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It’s a wrap

Thank you for joining us on this special occasion, we could not have done it without you. The 10 year anniversary of the CET Designer User and Developer Conference was a success and we now close the book for this year and look forward to another great one in 2018.

Take a minute to catch up on our wonderful speakers and their sessions. You can also view who won the prestigious first place prizes for CET Designer Awards. Or help us evaluate this year’s conference by answering a few questions in our survey.

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Suzette Subance Ferrier

Suzette Subance Ferrier

Keynote presentation

Suzette specializes in workspaces that combine sophisticated design sensibility with practical business strategy and application. Her vision and team-centered design instincts have led her to create workplace interiors that reflect the best attributes of her clients, infused with her artful, unique touch, refined from years of practice. Recent clients include Time, Inc., FCB, Forbes Media, and Weber Shandwick/Axis, as well as a new home for the Institute of Culinary Education.

Suzette will share her insights from some of her favorite projects and inspiration for designing innovative spaces.

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Kadie Yale

Kadie Yale

Keynote presentation

Editor-In-Chief at interiors+sources magazine, Kadie is well-known in the design community. She'll share her expertise and insights on the importance of design throughout history and in our current era with consideration of evolving technology, scientific studies, globalization and even media coverage.

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Lisa Blackman Emily Cooper

Lisa Blackman & Emily Cooper

Calculation View and Budgeting in CET Designer

From your first client meeting to final sign-off, CET helps to clarify and communicate the budget and options for a project.  Emily and Lisa will share their processes in using Calculation View and other tools in the program to simplify the project and stick to the budget.

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Paul Riches

Paul Riches

Management Best Practices

CET Designer is not just a design tool. It changes the way that your dealership does business. Long-time user and dealership Design Director, Paul Riches, will share best practices on teams, operations, and processes to most effectively utilize CET Designer for strategic business improvements.

What Would You Do? - CET Roundtable

Moderated by Paul Riches, this is an open Q&A session with other CET Designer power users. Discuss best practices, industry trends and overcoming road-blocks to adoption in this candid discussion.

Jason Lund Donald Stratton

Jason Lund & Donald Stratton

IT Best Practices & Hardware for CET

Is your dealership approaching technology as an expense to be managed, or as a value driver that supports business growth and helps you win new business? Jason will share his experiences and strategies for investing in appropriate hardware and manage the evolving technology environment. (Sponsored by HID Evolution)

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Lorna Marcuzzo

Lorna Marcuzzo

Close the Deal with Live Design

Speed up your sales process using remote viewing and live design to interactively present your solution to your customers.  Engaging them at touch points with good experiences, interactive tools, and virtual reality is key to the win and building customer loyalty.  Lorna draws from 7 years in creative sales and design to show you recommended processes and techniques.

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Cate Sword

Cate Sword

Rebel Design

Known for her ability to push the CET to the limit, designer guru and trainer, Cate Sword, will share some of her creative hacks, methods and tools for using the program to its full potential.

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Tracy Helmus

Tracy Helmus

Intro to Edit Graphics

Edit Graphics can be intimidating - cut planes, work planes, meshes and more. But edit Graphics is one of the most powerful tools in CET Designer that you can use to create custom products and specials. Tracy will teach the basics in this session including how to incorporate with other tools like SketchUp and ProjectSymbols.

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Abby Wiley

Abby Wiley

Puttin' the Plans Together

Dimensions, styles, elevations, paperspace, titleblocks, visibility and categorization - all of the things needed to create impressive installation drawings. Abby will cut through the complexity and share best practices for creating templates and guidelines to easily create documents for both customers and installers.

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Kaylie Tucker

Kaylie Tucker

The Big Switch

Is your dealership new to CET? Kaylie Tucker can help you plan for your “big shift” to adoption and using CET Designer.  Kaylie worked for 14 years as a designer and now is helping to implement CET Designer in the HNI network.  She’ll share strategies and best practices around training, the designer role, project transitions, handling legacy drawings and reconfigurations.

