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A Meeting You Won’t Dread Attending!

A Meeting You Won’t Dread Attending!

Our most recent User Group Meeting was held Jan. 19 in the Denver area, and if you weren’t fortunate enough to join us, it was a success! We are adopting a policy here at Applied Flow Technology to build community with our users and the world that surrounds them with the rest of our market. Part of that endeavor takes the form of our User Group Meetings. For the uninitiated, I will rattle a little while longer about what these are, why you should come, and how to find out about upcoming meetings.  To those who have attended before, or to our most recent rendition, the tl;dr (too long; didn’t read) of it all is as follows:

  • Jan. 19 was a hit!
    • We had our first ever AFT Workshop with great success
      • You will see more of these in the future
  • A BIG thanks to those who attended!
  • Shout out to our presenters: Fantastic topics and intriguing experiences!
    • Charles Hill with EDI – Vibrational Trouble Shooting
    • Brook Zion from Swanson and Rink – Fixing Problems using AFT Fathom
  • Next meeting will be held April 6 in Houston! We will see you there!
    • Details at http://www.aft.com/learning-center/user-group-meetings
  • We are stepping up our game
    • Two meetings a year in Denver
    • Two meetings a year in Houston
    • Canada make way; we will see more of you too!
    • More to come!

Now if I have held your attention this long, I may be presumptuous enough to assume you are still curious about what a User Group Meeting is in the first place. Well, it is just that— a meeting hosted by AFT to gather, network and socialize with our users in the area to strengthen the community of which they are a part. There will almost always be a social hour where beverages and hors der….. hors dorv…… hor dor… SNACKS—it’s really hors d’oeuvres— are provided. The hour affords the attendees the chance to connect with other AFT users and professionals who may very well be in the same industry.

This January, users saw our first ever AFT Workshop before the networking social. Workshops are an excellent opportunity to get some more technical insight into the software on particular topics. The most recent meeting discussed new features in the latest versions of AFT Fathom 9, AFT Arrow 6, and the not-yet-released AFT Impulse 6. In addition to that, one of our application engineers, Ben Keiser, gave a great crash course on performing a more efficient waterhammer analysis.

User Group Workshop

Working at the User Group Meeting

Armed with the success of our first workshop and the positive feedback from attendees, I would wager a bet and play the odds that you will see more of these in the years to come! To that end, we greatly appreciate the volume we had this past meeting during both the workshop and presentations. Thank you to all those who stopped by.

After every social hour, we have a few presentations lined up where either users/engineers in a related space of our market or AFT engineers take the stage. They discuss different topics that pertain to the software or that are related to the world of fluid dynamics in a fascinating way. This time we had Charles Hill with EDI and Brook Zion from Swanson and Rink. Charles Hill told attendees about a vibrational analysis on a pump skid that jumped off its supports and even sheared its anchoring dowel pins! With the aid of sensors and a slew of tests, Hill and his colleagues were able to determine that a check valve was slamming shut, causing a pressure wave large enough to free a very expensive pump from its holds. Zion showed us how AFT Fathom was able to locate, identify and subsequently fix an issue with a valve closure that was destroying a thirty-foot-tall tank—not something that anyone wants to find when they come to work! Zion’s model is a winner from our Platinum Pipe Award annual contest, and more information can be found here:http://www.aft.com/documents/casestudies/2014/HVAC-F-SwansonRink.pdf.

User Group Presentation

So if I have done my task correctly, you now know that you should 1.) come enjoy a couple of hours to meet directly with AFT staff; 2.) network wine and dine with other professionals in your space and; 3.) enjoy interesting and educational experiences from engineers that may have had similar experiences as you! We will have information on our website and social media about our upcoming event as always, but our next User Group Meeting will be held in Houston, Texas, on April 6, 2016 at 5 p.m. CST time. We would love to see you there and share similar experiences with you as accounted above! If you are unable to attend, do not worry because we are now planning to host two meetings in Denver and two in Houston annually. For our user base in Canada, we will also be hosting an event based on availability, but we will be sure to reach out and invite you when able. For those of you enjoying this blog outside of these regions, you are not forgotten, as we are steadily marching toward strengthening our community and outreach!

To quote the late Bernie Mac in the box office hit Ocean’s 13, “Nuff said!”

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