Festival of BIM & Digital Construction: 5 Must-Attend Webinars  

The festival of BIM and digital construction

Register for webinars happening May 6- July 10

Virtual events are a fantastic opportunity to engage, remain connected to the industry, and learn while working remotely. For construction professionals, new events and opportunities are emerging to help you advance your skills and knowledge. This includes the upcoming Festival of BIM & Digital Construction

For seven full weeks, starting on May 6 – July 10, you’ll join tens of thousands of fellow construction professionals from around the globe for non-stop webinars, presentations, panel discussions, and case studies presented by the leading contractors, architects, engineers, and BIM and digital construction professionals from six continents – all free. 

All of the sessions are available to watch either live or on-demand, so no matter what your schedule or time zone you’ll be able to learn about the latest  technologies, innovations, practices, and techniques. All sessions are also CPD accredited, and AIA/CEU approved.

The Festival of BIM & Digital Construction arrives at a particularly appropriate time. As companies look for new ways to onboard collaborative technology and automation, now is the time to prepare and gain a leading edge through education. Here are five webinars from the event that you should add to your calendar

1. Digitise, Integrate, Predict – How to digitally transform your business 

May 7, 2020 @ 2:00am PT  / (10.00am GMT+1) 

Speaker: Lee Mullin, Senior Construction Technical Specialist, Autodesk 

The construction industry is undergoing a dramatic shift, using technology to identify and mitigate potential areas of risk earlier in projects well before a shovel breaks ground. The digital transformation that the industry is undergoing can bring it right up to date with robotics, artificial intelligence, generative design and automation. However for an industry that has typically been a laggard when it comes to innovation and implementation of technologies, the management of change is a delicate balance between keeping projects running and development of new better processes.

Attendees will walk away with an understanding of technologies available to the industry today and strategies to bring innovation at scale into their business whilst helping to plan for the future as new technologies emerge.

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2. How Technology & Digitization is Transforming Construction

May 7, 2020 @ 7:00am PT  / (3.00pm GMT+1) 

Speaker: Dustin DeVan, Vice President of Industry Strategy for Construction – Autodesk Construction Solutions

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The construction industry is undergoing a dramatic shift, using technology to identify and mitigate potential areas of risk earlier in projects well before a shovel breaks ground. With projects continuing to grow in size, scope, and complexity, contractors are finding innovative ways to gain a competitive edge by developing and adopting a technology strategy. This session will demonstrate how digitization and centralized processes can improve communication, efficiency, and transparency across all project members and stakeholders. We’ll look at examples of contractors who have implemented a technology strategy and the results recognized across their projects. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of new tools and strategies to optimize their construction processes. 

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3. How Technology & Digitization is Transforming Preconstruction

May 10, 2020 @ 7:00pm PT  / (3.00am GMT+1) 

Speaker: Dustin DeVan, Vice President of Industry Strategy for Construction – Autodesk Construction Solutions

The construction industry has been experiencing a dramatic shift in recent years. As projects have become larger and more complex, contractors looking for new ways to gain an edge over their competitors have increasingly turned to innovative technologies and preconstruction processes to identify and minimize potential risk areas well before work on a project begins. Autodesk’s Dustin DeVan will explore how preconstruction analysis and collaboration improve communication, efficiency, and transparency among all team members and stakeholders on a project. He’ll present real-life examples of contractors who have optimized their preconstruction processes and the results they’ve realized. 

With three options to attend, this session will include a panel discussion between leading digital construction experts, depending on your region. You’ll come away from this webinar with an understanding of how you can use these new tools and strategies in your own business.

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4.  How Architecture Can Materialize Dreams

June 2, 2020 @ 9:30 am PT / (5.30pm GMT+1)

Speakers: Valentino Gareri, Founder of Valentino Gareri Architectural Atelier & Senior Designer at BIG // Amy Marks, Head of Industrialized Construction Strategy & Evangelism – Autodesk Construction Solutions

Modular architectural concepts are becoming increasingly popular with construction professionals because of their many advantages. Valentino Gareri will explain how building structures using repetition of the same module increases sustainability and efficiency while significantly reducing the costs of construction. At the same time, extraordinarily beautiful and practical buildings can be designed with modular architecture. BIM and parametric design are essential tools during the design phase of modular components. Amy Marks will join Valentino in a discussion on furthering the use of modular construction Using BIM.

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5. How BIM Combined with Modular, Digital Fabrication and Prefab is Transforming Design and  Construction

May 27, 2020 @ 9:30 am / (5.30pm GMT+1) 

Speaker: Amr Raafat, Director of Virtual Design and Construction, Windover Construction

Attend this session to learn how innovative combinations of drone mapping and laser scanning improve onsite coordination for modular projects with the AEC Excellence Awards’ 2019 Innovator of the Year, Amr Raafat from Windover Construction. He’ll showcase how robotics and automation can be applied to increase efficiency on construction sites. 

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And watch and learn about Windover’s approach to modular construction, and how they’re using Autodesk Construction Cloud™ to make their vision a reality for clients:

Register for The Festival of BIM & Digital Construction Today

There’s no better time to increase your knowledge and skills virtually and safely with the dozens of webinars, presentations, and seminars available at The Festival of BIM & Digital Construction. If you can’t see one live, you’ll find it on the site within 24 hours to watch at your leisure. Mark your calendar, it all begins on May 6. All events are free to attend. Make sure to register at the site, and choose the events you plan to attend to get email reminders. 


See you there! Virtually, of course.

Kristen Sylva

Sr. Manager, Construction Thought Leadership & Content Marketing, Autodesk

With a colorful 18-years of marketing experience ranging from sports and entertainment, to web design and healthcare, Kristen Sylva found the most excitement and passion for the construction industry. After putting on her first hard hat, safety vest, and boots in 2008 as a marketing manager at Topcon Positioning Group, she knew that an extensive career in construction technology was in her future. While at Topcon, Kristen oversaw sales-driven marketing programs and led customer symposiums that evangelized the adoption of construction hardware technology. In 2014 she made the transition from construction hardware to software and joined Autodesk as Construction Industry Marketing Manager. In her role, Kristen has the privilege of connecting with construction professionals and spearheading initiatives that showcase the innovative ways companies are using technology to digitize their construction projects and processes. She also leads initiatives that support lifting and building awareness for women in construction and serves on the board of Autodesk’s Women in Leadership organization. Kristen is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner!) and currently resides in the East Bay of California with her husband, two kids, and two dogs.

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