5 Reasons Construction Professionals Can’t Miss Autodesk University 2024

Calling all construction professionals—we’ve got some exciting news: Autodesk University (AU) will be in San Diego in 2024!

Taking place from October 15-17, AU 2024: The Design & Make Conference will fill you with knowledge and inspiration so you can build the world you want to see. From driving digital transformation to building resilience through sustainability and cloud-based solutions, AU 2024 covers the essential topics to help you improve your business—both in the short and long term. 

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5 Reasons Not to Miss AU 2024

Why should you attend AU 2024? For starters, there is no other construction event quite like it. Autodesk University brings together AEC thought leaders and professionals in an environment that’s primed for learning, networking, and innovation. 

But let’s get to the specifics. Here are five reasons AU 2024 is a must-attend for construction pros—plus tips on how to maximize your time during the event. 

1. You’ll Learn from Construction’s Finest

AU 2024 has 500+ sessions on a variety of AEC industry topics, including 100+ construction-specific classes. You’ll get to attend and participate in a variety of class and session types, including:

Industry Talks: Led by top AEC experts, these discussions are packed with thought leadership and insights. They will give you the opportunity to hear from innovators and gain new perspectives about the industry. 

Technical Instructions: Skills-based instructional classes showcasing workflows, processes, and tips and tricks to improve efficiency and outcomes.

Roundtables: AU 2024’s roundtable discussions allow you to learn from a group of experts with multiple viewpoints on trending topics. In these roundtables, you’ll hear thought leaders discuss ideas and share their diverse views, so you can gain a deeper understanding of the subject matter. 

Case Studies: When you attend AU 2024, you won’t just gain knowledge; you’ll also learn how to apply it. See real-life examples of successful projects from inception all the way to completion. Learn the challenges other firms have faced and the steps they took to overcome them. 

We're not exaggerating when we say this is one of the biggest learning opportunities of the year for construction professionals. AU sessions will cover popular workflows and topics, including:

  • Digital transformation and industry tech advancements 
  • AI and mixed reality
  • Preconstruction and design innovations
  • Construction, jobsite, and built environments 
  • BIM 
  • Industrialized construction 
  • Diversity, inclusion, and belonging
  • Sustainability 
  • …and more

No matter where you are in your business or career, you’re bound to find something that resonates with you.

2. You Can Anticipate and Capitalize on Upcoming Trends

For an industry that’s often mischaracterized as “traditional,” the construction sector is always changing. And AU 2024 will empower you to keep up with these changes. 

With sessions dedicated to emerging trends—including digital twins, AI, and industrialized construction—you’ll have no problem keeping tabs on the latest developments in the industry. 

So whether you’re looking to improve project efficiency, secure that promotion, or drive higher ROI for your clients, AU 2024 will give you the insights you need to meet your objectives.

3. Be the First to Hear About Major Announcements at Autodesk

We’re planning to unveil exciting announcements at AU 2024. Jim Lynch, SVP & GM of Autodesk Construction Solutions, will take the stage during AU 2024 in which he’ll talk about what’s next for our construction platform and solutions and the things you can look forward to as part of the Autodesk family. 

4. Explore Emerging Technology 

expo hall at AU

While you’re at AU 2024, make it a point to stop by the Expo floor to discover what’s next for your field. 

The Expo at AU will feature hundreds of partners within the Autodesk ecosystem. Meet the developers behind the tech and get up close and hand-on with emerging solutions that can help transform your business. 

5. Connect, Network, and Engage with Industry Peers and Thought Leaders

One of the best things about 2024 is in-person networking. This year’s conference gives you dozens of opportunities to do this. Participate in AU 2024 meetups, workshops, and receptions to meet your fellow innovators and build real-world connections that can’t be replicated online. 

You work hard, so don’t forget to relax and unwind while you’re at the show. Being in San Diego means there are endless choices of world-class food and entertainment – a great opportunity to bring the whole team to recharge! 

How to Get the Most Out of Autodesk University

Autodesk University only comes around once a year, so it’s important to make the absolute most of it! Attendees will have different AU journeys, depending on your objectives, but here are some general tips to maximize your experience.

Register Early

Make sure your seat is saved at AU 2024! Head to the Autodesk University website now to register for the event. The process takes minutes, plus you’ll save $250 when you register by July 27.

Plan Your Schedule

There’s a lot to see and do at AU 2024, so planning ahead is a must. You’ll receive this year’s full schedule as soon as it’s available, which will give you the opportunity to view the keynotes, theater talks, and sessions ahead of time. Bookmark the ones you want to attend and allocate time to do so. 

If you’re planning to meet other industry pros, reach out to them before the event and secure those calendar invites so you can set aside time to connect in person. 

See You at Autodesk University!

The future belongs to those who make it—start building yours at Autodesk University 2024. We’re excited to connect with you at AU 2024, where you’ll find a wealth of industry knowledge, networking, and education. 

Register now -- you can save $250 on your ticket if you register by July 27. See you in San Diego October 15-17, 2024!

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Jenny Ragan

As Managing Editor - Content Marketing, Jenny oversees the execution of content strategies and implementation across the Digital Builder blog, podcast, and video channels. She has been working in the marketing side of the AEC industry for the past 15+ years and is the cornerstone of content marketing channel production, owning core editorial calendars and working with internal collaborators and external vendors and contractors to keep all deliverables moving forward.