Autodesk University 2020: 4 Sessions About Safety That You Don’t Want to Miss

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In case you missed it, Autodesk University, this year’s highly-anticipated digital global experience for construction pros, is now open for registration! Join us on November 17-20 for a week of live virtual classes, roundtables, and meet-ups featuring the industry’s best designers, engineers, builders, and creators.

Designed to help you find the new possible, AU 2020 is packed with learning and networking opportunities that will inspire you to innovate and grow. With sessions on emerging technologies and the latest trends, you’ll walk away from this conference with strong ideas to implement in the coming months.

The best part? This year’s virtual experience is free and open for all!

With hundreds of sessions taking place over the course of the week, AU has something for everyone — from general and subcontractors to architects and project managers.

This year, Autodesk University has several sessions that will help you level up your strategy and practices, particularly around safety. Data from OSHA indicates that 21.1% of worker fatalities come from construction, making our industry one of the highest risk fields when it comes to employee safety. It’s more important than ever to promote safer jobsites and projects.

To that end, we’ve put together the 4 must-attend Autodesk University sessions for construction pros who want to learn more about the future of safety in construction.

Have a look below to start building your schedule today!

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

1. How Barton Malow uses BIM 360 and AI to “Build it Safe-No Exceptions

Speaker: Josh Kanner, Founder & CEO of

What better way to learn about construction safety than from a session featuring Barton Malow? Ranked by ENR as one of the 50 largest contractors in the U.S., Barton Malow is a general contractor and construction management firm with 96 years of continuous operation under its belt.

Safety is built into the culture of Barton Marlow. So much so that its logo proudly proclaims: “Build It Safe—No Exceptions.” The firm’s track record for safety is well above the industry average, and it continuously upholds and reinforces its commitment to safety by regularly utilizing preventative design, constructability reviews,, and more.

In this case-study format class, Barton Marlow’s leadership will take the (virtual) stage and discuss how they used Autodesk BIM 360 and Autodesk partner to run its safety program. You’ll also hear about the steps they took to adapt the program for COVID-19.

You’ll see several construction innovations in action, including specific examples of AI for computer vision (e.g., social distancing detection), BIM 360 dashboards, and more. Plus, you’ll see statistical benchmarks for how your peers have responded to COVID-19.

Some of the key insights you’ll pick up from this session include:

  • Implementing continuous improvement to lower project safety risk
  • Using AI to automatically surface areas of project risk
  • Benchmarking other industry players’ COVID-19 response
  • Understanding how BIM 360 dashboards can contain partner data
  • Using Autodesk and to implement safety practices for COVID-19.

2. A Checklist to Build Checklist Templates in BIM 360 Field Management

Speaker: Nauman Mysorewala, BIM & VDC Manager, JERDE

Checklists are critical to ensuring standardization, quality control, and safety at the jobsite. For this reason, knowing how to create and implement checklists is a must.

In this session, you’ll discover how BIM 360 Field Management can help you craft checklists with ease. Whether you’re creating them from scratch or using existing templates, this class will shed light on tips and tricks that Site Admins can implement when developing different Checklists for Field Management in BIM 360 Build.

Wise up on Checklist Template creation for designers, project engineers, contractors and commissioning agents and learn how you can utilize Checklists for managing your current project process as well as transferring collected data to Building Ops or other databases.

Attend this class to discover how to:

  • Easily create quality, safety, commissioning or punch list Checklist Templates
  • Create Checklists from scratch and configure Checklist Items and integrate Issues
  • Create Assets and link Checklist Templates

3. How Technology and Insurance are Shaping Construction Risk Management

Speaker: Kyle McGee, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Autodesk

Are you using technology to manage risk? General contractors are increasingly relying on data to make informed decisions and minimize unforeseen project changes. These days, technology and insurance products are used in tandem when implementing risk strategies.

To further minimize risk, firms must effectively qualify subcontractors, enforce safety measures on the jobsite and prioritize project incidents.

When you attend this session, you will walk away with key insights on:

  • Identifying the best insurance approach for your type of work
  • Best practices for subcontractor prequalification, risk mitigation, site safety, & project incident prioritization
  • The impact of technology and insurance in Construction Risk Management, and how to use these components strategically in your firm

4. Using Revit to Design for Social Distancing: New Tools & How to Use Them

Speaker: Pete Thompson, Principal Engineer, Autodesk

COVID-19 has pushed organizations to evolve and reimagine their operations and facilities to accommodate social distancing. Autodesk has developed new tools in Revit to support these new measures and help ensure that buildings have the capacity to support social distancing and maximize life safety.

In this class, you’ll see these tools in action and learn how they can be used with other simulation solutions.

This session will cover:

  • Design principles (core parameters, route-planning, design pitfalls)
  • Sample use cases (office, retail, school)
  • How to use core design principles with Revit and people-movement simulation software

Time to Register for Autodesk University 2020

Now is the perfect time to expand your industry knowledge and construction safety skills. Register for free today to gain full access to all these Autodesk University sessions and more.

See you there!

Grace Ellis

Editor in Chief, Digital Builder Blog, Autodesk

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