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Marcos Arizpe Andreas Ekbom

Marcos Arizpe & Andreas Ekbom

Advanced Rendering in CET Designer

Struggling to get your renderings to photo-realistic quality? Learn from expert renderer Marcos Arizpe and one of PhotoLab's creators, developer Andreas Ekbom. They'll show stunning examples for inspiration and cover lighting, panoramas, materials, PhotoLab and more to help you be efficient and save time while creating beautiful renderings for every project.

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Susan Wiggins

Susan Wiggins

Industry Outlook

Susan Wiggins is Senior Strategic Advisor to ASID and is immersed in the industry through the association and through her professional connections developed over 25 years. She'll discuss the status quo, trends and outlook related to the A&D community, interior design and the contract furniture market.

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Kelsey DeBruin

Kelsey DeBruin

CET Designer + Universities

Learn how you can impact the next generation of interior designers and attract new talent. Configura will donate CET Designer to your local university for use in their interior design program. Kelsey will share the details of the program so you can get started.

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VR, VV, 360s, what the #@%?

Are you confused about all the new virtual reality and panoramic tools in CET Designer? And wondering what kind of hardware and equipment you need? And how to actually use them? You're not alone! Kelsey will bring clarity to all of these amazing tools and share best-practices to ensure your dealership stays at the cutting edge of these technologies.

Danielle Hirka

Danielle Hirka

Rendering 101: Understanding Photo Lab

Learn from our own CET training specialist, Danielle, all the basics for making beautiful renderings in CET Designer, including all of the how-tos of setting up Photo Lab, basic lighting and material techniques.

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Advanced Edit Graphics

Edit Graphics is one of the most powerful tools in CET Designer. Once you’ve mastered the basics, there are many powerful advanced tips and tricks for using the tool in creative ways! From modifying standard products to building a unique shape for your space, the possibilities are endless!  Danielle Hirka will share some of her favorite ways of using Edit Graphics, and go over quick ways to speed up your workflow.  If you have some specific examples to cover in the class, please send them to her in advance at danielle.hirka@configura.com.

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Hanna Fägersjö

Hanna Fägersjö

New Tools Demo: Collaboration & Multi Floor

Two of the newest tools in CET Designer are Collaboration, which allows multiple users to work on drawings at the same time, and Multi-Floor, for drawing a plan with more than one floor. Hanna will give a demo and take feedback for feature requests on these tools.

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CET & Architecture

In this session, Hanna will cover best practices for importing AutoCAD and .pdf floor plans, drawing walls and architectural items in CET Designer, and use the new multi-floor tool. These tips and tricks will make creating your architectural layout easy.

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Emma Johansson Kendra Steinhaus

Emma Johansson & Kendra Steinhaus

Chat with the Programmers

In this interactive session, you’ll get to chat directly with some of the creators of CET Designer. You’ll get behind behind-the-scenes insight on what we’re working on. An important part of this session is to provide feedback and feature requests directly to the programmers.

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Jack Brick Curtis Kuipers

Jack Brick & Curtis Kuipers

Tips and Tricks from the Help Desk

Meet the men behind the chat window! Two of your favorite support reps, Jack and Curtis, will review the most common Q&As from the Support team and give you their best tips for using CET Designer.

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Yudishtra Selvaratnam Audrey Moore

Yudishtra Selvaratnam & Audrey Moore

CET Jeopardy

Think you know it all in CET? Put your skills to the test in an action-packed game of Jeopardy where you can compete against others with a chance to win fabulous gifts and prizes. (Even if you don't want to play, this is a fun setting to watch and learn some CET tips).

Göran Rydqvist

Göran Rydqvist

PGC, quality and programming style

What makes CET Designer different from other design and specification programs?  Learn from Configura’s founder and VP of R&D, Goran Rydqvist, the vision for our PGC software, the importance of quality and how the programming style makes it unique, offering a simple and powerful solution for the manufacturers and users.

