As I write this I'm on a return plane to the UK after a brilliant, and my first Autodesk University. It's fair to say that the talk of this year was BIM 360 and Navisworks and how they will transform the way people work in the construction industry.
From the opening keynote with CEO Carl Bass, CIO Jeff Kowalski, and 12 year old star in the making, Schuyler St. Leger showing a huge range of Autodesk tools available that can change how you work today, not tomorrow, to the constant stream of people flowing through the Autodesk 360 lounge, THEbar, a customer expert area, and exhibition halls asking about workflows can be optimized and processes made more efficient, and how Navisworks and BIM 360 complement taking work into the field. The launch of the tablet modelling tool, Formit and online experience design, Fusion 360 were other highlights in a packed schedule.
Between the meetings and out chatting to you guys and girls around the conference, I also managed to speak at the class 'Building the Death Star: The Autodesk Way' A Star Wars themed geekathon based around more advanced use of Timeliner, helped out beginner users at the Navisworks Quick Spin classes and spoke to many of you about problems, questions, and even just talking more about this blog! Of course it wasn't all work, the annual AUGI Beer Bust, and closing night party were both spectacular ways to unwind and network. There were exhibitors from all over the world showing off tools, plugins, and hardware to make your working life easier, here is the full list of exhibitors, and we highly recommend you check them out.
Don't forget, you didn't have to be there to access a huge range of materials to improve your product knowledge and understand the benefits of moving to and expanding your use of BIM, AU Virtual is free to register for and has hundreds of classes available to stream right now. If you did miss out, maybe now is the time to start working on your boss so you get to attend AU 2013!