It takes forever to get here and then it is over in a flash. AU 2010 is in the books. More than 7,000 attendees at the conference in Las Vegas, another estimated 40,000 virtual attendees, 500 on site classes, plus 150 virtual classes, and the 120 exhibitors make this one of, if not the most successful AU.
AU2011 will return to the The Venetian Hotel Resort Casino, where I may try my hand at teaching a class next year... we'll see. I want to give my thanks to Shaan Hurley and Autodesk for inviting me to the many media events and events like the Bloggers Social held on Monday night at the House of Blues.
The Augi annual meeting was held Wednesday night, starting with an introduction by who else but Augi sweetheart, Lynn Allen. Outgoing president Mark Kiker took over going over some of the highlights from 2010, including recognition of Ray Eisenberg, an Autodesk employee who has provided Augi with much support throughout the year. Tom Salomone from Hewlett Packard was also recognized. Mark mentioned Augi's move into the social media such as Facebook and Twitter, the 12 Cad Camps held around the U.S., the expansion of the wish lists, the addition of Drop.Io, (which coincidentally is going away due to its purchase by Facebook), and finally the Augi web stats which are up 22% in 2010, with over 9.6 million hits.
$2.2 trillion. How much is that? Consider that one hundred, $100 bills is about 6 inches X 2-1/2 inches X a bit less than 1/2 inch thick. So you could carry around this $10,000 in a coat pocket without showing any sign of it. So now get yourself 100 of these $10,000 stacks for a cool million dollars. You could still fit that into a duffel bag and walk around without much notice. Now multiply that times 1000 to get a hefty $1 billion and you are going to need a fairly large room to stack this up. Now multiple that by 1000 again to get to a trillion (remember, we are talking about 1 million X 1 million now) - and you'll need something like an airplane hanger to hold all of this cash. Remember, these are $100 bills we're talking about, not ones. Double that one more time and you're getting close to $2.2 trillion. A few more ways of looking at this can be found here.
So what is so magic about this figure? That is the rough estimate in 2009 from the American Society of Civil Engineers as to what it will cost to replace or repair the aging infrastructure in the United States alone. Jay Bhatt, Senior Vice President, Autodesk AEC, led off the Infrastructure Keynote address titled "Critical Tools for Critical Infrastructure" with this fact, noting also that the ASCE gives the US infrastructure an overall grade of "D".
Autodesk University 2010 has started. No x-ray machines and no pat downs at the airport was a good starting sign. Arrived this morning and checked into the Mandalay Bay and AU2010 without any problems. Everything looks first class as usual. This place is as large as the Venetian, at least it feels like it inside.
Here is an empty hall that will be full of visitors and guests for the next 3 days.