Archive for January, 2007

Minutes of the December 2006 Committee Meeting

20 January 2007

Attendance: 5 Committee members were in attendance.
Apologies: were received from 3 Committee members.
Opening: The President declared the meeting opened at 8.30 pm.
Minutes of Previous Committee Meeting (15th. November 2006):
The Minutes of the previous meeting were adopted as a true record of proceedings.
“Items of Interest” in Business Out of the Minutes of Previous Meeting (15th. November 2006):
Treasurer’s “Finances and Membership” report:
a. Bank Balances and Financial Report – as at 13 December 2006: Satisfactory.
b. 2006/07 Membership report: Satisfactory.
The Treasurer has sent “reminder notices” to members who have not yet paid their 2006/07 subscription/renewal fees.
c. Financial management: The Committee will assess costs to ensure that expenditure does not exceed income.
General Business:
1. Dates for General Meetings for 2007 (subject to confirmation):
The dates for 2007 General meetings, to be held on the first Monday of “even” months, subject to confirmation, are:
05 Feb; 02 Apr; 04 Jun; 06 Aug; 01 Oct; and 03 Dec
2. Notices of General Meeting/so:
Notices of Meetings will emailed to members and uploaded to the “Vicaug News” (blog”).
Presentation Topics:
“Dynamic blocks” (Part 1): Peter Godfrey; “News from the Pews”: Mark Miller; “Tips and Tricks”: Mark Miller; (any) :others”: to be advised (by Mark Miller)
a. February 2007:
“News from the Pews”: Mark Miller; “Tips and Tricks”: Mark Miller; (any) others”: to be advised (by Mark Miller)
“Layers – management”: Peter Godfrey; “Dynamic Blocks” (Part 2): Peter Godfrey; “Struct Plus”: Peter Coburn – Mark Miller to advise.
April 2007:
AutoCAD 2008: Steve Hunter – Mark Miller to advise.
Possible topics for future meeting/so (to be determined/confirmed):
Various computer/computing-related general interest and AutoCAD-specific interest items – by various Committee members; AutoDesk “Inventor” – Mark Miller to advise; “Shareware” and “Freeware” (various) – Mark Miller to advise.
4. General Discussion and Speculation (On-going):
General discussion on CAD, computer, training and employment matters.
“Other” matters:
There were no “other matters”.
Next Committee Meeting:
The next Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday 24th. January 2007.
There being no further business, the President Closed the meeting at 10.30 pm.
(M.J. Ginnane)
Secretary and Public Officer.

CAD Camp Comes to Melbourne

11 January 2007

For many years, Autodesk Users Group International has been organising an event called the AUGI CAD Camp. This is a networking and training event which is held several times per year at locations across North America. Think of it as a kind of one-day Autodesk University. Stories I’ve of the events have all been positive.

Well, it seems that they’ve realised that there is a demand for these events around the world and, bless them, they’ve decided to try holding them internationally. CAD camps are scheduled in the UK in June and here in Melbourne in July this year.

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