Preconstruction Professionals: You Won’t Want to Miss AU 2023

We’re thrilled to announce that Autodesk University is back and better than ever before! We’ve made sure to pack every hour of the event with opportunities for you to learn, grow, and connect.

Whether you’re learning from experts in a dynamic conversation panel, rubbing shoulders with industry professionals at an evening reception, or learning about emerging technologies, there won’t be a wasted moment.

This year’s Autodesk University will take place in Las Vegas, November 13-15. Over the course of three days, we’ll provide a treasure trove of information for preconstruction professionals like yourselves, including new trends and strategies for improving processes like estimating, bidding, and coordination.

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Reasons Preconstruction Professionals Love Autodesk University

Here at Autodesk, we understand that preconstruction professionals face many unique challenges related to workflows, data, and other tasks. We’ve crafted our event specifically to help you meet those challenges head-on.

By attending AU 2023, you will walk away better equipped to embrace the future of preconstruction. We’ll cover topics and host sessions relevant to your day-to-day tasks, such as connected workflows, advanced innovation, and data-centric sessions.

You’ll have a chance to meet face-to-face with Autodesk product experts and connect with hundreds of trusted partners, allowing you to fully unlock the benefits of your cloud-based solutions.

Session Preview: What You’ll Find for Preconstruction Professionals at AU 2023

Wondering which sessions to attend for the latest in preconstruction? At AU 2023, you can pick and choose from among hundreds of options that help you discover key insights and improve your teams.

If you’re not sure where to get started, we’ve curated our top picks for the sessions to help you learn more about the future of preconstruction. Remember: This list is just a quick preview of the sessions you’ll find at AU 2023. You can check out the full session catalog here


CS600356 | Supplier Diversity in the Construction Industry

This will be a thought-provoking and informative talk on the importance of supplier diversity in the construction industry. We’ll focus on the benefits of using diverse businesses in projects, including compliance, tax credits, and improved efficiency. We’ll also touch on the challenges of systemic racism and classism in the industry, and how Tough Leaf is working to address these issues by providing capacity-building services to diverse firms. You can expect to gain a deeper understanding of the value of supplier diversity and its impact, as well as insights into using technology to support the growth and success of diverse businesses. We will also highlight real-world examples of how the speaker has already helped diverse firms win millions of dollars in contracts. This talk will be both engaging and informative, leaving you with a greater appreciation for the importance of supplier diversity.


CS601117 | Takeoff for the Win with Barton Malow, Windover Construction, and Huckabee

Performing quantity takeoff can be a time-consuming and laborious process, but it doesn’t have to be. Many in the industry are still using desktop-based 2D takeoff solutions that lack the collaboration, standardization, and transparency that is essential to running a fine-tuned estimating team. Join this session to see how the pre-construction and estimating teams at Barton Malow, Windover Construction, and Huckabee are turning to Autodesk Takeoff—a cloud-based 2D/3D quantification solution—to improve collaboration, increase takeoff accuracy, and reduce takeoff time, ensuring everyone is working off the latest project documents. You’ll see how leading general contractors use Autodesk Takeoff to tackle project challenges while quantifying project scope. Join this lively discussion to see real-life case studies and walk away knowing how you too can improve your takeoff processes and say goodbye to tedious, time-consuming workflows.


CS602989 | From Zero to Hero: Streamlining Estimating with ProEst

Join us as we introduce you to ProEst, the estimating vertical on the Autodesk Construction Cloud platform. We embarked on a mission to simplify our estimating process and found success with ProEst cloud-based software, so you should give it a try! This session will chart a course from initial adoption to full integration, and will show you how to capitalize on Autodesk’s support and implementation staff. Discover how we’ve harnessed ProEst to enhance accuracy and efficiency in our estimating, replacing manual methods with a streamlined approach. Our story, filled with challenges and triumphs, offers valuable insights for those seeking to modernize their estimating process, we will dive into the basics of the platform and get you up and running in no time. Come learn how to take your estimating from zero to hero with ProEst!


