AU 2020: Top Sessions for BIM and VDC Teams


Are you ready to see the future of construction? Registration for Autodesk University is now live! The all-digital, no-cost event takes place November 17-20 and brings together the brightest minds across the architecture, engineering, and construction industry.

Autodesk University 2020 is free this year to all who register and kicks off on November 17 with endless opportunities to learn from innovators, engineers, builders, and creators. The event offers something for everyone in the construction industry, including BIM and VDC teams, who can learn all about strategies and new trends in design, planning, and project coordination.

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Why BIM and VDC Teams Should Attend Autodesk University

Autodesk University is all about the most cutting edge technologies and strategies. For BIM and VDC teams working in an increasingly digitized environment, continuing to invest in their professional development through learning and training is essential for staying ahead in their careers. It’s also an opportunity to advance connected and digital workflows for increased business efficiency.

This year, Autodesk University will feature exciting keynotes and announcements, 750+ on-demand new sessions, 350+ live Q&A sessions, inspiring documentaries, theatre talks, opportunities to meet up and connect with peers virtually from around the world, and more. Whether you’re just beginning your career as a BIM detailer or are leading an entire VDC team, there are plenty of sessions to learn from at any level and role.

The Top Sessions for BIM and VDC Teams at AU 2020

To better help you decide which of the hundreds of Autodesk University sessions to attend, we’ve chosen our top picks for BIM and VDC teams to experience the future of construction.

Note this current session list is a preview only and is not comprehensive. Check our full list here

Connected Coordination in the Autodesk Construction Cloud

Speaker: Paul Jonathan Walker, Sr. Product Manager, Autodesk

Learn about the latest research and development activities for connected coordination from Autodesk’s Construction Cloud product team. We’ll cover model coordination and integrated workflows from desktop to field, including Revit software, Navisworks software, and mobile.

Harnessing the Power of BIM and Assemble

Speaker: Rachel Trocchi, Technical Solutions Executive, Autodesk 

With project timelines and budgets always shrinking, it is important to use everything in your power to be successful. We all know data is the BIM experts’ superpower, but incomplete models and deadlines often get in the way of using data to create the insights we’d like. The combination of BIM and Assemble software provides greater insights into how to quantify, budget, track project progression, and more. In this session, you’ll learn how 3D models in Assemble and its data help builders improve their overall efficiency and coordination while successfully using the data for downstream activities to improve preconstruction and construction workflows.

Risk Adjusted Estimating & Bid Management for General Contractors

Speaker: Laura Watts, Manager of Customer Success, Autodesk

Successful general contractors understand that accurate cost estimates are essential to both project and organizational success. For decades, the cost of construction has been a function of marketplaces: labor, materials, insurances, and fees. However, given increasing project complexity and greater technological capabilities, this reality is changing. The need to both understand and also quantify the risk in performing complex projects will shape the way cost estimates evolve in the very near future.

How Technology and Insurance are Shaping Construction Risk Management

Speaker: Kyle McGee, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Autodesk

A diverse panel of experts will participate in this discussion on how evolving technology and insurance products have shaped the construction risk management practice in recent years to become a more strategic function of a contractor’s business model. The panel will include two product and industry experts from Autodesk, three Autodesk customers (construction risk professionals), one partner from AXA XL (Autodesk’s largest construction insurance partner), and a moderator (Autodesk partnerships team). Topics discussed will include the following: advantages to different types of construction insurance products; best practices for subcontractor prequalification, risk mitigation planning, site safety, and project incident prioritization; how software and relative workflows act as the foundation of these best practices to ensure the success of your work, and the advantages of your insurance approach.

Clash Modeling w/o Social Distancing: Using BIM 360 MC & Navisworks Together

Speaker: Alan Flak, Construction Manager, ISG plc

Many may think that one should separate Navisworks software and BIM 360 Model Coordination on a project by choosing one or the other for clash modeling. This could not be further from the truth. This class will highlight case studies of recent Tetra Tech projects that have resulted in a greater than 50% drop in average time spent at the end of projects for disciplines resolving clashes by using BIM 360 Model Coordination and Navisworks. Attendees will learn how to easily start working within BIM 360 Model Coordination, which will enable an earlier start to clash coordination in the project’s design cycle before running a more comprehensive clash analysis using Navisworks. This class will also provide tips, tricks, and innovative processes for working on projects in BIM 360 to easily set up the BIM 360 Model Coordination service, and we’ll cover the new features added in 2021 for bringing these results into Navisworks.

The Future of Quantification with Autodesk Construction Cloud

Speaker: Nick Zeeben, Product Manager, Autodesk

Estimating teams play a vital role in winning new business. Yet many of today’s solutions lack collaboration, require a highly manual process, and too often result in siloed data across teams. Join this session to learn how estimators can benefit from next-generation 2D and 3D technology to deliver best practices in quantification and estimating. You’ll also learn how Autodesk will be driving the industry forward with connected, cloud-based, preconstruction planning tools with the power of automated tooling and machine learning.

Register for Autodesk University Today

All of these sessions and hundreds more will be available for free to all who register to Autodesk University 2020 beginning on November 17. Register here so you don’t miss out on this year’s global digital event. Want more information on the sessions above and many more? Visit the session list here. We’ll see you then!

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Alexa De La Parra Ramirez

Content & Communications Coordinator, Autodesk Construction Solutions