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Seattle ARCHICAD User Group — March 8th, 2018

It looks like for the foreseeable future we’ll be doing quarterly ARCHICAD user groups in Seattle. Tentatively we (Geoff, Thomas, Vance, Tania, and Willard-the junta who help me coordinate our user group) are planning meetings in March, June, September, and November. If there’s interest and initiative we’ll aim to do some smaller meetups in other months. Here’s what’s happening in March:

Our evening will start with a presentation by Danl Kasow, local ARCHICAD community friend and IT expert. Danl will present his new cloud-based BIM Server service, vbim. Following Danl’s presentation, Jared Banks, AIA (me!) will present a few recent projects and lead a discussion on best practices for using ARCHICAD to create permit documents, with a specific focus on Seattle’s permit process.


Thursday March 8th, 2017
6:00 PM — 8:00 PM


Weinstein A+U
2200 Western Ave #301
Seattle, WA 98121


Danl Kasow, Sorted Solution and vbim
Jared Banks, AIA, Shoegnome Architects

Other Stuff:

If you’ve got a current issue, please bring that as well. Our group has a huge collective knowledge. Let’s share what we are doing well and what we’d like to do better. To that end, if you have a project you’d like to share, bring your laptop or a thumb drive (if you bring a thumb drive, save your project as a .PLA so there aren’t missing library parts). I of course will have my machine and projects to share, but I love seeing someone else’s projects up on the screen. Are you brave enough? If there’s a specific topic you’d like to discuss, or a project you’d like to share, let me know so that we make sure there’s time!

Food and refreshments will be served.

As we always like to do, we plan on having an after-party ARCHICAD nerdfest at a nearby bar. Plus GRAPHISOFT North America will again be feeding us during the meeting. Please share this post and e-mail it to all your coworkers. I know not everyone gets the official e-mails about user groups-especially new and/or quieter employees.

A Big Link to Register for the User Group

Go sign up to claim your spot and let GSNA know they need to feed you: REGISTER HERE!

ARCHICAD job hunters!

If you are in the Seattle area and need work, e-mail me. There are plenty of people who want to talk to you. If you want to move to Seattle and use ARCHICAD, e-mail me as well-especially if you like the freelancer lifestyle. If you are an ARCHICAD firm in need of help, definitely e-mail me. I am always hearing from people looking for work, so if I don’t have someone for you today, I bet someone will be reaching out to me tomorrow. I can’t promise I’ll find you a job, freelancer, or employee, but I’ll try. As always though, the answer to our need for ARCHICAD help in Seattle (and so many other places) is training new users. The ARCHICAD community is larger now than it has ever been. And it needs to be larger. Not just because a bigger community is more sustainable, but because there’s more work than we can all handle. I don’t know of any firm that uses ARCHICAD that considers themselves overstaffed. It’s time to hire new people and train them on ARCHICAD from the ground up.

Seattle Area ARCHICAD User Mailing List

I maintain a list for ARCHICAD users in the Seattle Area (or people interested in Seattle Area ARCHICAD events). If that describes you, sign up by clicking here.

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