SFCDI August 2019 | Autodesk Forge and AVATOUR 360° Remote Presence

On August 30th, 12:00 pm PDT, SFCDI will celebrate its four-year anniversary with presentations on Autodesk’s Forge cloud platform and Imeve’s new AVATOUR offering for realtime remote presence with VR. Lunch will be sponsored by Autodesk, and the meeting will be hosted by the SF AIA, 130 Sutter St #600, San Francisco, CA 94104.

Feature Presentations

Autodesk Forge is a cloud platform for design and manufacturing with growing capabilities for data, visualization, and computation. Forge engineer Michael Beale will describe what’s available in Forge today, how it’s being used, and how AEC projects will be able to take advantage of the optimization and generative design features it will enable.


Imeve’s AVATOUR platform makes real-time remote presence possible. Using an inexpensive 360° camera and a mobile device, an AVATOUR host enables a live experience of a real place, interacting with up to five remote guests who connect via VR headsets or any web browser. Save time and travel costs by conducting remote AOC meetings, site inspections, remote expert consultations, and more. AVATOUR will be released in Beta in September.

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This month our event will be live-streamed in both 2D (register for the webinar below) and VR! If you can’t join us in person, get your Oculus Go headset and follow our live 360-degree streaming at our YouTube Channel. Thanks to Imeve and the new AVATOUR platform for your support!


Michael Beale is a senior software engineer at Autodesk, where he has been a globe-trotting technical evangelist for Forge. Michael focuses on connecting Autodesk cloud data and Autodesk Forge APIs to the browser. He’s also contributed to Autodesk Homestyler, the Large Model Viewer (LMV), Prooflab, and more recently a Stereo-Panorama service with webVR.

Devon Copley is the CEO and co-founder of Imeve. An expert on live immersive technology, Devon has more than 20 years of experience in online media and VR. Previously, he was Head of Product for the Nokia OZO VR platform, where he pioneered live VR broadcast for major events such as the Champions League and Coachella. Devon studied Computer Science and Theater at Yale and was a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford GSB.

Four Years of Tech

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Four years ago this month, a merry band of design technologists held the first meeting of the San Francisco Dynamo User Group (SFDUG) because both BIM and computational design held promise for improving design and work practices, and we were all trying to figure out how to combine the two for more-better. Over our first four years, we’ve held monthly meetings, organized workshops, and collected and shared resources about a tone of new tech in the AEC industry. We’ve been lucky to host some of the first mentions of emerging tech including Ladybug for Dynamo, FormIt 360, Flux.io, Join’s RetrieverENGyn, and a lot of great applications of computational design to practice.

Our group outgrew its roots in Dynamo long ago and the name changed with it, to the SF Computational Design User Group (SFCDUG). We’re in the process of evolving once more, to an official non-profit with a public education mission. More soon.

Cheers to many more years as the San Francisco Computational Design Institute (SFCDI)!



Join Us!

Join in person: Get your tickets here. Registration for in-person attendance closes at noon on the day of the event. Our meeting space is provided by the San Francisco AIA. Lunch is provided by Autodesk.

Join online: Register here for the free webcast. The GoToWebinar is sponsored by Gensler.

Join in VR: Follow our 360° live-stream with your Oculus Go headset at our YouTube Channel. Realtime remote presence is sponsored by the new AVATOUR by Imeve.

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