SSOE BIM Experts to Present at Autodesk University 2015

au-pass-600x325[1]LAS VEGAS, Nevada, November 24, 2015 – SSOE Group (, a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, announced today that BIM/CAD Technical Leader, Mark LaBell Jr. and BIM/CAD Technical Specialist, Mike Musgrave have been selected to speak at Autodesk University 2015. The event will be held December 1-3, 2015 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

LaBell’s presentation titled, “Demystifying Large Point Cloud Data Sets for Simple Integration on Complex Projects” will guide participants on how to plan for using large amounts of point cloud data across multiple offices quickly and efficiently. The key planning aspects that will be covered include how to handle all sizes of laser scanning projects and how to define an accurate scope when doing a scanning request for proposal (RFP). The project examples for this session will highlight how 500 GB-plus of point cloud data, with staff members in 7 offices across the United States and an office in India, was set up to decrease wide-area network latency and also improve workstation performance. Attendees will learn how to plan and budget for laser scans, strategies for modeling existing data versus reliance on point cloud only, methods for breaking up point clouds for retrofit jobs into manageable file sizes, and managing large data sets across multiple offices. LaBell is scheduled to present on Thursday, December 3rd at 8:00 a.m. For more information on this session or to register for the conference, click here.

LaBell has a passion and unparalleled dedication for the practice of VDC methods in the AEC industry. He has served as a user and customization expert in 3D BIM/CAD software for over 15 years and provides support and training for users to educate them on how to maintain a sound and practical user environment. Always looking for the next best thing, whether process improvement, software, or hardware when it comes to practical design and user experience, LaBell has learned that there is never a “one-sized fits all” approach no matter what the client requirements dictate. He received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing from Eastern Michigan University and works in SSOE’s global headquarters located in Toledo, Ohio.

Musgrave is scheduled to lead two classes at AU2015. The first titled, “Customize Your AutoCAD Plant 3D Isometric Configuration” will take a hands-on approach to customization of isometric drawing output from AutoCAD Plant 3D software. To start, this lab will cover the creation of a new iso-style. The class will continue into the basic customizations found in the Project Setup interface. From there attendees will learn to integrate a custom title block and ways to populate its attributes with project data. More complex output will also be tackled by delving deeper to make advanced tweaks directly in the configuration files. Finally, attendees will generate an isometric drawing using the newly created iso-style to wrap up the class. This class lead by Musgrave is scheduled for Thursday, December 3rd at 1:00 p.m. For more information on this session or to register for the conference, click here.

Musgrave’s second class titled, “Getting the Most Out of AutoCAD Plant 3D Isometrics” will look at snippets of isometric drawing output and dig into where and how to make configuration changes. This class will start at the beginner level and review the new Iso Style Wizard and its capabilities. Attendees will get a look at the plethora of modifications that are possible when using the project setup interface. On the final leg of this journey, Musgrave will look at more complex drawing output that requires advanced techniques. This class will give participants a peek at what works, what doesn’t, and when a bit of creativity is required. The knowledge will enable them to create a powerful iso-style that generates drawings requiring minimal user interaction prior to checking and delivery. This class lead by Musgrave is scheduled for Thursday, December 3rd at 3:00 p.m. For more information on this session or to register for the conference, click here.

Musgrave has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Toledo and is a programmer by education who has developed a broad CAD skill set over the past 10 years. Currently, his key focus is on AutoCAD Plant 3D software, but he is also well versed in everything from AutoCAD to Navisworks and ReCap to offerings from Bentley Systems, Inc.; Intergraph Corporation; and PTC, Inc. Musgrave handles AutoCAD Plant 3D software administration, training, support, and development for SSOE’s piping engineers and designers.

The Autodesk University annual conference offers a forum for design professionals around the world to attend educational sessions, product demonstrations, and networking. Attendees can participate in collaborative problem solving, idea sharing, and engage in new professional relationships. With more than 10,000 attendees annually, Autodesk University is the largest single gathering of Autodesk customers and resellers in the world.

About SSOE Group

As an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, SSOE is known for delivering unparalleled client value that advances the AEC industry. They have been named a “Great Workplace” (Great Place to Work®) and one of the “Best AEC Firms to Work For” (BD+C).

Over the company’s 75-year history, it has earned a reputation for providing quality project solutions to high-tech and general manufacturing clients in the semiconductor, automotive, battery, food, chemical, and glass industries. SSOE also provides forward-thinking design across healthcare and general building sectors such as corporate workplace, education, and judicial—with projects completed in 40 countries. Visit for additional information and career opportunities.

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