News from AU
January 8, 2020

The Future of Work: Adapting to an Era of AI-Driven Automation

Woman working with robot

Increasing automation—it’s both a reality and a necessity. A reality because automation and innovation have already transformed our processes for making and building in radical ways. A necessity because, to meet the needs of a growing human population in sustainable ways, we’ll need to automate and innovate even more.

And make no mistake: that will mean continued disruption for those who work in these fields today, not to mention the workers of tomorrow. How we approach these changes and adapt can make all the difference to the future we forge.

Autodesk is committed to putting people at the center of the process. We’re investing in training to help customers adapt and in research to help us all understand what’s ahead. We’re supporting community development and working for greater equity both within our organization and in the broader industry.

See what Autodesk is doing to create a future of work that’s inclusive, dynamic, and responsive to the needs of people.

The AU learning community has always been focused on supporting your future of work journey. Check out some AU 2019 classes that can help your team transform and seize the opportunities that lie ahead.

People power

Technology may be what’s changing, but it’s people that will determine what we do with it. Disruption is unavoidable, but the choices we make and the systems we set up can help us adapt better and work smarter in collaboration with our tools.

Recruiting, Retaining, and Training to Build the Future of AEC

New technologies like AI, AR, and intelligent robotics are changing how construction happens, but people will always be the heart of AEC. In this top-rated industry talk from AU Las Vegas 2019, Tauhira Ali shares her expertise on how to attract new talent, strengthen company culture, and increase employee loyalty.

Creating a Forward-Thinking Technology Culture

How do you become the person in your company that sees the big picture, challenges traditional processes, advocates for more research, and drives innovation? And how do you encourage others on your team to play the same role? Travis Voss, Mike Zivanovic, and Sean McGuire have some ideas.

A Space for Progress: Transforming Your Studio to Meet Industry Realities

If you’re an architect, you know how much built space can affect how a business functions and how people work together. So, then, how’s your studio? Time for a redesign? Check out this AU Las Vegas 2019 industry talk to get started.

Technology that helps us adapt

New technologies can help us adapt to new technologies. (Yes, you read that right.) Dive in and see how others are getting it done.

Virtual Reality in Practice: How Virtual Training Helps to Avoid Production Downtimes

With VR, you don’t have to step into the clean room to experience the realities of production and solve the problems that arise. Learn how the team at Bayer is using virtual experiences to reinvent training on their lines, improve productivity, and reduce risk for their workers.

Improving Construction Safety, Manufacturing Training, and More with VR

From basic safety protocols to extreme task simulation, VR is finding a new role in training for both construction and manufacturing.

Integrating Model-Based Takeoff: Skanska + Assemble

Workflows, toolsets, lesson plans, best practices—learn how Skanska USA Building trained their teams to use Assemble for model-based takeoffs in the preconstruction process.

The Future of Work in the Theater at AU Las Vegas 2019

The future of work was a featured topic in the Theater at AU 2019. Watch these four short presentations to learn how companies are innovating to create better jobs and shape better workers.

Innovation and equity

As we find new ways to make people the heroes of this time of transformation, there is also the opportunity to create a more equitable and inclusive workforce—one that better reflects the diversity of our societies and drives better results for the bottom line.

Diversity and Inclusion: Perspectives, Challenges, and Approaches That Work

According to a 2018 McKinsey report, greater workforce diversity results in greater profitability. Join a panel of women leaders from top companies to learn how they’re increasing inclusion in construction and what to keep in mind as you plan for the year to come.

Why There Are So Few Women in Leadership and What You Can Do to Change This

Mentorship is one tool to promote gender equity within organizations, but it tends to put the onus solely on women. The truth is that women aren’t holding themselves back from leadership—it’s company culture. One solution: moving from a mentorship model to a sponsorship model that empowers all genders to play a role. Andrea Janzen leads this interactive panel.

The design studio, the construction site, the manufacturing line—these places are changing quickly, and there’s more change ahead. Your job and your workplace will likely look different in the years ahead. AU is here to help you become an active leader in shaping a future we want to live and work in. It all starts with learning. At AU, we’re ready when you are.