Autodesk University 2022 | Håvard Vasshaug

I was just notified that both the presentations I did at Autodesk University (AU) 2022 won the Top-Rated Class Award. This was my first AU since the last physical event was held in Vegas in 2019. I therefore put in a lot of work in the presentations and I am grateful, relieved and very very happy that the people who attended the sessions liked them.

Automating the New Government Quarter in Norway

In this class Morten Ræder from Nordic Office of Architecture and I shared the background, challenges, development and implementation we executed for Revit automation on one of the biggest and certainly the most politically, strategically and emotionally complex building projects in recent Norwegian history.

Credit: Team Urbis

The automation workflows we built saved, and continues to save, the project team, building owner and in turn the Norwegian society, unimaginable expenses in reducing wasted time by automating BIM-related tasks that no architect or engineer should ever do. We also increased the quality of model data outputs that now manifests as the most successful model-based construction project in Norwegian history.

As a side note, the session resulted in a surge of requests for information about Night Runner, the first tools we built on this project. Night Runner standardizes Revit models using a Type File strategy, meaning you make one model and control the content of all other project model from it, automatically. Nicolas Catellier attended the class and graciousely wrote about it on his blog. Check out and fill out the form at the bottom if you want more information about how it works.

Here is a link to the recording that we finished a month before the event, in addition to the presentation and handout PDF’s.

Here are the ratings and reviews we received:

Session content rating: 4.73 (out of 5)
Speaker rating: 4.77
Supporting material rating: 4.68

Number of people in the room: 161

  • Absolutely amazing session, insanely good work. DEVELOPPERS!
  • Excellent presentation on innovative workflow and process
  • Morten is hot as hell.
  • Norway is world leading in BIM! More of this.
  • So much useful info! One of my favorite sessions this year.
  • These are my favourite speakers I was very excited to be able to sign up for this class. Only when I walked in the room was 90% jamb packed like a can of sardines full!!! Not sure if the organizers knew that the chair allotted space is only 18" square which means each and everyone in a full room gets to cuddle hip to hip shoulder to shoulder with a complete stranger. I walked as out odds of manspreading is still high at this conference. I missed standing or sitting on the floor at Vegas.
  • Very interesting method!
  • Very interesting topic and good knowledgeable presenters
  • Well structured, well presented, well done! I enjoyed the focus of specific aspects that were pain points and how they were resolved.

From Drawings to Data

On the final day of AU, Harsh Kedia and I presented the work we have done the last year on creating better workflows for digital construction. The construction industry is moving from dead paper to live databases, and in that process a lot of people struggle with delivering the quality that is required for this change to happen fast. If a contractor doesn’t trust that the property you produce, she will stop using the model for her work.

Photo: Krzysztof Jedrzejewski

We have invested a lot of time and resources the last year in creating an alternative way of creating and validating construction data, using web and database technology. This work has resulted in the product Anker, that we now sell and implement in many large projects with digital construction on the menu.

In our presentation, Harsh and I talked through the difficulties Revit users face when they are asked to deliver large consistent datasets. We also discussed the lack of good validations processes, and how strange it is that not more tool providers build in native automation. We discussed the use of Dynamo and Grasshopper, and I think I may have broken some hearts when I stated “it’s hard for me to imagine an entire industry’s digital transformation done with Dynamo”.

Photo: Krzysztof Jedrzejewski

If you are interested in testing Anker, you can do that from or simply writing [email protected] an email. Today it has live Revit integration with our Dimitar Venkov-built addin, and IFC import. It also has an amazing validation process that I hope will make more contractors trust data.

Here is a link to the recording that we finished a month before the event, in addition to the presentation and handout PDF’s.

Here are the ratings and reviews that we are so happy to see today:

Session content rating: 4.6
Speaker rating: 4.67
Supporting material rating: 4.53

Number of people in the room: 149

• Great class. Always glad to attend a Reope class.
• Very interesting concept. Looking forward to seeing where it goes.

I have presented at AU almost yearly during more than a decade now, but this is the first time I get two top rated classes at the event. THANK YOU everyone who attended and gave us feedback, and thank you Morten and Harsh for the collaboration:)

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