AU 2023 Classes to Advance Your Construction Tech Usage

Advancing your career in construction is almost like being inside a “choose your own adventure” story. There are many options to pick from, and it’s entirely up to you to decide which path to take. 

That being said, most of the career paths in construction today have one thing in common: the need for tech skills. Whether you’re looking to get into design, engineering, construction, or any other field in the industry—being familiar with the latest construction technology will give you a leg up. 

This is yet another good reason to attend Autodesk University 2023. Taking place November 13-15 in Las Vegas, this event is packed with opportunities to help you advance your tech skills—and career.


Why Invest in Your Tech Skills?

We’ll cut right to the chase: embracing technology is key for construction professionals today.  

Construction software and hardware skills are in extremely high demand. This heightened demand is one of the top contributors to the industry’s labor shortage. Those who are employed are also concerned about gaps in their tech skills. 

When conducted a survey asking employees which hard skills they needed the most, respondents cited technology and computer as some of the most important ones. The survey also found that 45% of workers are more likely to stick with their current employer if they had access to the necessary skills training. 

One thing is clear in today’s employment landscape: tech skills aren’t just nice to have—they’re essential. 

It’s no wonder, then, that investing in these skills was one of the top reasons people attended AU 2022. 

The good news is that AU 2023 offers the perfect environment for learning new technology. This year is going to be even better in person. You’ll get to see and experience emerging technologies and trends firsthand.

The Perfect Opportunity to Advance Your Tech Skills

AU 2023 is overflowing with opportunities and activities for advancing technical skills. You’ll get to participate in learning sessions, network with tech developers and leaders, and gain a deeper understanding of Autodesk Construction Cloud solutions from a product and technical standpoint. 

AU 2023 has hundreds of tech topics across the AEC industry, which you’ll find useful both in your professional and personal life as well. 

A Look at Some Tech-Focused Opportunities at AU 2023

There are 150+ classes for construction at AU 2023 that can help you broaden your perspective and technical knowledge. Led by industry and product experts, these sessions come in multiple formats, including Talks, Panels, Product Demos, and Technical Instruction.

Here are just a few of the sessions we’re looking forward to:

AR & Autodesk Construction Cloud: Powering $9B Project Excellence

When: Monday at 5:30 PM

Speaker: Waleed Zafar, Mission Critical Director, XYZ Realty

What if we could build a complex project right the first time without any errors? Join us for an insightful session delving into the impact of Engineering Grade AR™ in the construction industry. Discover how AR technology enables real-time issue detection and superior project controls, safeguarding projects from costly errors, clashes, and design deviations before they escalate.

This session will highlight the impact of AR in construction, with a focus placed on project controls. Attendees will learn how AR is being used to collect real-time project data through advanced 3D modeling, delivering up to 9X ROI on mission-critical projects.

Bringing Large-Scale PMC to the Next Level by Maximizing the Power of Autodesk Construction Cloud

When: Tuesday at 1:30 PM

Speakers: Arnold Ledan, Engineer BIM, EGIS Group

Hafsa Sadaka, BIM Manager, EGIS Group

In this class, we’ll discuss how Autodesk Construction Cloud can help a project management consultancy be more efficient by tracking project key performance indicators (KPIs) related to schedule and cost control through Autodesk Docs, Autodesk Takeoff, Autodesk Build, and Autodesk Construction Cloud Connect.

By harnessing the power of Autodesk Construction Cloud connected to Autodesk Construction Cloud Connect, we’ll learn how to store the extracted data in an SQL database and automatically connect it to a Power BI dashboard, streamlining proficient reporting.

Jacobs’ Operation Cases on Automation and Analytics

When: Tuesday at 5:30 PM

Speaker: Andrew Davis, Regional Technology Lead, Jacobs

Jacobs manages multiple large-scale projects each year. One of the challenges is to manage all the users as well as their assigned project products, roles, and companies.

In this session, we’ll describe projects from inception to deployment, and we’ll cover the technical instructions and the efficiency we’ve achieved. The presentation will also cover BI development from raw data extracted, which are transformed into actionable insights that inform tactical business decisions.

Let the APIs Work for You: How PARIC Uses Autodesk Construction Cloud Connect for Automations

When: Tuesday at 5:30 PM

Speakers: Travis Byerley, Controls Manager, Paric Corporation

Sophat Sam, Manager, Integration Solutions Engineering, Autodesk

Innovation drives the work Paric does to help improve organizational efficiencies. With the ever-growing construction technology ecosystem, data silos become a real obstacle to get the most out of these tools. By maximizing the APIs provided by Autodesk Platform Services, and using tools like Autodesk Construction Cloud Connect, you can automate and streamline these processes to simplify what are otherwise repetitive and error-prone processes.

In this course, you will learn how Paric partnered with Autodesk Construction Solutions to automate the workflows between a CRM and Autodesk Build to reduce the required employee resources, increase operation efficiencies, and implementation of established corporate standards.

Managing Tech Fatigue in an Emerging Tech Industry

When: Wednesday at 8:30 AM

Speakers: Stephen Brooke, Digital Delivery Manager, Burns & McDonnell

Nathaniel Coombs, Senior Business Consultant, Autodesk

There was a time not long ago when architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) was one of the lowest-ranked industries for the adoption of technology. We won’t go so far as to say that AEC has become a high-tech industry—but it is surely on its way. For people focused on technology, it is manageable. For field staff, preconstruction teams, and everyone else, it can be a lot to handle and take in.

In this session, we will communicate our strategy for managing this onslaught of new tools, our decision-making criteria for what we’re moving forward with, and how to keep our teams sharp. Join us to learn more!

See You at AU 2023!

Technology will play a critical role in the future of construction, so it’s imperative that you equip yourself with the right tech knowledge and skills. Fortunately, AU 2023 has no shortage of opportunities to do that. 

Remember, individual session registrations fill up fast. Register for AU 2023 today so you’ll be the first to hear when you can register for individual sessions later this month.   

See you in Las Vegas November 13-15!   


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.