This class will address the challenges many businesses face when deciding to make the transition from a traditional 2D AutoCAD software environment to a 3D modeling platform, such as Inventor software or Revit software. We will examine the factors that go into making decisions regarding when to begin and planning on how to make a smooth transition that minimizes disruptions in business activity, while maximizing the productivity advantages 3D modeling and documentation provide. We will also review some of the difficulties (specifically related to personnel) that await transitioning companies. The presentation will bring real-world insight from the presenter’s experience in a 2D/3D implementation of Inventor software in an electric utility manufacturing and supply company. The class will conclude with a question and answer session.
- Learn how to map out and navigate the important bridges that must be crossed in order to achieve a successful 2D/3D transition
- See a comparison of Inventor and Revit software in order to determine which platform will be most beneficial
- Discover the importance of personnel selection that will ensure a smooth transition
- Bring home successful strategies that will enable your organization to be productive while making the 2D-to-3D leap
Michael Bruce is currently a substation designer / structural steel modeler and detailer for a high-voltage substation engineering and procurement firm based in Pineville, Louisiana (DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations, LLC). He was selected in 2009 as a co-developer for what originally was the company’s 3D transition experiment. That experiment has now become one of the electric utility industry’s premier examples of how 3D modeling and documentation is being applied using several Autodesk, Inc., products, including Inventor software, Vault software, AutoCAD software, Navisworks software, Design Review software, and A360 cloud-computing platform. He has over 40 years of construction-related experience in all types of businesses, including oil and gas drilling and production, industrial fabrication, commercial construction, water/wastewater facilities, and electric power transmission and distribution. His interests include emerging technologies and their uses and development in the real world. He is an accomplished machinist, welder, and woodworker.