News from AU
February 24, 2021

Manufacturing Better with Simulation

Until recently, if you wanted to know whether your product design would work as intended, you only had one option: make one and try it. If it didn’t perform as expected, it was back to the not-so-proverbial drawing board to revise and rework, then make another and try it again. Prototyping and testing was essential, but also expensive and time-consuming. Today, digital simulation tools are enabling new approaches in manufacturing. Whether you’re simulating gas or liquid flow with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), product performance with Finite Element Analysis (FEA), or commissioning an en... READ MORE >
February 17, 2021

Shotgun Software Wins Academy Award for Technical Achievement

Shotgun software General Manager and Autodesk VP Sarah Hodges speaking at the AU 2020 Media & Entertainment keynote. Technology has always been integral to the media and entertainment industry. For every star in front of the camera and director behind the lens, there are hundreds of engineers, technicians, and craftspeople who have pushed the field forward through invention and innovation—from silent films to sound, from black and white to color, from celluloid to digital, and beyond. That’s why, in addition to the familiar awards for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Film, and the like, t... READ MORE >
February 10, 2021

Perspectives on Business, Construction, and Women in BIM: Rebecca and Nicole De Cicco

This interview is part of a series featuring the members of our diverse AU community, from speakers and conference attendees to forum participants and online commenters. You are AU. Sisters Nicole De Cicco (left) and Rebecca De Cicco (right) of Digital Node. 1. What’s your current job role? Rebecca: Director of Digital Node Nicole: Training & Communications Manager at Digital Node 2. What are your main areas of expertise and interest? Rebecca: My role as the owner is to support the growth of the business in three key areas: strategy, proj... READ MORE >
February 3, 2021

More Data, Better Decisions: Playing Moneyball in Construction

Baseball and construction may not have much in common, but they both produce a lot of data. In its raw form, that data has only limited value. But if you can analyze it and extract insights, you can make better decisions, which can lead to better results. In baseball, that’s called playing moneyball, and the outcome is more wins. In construction, the same approach can help you build better buildings and improve margins. Eric Thomas of Autodesk sat down with Josh Bone, Executive Director of ELECTRI, the research arm for the National Electrical Contractors Association, for a talk about how speci... READ MORE >
January 26, 2021

Best of AU 2020 Speaker Awards

Great speakers are an essential part of the AU learning experience. They inform and inspire, helping others discover new possibilities on their professional journey. AU wouldn't be AU without them. We’re excited to present the classes and speakers that took top honors at AU 2020, our first global digital event attended by more than 100,000 professionals.  Top Session Overall Marcello Sgambelluri 8 Yrs’ Worth of Dynamo and Revit Classes from 1 Speaker in 60 Min Volume 2 Top On-Demand Video Session - Americas Donnie Gladfelter AutoCAD Tips, Tricks, and Dazzling Drafting Techniques Top On-Demand ... READ MORE >