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  • Larry Kleinkemper (2013)

    21 Time-Saving Tips, Workarounds, and Best Practices for As-Built MEP Projects

    • Building Design Suite, 3ds Max Entertainment Creation Suite

    Key Learning

    • Create an as-built model and workflow that uses the latest software tools and best practices to maximize efficiency
    • Collect the necessary amount of on-site laser scan data in the most efficient process
    • Understand how third-party software plug-ins can augment as-built modeling in Revit
    • Implement an array of time-saving scanning and modeling tips on your very next MEP project
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  • Matt Stachoni (2013)

    A Hardware Wonk's Guide to Specifying the Best 3D and BIM Workstations, 2013 Edition

    • Building Design Suite, 3ds Max Entertainment Creation Suite

    Key Learning

    • Explain the technical demands of each application in the Building Design Suite
    • Describe the current state of today's processors, memory, storage, and graphics hardware
    • Optimize your hardware resources for BIM modeling, advanced visualization, and construction coordination
    • Answer the question, Should I build or should I buy?
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  • Samantha Phenix (2013)

    Balanced Computing: The Path to Improved Productivity

    • AutoCAD Design Suite, 3ds Max Entertainment Creation Suite

    Key Learning

    • Configure a balanced system to optimize your workflow
    • Explain the trade-offs between integrated graphics versus discrete graphics
    • Assess when a second processor can benefit your workflow
    • Describe the impact of solid state drives (SSD) on end-user productivity
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  • Sarayu Chandrapal (2013)

    Intel® HD Graphics for Modern Workstation Applications: No Discrete Card Required

    • AutoCAD Inventor LT Suite, Maya Entertainment Creation Suite

    Key Learning

    • Describe the capabilities of integrated graphics in the workstation market segment
    • Explain how Intel's integrated graphics can deliver anytime, anywhere access seamlessly
    • Understand what the Xeon and Core processors have to offer
    • Decide if an entry level discrete card is a requirement
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  • Preston Taylor (2012)

    Mobile Computing Options with Autodesk® Software

    • AutoCAD Design Suite
    • Autodesk Maya Entertainment Creation Suite

    Key Learning

    • Investigate usage scenarios for using new mobile products with Autodesk software
    • Differentiate between mobile workstations, business laptops, ultrabooks, and tablets
    • List mobile performance characteristics
    • Describe Lenovo's complete mobile portfolio
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  • John Higgs (2013)

    Cheap Tricks: Animation Shortcuts for Storytelling

    • 3ds Max Entertainment Creation Suite, Smoke

    Key Learning

    • Explain how different cameras impact the amount of time needed in production
    • Use a technique of pushing on a still rendering while applying animation on top of the rendering to give it a dynamic feel
    • Use tricks to transition between cameras in a 2D state
    • Describe the production workflow for the animation pipeline
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  • Chris Landreth (2013)

    Making Faces

    • Maya Entertainment Creation Suite,

    Key Learning

    • Animate character faces with believability and realism
    • Observe and recreate subtle expressions in human faces
    • Act out real human facial expressions
    • Explain the anatomy of human facial expressions
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  • Ben Bisares (2013)

    Time-Saving Tips and Tricks for Your Architectural Visualizations

    • 3ds Max Design, 3ds Max Entertainment Creation Suite

    Key Learning

    • Use Nitrous for previsualization
    • Create materials that convincingly fake reflections and indirect lighting
    • Correctly and effectively use HDR images to reduce the amount of lighting needed in the scene
    • Use new features in 3ds Max Design 2014, such as Populate
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  • Allan McKay (2012)

    Advanced Visual Effects Techniques for Technical Directors

    • Autodesk 3ds Max Entertainment Creation Suite
    • Autodesk Maya

    Key Learning

    • Explain workflow processes and scripting tools for rendering and the creation of various effects
    • Create high-end Hollywood AAA movie FX
    • Fracture and create realistic destruction of surfaces, buildings, and other VFX shots
    • Create realistic fire, smoke, and explosions VFX for film production
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  • Roland Reyer (2012)

    Autodesk® Maya® Scripting: MEL™ and Python

    • Autodesk Maya
    • Autodesk Maya Entertainment Creation Suite

    Key Learning

    • List the differences between MEL and Python
    • Explain the limitations of MEL
    • Use basic MEL/Python commands
    • Write your own MEL scripts
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