Autodesk University
Fight the Power! Educate, and Then AIMS for the Sky!
Lecture    GS1782
Andy Morsell
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, Brad Vander Plas
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Description

This class begins with educating your bosses or decision-makers about GIS technology with a focus on the benefits of using Autodesk® products with Feature Data Objects (FDO) technology to connect with many GIS and raster data sources. We show how current Autodesk products can use the technology without the need for additional expensive software and contracts. We also show how other electrical utilities use AutoCAD® even with GIS from other vendors. Convince the Power of the facts! We also discuss a real-world upgrade from AutoCAD® Map 3D Enterprise 2012 with Autodesk® MapGuide® 6.5 to Map 3D 2013 and Autodesk® Infrastructure Map Server (AIMS) 2013. The class covers moving the system into full production, using the current process workflow of the utility while retaining the basic look and feel of the application. This class is co-presented with a technical consultant from the Autodesk Global Services Utilities and Telecom Consulting group.

Key Learnings

  • Explain and use FDO technology
  • Describe how other utilities use AutoCAD with and for GIS
  • List the steps it takes to upgrade to AIMS
  • Convince your boss with the knowledge you gain

Speakers

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This is Andy's 14th year presenting at Autodesk University! Andy is an Implementation Consultant in the Global Services, Americas Utilities and Telecom Consulting group at Autodesk®. He has more than 15 years of programming, customization, configuration, integration and management experience in the Autodesk® reseller, training, and developer communities. Prior to working in the GIS and CAD consulting fields, Andy worked in the civil, environmental, and geotechnical industry as a project engineer, and was involved in all phases of field data collection and design. He earned a bachelor’s degree in geology and master’s degree in geologic engineering, and is a registered civil engineer.
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Brad Vander Plas is the CAD/GIS Supervisor for Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) in Fairbanks, Alaska. This is the 2nd time Brad is presenting at Autodesk University and his 7th AU. He progressed from drafting pre-cast concrete products, to a Designer, to GVEA as a CAD/GIS Technician before becoming the CAD/GIS Supervisor. At GVEA, he is responsible for maintaining the GIS for the 5973 square mile service area with over 2000 miles of primary distribution lines. He is also responsible for maintaining drawings of multiple Substations, Communication Sites, and facilities; as well as training and minor technical support for multiple users of Autodesk products and other GIS related software. Additionally, Brad is an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska – Community Technical College; teaching courses in Drafting, GIS, and AutoCAD.
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