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CM Programming Philosophy – Tips and Tricks

The creator of CM, Göran Rydqvist, will talk about the programming language and give you tips & tricks to increase your efficiency as a CM developer.

Nicklas Dagersten

Nicklas Dagersten

Update and Sneak Peek CET Designer 8.5

Drum roll please! CET Designer 8.5 will release Nov 20. Get a preview of the exciting new features and a demonstration of the new capabilities.

Audrey Moore

Audrey Moore

Reconfig

Reconfig is a powerful tool to manage your customers' reconfiguration projects. It compares existing and proposed plans to provide a list of reused, excess and new purchase of products. It is a (relatively) easy way to track expansions and inventory.

Intro to CET Designer

New to CET Designer? In this overview session, Audrey will take you through the fundamentals of the program. You’ll be able to install a free trial version of CET Designer and start using it today.

Tracy Lanning Victor Niskala

Tracy Lanning & Victor Niskala

License Admin & Mgt Setup

The License Administrator manages CET Designer and extension licenses within a dealership or company. The breakout will review all the functionality in MyConfigura with purchasing, allocating and using licenses including best practices to make a seamless transition for the users.

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Jack Brick Andreas Ekbom

Jack Brick & Andreas Ekbom

Material Lab

Material Lab is a tool that allows you to create and modify your own materials for stunning realism in your renderings. Learn how to use the tool and best practices to easily create new materials.

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Shijia Ooi Jack Brick

Shijia Ooi & Jack Brick

Using Catalogues in CET Designer

Many products in CET Designer are “catalogue” items that are placed in Catalogue Browser or as embedded Catalogues. The navigation and specification of these items can be a little different than other PGC smart symbols. Jack will demonstrate how Catalogue items are placed, optioned and give tips for optimizing specification with Catalogue items.

Advanced Catalogue Creator

If you’re an existing Catalogue Creator user but wants to learn advanced features and tips for the tool, this session is for you! ShiJia Ooi, one of Configura’s expert programmers, will share his best practices and advanced methods of using Catalogue Creator. Bring your questions for this interactive session.

Yudishtra Selvaratnam

Yudishtra Selvaratnam

QA Best Practices & Processes

If you do Quality Assurance for your company, this is a must-attend session. Yudishtra will cover how Configura does QA and provide you recommendations and steps for optimizing your QA processes!

Shijia Ooi

Shijia Ooi

Model Lab

Model Lab is a programming tool to import models and transform them for optimal use in CET Designer. Shijia will demonstrate the process and cover FAQs for using the tool.

Kendra Steinhaus

Kendra Steinhaus

RevLink 101

The RevLink extension in CET Designer allows you to easily transfer files between Revit and CET Designer. Learn how this tool can help you in supporting your A & D community!

Jack Brick

Jack Brick

Intro to Catalogue Creator

Catalogue Creator is the tool used by companies to import their products into CET Designer as Catalogue items.  If you are a manufacturer or programmer interested in learning how this tool works, Jack will walk through the basics of using the tool and best practices for creating your own Catalogues.

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CJ Cummings

CJ Cummings

New Animations & Property System Changes

Learn from our up and coming core developer Christopher Cummings about how you can get the most out of the new Animation system. Christopher will also talk about the new changes to the Property System.

Brooke Snow

Brooke Snow

CET Designer for sales people

CET Designer is a powerful design and sales tool. If you're a salesperson, you may use the program in different ways than a designer. Learn from Configura’s own salesperson, Brooke Snow, on best practices, tools and tips for using CET Designer in the sales process. She’ll also briefly present the upcoming Sales Viewer and discuss the functionality of CRM Connect Extension.

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Dan Iwema

Dan Iwema

Steelcase

This breakout is specific to using the SmartTools extension. Learn tips, tricks and discuss upcoming features. Open only to Steelcase dealers.

