May 31, 2016

e-Learning - Upcoming Revit, Infrastructure and Ideate Software Classes

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6.1::Ideate Software:
Introduction to Ideate Sticky
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Data Short Cuts in Civil 3D
6.9::Ideate Software:
Auditing Your Project with Ideate Explorer
6.10::NavisWorks 101:
Introduction to NavisWorks Manage
6.15::Ideate 101:
Network License Manager
6.16::Ideate Software:
Revit Model Management with
Ideate BIMLink
6.23::Revit 201:
Conceptual Massing Studies
6.24::Revit 201:
Working With Materials in Revit
6.30::Ideate Software:
Ideate BIMLink for Revit MEP Projects
Each class is designed to give you specific, improved results in a particular topic. You can interact with the instructor right from your own office, while eliminating travel time. Because the class schedule rotates, you can easily select your topics of interest and choose the day which best meets your schedule.

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Stop Wondering and Start Coordinating – A Look at The Revit Coordinate System

I have had the pleasure of presenting information related to the Revit Coordinate System to several Revit Users Groups recently. The response has been very well received and, in fact, I've had a number of follow-up questions from customers regarding coordinate system workflows and "what if" scenarios. So with this in mind, the team and I decided it would be beneficial to post some of what I've had the pleasure of covering with these groups.

The specific presentation I want to share with you was put together for the May Seattle Revit User Group (SEA RUG) after receiving many technical support questions from customers who had issues aligning consultant models or needed more information on how the Revit Coordinate system compares to the AutoCAD coordinate system. 
Check out this video and learn more about the Revit Coordinate System and how to coordinate your models internally with your team, or externally with your consultants: A look at the Revit Coordinate System.

If you'd like a closer look at some of the datasets from the video, including the exercise of moving the Survey Point and Project Base Point, you may download the ZIP file here (Revit 2016 format).


I would also encourage you to check out my video: Resetting Shared Coordinates.

And if you find yourself curious about our Revit User Groups, visit our Ideate, Inc. events page and consider joining us next time.


Sash Kazeminejad
AEC Senior Application Specialist 
Sash brings proficiency in Autodesk solutions including AutoCAD and Revit Architecture to Ideate customers. His industry experience includes project management, BIM Management, and design for Architectural firms in California, Montana and Oregon. He is LEED accredited professional and is on track to achieve California licensure with Oregon to follow. In his academic life, Sash was awarded a variety of college scholarships, earned a BA in Environmental Design, a MA in Architecture from Montana State University (MSU) and taught Building Information Modeling courses at MSU Gallatin College. As a Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Instructor, Sash provides Revit Architecture training and support for AEC firms. Find him on twitter. 

May 26, 2016

Am I in The Cloud or Not?

The better question is, “How much of what I do with my Autodesk solution is in the Cloud?”

Today everyone throws around the word “cloud” and assumes it always means the same thing. When it comes to your Autodesk solution, the answer is, “It depends on which license you have, which product you use, and the type of subscriber you are with Autodesk.” See my previous blog post, What’s up with Autodesk Licensing? for an explanation about the different licensing types.

Today there are three types of cloud functionality from Autodesk:

1. License Management - Autodesk Desktop products use a license manager in the Cloud.


2. Data Storage and Collaboration - Autodesk360 products offer cloud-based data storage and sharing. This enables designers, clients, engineers, architects, and contractors to review, share, and comment on 2D and 3D models, floor plan markups, and budget spreadsheets from their desktops and mobile devices. The viewer supports more than 50 2D and 3D design file formats, including those from Autodesk, Solidworks, CATIA, Pro-E, Rhino, and NX.


3. Cloud Services - By adding Autodesk Cloud Services to your subscription, you get virtually infinite computing power and, for select products and suites, exclusive access to cloud-based services, such as rendering, energy analysis, design optimization, and robust collaboration. By performing computer-intensive functions in the Cloud, you can explore and visualize more design options, streamline collaboration, and optimize your designs without investing in expensive hardware.

