Today we fly Alaska Airlines, YVR-SFO, leaving home at 11am, and arriving in the hotel room sometime after 8pm. Nine hours travelling for a 2-hour flight? Well, I have a detour: I still need to fit in a 2-hour class that I lead at the British Columbia Institute of Technology on Monday afternoons.
("We" being my son and I, to whom I promised a trip to San Francisco following the terrible auto accident he was in nearly four years ago. He's flying on points.)
The BCIT class I lead is for third-year mechanical engineering students. They've already learned AutoCAD, Inventor, and maybe SolidWorks. The class is meant to broaden their minds -- in a way an engineer thinks of broadening minds -- by requiring them to learn a different CAD package, and then completing a drawing project.
Some chose Civil 3D, some AutoCAD Architectural, and others are learning one of the more advanced modules in Inventor. First interesting result: Any who initially chose Revit switched to Architectural by the next class, "because I already know AutoCAD."
The plural in the event name -- World Press Days 2008 -- indicates that it now spreads over three days:
Monday evening -- social event
Tuesday all day -- presentations and meetings
Tuesday evening -- social event
Wednesday all day -- presentations and meetings
Wednesday is the busiest for me, with four 1-on-1 meetings with Autodesk staff. Though, come to think of it, the meetings are more likely to be several-on-1, with the ever-present pr staff guarding the Autodesk-er's flank. (Must record all Ralph says for posterity!)
I've been promised free wireless Internet throughout the hotel, so I trust that live blogging will be possible.