5 Reasons Why Autodesk University Will Be the Construction Event of 2020

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Autodesk University (AU) 2020 is only a few short weeks away! And this year, it’s all free and virtual for those who register. The annual event, which normally takes place in Las Vegas, will run November 17-20 exclusively online. 

It should go without saying that there’s a lot of value in attending AU. The new virtual format this year offers construction professionals around the globe a chance to participate in exclusive networking and learning opportunities, and see some of the latest and most exciting technological advancements in action. 

AU is a can’t miss event for construction professionals — and we’ve created an infographic on five reasons why you should tune in. In this post, we’ll also share some tips and strategies for making the most out of your time logged in to virtual AU this year. Here’s a look:

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Why Attend Autodesk University 2020? 

1. Exciting Announcements

Just because Autodesk University won’t be gathering attendees in Las Vegas this November doesn’t mean that it will be short on the great content that you’ve come to expect from the event. You might recall how last year, Autodesk Construction Cloud was announced at the opening AEC keynote. This year, Autodesk leaders including Jim Lynch, VP and General Manager of Autodesk Construction Cloud, will share additional insight about the future of our construction products. And trust us — you don’t want to miss out. 

Autodesk’s Head of Industrialized Construction Strategy and Evangelism, Amy Marks, will also speak about how Autodesk is contributing to business and project transformation throughout the AEC industry. See the agenda for more information on the keynote and other planned announcements.

When should you tune in to listen to the exciting announcements at the opening keynote? Autodesk University kicks off with a General Session at 9 am PT on November 17, followed directly by the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction keynote at 10 am PT. Located in another region like Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa, or the Middle East? The keynote will be streaming at convenient times across your timezone. Once again, take a look at our agenda and sort by region. 

2. Learning Opportunities

With more than 350 live Q&As and 750 on-demand classes – 150 of them specifically dedicated to construction – there will be no shortage of learning opportunities at Autodesk University 2020. No matter your interest, sessions will cover a multitude of hot topics that are poised to shape the construction industry now and into the future, like artificial intelligence (AI), automation, data and analytics, diversity and more. Here’s a curated list of sessions that you may be interested in, broken down for:

AU will also have sessions on safety, quality, project management, and what we can all be doing to advance the construction industry when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Forge also has several sessions dedicated specifically to construction. Learn more here.

Register now to gain access to this exclusive content, and remember that even if you can’t attend all of these presentations from November 17-20, you’ll still have access to them all on-demand to view at your convenience — as long as you register in advance.

3. Exclusive Media Content

From engaging documentaries to enlightening stories highlighting the challenges that construction has faced in 2020 and the solutions to help overcome them, Autodesk University aims to inspire construction professionals about the opportunities that lie ahead in the industry. Hence, one of the most exciting changes this year will be the availability of on-demand documentary films about how the leading construction companies have built and are continuing to build their projects. We don’t want to give too much away, but trust us — you’ll want to tune in and watch these remarkable stories.

4. On-Demand Technical Support

Have a question about Autodesk Construction Cloud products like Assemble, BIM 360, BuildingConnected, or PlanGrid?

Autodesk University 2020 has the answers – and this support is available throughout the entirety of the event at the Answer Bar. If you have a question or need support, just pop in to the virtual Answer Bar for 1-on-1 support.

5. Connect and Network

Just because Autodesk University 2020 isn’t taking place in person doesn’t mean that there won’t be plenty of opportunities to connect, network, and engage with others in the construction industry. AU 2020 will feature a bevy of live meet ups, with conversations facilitated around topics shaping the way we design, fabricate, and build. 

How to Make the Most Out of Autodesk University

Looking to get the most out of the jam-packed Autodesk University 2020? We’ve got tips and strategies to ensure the virtual conference is nothing short of impactful and valuable for you:

1. Register Early

Don’t wait until November 17 to register for the event – take a few minutes now to do it well in advance. Doing so will ensure that you don’t risk missing out on any of the content the event will offer. It will also ensure that you’re able to access all of the content on-demand during and post-AU. We can’t stress this point enough – register in advance!

2. Plan Your Schedule

With hundreds of learning opportunities, there’s a lot of content packed into a few days. In the days leading up to the conference, Autodesk University will release the full schedule of keynotes, sessions, and other events. When you register in advance, you’ll know when the final schedule goes live so you can take the time to browse all the sessions, create bookmarks, and block out the ones that are most relevant to you. Until then, be sure to take the time to get an idea of what you want to attend. Get started here.

3. Make Time

Don’t just register for Autodesk University and then not take the time to attend or plan the sessions you want to at the virtual event. Investing in your learning and development is arguably more important now than ever. On this note, we suggest blocking out a few hours – or even a few days – on your calendar so you can really take a deep dive into all that AU 2020 has to offer. From the AEC keynote to kick off the conference on November 17 to all of the other learning and networking opportunities offered, make sure that you dedicate time to the event to get the most out of it.

You might also set an out of office message on your email or share your virtual AU 2020 badge on your social media accounts to let people know “where you’ll be” from November 17-20. Right-click to download the image below: 

Experience the Future of Construction at Autodesk University 2020

Autodesk University begins on Tuesday, November 17, and concludes on Friday, November 20. It’s a unique opportunity to attend one of the construction industry’s top events, all from the comfort and convenience of your own home or office. Register today so you don’t miss out on any of the valuable content packed into this year’s agenda.


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