AEC Tech News (#300)

21 Jul, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff

Event Report: RTC 2011 North America


The Revit Technology Conference made its U.S. debut in California, where attendees experienced extensive BIM education opportunities and a little Australian-style hospitality.

By Nancy Spurling Johnson

The Revit Technology Conference (RTC) 2011 North America was a bright spot during a stretch of "June gloom" in the Los Angeles area. Overcast skies didn't keep attendees from enjoying the beautiful Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa venue, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, or soaking up the opportunities to hone their Autodesk Revit skills, optimize building information modeling (BIM) workflows, and network with fellow Revit fans.

Held June 23–25, the conference was making its first-ever U.S. appearance. Australian architect Wesley Benn founded the conference in his home country in 2005, and the first event drew six speakers and 89 attendees. The conference has grown every year, and RTC 2011 Australasia drew 60 speakers and 450 attendees this past May.

Like the devoted base of Revit users, RTC is led by a dedicated group of volunteers and described as "by users, for users." The event's small size and independence offer opportunities for attendees to really roll up their sleeves, take an honest look at the software, and tackle challenging issues around it. Read more »

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Nancy Spurling Johnson is Cadalyst's editor in chief.

Paul Aubin


SPECapc Releases New 3ds Max 2011 Benchmark

The long-awaited update is available in an economical personal edition and a comprehensive professional version.

By Cadalyst Staff

The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation's Application Performance Characterization (SPECapc) group has released the long-awaited new benchmark test for evaluating the performance of systems running Autodesk 3ds Max 2011. Launched earlier this month, the updated test is available in professional and personal versions, both of which can be purchased from the organization's web site.

New features in SPECapc for 3ds Max 2011 include:

  • Updated tests based on new functionality in 3ds Max 2011.
  • An improved user interface that makes it easier to configure and run tests.
  • Increased level of testing for shading and rendering in the professional version, including use of the Autodesk Quicksilver engine for accelerated CPU and GPU rendering.
  • Automated benchmark results compilation in the professional version.

One Benchmark, Two Versions

The professional version of SPECapc for 3ds Max 2011 ($495) contains 58 tests for measuring modeling, interactive graphics, and CPU and GPU (graphics processing unit) performance. It includes a 32-million-polygon city scene that is modeled, rendered, and displayed in real time, testing the limits of high-end workstations with powerful CPU/GPU combinations. Licensees of the professional version of SPECapc for 3ds Max 2011 can publish benchmark results publicly and submit them for review and possible publication on the SPEC web site. Read more »


Mark Your Calendar: AEC Events


Through November 17, 2011
Various cities
Rand's IMAGINiT Technologies division is sponsoring Autodesk CAD Camps across the United States and Canada to help professionals gain industry-recognized credentials through Autodesk Certifications. Each session focuses on enhancing the development and productivity of the attendees. Read more »

Meridian Systems 2011 User Conference
October 11–13, 2011
Huntington Beach, California
This customer event will bring together project-based organizations from several infrastructure-intensive industries to share best practices and customer case studies for Meridian's two primary product offerings, Proliance and Prolog software. Read more »

GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2011
October 11–14, 2011
San Jose, California
NVIDIA's GTC 2011 will feature more than 240 hours of technical sessions, tutorials, panels, and moderated roundtables, presented by senior programmers, researchers, and thought leaders from a range of fields. Read more »

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to


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