We shared our picks of the best online resources to get started with Revit, but not everyone is adept at learning via videos and PDF tutorials. If you’re looking for more hands-on learning, then BIM and Revit conferences and tradeshows are one of the best ways to get quality training from industry experts. Yes, events are relatively expenses when you consider the time away from the office and billable work, but think of your attendance as an investment in professional development and growth. Where and how else would you be able to hear from top-notch speakers, watch amazing presentations, and network with peers, potential future customers, and colleagues?
To help you start making that investment, here are our picks for the top BIM and Revit training conferences right here in the U.S.!
Revit Technology Conference
Founded in 2005, the Revit Technology Conference (RTC) bills itself as the “pre-eminent educational and networking event for BIM users worldwide.” As an event founded and run by Revit users, RTC attracts hundreds of attendees each year due to its expansive schedule covering nearly all areas of technology for business. While RTC is usually a multi-day event, the RTC team also hosts two smaller day-long summits, focused on specific topics and for a more specific audience as well: RTC Design Technology Summit and The Building Content Summit.
The BIMForum is a unique event in that it is actually hosted twice yearly, usually in the spring and in the fall. This multi-day event hopes to “facilitate and accelerate the adoption of BIM in the AEC industry” by exploring best practices for architects, engineers, builders, and owners. Each event also features a specific theme; for example, the October 2016 BIMForum asks and answers the question, “What is the new standard for professional coordination?”
AIA National Convention
This one is geared a little more towards those in the architectural field, but the AIA National Convention offers topics for nearly every role in an architectural firm, from the designer to the executive. The jam-packed schedule takes advantage of the host city with fun events like a “sketch crawl” and citywide scavenger hunt. Attendees also have multiple opportunities to earn continuing education credits to maximize on their AIA membership.
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Design-Build Conference & Expo
As the name suggests, this event is focused exclusively on design-build—and it does it well. The Design-Build Conference & Expo attracts over 2,000 attendees and exhibitors each year with its array of breakout sessions, many of which qualify for continuing education units. The Awards Dinner is also a great opportunity to give recognition to some of the year’s stand-out projects and teams.
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Hosted annually in Las Vegas, Autodesk University (AU) is a multi-day Revit and BIM user event like no other. Attendance ranges in the 10,000’s, there are 500+ breakout sessions during the day, numerous networking parties and evening socials, and a tremendous exhibit hall. Competition to speak at AU is tough (read this sneak peek of the selection process), so you know you’re getting some of the best, and freshest, talent in the industry. This year, AU has shifted its dates to be pre- rather than post-Thanksgiving, to the relief of many attendees, and will also feature some interesting main event lineup changes.
This is just a small sampling of the many BIM and Revit events that offer training and networking opportunities. Do your research to understand how well the event’s sessions, topics, and delivery methods fit with your needs. While large events like RTC can provide more topic variety, an intimate event like the BIM Workshops allows you to interact more with the instructors and presenters.
What other conferences or events would you recommend to your fellow Revit and BIM professionals? Share your thoughts in the comments!