John Vancil

John Vancil

OST - Designing for the User

At OST we try to approach the value we provide to our clients from a user centered perspective.  Designing the user experience with empathy allows for a stronger connection to and more rapid adoption of technology, and results in a solution which brings higher value to the client.  OST’s team includes a Design Studio which focuses on human centered user experience, product and strategic design, and which OST leverages to improve their approach to clients and markets. John will bring some theory, tools and techniques designed to allow all of us to put the user front and center.

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Culture as Strategy

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Nathan Bonner

Nathan Bonner

OST - Quality is Job One! (Wait-can we say that?)

Nathan Bonner is a Senior Consultant in the OST Configuration Services Practice, and has a long history implementing enterprise systems for clients.  As such, Nathan brings a unique perspective on how a project should be managed and structured to provide not only a timely and on budget implementation or roll out, but also how to do so in a way that insures a high quality deliverable.  Nathan will share his insights on a practical agile approach to project management and quality in a world of changing requirements and markets.

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Kendra Steinhaus Ryan Masselink Eric Hinkle

Kendra Steinhaus, Ryan Masselink & Eric Hinkle

Think like a user & FIKA Extension

Programming a good UI is a difficult task. And understanding how the users think and actually use CET Designer is crucial to good UI programming. Kendra, our PGC Ambassador and UI expert, will help you understand what users want in their extensions so you can improve your UI programming skills. You’ll also learn about the FIKA extension, which is a free, example extension available to all CM developers. Ryan will demonstrate how the FIKA extension was created specifically to provide good UI and PGC programming examples for you to use.

Johan Serebrink

Johan Serebrink

Algorithm vs Database Driven Development (Beginner)

Creating a new CET Designer extension today is a fine balance between algorithm and database driven design. Listen to Configura's Johan Serebrinks talk on how you should think when you need to choose between algorithm and database driven development and how you implement a catalog driven extension in CET Designer.

Stickman Karl Apsite

Joel Truman & Karl Apsite

Undo and Core Schemes

Undo and Core Schemes are something that should work automatically but sometimes you need to modify the default behavior to make it work. This session will go through what you need to think about when adding Undo and Core Schemes.

Göran Rydqvist Magnus Carlgren

Göran Rydqvist & Magnus Carlgren

CM Hands on Performance

Learn more about performance hunting in CM & CET Designer from the creator of CM, Göran and one of Configura's performance experts Magnus. This is a unique session you don't want to miss as a CM developer.

Gustav Adamson Dinesh Karthikesu

Gustav Adamson & Dinesh Karthikesu

Debug Graphics & Graphics Debugging

Most of the CM developers have probably created their own debug graphics or tried to debug their graphics once or twice. Learn what debug graphics can be enabled in CET Designer and how you can debug your graphics with an existing feature called RedGraphHelper.

Simon Andersson Antonio Zegunis

Simon Andersson & Antonio Zegunis

Project setup and workflow

Configura’s Simon Andersson and Allsteel’s Antonio Zegunis will talk about how they use Conigura’s IDE in different ways to create their own custom-made development environment for maximum development efficiency.

Gustav Adamson Eric Hinkle

Gustav Adamson & Eric Hinkle

Performance competition

Participate in the only run of the CM Performance Competition to practice on what you have learned at the conference, or just showcase your performance programming skills. Join this fun competition to improve your programming skills and get the chance to win great prices.

Christopher Fleck

Christopher Fleck

Automatic Testing & Quality Assurance

Automatic testing is one of the easiest ways to find critical bugs in your software. Learn how Dematic is working with automatic testing from the Dematic DevOp’s team leader Christopher Fleck.

Rolf Ödin Paul Jones

Rolf Ödin & Paul Jones

Lazy load & background tasks & Customize your emacs

Background tasks can increase the user experience of your extension by decreasing the waiting times. Configura’s own Rolf Ödin with more than 10 years’ experience as a CM Developer will teach you all about it. You will also get the chance to let Paul Jones teach you everything you need to know about Auto Papers.

