Courtesy Autodesk According to Autodesk president and CEO Andrew Anagnost, “the opportunity of better” means renewable and circular energy and materials, improved health and resilience for people, and improved work and more prosperity.
Courtesy Autodesk According to Autodesk president and CEO Andrew Anagnost, “the opportunity of better” means renewable and circular energy and materials, improved health and resilience for people, and improved work and more prosperity.

 

Last month, 12,000 building professionals, product designers, BIM managers, and CAD users traveled from around the world to attend Autodesk University (AU), one of the largest technology conventions in the AEC industry. At this annual event, held this year at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas Nov. 18–21, Autodesk debuts new products and highlights trends in design and fabrication. For example, among many tools and workflow enhancements, the software developer unveiled Autodesk Construction Cloud, a platform that connects BIM 360, PlanGrid, BuildingConnected, and Assemble on a network, allowing designers to collaborate across a project life cycle, as well as to share data to a larger project team.

As an architecture professor and researcher attending my third AU, I summarize below highlights from the opening keynote on Nov. 19 and the coinciding AU Expo.