Contact me if you’d like to discuss the options and determine which is the most cost-effective for you. And keep an eye out for my next blog post, “How Suite It Was.”


John Souza
Director of Sales
John Souza started on the ground floor with Autodesk CAD, selling solutions since release 10. In the nearly 30 years since, he's worked to grow his expertise with each Autodesk solution, weaving a career around cutting-edge 3D design software sales.

He has proven success in building high-performing sales teams in the Civil Engineering and Government sectors, he's managed and led business development and sales teams for Autodesk and Advanced Solutions. Joining Ideate, Inc. in 2003, he was initially the Manufacturing Solutions Director then worked to expand reach within the AEC community as Director of Business Development. Today, as Sales Director, he leads a dedicated team working to connect architects and designers with best-fit design technology education and implementation solutions.

May 24, 2016

Dynamo and Revit 2017

Dynamo is a visual programming platform that gives you the ability to visually script behavior, define custom pieces of logic and script using various textual programming languages. It is now fully integrated with Revit 2017 and does not require an additional download. No longer just an add-in to Revit, it can now be found in the Manage tab, Visual Programming panel. 

If you have already 
installed Revit 2017, you will not be able to immediately see Dynamo in the Manage tab. First, you will have to rerun the Dynamo installer and make sure to check Revit 2017 to add Dynamo to this new install.
Once the installation is complete, launch Revit 2017 and Dynamo should be available to you in the Manage tab, Visual Programming panel.
Checkout this quick video with step-by-step instructions on installing Dynamo for Revit 2017.

Vasudha Dixit
ENI Application Specialist 
Vasudha is an MEP Application Specialist at Ideate, Inc. based on San Francisco office. She has a Master’s degree in Energy Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she specialized in HVAC design, green buildings and energy analysis. Prior to Ideate, she interned at a few multinational companies where she performed finite element analysis for design validation of components. Vasudha provides Revit MEP training and support for various AEC firms.

May 23, 2016

e-Learning - Upcoming Revit, Infrastructure and Ideate Software Classes

Join the Ideate Tech Experts for eLearning – live online classes that provide your entire organization with easy access to premium education.
5.24::Revit 201:
Revit Import into 3ds Max 
5.25::Ideate Software:
Ideate BIMLink for Revit MEP Projects
5.27::Revit 201:
Getting Started with Presentations in Revit Architecture
6.1::Ideate Software:
Introduction to Ideate Sticky
6.2::Infrastructure 201:
Data Short Cuts in Civil 3D
6.9::Ideate Software:
Auditing Your Project with Ideate Explorer
6.16::Ideate Software:
Revit Model Management with
Ideate BIMLink
6.30::Ideate Software:
Ideate BIMLink for Revit MEP Projects
Each class is designed to give you specific, improved results in a particular topic. You can interact with the instructor right from your own office, while eliminating travel time. Because the class schedule rotates, you can easily select your topics of interest and choose the day which best meets your schedule.

Click here for class descriptions, times and registration link. Questions? Contact education@ideateinc.com

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Revit MEP Fundamentals
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Revit Architecture Fundamentals
6.21-6.22::Portland
Revit MEP Fundamentals 
6.21-6.22::San Francisco
Revit Architecture Fundamentals
6.21-6.22::Seattle
Civil 3D for Surveyors
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Civil 3D for Surveyors
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Revit Architecture Beyond the Basics
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May 19, 2016

Autodesk Revit Structure 2017: Variable Rebar Distribution

Hi folks, IX here, one of the Senior Application Specialists at Ideate, Inc. Let’s talk reinforcement in Revit 2017.

One of my top five favorite features in Revit 2017 is the ability to add Rebar Sets to non-standard concrete shapes (e.g. tapered beams).

This enhanced feature will increase your 3D modeling productivity and help you to define accurate reinforcement for non-standard shapes in concreate elements. Additionally, you’ll be able to use multi-rebar annotations, customizable numbering settings, and you’ll have more accurate schedules that will display varying rebar lengths.


