What are the Dynamaniacs of Calgary?
The Dynamaniacs of Calgary or DoC for short, is a Dynamo user groups that will allow people that are interested in Dynamo, at any level, a place to get together and discuss all things Dynamo.
While DoC is being called “Dynamo” user groups, the plan is to not restricted them to just Dynamo topics, but expand them over time to include related Design Technology topics like Iterative Design (ID), Generative Design (GD), Computational Design (CD), Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Mixed Reality (MR) to name a few.
Let’s go back to the beginning, and find out why Dynamaniac? The first time I heard someone use Dynamaniac was while listening to an episode of the BIMThoughts podcast, it was a term that Bill Debevc came up with for his newly formed work Dynamo user group. Near the end of that episode, Bill said that if you wanted to learn more about Dynamo you should start a “Dynamaniacs” in your area. This idea of starting a Dynamaniacs group stuck with me.
Fast forward to Autodesk University 2016, during those 3 days in November there was a tonne of Dynamo classes and even more talk and excitement about Dynamo and all that it can do. It was awesome, Dynamo had arrived! However, after getting back to the office and settling into the normal route I realised that outside of the community that regularly attends events like AU and RTC (BILT) Dynamo had not arrived, in fact, in some areas it wasn’t even in the building yet. So this got me thinking about what Bill said, and the wheels began moving towards Dynamo user groups in Calgary.
Over the Christmas holiday and early in the new year I started working with Bill Moore of cBIMc the local BIM Communities in Calgary on the idea of Dynamo user group. It was decided to have bi-monthly meetings that take place on the opposite months of bi-monthly cBIMc meetings. We would also use the same format of a 2-hour evening meeting, with a presentation and time for networking after. From there it didn’t take long to get things in place and scheduled for the first meeting of the Dynamaniacs of Calgary in February 2017.