Conference Provides Glimpse into Tech Future of AEC Industry
Autodesk University (AU) is a conference, held each November in Las Vegas, where users of Autodesk software from industries as diverse as manufacturing, cinema, and building design, congregate to learn and share productivity techniques from peers, industry insiders, and Autodesk staff. The conference includes lecture-style and hands-on classes, certification opportunities, open discussion forums, social activities and more!
AU offers hundreds of technical classes. Most are 1 or 1 1/2 hour lecture-style classes that cover a broad range of topics, from the nitty-gritty software usage to C-level executive summaries of product and workflow capabilities. Additional classes offer hands-on software training following a scripted dataset; occasionally advanced topics such as the exciting visual programming language of Dynamo or point cloud editing software ReCap are also offered through these hands-on training programs. All class materials are available to anyone (not just AU attendees), and many of the classes are captured with videography to be viewed for perpetuity. Find classes to address your pain points here: AU's Online Classes
Many exhibitors who attend the conference are there to demonstrate their capabilities of addressing the needs of current software design technology and to also provide a preview of foreseeable changes and advancements to future design technology and its perpetual ability to transform the nature and process of design. Click Here for a List of Sponsors and Exhibitors
2017 saw 4 primary types of exhibitors: Drones, Reality Capture, AR/VR, and add-on productivity software.
The AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) Industry Keynote is a relatively new addition to Autodesk University. Since the AEC industry is such a large segment of Autodesk's customer base they provide a presentation highlighting their perception of macro trends that impact our industry and trends that they anticipate in the future. They also previewed their upcoming release of BIM360 - a web interface and online hosting platform for building, design and construction information, which is to become a much more holistic solution than it presently in the future.
Dustin Tiemeyer is a Design Technology Manager at Peter Basso Associates. To contact Dustin for more information on the conference or to learn more about PBA's 3D and 360° design tech capabilities, email Dustin here: email@example.com