I was in Las Vegas for AU for about 48 hours this year, so I missed out on a lot of great classes. I am catching up at http://au.autodesk.com. If you login with the password you used to register for AU, you’ll get access to the class papers and screencasts.
I just finished watching CV-300-4P Caffeinated Grading with David Garrigues. YOU MUST WATCH THIS CLASS. If you didn’t go to AU or you aren’t on subscription, make friends with someone with access and watch it on their machine over lunch.
Find more about why after the jump.
Dave explains triangulation, flipping faces, and the nitty gritty of feature line and grading operations. Plus, it is entertaining as all heck. I have never seen anyone do such a good job explaining how a TIN works. He also breaks down sites, easy customization ideas and innovative ways to use infills. It is more of an “anatomy of grading” class (like the best practices paper in action, so to speak) than a workflow “how to grade this type of object” class.
While it is definitely an advanced class, don’t be afraid to watch it. If you just pick up one or two things, you’ll be miles ahead.
I am not sure what bothers me the most- that I missed a really neat, fun class or that I missed saying hello to Dave’s co-presenters. Dave teamed up with Glen Albert and Chris Putnam from Autodesk. Glen and Chris make the tools so they know what is going on in the background. I cannot thank them enough for their patience and willingness to explain what the program is thinking so that I can figure out ways to make it work in real life. Sorry we didn’t connect at AU, Glen and Chris!