Monday, 16 December 2013

AUGI Top DAUG 2013 - The Results

This year, KnowledgeSmart and AUGI once again teamed up to provide an interactive skills assessment, across 9 popular Autodesk software tracks: 3ds Max, AutoCAD 2D, AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Plant 3D, Inventor, Navisworks, Revit Architecture, Revit MEP and Revit Structure. And this year, we also included the general topic of BIM Skills, to make 10 tracks overall.

Here's a brief history of the TD contest, from AUGI.  And here's a summary of last year's competition.

Once again, we had some nice prizes up for grabs.  Track winners walked away with a $100 USD Amazon voucher (a combination of high scores and fastest times determined the winner of each track), a glass trophy and the overall winner won a free pass to AU2014.

We spent several hours on Monday, setting up 20 networked PC's in the exhibition hall, at the AUGI stand.

 Next, 180 copies of Autodesk software needed checking, then all the KS sample data sets had to be uploaded to each machine and checked again.  Big thanks to Tony Brown for accomplishing the lion's share this mammoth task. (Especially as, when we were half-way through, we realised that our thumb drive was broken and had basically corrupted all the data sets. So we had to start over!).

Anyway, patience is a virtue, as the saying goes, so here's how we looked when we were all nicely set up on Tuesday (with a whole 90 mins to spare before the competition opened!):

The main competition ran over 2 days (1 x 3 hour slot on day one, then 2 x 3 hour slots on day two). Contestants had to answer 10 questions, using the 2014 version of each software title. Each session was limited to just 12 minutes, so people had to work fast! Special thanks to awesome AUGI team members, Kristin, Bob, Michael, Donnia and Richard, for briefing users and making sure everything ran smoothly.

Here are the Top DAUG's in action:

By the end of the contest, we posted 356 results, with 0% failed tests. We should also mention that the web connection provided by the Venetian was super-fast! We measured 150 MB per sec on day one.

Throughout the competition, we posted a rolling list of the top 10 contestants for each track, on the AUGI big screen.

The Results

Congratulations to the following contestants, who won their respective tracks:

And a special mention to the overall winner of AUGI Top DAUG 2013:

Ben Rand


So, let's take a detailed look at the results of this year's Top DAUG competition.


No. of Tests Completed:  356
Overall Average:  48% in 10 mins 49 secs
(NB the average score for 2012 was 41%).

Track 1 - 3ds Max

Track Winner: Ted Moore
Winning Score: 60% in 12 mins 0 secs

Top 10 Contestants:

No. Completed: 14
Group Average: 36% in 10 mins 14 secs

Track 2 - AutoCAD 2D

Track Winner: Ben Rand
Winning Score: 100% in 9 mins 40 secs

Top 10 Contestants:

No. Completed: 118
Group Average: 47% in 11 mins 21 secs

Track 3 - AutoCAD Civil 3D

Track Winner: Steve Boon
Winning Score: 90% in 9 mins 30 secs

Top 10 Contestants:

No. Completed: 36
Group Average: 48% in 10 mins 50 secs

Track 4 - AutoCAD Plant 3D

Track Winner: David Wolfe
Winning Score: 88% in 9 mins 30 secs

Top 10 Contestants:

No. Completed: 10
Group Average: 42% in 11 mins 15 secs

Track 5 - BIM Skills

Track Winner: Brian Smith
Winning Score: 75% in 9 mins 55 secs

Top 10 Contestants:

No. Completed: 10
Group Average: 49% in 7 mins 6 secs

Track 6 - Inventor

Track Winner: Ryan Johnson
Winning Score: 95% in 12 mins 0 secs

Top 10 Contestants:

No. Completed: 38
Group Average: 45% in 10 mins 51 secs

Track 7 - Navisworks

Track Winner: Ryan Fintel
Winning Score: 90% in 11 mins 30 secs

Top 10 Contestants:

No. Completed: 11
Group Average: 50% in 8 mins 27 secs

Track 8 - Revit Architecture

Track Winner: Bob Mihelich
Winning Score: 96% in 11 mins 35 secs

Top 10 Contestants:

No. Completed: 84
Group Average: 50% in 11 mins 16 secs

Track 9 - Revit MEP

Track Winner: David Rushforth
Winning Score: 100% in 11 mins 0 secs

Top 10 Contestants:

No. Completed: 18
Group Average: 63% in 10 mins 50 secs

Track 10 - Revit Structure

Track Winner: Kristopher Godfrey
Winning Score: 78% in 5 mins 50 secs

Top 10 Contestants:

No. Completed: 17
Group Average: 51% in 9 mins 34 secs

 Popular Tracks

The most popular tracks, in order of completed tests, were as follows:

AutoCAD 2D - 118 results
Revit Architecture - 84 results
Inventor - 38 results
AutoCAD Civil 3D - 36 results
Revit MEP - 18 results
Revit Structure - 17 results
3ds Max - 14 results
Navisworks - 11 results
AutoCAD Plant 3D - 10 results
BIM Skills - 10 results

Total = 356 results

Range of scores

Interestingly, across the 10 tracks, we saw scores ranging from 0% to 100%. Here is a summary of both ends of the performance scale:

3 x 100% scores (2 x AutoCAD 2D, 1 x Revit MEP).
1 x 0% score (Revit MEP), 16 x < 20% scores (1 x 3ds Max, 1 x Navisworks, 1 x RST, 1 x Plant 3D, 2 x Inventor, 2 x Civil 3D, 3 x AutoCAD 2D, 5 x RAC).

Honourable mention

Special recognition goes to John Fout (@scribldogomega) who placed in the top 10 for 5 tracks. An amazing all-around performance!

Boys vs Girls

Finally, let's take a look at the demographic breakdown of the competition. Out of 356 contestants, 315 were male and 41 female. The average overall performance for each group breaks down like this:

Girls: 48% in 10 mins 58 secs
Boys: 48% in 10 mins 51 secs

So, that's Top DAUG finished for another year. A thoroughly enjoyable 3 days at AU2013. 356 completed tests, across 10 popular tracks. Once again, the overall standard was extremely high, with some outstanding individual performances from our track winners and top 10 contestants.

Congratulations to all our winners. Thanks to the AUGI team for all their support, with a special mention for AUGI President, David Harrington. Lastly, a big thank you to everyone who took part in this year's contest.

See you all in 2014 at Mandalay Bay for more fun & games!


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