CS601616 | Workflows Between BuildingConnected and Autodesk Construction Cloud

This class aims to help professionals in the construction industry optimize their preconstruction workflows using BuildingConnected and Autodesk Construction Cloud. You’ll learn how to maximize the capabilities of BuildingConnected’s bid procurement features in conjunction with Autodesk Construction Cloud document management capabilities to streamline your bid management process, along with the seamless transfer of data from bidding to project management. Additionally, you’ll learn about automating workflows.


CS600669 | From Mass Model to Fabrication

Building configurators are essential in the industrialized construction (IC) space. By using tools like Dynamo with Revit software, we can efficiently create an assembled building using basic design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA) assumptions. A configurator enables us to quickly search libraries for company assemblies and their parameter values, suggest previously engineered products (assemblies), and place these suggested products in their assumed project locations. Using this tool reduces a three-week process to one hour, and it unifies data with design, all while creating a reliable model. In this class, you’ll learn the techniques involved in building a configurator with Revit and Dynamo software. You’ll also learn how to evolve the process for continuous optimization, create custom searches for your products, filter methods that mimic DfMA logic and how to consume other massing inputs. Lastly, we will share lessons learned in our own experiences building configurators and discuss what resources were needed.


CS602686 | Demolish bidding data silos & unlock insights: A primer for precon leaders

Connecting data across preconstruction workflows and systems is critical to increasing efficiency, unlocking insights, and driving business. No matter the size of your company or trade, you can leverage BuildingConnected’s API or ACC Connect to do just that. We promise it’s easier–and less expensive–than you think! Join this session to learn more about the benefits of BuildingConnected’s API, ACC Connect, and integrations built by third-party software providers , and how these tools can connect your bidding data to other systems, such as Salesforce and PowerBI. You’ll come away inspired by the examples we share, and with a clear understanding of the next steps you can take to bring the power of connected bidding data to your organization.


CS601378 | Ground2in: Create a Digital Twin of the Ground for Soil Remediation

Colas Group, through its soil decontamination activity (Colas Environnement), uses building information modeling (BIM) and new solutions to analyze soil data, map the impact of pollutants, and build a global vision on the volumes of soil to be treated. Thanks to Autodesk Consulting, the Ground2in Revit plug-in has been created to help improve performance and decision making. With its intuitive user interface, Ground2In allows for flexibility in the choice of interpolation methods and ease of extraction of deliverables useful for simulating remediation scenarios, estimating budgets, making decisions, and monitoring jobsites.


CS601457 | How AI Will Solve the Most Overlooked Challenge in Sustainable Housing

An often-overlooked sustainability challenge in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry is: What should we do with all existing individual houses? Current technology enables sustainable design of new houses. However, climate change cannot be addressed without tackling the existing building stock. More than 62 million single-family houses need thorough renovation if we are to fulfill the EU climate ambitions by 2050. This means tackling 6,000 houses per day, starting today—in Europe alone! We’ll demonstrate how artificial intelligence (AI), and generative design will support building owners and architects to quickly come up with new sustainable design options, ready for industrialized prefabrication with standardized elements. In this session, you’ll learn how AI can add flexibility in the design with standardized elements. You’ll find inspiration for a new balance between standardization and flexibility. We’ll show applications for detached houses as well as terraced houses with complex shapes and requirements.


CS602256 | Zero to (BIM)Hero: Shift from 2D into 3D in Digital Construction

This session will discuss a company’s successful shift from 2D construction to 3D construction. By capitalizing on advanced digital technology, the company was able to transform its traditional 2D construction process into a more efficient and accurate 3D construction process. The new 3D process involves the creation of detailed 3D models using building information modeling (BIM) software, which allows for improved visualization, coordination, and communication between different stakeholders. The use of 3D models enables the company to detect and resolve potential design clashes, constructability issues, and conflicts between building systems before the construction phase, resulting in significant time and cost savings. Furthermore, the use of 3D models allows for more-accurate quantity takeoffs, material planning, and construction scheduling. By implementing 3D construction, the company is able to improve project quality, speed, and cost savings while maintaining high standards of safety and compliance.


