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Shaan Hurley
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Autodesk employee, shutterbug, geek, and world traveler.
Interests: travel, photography, technology and the outdoors.
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A nice announcement & fitting since it is my 28th birthday today! (ok, 28 isn't true). After 20+ years active in the Autodesk Community, I finally have it as my actual role as the Autodesk Community Engagement Manager on the Autodesk Community Team. Many of you have known me a very longtime, some back to when we used to ride dinosaurs and document designs on cave walls. Prior to joining Autodesk, 1998, I was a customer. I was active in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Between the Lines
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This week Bob Bray, Autodesk Sr. Dir. and General Manager of Autodesk Tandem, announced the availability of the new Digital Twin platform Autodesk Tandem beta release on the Autodesk Feedback Community. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2021 at Between the Lines
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“Innovation and collaboration are at the heart of the Autodesk Technology Centers, which provide a platform for exploring new possibilities of designing and making. With a global network of innovators from the industry, academic, and entrepreneurial communities—and physical workshops in San Francisco; Boston; Toronto; and Birmingham, England—the technology centers provide support for residents as they seek new ways of designing for impact.” Read More and get the free eBook Here: https://redshift.autodesk.com/designing-for-impact/ Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2021 at Between the Lines
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I have been without power, internet an phone for almost 9 days due to a severe ice storm last week in the Portland Oregon area. The weight of over an inch of ice on all the trees caused many large trees to fall taking out all utilities for hundreds of thousands of people. Everything has been restored as of late Sunday. Not much has stopped me in 17 years of blogging, but that was almost a complete block of my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2021 at Between the Lines
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I live in the SE Portland Oregon area between Milwaukie and Gladstone up on a hill. It’s an urban –rural translon suburb of Portland. Last Friday we were hit hard with about 4 inches of snow and then several days of freezing rain on top of that. Portland doesn't normally get snow, but occasionally we will or the occasional freak cold storm that comes out of the Columbia River gorge. The recent storm was a Polar Vortex out of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at Between the Lines
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After almost a year out of my work office, I am really missing my colleagues, the offices, and the creativity that goes on there. Google Photos reminded me yesterday, of a morning 10 years ago in San Francisco Autodesk office when I walked in early morning, and what I witnessed. A giant inflated dinosaur in the office walkway. After deflation The inflatable fabric dinosaur was created using a prototype software that would take 3D models and generate a 2D pattern... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2021 at Between the Lines
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Yesterday, a viral video posted by a US district court in Texas had me laughing so hard that I shared it with many in Twitter, Facebook, Slack, and texts. Now I will share it here for a fun Wednesday laugh, and show you how you too can inject some fun into a meeting. Be sure to reset your camera before the next person uses your computer and ends up like the lawyer in the YouTube video with a cat filter... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2021 at Between the Lines
Today, Autodesk officially launched Autodesk Build, our all-new project, cost, and field solution available as part of Autodesk Construction Cloud. Read how Autodesk Build unifies best-in-class features from BIM 360 and PlanGrid Our Mission to Connect the Office & Field: Autodesk Build “Autodesk Build serves as a truly unified platform that connects all team members, data, and workflows. The solution links stakeholders and information, not just between the jobsite and office, but throughout all stages of the project and across the entire... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2021 at Between the Lines
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I recently noticed a new feature after opening AutoCAD Web App, a new preview feature of a Trace feature. The new Trace feature works great for non-destructive overlays for markup and edits that don't alter the original drawing. Introducing Trace (preview feature) “Trace provides a safe space to add changes to a drawing in the web and mobile apps without altering the existing drawing. To open the Trace palette, click Traces in the side panel on the left side of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2021 at Between the Lines
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In Marin County, California, a small group of people got together January 30, 1982 and formed Autodesk. As founder John Walker stated “the game has changed.” Today marks the 39th birthday of Autodesk. Autodesk’s Flying founders ”Autodesk Founders. They didn't walk on water, but they could fly pretty well.” The Autodesk flying founders from left to right: Rudolf Künzli, Mike Ford, Dan Drake, Mauri Laitinen, Greg Lutz, David Kalish, Lars Moureau, Richard Handyside,Kern Sibbald, Hal Royaltey, Duff Kurland, John Walker,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2021 at Between the Lines
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The top rated speakers and sessions were just announced in the annual Speaker Aw... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2021 at Between the Lines
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Do you know who turns 39 years old, this Saturday? It’s certainly not me. January 30, 1982 Hint, Born in California, County of Marin, in the city of Sausalito. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2021 at Between the Lines
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My colleague, amazing developer, fellow blogger, and good friend Kean Walmsley published a timely and informative third article in a series on how to use Dynamo to evaluate safe office occupancy in the age of COVID virus. The latest in the series is Building a Mega-Graph. COVID Office Occupancy: Single-Objective Optimization COVID Office Occupancy: Multi-Objective Optimization COVID Office Occupancy: Building a Mega-Graph Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2021 at Between the Lines