Karl Apsite

Karl Apsite

Algorithm vs Database Driven Development (Advanced)

Learn how to take Algorithm vs Database Driven Development to the next level from Karl Apsite, one of Configura’s experts on the topic.

Victor Niskala

Victor Niskala

MyConfigura

MyConfigura is a very powerful tool for a CET Developer. Listen to Configura's web developer, Victor Niskala talk about how you can use MyConfigura to control the usage of your CET extensions.

Dinesh Karthikesu Paul Jones

Dinesh Karthikesu & Paul Jones

Performance tools, Custom Developer & CET operator news

CET Designer is a platform with focus on performance. Users waiting for a program to respond is a cost for companies. Learn more about the Performance tools Configura is creating to keep the performance of CET Designer at a good level.

Magnus Carlgren

Magnus Carlgren

Cutting Edge PGC

PGC is the core of CET Designer and the CM language. Listen to Configura’s Magnus Carlgren talk about this innovative project, where Configura takes PGC to the next level.

Jeff Carlsson

Jeff Carlsson

MyResourceLibrary

Join My Resource Library - the premier digital library serving the contract furniture market – and get #Wired4.0Design! We'll show you all of the new features, how MRL and CET Designer work together, so you are ready to roll with our new interface. Streamline your design protocol using MRL 4.0.

Amy Edington

Amy Edington

Herman Miller

Herman Miller has arrived! This afternoon breakout session will cover a variety of HMI extension training, roll-out information and discussion of upcoming features and products. This session is open only to Herman Miller dealers.

Rob Detrick

Rob Detrick

ProjectMatrix

The ProjectSymbols extension allows you to place products from over 100 manufacturers within CET Designer. Learn new and upcoming features plus some open time for Q&A.

Logan Mohr

Logan Mohr

National

National Office Furniture has launched their extension in CET Designer! Learn tips and discuss upcoming features and products. The breakout is open to all National-authorized dealers.

Steven Dunn

Steven Dunn

OFS Brands

The OFS Brands E-Tools Team is working to create a more seamless experience for its CET users.  In this session, learn more about the new OFS Brands extension, the products inside and what the team is working on next. This session is open to all OFS Brands Dealers.

Megan Smith

Megan Smith

Allsteel

The Allsteel breakout is invitation-only and will cover best practices for designing and specifying with the Beyond extension. Learn about future enhancements and what is new with the extension.

Best success story

  1. 1st place

    Christaline Adrianti, One Workplace

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  2. 2nd place

    Nicole Puma, Waldners Business Environments

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  3. 3rd place

    Kayla McCullough, Meteor Education

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Christaline Adrianti
Christaline Adrianti

Best video

  1. 1st place

    Kaitlin Davis, Freedom Interiors

  2. 2nd place

    Nicole Puma, Waldners Business Environments

  3. 3rd place

    Jordan Vitale, Ohio Desk

Best rendering

Office / Material handling / Healthcare

  1. 1st place

    Chantel Fitzgerald, Inscape

  2. 2nd place

    Ashley Engel, Fireside Office Solutions

  3. 3rd place

    Justin Babcock, AAK Business Environments Inc

Kitchen

  1. 1st place

    Lotta Larsson, Lexton Interior AB

  2. 2nd place

    Mona Skårsmoen, Norema AS

  3. 3rd place

    Mattias Olofsson, AB Karl Hedin Bygghandel

Student

  1. 1st place

    Meher Bhuiyan, AFD Contract Furniture Inc

  2. 2nd place

    Caitlyn Cathcart, Southern Illinois University

  3. 3rd place

    Emmalie Hall-Skank, Southern Illinois University

Best 360 Panorama

  1. 1st place

    Emily Cooper, OfficeScapes

  2. 2nd place

    Kaitlin Davis, Freedom Interiors

  3. 3rd place

    Yang Dan, Sunon