If you’ve taken my AU classes before, you know that I always point out that the reviews are important to me. When the evaluations were done on paper, it would take a few months to see the results. Now with online surveys, we can track our progress right away. As scary as they are sometimes, the reviews have helped me a great deal as a speaker. I always take them seriously.
One comment I received this year was a bit tough to swallow at first, but the more I thought about it the more excited I became.
The comment was from my Stream Modeling class and it referred to the savvy of the audience- that much of the audience seemed to have experience building this type of complex corridor model. Meaning- more experience than I have building them.
While I could dwell on the fact that I don’t build many stream models for construction purposes anymore, I thought about it a bit differently. When I started working with Civil 3D and seeing its possibilities, I knew it could change the way design was done. When I taught my first stream modeling class at AU 2006, and then did a guest Friday webcast called: Civil 3D for Streams, Ponds and More Webcast (from February 2007), my goal was to change people’s minds about corridor modeling.
Seeing so many people doing so many amazing projects with Civil 3D makes me excited. I’m excited to see that change is happening and that inertia isn’t holding us back. In 2006, there was nobody in my stream class that had done a stream restoration design using a corridor model. In 2009, I might have been the least experienced stream modeler in the room- though many of the other comments give me confidence that everyone picked up something from the class material.
I couldn’t ask for more.