To see this feature enhancement workflow in action, check out this short video.

Cheers,
IX


Eugene O'Day, IX
AEC Senior Application Specialist
Eugene A. O’Day, IX, with more than 25 years of architectural and mechanical experience, offers a trained focus on all things Revit and BIM. Teaching is a passion of his. Eugene has been an instructor in undergraduate degree programs, has traveled worldwide teaching Autodesk solutions to major corporations, has taught at accredited ATCs throughout the Northwestern region, and is a frequent and popular instructor, speaker, and presenter for AUGI® CAD Camps, Revit – and related product user groups. He has also been a trusted public school district advisor on new drafting instructor hires. At Ideate, Eugene provides training and support for Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and AutoCAD. Eugene is also a Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Professional.

May 17, 2016

Bring Your Elevations to Life in Revit 2017!

It’s that time again, Revit 2017 has been released with a lot of powerful new features and functions. And I am happy to announce there is now a solution to one of the most common grumbles that I have heard over the years: “My elevations just don’t pop!”

With the new Depth Cueing tool inside of Revit 2017 you will have more say over what your sections and elevations look like, and control over how elements that are farther away display in section and elevation view.



Here is a short video demonstrating how to use Depth Cueing to really bring your elevations to life.

Thank you for reading. For more information on Revit and other Autodesk products, and information on training and consulting for the various products Ideate services, visit our website.


AEC Application Specialist
Emily Clark holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Kansas State University, and has over 19 years of experience in the Architecture industry. Her experience includes working for a number of Architecture and Design/ Build firms in the Western United States. She has been a Project Designer, Intern Architect, BIM Manager and Design Technology Manager. She has contributed to the completion of projects ranging from high–end custom residential to Education and Healthcare design. She has worked with multiple platforms and her passion for BIM has enabled her to help transition firms and advance with technology. At Ideate, Emily provides training and support for Revit Architecture.

May 16, 2016

e-Learning - Upcoming Revit and Ideate Software Classes

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5.19::Ideate Software:
Revit Model Management with
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5.20::Revit 201:
Converting Blocks to Families & Working with 2D Content in Revit
5.24:Revit 201:
Revit Import into 3ds Max
5.25::Ideate Software:
Ideate BIMLink for Revit MEP Projects
5.27::Revit 201:
Getting Started with Presentations in Revit Architecture
6.1::Ideate Software:
Introduction to Ideate Sticky
6.9::Ideate Software:
Auditing Your Project with Ideate Explorer
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Click here for class descriptions, times and registration link. Questions? Contact education@ideateinc.com

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Revit Architecture Beyond the Basics
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May 12, 2016

Revit 2017 Text Size Changes

You may have heard that the measurement of text sizes is changing in Revit 2017.

The Revit 2017 “Upgrade Information for Revit 2017” help topic offers the following explanation:

“The method for measuring text size is changed so that the Text Size parameter more accurately represents the height of a capital letter (similar to AutoCAD). Previously, Revit measured the size of text from the font baseline to the ascender line. Since most characters do not extend to the ascender line, physically measuring the font may not have produced expected results.

The size of text now reports using the cap height, which measures from the baseline to the top of a capital letter M as seen in the image below. This change affects all text in Revit. After upgrading a model, please review all views and sheets to verify the changes to your text instances.”
 This evokes two practical questions:
  • Does my text get larger or smaller when upgrading to Revit 2017?
  • How much larger or smaller does my text get?
And here are the short answers:
  • The rendered text gets larger when upgrading to Revit 2017 from earlier versions.
  • How much larger? Well, that depends!
Let’s investigate using a simple example with then ¼” Calibri text style in a Revit text note. (With apologies to our metric friends in the rest of the world of course!)

I’ll use the letters “MhO” (coincidentally the acronym for My humble Opinion) to illustrate the intricacies of text size measurements. I’ll also draw some surrounding rectangles to help measure and compare letter sizes.

