Minutes of the December 2005 General Meeting

(Victoria Associations Incorporation Act 1981(as at 01 July 1998) Registered No. A 13467)

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MINUTES OF DECEMBER 2005 GENERAL MEETING

HELD AT:

THE CONFERENCE ROOM, OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
55 WALSH STREET, NORTH MELBOURNE

ON:

MONDAY, 12TH. DECEMBER 2005

Attendance:
As per Attendance Book.

Apologies:
Apologies were received.

Attendance:
As recorded on the Attendance sheet.

Opening:
The President, Mark Miller, welcomed everyone attending, requested them to ensure that they had registered on the Attendance sheet, and opened the December 2005 General Meeting at 6.30 pm.

Minutes of Previous Meeting (October 2005):
The Minutes of the previous General Meeting held on the 3rd. October 2005 as circulated with the Notice Paper in the “Newsletter” were received, adopted and approved. There was no business from the Minutes of the previous Meeting.

The President’s Opening Address (the Prez Sez):
The President opened the twentieth anniversary meeting with a brief summary of how AutoCAD has evolved over the years.

He welcomed Andre Pravaz, Vice President, Autodesk South Asia-Pacific, Manoj Pandit, Autodesk Applications Engineer (Mechanical) and Robert Sasadsky, Strategic Account Manager, Utilities.

PRESENTATIONS:
1. Andre Pravaz
Andre gave a rundown of Autodesk’s place in the global PC industry. It seems that Autodesk is up there with the top half dozen software companies in the world. Annual revenue is up to US$1.234 billion.

Autodesk’s strategy is to move away from a single product (AutoCAD) and towards a vertical, or specialist, product strategy, e.g. for architects or mechanical designers.

Revit is now the fastest growing division, at 42% per annum.

They have a tight schedule for the release of new versions of all their products. These days, it’s an annual cycle. A new AutoCAD is released every March.

Although piracy continues to be a problem, Andre is at least encouraged to see that AutoCAD is the pirated software of choice! Accurate numbers are hard to establish. Autodesk is a member of the BSAA (Business Software Association of Australia.) This organisation was formed to discourage the use of pirated software and educate users on the benefits of properly licenced software. The BSAA prefer the term “software theft” rather than piracy. Andre said that the main emphasis of the BSAA is education rather than law enforcement. When a comapany is discovered using pirated or stolen software, they tend to be given the chance to make amends by immediately purchasing the required licences. It was surprising to hear of some of the companies who got into hot water over this – they included some of the big multinationals familiar to all of us.

Andre gave a few peeks into some of the new features of the upcoming AutoCAD 2007.

Finally, Andre is keen to hear from user groups about ways in which Autodesk can assist. Comments and ideas to andre.pravaz@autodesk.com.

2. Data Management with Autodesk
The second talk was given by Manoj Pandit, Autodesk Applications Engineer. His topic was Data Management with Autodesk Vault and Productstream and some new products coming up from Autodesk.

Apparently, Autodesk users generate a trillion drawings per year. Shame on us (Autodesk) if those users aren’t using an Autodesk product to manage them.

“THANK YOU’S”:
The President thanked the presenters for excellent presentations. He also thanked members who had attended and participated in the presentations.

REPORTING ON TERCHNICAL ASPECTS AND DETAILS OF PRESENTATIONS ETC:
These minutes are of a general(ised) and “precis” nature only.

A more focussed, technical and topic-specific report by “others/another” will appear in the VICAUG (ie “blog”) – which is published on a “continuing/ongoing” basis at: https://vicaug.wordpress.com.

Next Meeting:
The next General meeting is intended to be held on Monday 6th. February 2006 at the Conference Room, 1st. Floor, 55 Walsh Street, North Melbourne commencing at 6.30 pm.

Closure:
There being no further business, the President thanked all for attending, and closed the meeting at 9.30 pm.

(M.J.Ginnane)
Secretary and Public Officer.

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