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Who knew in the boxes of 38 years of Autodesk history that I have that we could connect Tina Turner and her hit song Simply The Best with Autodesk the software company. I received this 45rpm vinyl record from Dietmar Rudolph some years ago along with other Autodesk memorabilia. It is unique and appears to be to commemorate some event in Germany. It may be unique and odd, but not the most unique and odd Autodesk memorabilia in my collection.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2021 at Between the Lines
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“Autodesk is very intrigued by the perspectives the EMEA Engineering Executive Council have articulated in its paper Good data for the public good, as published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. We succeed as a technology partner for our subscribers when we help them move the industry forward, so the principles contained within this paper shed valuable insight on what the industry is expecting from us. Autodesk’s Future of Making for AEC Driving Industry Change Through Convergence” Read the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2021 at Between the Lines
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Today is my anniversary of joining Autodesk from being an Autodesk customer and ended up moving down to the San Francisco Bay area. I had thought a couple years leaving industry as a mechanical designer using Autodesk software would be for a couple years improving the products I used and then back to the design, fabrication and construction world I would go, but I stayed at Autodesk. What kept me was the amazing colleagues, great company, the best customers, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2021 at Between the Lines
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”As part of the December 2020 update of Fusion 360, we delivered a new method for generating additive manufacturing outcomes. Internally, we call this project Additive 2.0, and it is part of our Experimental Generative Solvers and Features preview. This new method should go a long way to improve the shape quality and printability of the outcomes compared to what you previously saw in generative design. This was a present I know many of us have been eagerly waiting for,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2021 at Between the Lines
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Join the next Teaching with Tinkercad webinar on Thursday, January 14th at 4pm pacific. They will covering some basics and also take a deeper look at teaching electronics using Tinkercad Circuits. Sign up Here: https://www.autodesk.com/campaigns/teaching-with-tinkercad What is Tinkercad you may ask? It is fun web based free 3D design program. Tinkercad is used by millions of teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything! Check out Tinkercad here, its fun and great for 4-100 year old kids.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2021 at Between the Lines
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Like most Autodesk employees I have just returned from our annual week of rest and holidays, plus a bonus few days this year courtesy of our leadership wanting employees to relax after a challenging 2020 which felt like never ending Zoom meeting and unpredictable situations in life and work. I'm grateful that Autodesk thinks about the challenges of their employees and those that have been cooped up for months with many challenges as well as the mental exhaustion and feelings... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2021 at Between the Lines
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Happy Holidays to you and yours. It is that time of the year most of us Autodeskers take time off to celebrate the holidays, spend time with family, and disconnect from work for our annual week of rest from December 21 to January 4th (yes, thankfully its more than an actual week). I want to sincerely thank those employees that must remain on call or work over the holidays to support customers and employees or our facilities. I will be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2020 at Between the Lines
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There are several opportunities opening now that students can apply for at Autodesk, and more should be added. Not of these opportunities or interns are computer programming related, there are several finance, UX, strategic foresight, product management, and business development rated. https://www.autodesk.com/careers/students Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2020 at Between the Lines
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There is a free Autodesk eBook now available on learning about how automation and generative design can empower you to meet new challenges and shape the built environment of the future. The Future is a Design Challenge eBook ”Solving tomorrow’s challenges with automation and generative design “ autode.sk/2W3H6f0 Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2020 at Between the Lines
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We recently held the Autodesk University 2020, free and online due to the COVID-19 pandemic making it unsafe to gather 10,000 attendees traveling and meeting in one place. The Autodesk University 2020 was over 100,000 attendees and I do hope science finds a way we can get back to meeting in person for Autodesk University once again.I have been asked where al, the AU locations have been, so here is my updated list and adding it to my Autodesk History... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2020 at Between the Lines
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One of the top Autodesk Fusion 360 users and presenters, Scott Moyse, Manufacturing & CAM Technical Specialist of CADPRO Systems Limited, recently presented a Fusion 360 tips and tricks class at Autodesk University 2020 and moved the evolution of The Engineers Guide to Drinks to a new level in Fusion 360 all along teaching you great tips and techniques in a creative and fun way. Autodesk University is free this year, go learn something valuable to build more skills and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2020 at Between the Lines
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This is an oldie, but a goodie to prevent the appearance of YELLING IN ALL CAPS. We use all capital letters in most CAD drawings for the readability of the text, and sometimes we get drawn away from AutoCAD to send an email, respond to a instant message or post on social media. We often forget to disable the CAP lock on our keyboard and end up writing an email in ALL CAPS. Did you know there is a setting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2020 at Between the Lines