First, the text note in Revit 2016:

¼” Calibri Text Note - Revit 2016
Note that even though this is ¼” text, no part of the letters (width or height) measures ¼”.

Also note how the lower case ‘h’ is a smidge taller than the capital ‘M.’

For some fonts, such as Calibri, the height of letters such as English lower case ‘h’ (called the ascender height) is a bit higher than the capital letter ‘M’ (called the cap height). In other fonts, such as Arial, the height of ‘h’ and ‘M’ are the same.

This height difference is the heart of the text measurement change made in Revit 2017:
  • In Revit 2016 and earlier, text size is measured by the ascender height – the height of lower case letter ‘h.’
  • In Revit 2017 size is measured by the cap height – the height of the capital letter ‘M.’
However, this isn’t the whole story. Notice that in Revit 2016, the ‘h’ isn’t quite ¼” tall as one would expect from the Revit help explanation. So in actuality, the height of Revit 2016 and earlier text seems to be based on the height of ‘h’ and a bit more.

Now, let’s take that “MhO” drawing from Revit 2016 and upgrade it to Revit 2017.

¼” Calibri Text Note - Revit 2017 (upgraded from Revit 2016)
The upgraded to 2017 text is larger, as expected, but it has also been moved down the page a bit. In fact, the top of the ‘h’ now aligns with where the top of the ‘M’ was in the 2016 project.

To do a better size comparison, let’s realign the bottom of the measurement rectangle to the bottom of then ‘M’ as it was originally in Revit 2016.

¼” Calibri Text Note - Revit 2017 (Realigned to 2016 Measurement Lines)
That’s better. Now, as promised by Revit help, the text height of the ‘M’ is the same as the Revit text size. 

More importantly, notice that even for this small stretch of 3 letters, the overall width of the 2017 text note is at least a ½ letter wider than the original 2016 text note. This is expected, because as the text size increases in width it must proportionally increase in width.

From empirical measurements I’ve found Arial about 2% larger and Calibri about 18% larger in text upgraded to Revit 2017. Other fonts will vary depending on the height of ‘h’ versus ‘M.’

Now let’s examine a more realistic example, Arial text notes on a sheet. The example below highlights the visual differences, showing Revit 2016 in red overlapped with Revit 2017 in green:

Sheet Text – 2016 (Red) vs 2017 (Green)
Notice how the green 2017 text in the detail text notes and title block is larger and sometimes wraps to an additional line.

So here are the takeaways for Revit text when upgrading to Revit 2017:
  • All text gets larger in height and width
  • The text gets larger by the ratio of the height of the letters ‘h’ to ‘M’ and a bit more
  • How much text gets larger depends upon the font – perhaps anywhere from 2% to 20% taller and wider
  • Text will shift down a wee bit
  • Text wrapping may cause larger 2017 text to flow onto additional lines


Ben Bishoff
Senior Software Developer
Ben has been a software engineer for over 25 years. With a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, he has worked at several software companies developing applications for the AEC industry including Sage Timberline (construction accounting and estimating) and ArchT (architectural drafting for AutoCAD). He also worked at Microsoft creating AEC and other diagramming solutions for Office Visio. Ben has been with Ideate Software for over 8 years developing add-ins for Revit including Ideate Explorer and Ideate BIMLink.


This article was originally posted on the Ideate Software blog.
 



May 10, 2016

US Survey Feet is Finally Here

As a Civil Engineer and Infrastructure Application Specialist at Ideate, I'm celebrating along with Surveyors, Mappers, and Civil Engineers in nine states… AutoCAD 2017 based products now support US Survey Feet! 

