Just coming off a week of rest after Autodesk University 2015 in Las Vegas, it’s time to reflect on some of the exciting updates we heard about the future of construction. And if you’re not suffering from some serious FOMO (fear of missing out, for you non-acronym speakers) because you missed AU this year, read on to hear about what the hype was all about.
On Tuesday morning, we announced the launch of our newest construction product, BIM 360 Docs (all of the Alexandria buzz you’ve been hearing about) to help you publish, manage, review and approve all project docs, plans and models in the cloud. I know you’re thinking what could be better than this? Well, you’re right. And people at AU thought so too. We had several ad hoc meetings, programs, hands-on computer lab sessions, and exhibit hall presentations – including lots of live demos from our technical team (including Beyond Design author, Lee Mullin!) Learn more about what’s new here.
Did you check out the Construction Launch Pad? Hosted by Stacy Scopano, Construction Manager at Autodesk, this first ever construction keynote explored what the future of making things means for the construction industry. We heard from leaders who shared how lean construction, BIM mandates, and new technologies are affecting trends and increasing overall productivity at construction firms. Our Twitter feeds were going crazy! Learn more on this site where the video recordings will soon be posted.
My favorite part of AU was the exhibit hall. The Construction Zone in BIM City was full with curiosity and excitement about what’s new in construction and the era of connection. We had several partners in our booth including Redpoint Positioning, DAQRI (have you tried on the Smart Helmet?), Leica Geosystems and Topcon Positioning. We had a John Deere 310 backhoe on-site with a 3D hole representing a Danger Zone. Careful not to get too close!
And of course, we had nearly 60 construction-focused sessions where conference rooms were packed with customers who learned about what the future of construction is, and what we can expect to see from Autodesk and the industry as a whole in the coming years. We had over 11% increase in construction attendance this year, and we look forward to staying in touch with all of you and hearing your thoughts on AU 2015 as well. If you want to relive AU 2015, visit this page to see more than 350 recorded sessions, download class handouts and experience any classes you missed.
See you next year!
The Autodesk Construction Team