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Virtual Compatibility at Autodesk University 2021 | Architect Magazine

The three-day event, held virtually this year, highlighted tools to promote CDEs and interoperability and showcased the importance of learning from other software users.

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This year marks the second year that Autodesk University was held entirely online as a virtual conference due to the pandemic. Registration was free and every session was recorded to allow for asynchronous viewing (available through Oct. 31).

First held in San Francisco in 1993, AU has grown into an annual series of global events, with conferences in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The event provides the opportunity for the San Rafael, Calif.–headquartered software company to spotlight new initiatives, announce new products and acquisitions, host user-led training sessions, and gather feedback through customer workshops with software development teams. And, importantly, AU serves as a social meetup for tech-savvy AEC professionals and the companies that market to them.

The online format of AU provides several benefits, including ease of attendance. Instead of traveling to Las Vegas, where the North American AU typically takes place, attendees could log in from their desk. According to Autodesk, more than 100,000 attendees and 200 sponsors and exhibitors registered for this year’s three-day event, with more expected as the event continues overseas.

Through the AU conference platform, users could watch the keynote and user presentations as well as meet up informally through the platform’s Community Zone. Fitness-minded attendees could even participate in a virtual 5-kilometer Fun Run by joining Autodesk’s free Strava club. Other conference staples, such as networking and socializing, were more difficult to replicate in a large online event.

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The AU keynote addresses, typically given by Autodesk executives, offered an overview into the company’s priorities and future initiatives. At this year’s keynotes, Autodesk described major initiatives through its new product offerings and recent acquisitions. The company also focused on making project data more accessible with emphases on common data environments (CDEs) and digital twins.

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