It's been something we've wanted for years because many of us assign our drawings a State Plane Coordinate System (SPCS) using AutoCAD Map 3D or AutoCAD Civil 3D. US Survey Feet is preferred by California, Texas, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Indiana, North Carolina, Nebraska, and Wyoming. The issue up until now, was that although Map 3D and Civil 3D functionality understood coordinate systems, and the difference between a US Survey Foot and an International Foot, underlying AutoCAD did not. AutoCAD tools to attach External References, insert blocks, and ReCap point clouds, auto-scale based on International Feet. The difference between a US Survey Foot (~0.3048006 meters) and an International Foot (0.3048 meters exactly) is quite small. Yet it makes a significant difference when you are working in large state plane coordinate values for mapping and civil engineering projects.

Now the sobering news… because 'US Survey Feet' is a new unit to AutoCAD (INSUNITS=21), potentially undesired automatic scaling of Xrefs will occur if we are not careful. Why do I say that?

Externally referencing a ‘legacy’ engineering drawing (pre 2017), set to Intl Feet, into a 2017 'US Survey Feet' units drawing will now be automatically scaled, regardless of whether the application performing the reference is AutoCAD 2017, Map 3D 2017 or Civil 3D 2017. This will also occur even if the referenced drawing is assigned a coordinate system based on US Survey Feet. Remember that attaching an Xref is an AutoCAD based tool. The auto-scaling will not be obvious in the Attach External Reference dialog because the default Drawing Units length precision in most drawings is set to four decimal places.



Now, if you set your Drawing Units length precision to six decimal places, you'll see a scaling factor of 0.999998.


This is the ratio of Intl Feet to US Survey Feet, which comes to about 2 feet for every 1 million feet. It's negligible for low coordinate value drawings, but not for our state plane coordinate drawings. 

In the below screen shot, I've externally referenced an Intl Foot drawing into a new 'US Survey Feet' drawing. Note that the coordinates of the same point differ by -12.51, -4.07. 


Also note that 'US Survey Feet' is not understood by AutoCAD versions prior to 2017. You'll get the below warning upon changing the units. An AutoCAD 2017 created drawing can still be opened by AutoCAD 2013-2016.


Lastly, some of you may be aware of an old undocumented AEC command called -DWGUNITS. It's occasionally used to address block insertion scaling of 12x or 1/12 even when INSUNITS is correct in both drawings. Because it's old and undocumented, it does not include US Survey Feet.

Although it's great news that Autodesk finally added US Survey Feet to AutoCAD's supported units, we may not fully realize the benefit for a few more releases. Until then, I recommend setting the Drawing Units length precision to six decimal places for all drawings assigned US Survey Feet. Doing so will give you the visual prompt of the auto-scaling AutoCAD is about to perform.


For more information on training and consulting for the various products Ideate services, visit our website at www.ideateinc.com

Daniel Armstrong
ENI Application Specialist
Daniel is an Application Specialist for Infrastructure Solutions at the Ideate Sacramento office. He is a California licensed Civil Engineer and LSIT with over 9 years land development design experience and 6 years Civil–GIS software consulting. Additionally, he provided 6 years of engineering support at a municipal public works department. At Ideate, Daniel assists Civil Engineering and Surveying firms in maximizing their utilization of AutoCAD Civil 3D through consulting, training, mentoring, and technical support. He conducts standard classroom and custom training on AutoCAD, Map 3D, and Civil 3D.

May 9, 2016

e-Learning - Upcoming Revit and Ideate Software Classes

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Documenting Your Project in Revit MEP: Keynotes and General Notes
5.19::Ideate Software:
Revit Model Management with
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5.20::Revit 201:
Converting Blocks to Families & Working with 2D Content in Revit
5.24:Revit 201:
Revit Import into 3ds Max

5.25::Ideate Software:
Ideate BIMLink for Revit MEP Projects
5.27::Revit 201:
Getting Started with Presentations in Revit Architecture
6.1::Ideate Software:
Introduction to Ideate Sticky
Each class is designed to give you specific, improved results in a particular topic. You can interact with the instructor right from your own office, while eliminating travel time. Because the class schedule rotates, you can easily select your topics of interest and choose the day which best meets your schedule.

