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Meet the Speakers: Orange County Edition

The BIM Workshops bring BIM-industry experts from around the country together for a one-day training and networking conference. Attendees get the opportunity to network not only with each other, but also with widely-recognized experts–many of whom frequently speak at events such as Autodesk University and the Revit Technology Conference.

Get acquainted with the speakers for the 2016 Orange County BIM Workshops below.

Steven Shell

Steven Shell owns his own architectural firm in Tucson, Ariz. He has been using Revit Architecture® exclusively for over 14 years and is the co-founder and co-chair of the Southern Arizona Revit Users Group and is professionally certified in Revit Architecture. His extenxive industry expertise and big personality has led to him receiving the “Top Rated Speaker Award” at the Revit Technology Conference in Dublin, Ireland, Autodesk University 2015 and three BIM Workshops events. To learn more about Steven, check out our previous features about him: From Hand-Drawn Designs to Revit Masterpieces and Beyond and On Stage and Off, Steven Shell Rocks.

At the Orange County BIM Workshops, you can catch Steven’s sessions, Switching from AutoCAD® to Revit® and Tips and Tricks to Make Your Revit® Drawings and Presentations Look Great!

Brian Mackey


Brian Mackey is the self-proclaimed “Revit Geek,” and he showcases his geekdom and love of talking about Revit (or maybe just his love talking) on his blog and in a monthly light-hearted, occasionally irreverent, free Q&A webcast, Revit Radio. He’s been in the AEC industry for more than 25 years and started his BIM consulting company in 2011 to focus on custom high-level training and mentoring. Get to know more about the Revit Geek in our feature, The Revit Geek, Unmasked.

At the Orange County BIM Workshops, you can catch Brian’s Revolutionizing Revit® Railings session and the corresponding lab.

Gerald Garrett

Gerald Garrett is an Autodesk Certified Instructor and Technical Specialist for U.S. CAD. Located in the Las Vegas office, Gerald uses his 15 years of CAD experience to provide implementation for Autodesk Revit MEP and AutoCAD MEP and production using Autodesk programs such as Navisworks, Revit, Recap and AutoCAD. Gerald is actively involved in CAD and Revit user groups and is working on developing and expanding his industry knowledge with a focus in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction. Get to know more about him in our feature, Recognizing the Evolution of BIM.

At the Orange County BIM Workshops, Gerald will be teaching two lab sessions: Revit Families and Roof & Floor Framing.

Jarrod Baumann

Jarrod Baumann is the BIM Manager for Tilden-Coil Constructors, Inc. where he is responsible for bridging the gap between the digital document process and real world field conditions. Like many BIM professionals, he got is start in the industry through AutoCAD in high school. Today, Jarrod has extensive experience in reality capture, laser scan and point cloud creation, clash detection, creating custom 3D content and has 21 years design and construction experience. Get inside his head and learn more about him in our feature, Inside Jarrod Baumann’s Head: From Laser Scanning to His Start in the Industry.

At the Orange County BIM Workshops, you can attend Jarrod’s session Get Your Head In the Clouds: Practical Use of Laser Scans.

Robert Bell

Robert Bell is a Design Technology Manager for Stantec. He provides strategic direction, technical oversight, and high-level support for Stantec’s enterprise design and production technology systems. Robert has been in the MEP industry for over 25 years and has used every release of Revit MEP (including the initial beta of Revit Systems.) Robert is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has written many articles regarding Revit MEP and AutoCAD. He is also currently the President for AUGI.

At the Orange County BIM Workshops, you can catch Robert’s sessions, Avoiding Collaboration Sand Traps and MEP Family Techniques.

Jack Trexler

Jack Trexler is a Technical Specialist at U.S. CAD. He has more than 14 years of experience in BIM management and HVAC/plumbing. In his prior positions as Mechanical/Fire Protection Designer and the CAD/BIM Manager, Jack produced HVAC and plumbing systems design for office buildings, commercial and retail spaces, K-12 schools, medical facilities, churches, and tenant improvement projects. He also provides training via videos, documents, and in-person instruction for Revit software and project standards, and also works with architects and owners to coordinate MEP designs.

At the Orange County BIM Workshops, Jack will be teaching two lab sessions, Plumbing Designs in Revit®: Can It Be Easier? and HVAC Designers/Engineers: Can You Do This in Revit®? .

Phil Samson

Phil Samson is a Technical Specialist at U.S. CAD. Prior to joining U.S. CAD, Phil worked as a drafter, BIM Coordinator and CAD Manager for various Architectural and General Contracting firms where he worked on institutional, commercial and residential projects. In addition, Phil has taught Revit Architecture and 3ds Max at the community college level and is an Autodesk Certified Professional in Revit Architecture. He regularly conducts seminars on the use of Autodesk technology for Architecture and Construction and provides implementation, customization, training, and technical support services to AEC design professionals.

At the Orange County BIM Workshops, Phil will be teaching two lab sessions, Timeliner Tutorial & Simulation and Starting from Scratch: Coordinated Projects in Revit®.

Kristin Rhein

Kristin Rhein is a Technical Specialist and Autodesk Certified Instructor at U.S. CAD. Located in the Honolulu, Hawaii office, she has experience working with a variety of industry members as she provides training, consulting, and implementation for Autodesk Revit Architecture, Navisworks, AutoCAD, Showcase, and 3ds Max Design.

At the Orange County BIM Workshops, Kristin will be presenting Which Virtual Coordination Software is Best for You? during the lunch session. You can also attend her session on Becoming More Efficient in AutoCAD®.

Andrew Jizba

Andrew Jizba is a Solutions Consultant at U.S. CAD. Previously, he was the BIM Program Manager for Mayo Clinic. Because of his success at Mayo Clinic, Andrew is regarded throughout the industry as a premiere healthcare owner representative. At Mayo Clinic, he successfully launched and led various program efforts, managed and trained internal and external project team members, created the Model Development Specification, and led the effort for evaluation and procurement of CAFM software to support lifecycle management and $400 million of construction activity.

At the Orange County BIM Workshops, Andrew will be presenting Realize the Value of BIM in Building during the lunch session.

Have you saved your seat for the 2016 Orange County BIM Workshops? Early bird registration is happening now! Register today for this one-day event to save $100.