Sunday, 14 December 2014

Top DAUG 2014 - The Results

This year, KnowledgeSmart and AUGI again teamed up to provide an interactive skills assessment, across 10 popular Autodesk software tracks: 3ds Max, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Plant 3D, Inventor, Navisworks, Revit Architecture, Revit MEP, Revit Structure and Vault.

Once again, we had some great 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 HP laptop and free pass to AU2015.

We spent several hours on Tuesday, setting up 16 networked PC's in the exhibition hall, at the AUGI stand.

 Next, 144 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 his assistance in accomplishing this task.

Here's how we looked when everything was finished:

The main competition ran over 3 days (1 x 3 hour slot on day one, 2 x 3 hour slots on day two and a final 1 hour slot on day three). Contestants had to answer 8-10 questions, using the 2015 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 215 results.

Throughout the competition, we displayed 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 2014:

Tracy Chadwick


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


No. of Tests Completed:  215
Overall Average:  59% in 9 mins 14 secs
(NB the average score for 2013 was 48%).

Track 1 - 3ds Max

Track Winner: Herb Wagner
Winning Score: 55% in 11 mins 35 secs

Top 2 Contestants:

No. Completed: 2
Group Average: 35% in 11 mins 45 secs

Track 2 - AutoCAD

Track Winner: Tracy Chadwick
Winning Score: 100% in 3 mins 50 secs

Top 10 Contestants:

No. Completed: 68
Group Average: 63% in 8 mins 2 secs

Track 3 - AutoCAD Civil 3D

Track Winner: Christopher Fugitt
Winning Score: 88% in 5 mins 55 secs

Top 10 Contestants:

No. Completed: 21
Group Average: 66% in 9 mins 12 secs

Track 4 - AutoCAD Plant 3D

Track Winner: Patrick Alonzo
Winning Score: 72% in 11 mins 30 secs

Top 4 Contestants:

No. Completed: 4
Group Average: 52% in 10 mins 38 secs

Track 5 - Inventor

Track Winner: JD Mather
Winning Score: 81% in 11 mins 25 secs

Top 10 Contestants:

No. Completed: 21
Group Average: 41% in 11 mins 9 secs

Track 6 - Navisworks

Track Winner: Michael Doty
Winning Score: 60% in 6 mins 0 secs

Top 10 Contestants:

No. Completed: 13
Group Average: 49% in 9 mins 45 secs

Track 7 - Revit Architecture

Track Winner: Erik Eriksson
Winning Score: 99% in 10 mins 40 secs

Top 10 Contestants:

No. Completed: 47
Group Average: 57% in 10 mins 51 secs

Track 8 - Revit MEP

Track Winner: Ken Fields
Winning Score: 100% in 9 mins 15 secs

Top 10 Contestants:

No. Completed: 24
Group Average: 64% in 7 mins 32 secs

Track 9 - Revit Structure

Track Winner: Rebecca Frangipane
Winning Score: 85% in 8 mins 30 secs

Top 9 Contestants:

No. Completed: 9
Group Average: 70% in 9 mins 51 secs

Track 10 - Vault

Track Winner: Bryson Anderson
Winning Score: 60% in 6 mins 50 secs

Top 6 Contestants:

No. Completed: 6
Group Average: 53% in 6 mins 17 secs

Most Popular Tracks

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

AutoCAD - 68 results
Revit Architecture - 47 results
Revit MEP - 24 results
Inventor - 21 results
AutoCAD Civil 3D - 21 results
Navisworks - 13 results
Revit Structure - 9 results
Vault - 6 results
AutoCAD Plant 3D - 4 results
3ds Max - 2 results

Total = 215 results

Honourable Mentions

100% Club

The following people achieved a maximum score of 100% in their track:

Tracy Chadwick - AutoCAD
Glen Sullivan - AutoCAD
Christine Noble - AutoCAD
Ken Fields - Revit MEP
(Plus Erik Eriksson scored a tantalisingly close 99% in the Revit Architecture track!)

Top Performers

The following people demonstrated impressive versatility by achieving above average scores in multiple tracks:

Chris Brown - AutoCAD, Inventor and Navisworks
Tracy Chadwick - AutoCAD, Revit Architecture, Inventor and Vault
Seth Cohen - AutoCAD and Civil 3D
Jason Dupree - AutoCAD and Inventor
Ken Fields - AutoCAD and Revit MEP
John Fout - Navisworks, Revit Architecture and Revit Structure
Rebecca Frangipane - Navisworks, Revit Architecture and Revit Structure
Brent McAnney - AutoCAD, Civil 3D and Vault
Kate Morrical - AutoCAD and Revit Structure
Mohaimie Mosmin - AutoCAD and Inventor
David Rushforth - Navisworks, Revit Architecture and Revit MEP
Maxime Sanschagrin - Revit Architecture, Revit MEP and Revit Structure
Jim Swain - AutoCAD and Inventor
Nick Tanner - AutoCAD, Navisworks and Revit Architecture

Boys vs Girls

Finally, let's take a look at the demographic breakdown of the competition. Out of 215 contestants, 185 were male and 30 female. The average overall performance for each group breaks down like this:

Girls: 64% in 9 mins 25 secs
Boys: 58% in 9 mins 11 secs

So, that's Top DAUG finished for another year. A thoroughly enjoyable 3 days at AU2014. 215 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 their support. Lastly, a big thank you to everyone who took part in this year's contest.

See you all in 2015 at the Venetian for more fun & games!