CS600988 | 99+ Issues but Collaboration Ain’t One

After the fall of Kabul in August 2021, the U.S. military launched Operation Allies Welcome to provide housing for 15,000+ Afghan allies in 200+ military barracks in the United States. The program concluded successfully in February 2022, following the departure of the Afghan guests. These bases had been in service for decades, so wear and tear on the barracks was significant and required expedited remediation to return to military service in 2023. This is where APTIM—a global provider of services to the government, commercial, industrial, and energy and utility markets—came in and restored the buildings for use. This presentation highlights how APTIM used the Autodesk Construction Cloud platform to win the job and collaborate seamlessly. Through the implementation of Autodesk Build, SiteSense, and Esri ArcGIS Field Maps, APTIM’s multidisciplinary team captured 25,000+ issues, quantified them as recommended repairs in its estimate, and converted those issues into 25,000+ successfully completed work items.


CS602203 | Sustainability in Preconstruction: Carbon and Costs in Autodesk Takeoff using EC3

Architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals want to create cost-effective, sustainable projects and are looking for technologies, standards, and processes to help them make trade-offs between financial and environmental costs during design and preconstruction. Forward-looking firms—including Walsh Construction and SNHA (a Woolpert Company)—took part in a pilot to test new integration between Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) and Autodesk Takeoff, the 2D and 3D quantification solution. Using quantities from Autodesk Takeoff, EC3 users can review the embodied carbon emissions of proposed building materials. Come see the integration and hear from industry leaders about their sustainability goals as they share feedback and lessons learned.


1161 | Preconstruction Managers Meetup

Meetups are casual networking opportunities designed to help you find like-minded people and make meaningful connections. If enrollment is showing as full, please come to the room at the scheduled time and we’ll admit you if space allows. If you’re a preconstruction manager interested in exploring the relationship between your project’s delivery method and its impact on your estimating strategy, this Meetup is for you. We’ll begin with a collective group discussion and then break up into smaller groups consisting of 4-5 participants. There will also be ample time for you to exchange valuable insights and learn from your peers, fostering the sharing of best practices.


CS601408 | Model Quality: The Biggest Efficiency Gain That You Are Not Using

Unlocking model data to de-risk planning and drive execution is one of the biggest efficiency gains and business differentiators available to contractors. However, the current era of construction is filled with information handoffs, leading to an environment of distrust and models that are unfit for purpose. The phrase “garbage in, garbage out” couldn’t be more accurate regarding 3D models. We simply can’t trust that models have sufficient accuracy to drive execution workflows—until now. Industry-leading teams are now using tools and technology to ensure model quality. Construction-ready models help accelerate and fine-tune downstream activities like quantity takeoffs, constructability studies, earned value analysis, and more. In this session, forward-thinking teams will share how they approach the design models to ensure quality and accuracy, increasing cost certainty and reducing rework during execution.


CS600356 | Supplier Diversity in the Construction Industry

This will be a thought-provoking and informative talk on the importance of supplier diversity in the construction industry. We’ll focus on the benefits of using diverse businesses in projects, including compliance, tax credits, and improved efficiency. We’ll also touch on the challenges of systemic racism and classism in the industry, and how Tough Leaf is working to address these issues by providing capacity-building services to diverse firms. You can expect to gain a deeper understanding of the value of supplier diversity and its impact, as well as insights into using technology to support the growth and success of diverse businesses. We will also highlight real-world examples of how the speaker has already helped diverse firms win millions of dollars in contracts. This talk will be both engaging and informative, leaving you with a greater appreciation for the importance of supplier diversity.


CS601478 | MEP—From Revit to Real: Using Revit for Prefabrication

This class will discuss the uses of Revit families, data, scheduling, and the Revit API to push Revit content to the prefabrication factory floor. We’ll discuss what goes into the families, how we condition the families for prefabrication-specific content, and how we pull that content out with custom tools to send to the factory floor. We’ll cover the main issues of communication between the design team and the prefabrication team, how we’ve solved these issues, what we output for the team, and how they use it to create the preconstruction packages.


Register for AU 2023 Today

Join us in Las Vegas and build lasting connections with colleagues and industry professionals, experts, speakers, and other talented individuals.

Registration for Autodesk University 2023 is now open, so don’t wait to get your tickets! With so much to do and see, this year’s event is shaping up to be our most exciting one yet. Head to the official AU 2023 site to register and start planning your trip to Las Vegas. We can’t wait to see you!

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.