Orca3D News

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

New Rhino User Group in the Washington, D.C. Area

We were recently contacted by Andrew Cocke, a lecturer at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He is founding a new Rhino User group, focused on users in many industries, including naval architecture, with the idea that users in one industry can learn from others.

Friends, colleagues, students:

I am pleased to announce the founding of RhinoDC, a user group for advanced Rhino users across the full spectrum of disciplines and industries served by McNeel's Rhinoceros3D software. To be successful, the group should have the broadest possible audience: architects, naval architects, fabricators, jewelers, shoe designers, and anyone else interested honing their Rhino skills and otherwise improving the state of design in Washington. So I am writing to enlist your help: I am calling on you to spread the word to your friends and colleagues about the group and encourage them to join us.

A little background: RhinoDC will be the first and ONLY Rhino user group in the United States. There are groups in the UK, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, France Germany, Italy, Austria, Netherlands and Chile, but none here in the US. Washington may not have the design culture of New York or Los Angeles, but we are lucky to be at the nexus of industries that all use Rhino. My hope is that RhinoDC will be a place where we can all learn new techniques--from one another, from other disciplines, and directly from the programmers who are daily making Rhino and its various plugins the most interesting software in our toolbox.

I am contacting you all to invite you to the inaugural meeting of RhinoDC at 6:30 pm on Thursday, July 14, 2011 in the Locraft room at the Catholic University's School of Architecture and Planning. Contact me for parking information, or you can take the Red Line to Brookland station. At this meeting we will discuss structure, logistics, schedule, and plan a presentation for our first regular meeting in September. The group will then meet at 6:30 pm on the second Thursday of every other month thereafter: September, November, January, March, May, July, etc.

I also need your help contacting Rhino users at other firms. The architecture community should be well represented, but we hope that naval architects will attend as well. If you know advanced users at these firms or any other users who you think would take an active role in leading the group, by all means please invite them to join us on July 14. For administrative purposes I have set up a group on LinkedIn called RhinoDC, a subgroup within the Rhino User Group. Please join both so that I can get you on the mailing list.

I look forward to seeing you all on July 14.

Andrew Cocke