HISTORY OF RTC
RTC has come a long way since the first conference was held in October 2005. The inaugural conference, created from the vision of Wesley Benn, was an intimate affair, attracting 89 attendees to a location outside Sydney, Australia. A single stream of sessions was offered.
In subsequent years the conference grew steadily, both in numbers and, importantly in the range and depth of the sessions offered. The second conference was held at Port Stephens, NSW, Australia. 120 delegates made the journey.
2007 introduced the RTC Roadshow, the only time the conference has been held in this way. The Conference, in a one day format toured Brisbane, Sydney, Auckland, Melbourne and Perth, introducing large numbers to RTC.
In 2008, returning to a 3 day format, the conference was held in Sydney, Australia. Attendance numbers were affected by a late change of venue, but still 165 came. This conference greatly increased the number of classes to cover the rapid uptake of Revit in engineering disciplines, with three and sometimes four classes held concurrently for a total of 32 sessions with 26 speakers.
2009 witnessed exponential growth despite the serious setbacks of the Global Financial Crisis and the Swine Flu Epidemic. Held in Melbourne, Australia, attendance increased to 218, allowing for four continuous streams (covering 65 sessions delivered by 45 speakers), with the introduction of Principals’ Day, ‘Presentation & Visualisation’ and ‘BIM Manager’ streams, as well as lab sessions, a much expanded exhibition area, and the first ‘glorious gadgets’ session. The conference also sparked the great Revit content debate which has led to the ANZRS Content Guidelines project (www.anzrs.org).
In 2010, the 6th RTC event was held in Sydney, Australia. The conference attracted over 300 participants (up 35% from 2009) from 10 countries, who chose from 72 classes, labs, discussion forums, and presentations with five simultaneous streams.
Most of the participants at the first conference came from architecture and interior design, but now with the emergence of Revit MEP and Revit Structure, and the increasing use of applications such as Navisworks and ProjectWise, the conference has seen a dramatic increase in the number of attendees from engineering disciplines. The 2010 and 2011 conferences have hosted delegates from contracting, public works, project management and education. In fact, principals, office managers, architects, engineers, students, academics in related fields, CAD/BIM managers, construction managers, contractors, quantity surveyors, subcontractors, developers, project managers, property owners, draftspersons, designers, digital modellers, and visualisation artists were all represented. Many firms chose to send a number of participants to cover the range of subjects on offer.
In 2011, RTC was held on Australia’s Gold Coast, attracting 460 delegates (an increase of over 50% on the previous year). In addition to this (and following many years of encouragement from industry and peers in the USA), the inaugural RTC North America event was held in California. It was an overwhelming success, attracting 300 attendees in its first year, offering up to 8 concurrent streams and almost 100 classes. You can imagine our delight when we found that over 76% of survey respondents rated our inaugural conference as 'Excellent' and over 90% of respondents stated they would attend in the future.
In 2012, RTC Australasia was held in Wollongong, NSW, offering 7 concurrent streams and over 90 classes. This event saw a slight decline in numbers, attracting 395 delegates. This decrease has been attributed to the location of the event and the undesirability of the destination as seen by potential attendees. RTC North America was held in Stone Mountain, Georgia, the event attracted 365 attendees, a 27% increase on the previous year. With over 100 classes across 8 concurrent streams, RTC has firmly developed its brand within the North American market.
RTC will continue to offer advice and training from some of the world's top instructors and industry experts, bringing relevant techniques, honed in practice, to attendees. It will continue to attract the support of key industry players, offering an event targeted to the specific needs of users with Revit at the centre of their workflows. Growth in attendance has allowed the conference to cover a broader and deeper range of subjects, but RTC will always pride itself on its intimate, friendly and casual nature.