The four-day event, held virtually this year, opens today with debut of several new products and tools for the architecture, engineering, and construction profession.
By Wanda Lau
Autodesk University kicks off this morning as most industry events have been doing so during the COVID-19 pandemic—virtually. If you have attended the global software developer’s annual conference in recent years, you likely remember the swarms of architects, engineers, contractors, designers, and developers filling what seemed like every space in the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Last year’s event saw approximately 13,000 attendees, according to Autodesk AEC public relations senior manager Brian Farber. This year, the number of virtual registrants is upwards of 100,000—thus, despite not being able to throw an in-person event with an opening keynote that can double as a light show, Autodesk has significantly increased access to its workshops, training sessions, and presentations by making AU virtual and free.
As every year, Autodesk has released several product announcements in conjunction with AU, which runs from Nov. 17-20 for the Americas. Its theme this year: “Reimagine Possible.” In addition to the news below, Autodesk announced it is acquiring generative design platform Spacemaker earlier this morning.
Autodesk Construction Cloud
First, Autodesk is adding three new products to its Construction Cloud portfolio of construction management products to round out the “comprehensive construction management platform with all data in one central location to simplify collaboration, proactively anticipate project changes, and provide data-driven guidance for organizational improvement,” according to a company press release.
Autodesk Build combines the features and functionalities of BIM 360 and PlanGrid, which Autodesk acquired in late 2018, to create a field and project management solution. It also includes the PlanGrid Build mobile app with additional on-site capabilities, such as RFI creation and drawing markups.
Next, Autodesk Quantify enables estimators to conduct quantity take-offs from both 2D plans and 3D models on a unified platform.