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May 5, 2016

View Templates: Shortcut to Productivity

Rendering, if done in a working project, can be time-consuming. The shortcut offered here, removes rendering from the documentation model and uses a separate project with linked views, managed with the View Template* feature in Revit. 

The scenario I'm think of is: you might have 25 project models needing daily review of rendered images, in order to validate the design. The 'View Templates' option offers one way of managing exactly which linked file is visible within a view – so one Revit project can act as a central location for copies of all the active projects.


If working on a collection of historic buildings, say, which are all 
currently being modeled, this workflow technique will allow production of multiple 3D views, from multiple projects; offering you a chance to increase your productivity on the job. 


Watch this video workflow to better understand how to use View Templates to increase productivity



Multiple projects linked to one "Rendering Scene" project.
Simultaneously render a variety of 3D views in the Cloud
Thank you for reading. For more information on Revit and other Autodesk products, and information on training and consulting for the various products Ideate services, visit our website.

*Worksets and Design Options are alternative approaches. 


AEC Senior Application Specialist
Jim Cowan’s extensive AEC design industry experience, Autodesk design solutions expertise and status as an Autodesk Certified Instructor have made him a sought after University Curriculum developer, instructor and presenter. Jim’s areas of expertise include eLearning, interoperability between solutions and overcoming barriers to the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Educated in Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot–Watt University and in Landscape Architecture at the University of Manitoba, Jim has special focus on sustainability issues: daylight analysis, sun studies, lighting analysis, modeling buildings and conceptual energy modeling (models with shading devices). You can learn more from Jim on his YouTube Channel.

May 2, 2016

e-Learning - Upcoming Revit and Ideate Software Classes - Enrolling Now

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5.3::Revit 201:
Roofs in Revit Architecture

5.4::Ideate Software:
Introduction to Ideate Sticky
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Stairs and Railings in Revit
5.12::Ideate Software:
Auditing Your Revit Project with
Ideate Explorer 
5.13::Revit 201:
Documenting Your Project in Revit MEP: Keynotes and General Notes
5.19::Ideate Software:
Revit Model Management with
Ideate BIMLink 
5.20::Revit 201:
Converting Blocks to Families & Working with 2D Content in Revit
5.25::Ideate Software:
Ideate BIMLink for Revit MEP Projects
Each class is designed to give you specific, improved results in a particular topic. You can interact with the instructor right from your own office, while eliminating travel time. Because the class schedule rotates, you can easily select your topics of interest and choose the day which best meets your schedule.

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Data Day: Ideate Leads Discussion on Future of BIM



Want to help set the direction for the future of Building Information Modeling (BIM)?

Join us on July 13, 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona for the inaugural Data Day workshop, a one-day event within the Revit Technology Conference North America (RTCNA). This workshop, developed by Ideate, will launch a discussion on what data means to the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Owner (AECO) community.

The best part? Data Day is specially designed for you: principals, owners, visionaries, and others who want to explore new ways to use data to make better, conscious business decisions. As a result, you’ll bring your own unique experience and insight to help determine the next steps for the AECO industry.

We encourage companies to think of BIM as an ecosystem – building up their team’s knowledge base and making connections, and now, with Data Day, we’re ready take it even further. Attendees will gain valuable knowledge from dynamic presentations and interactive, round-table discussions, where they will share company perspectives, concerns, and visions regarding data. Questions that will be discussed include:
  • What is data to the AECO industry, and what related challenges does the industry face?
  • What data matters most to AECO businesses?
  • What can be done to better seize the value of the data?
  • How can a graphic ecosystem of data management tools be developed?
  • How can data be leveraged at each stage of a built project lifecycle for collective stakeholder benefit?
  • What skills are required to solve industry problems?
  • What methods have other industries employed to solve similar issues?
Ideate has always been at the forefront of BIM. Today, the industry is at another turning point, and we are pleased to lead discussions that will once again set the direction for the next wave of innovation – and we hope you’ll be there.

For more information and registration visit the Data Day website.