact on Revit design workflows through the use of ProjectWise. Also learn how projects can be stored in a single repository using ProjectWise to manage hundreds of file formats, including BIM, CAD, and Office formats. This creates a single point of access for all team members. In addition, the session teaches you how to manage Revit families to ensure all team members are using the right standards regardless of their location.

  • Registration for conference now OPEN!

    MACC 2013 is open for registration with some exciting changes! This year your daily registration includes access to all hands on workshops, including 4 exciting OpenRoad sessions! All hands on workshops are limited to 30 attendees are on a first come first serve basis. Make sure you register early to reserve your spot in these exciting workshops!

    Your daily registration includes:

    • 60 sessions in 5 different industry tracks including Civil, Building, Plant, ProjectWise, Utilities and more (Agenda)
    • 8 hands on workshops
    • Access to industry technology partners and vendors
    • Networking with industry peers and Bentley Colleagues
    • Breakfast and Lunch (mmm BBQ)
    • Evening social event sponsored by Altiva Software!

    This year we're proud to announce the addition of the MACC Leadership Roundtable hosted by Bentley Systems. This is an opportunity for Project Managers, Program Managers, Design Technology Leadership, CIO|CTO and other decisions makers to gather and discuss industry trends and the ever changing technology front. The leadership roundtable is Wednesday, August 14th and the cost to attend is $40. For every 5 paid attendees your organization has to MACC 2013, your leadership team will receive one free slot to the Leadership roundtable. Keep an eye out for more information on the MACC Leadership Roundtable.

    MACC 2013 will once again be held at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kansas. Overland Park offers a beautiful suburban setting with access to many wonderful hotels and dining options. The Overland Park Sheraton, connected directly to the Convention Center and Chase Suite Hotel located just a few steps away have special rates for MACC attendees.

    We hope to see you at MACC 2013. Please contact chair@midamericacadd.org with any questions or comments!

    THE MACC Committee

  • Save the Date! 2013 Conference dates announced

    The Mid-America CADD Community is hosting another exciting conference on August 13 – 14, 2013 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kansas. We need your suggestions on what you'd like to see covered this year. Send any topic ideas, or better yet, volunteer to do a session at this year's MACC Conference!

    If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, ideas or comments please contact MACC at info@midamericacadd.org


    See you in August!