Advancing your career in construction is almost like being inside a “choose your own adventure” story. There are many options to pick from, and it’s entirely up to you to decide which path to take.
That being said, most of the career paths in construction today have one thing in common: the need for tech skills. Whether you’re looking to get into design, engineering, construction, or any other field in the industry—being familiar with the latest construction technology will give you a leg up.
This is yet another good reason to attend Autodesk University 2022. Taking place September 27-29 in New Orleans, this in-person event is packed with opportunities to help you advance your tech skills—and career.
We’ll cut right to the chase: embracing technology is key for construction professionals today.
Construction software and hardware skills are in extremely high demand. This heightened demand is one of the top contributors to the industry’s labor shortage.
Research from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) found that as of October 2021, tech unemployment was at 2.1%, and a third of new technology jobs were for emerging tech roles.
Those who are employed are also concerned about gaps in their tech skills.
When Monster.com conducted a survey asking employees which hard skills they needed the most, respondents cited technology and computer as some of the most important ones. The survey also found that 45% of workers are more likely to stick with their current employer if they had access to the necessary skills training.
One thing is clear in today’s employment landscape: tech skills aren’t just nice to have—they’re essential.
It’s no wonder, then, that investing in these skills was one of the top reasons people attended AU 2021.
The good news is that AU 2022 offers the perfect environment for learning new technology. This year is going to be even better in person. You’ll get to see and experience emerging technologies and trends firsthand.
AU 2022 is overflowing with opportunities and activities for advancing technical skills. You’ll get to participate in learning sessions, network with tech developers and leaders, and gain a deeper understanding of Autodesk Construction Cloud solutions from a product and technical standpoint.
AU 2022 has hundreds of tech topics across the AEC industry, which you’ll find useful both in your professional and personal life as well.
There are over 450 classes at AU 2022 that can help you broaden your perspective and technical knowledge. Led by industry and product experts, these sessions come in multiple formats, including Talks, Panels, Product Demos, and Technical Instruction.
Here are just a few of the sessions we’re looking forward to:
When: Wednesday at 3 pm
Speaker: Carolina Fong Guzzy, Digital Engineering Manager, Accienta
With project timelines and budgets being tighter than ever before, GCs must work more efficiently. Streamlining how you capture, manage, and analyze project data and communications will allow you to be more productive and save time.
This session will offer a look at how to use Autodesk Build with internal stakeholders to reduce risk, limit unforeseen costs, and ultimately complete projects in a timely and cost-effective manner.
When: Tuesday at 8 am
Speaker: Kyle Seyler, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Autodesk
To get the most out of Autodesk, you need to know what’s new with the products and what’s on the roadmap. This session will give you the opportunity to do just that.
Hear from experts on Autodesk Docs, Autodesk BIM Collaborate, and Autodesk Takeoff and discover recent enhancements made to the solutions. You’ll also be one of the first to learn about upcoming features and capabilities that Autodesk has on the horizon.
When: Tuesday at 9:30 am
Speaker: Sheryl Yang, Product Manager, Autodesk
Calling all data lovers: if construction data, reporting, and analytics are important to you and your teams, this session is a must-see.
Autodesk’s product experts will take the stage and discuss how you can implement data-driven technologies and processes to improve team collaboration, track company performance, and stay on top of project updates and changes.
Get a closer look at Autodesk’s data-centric features and enhancements and discover ways to utilize them in your projects better.
When: Wednesday at 4:30 pm
Speaker: Daniel Toppin, Head of Data, National Grid Gas Transmission
The construction industry has an urgent need to lower its carbon footprint and reduce emissions. The good news is there are steps you can take to contribute to this goal.
In this session, you’ll discover how Autodesk Construction Cloud can help firms within the energy sector be more sustainable. You’ll learn how technologies like cloud collaboration and building information modeling (BIM) can help us get closer to a net zero world.
When: Wednesday at 4:30 pm
Speaker: Mark Mergenschroer, Customer Success Manager - Autodesk Tandem, Autodesk
If you’re planning to implement Digital Twins, be sure to mark your calendar for this session. In this class, you’ll learn more about Autodesk Tandem and how it helps you capture data and create an accurate digital twin to streamline project handover and building maintenance.
Specifically, this session will show you the specific data owners need to operate and maintain a building effectively. You’ll see what questions to ask and what workflows to implement to ensure your digital twin initiatives are successful.
In addition to these sessions, AU 2022 provides a variety of other ways to uplevel your tech skills. You’ll be able to speak directly with product specialists for guided tech support. You’ll also have access to the AU Expo, where you can connect directly with Autodesk tech partners and discover solutions you can use in your firm.
Technology will play a critical role in the future of construction, so it’s imperative that you equip yourself with the right tech knowledge and skills. Fortunately, AU 2022 has no shortage of opportunities to do that.
Don’t forget to register for the event and start planning the sessions to attend! There’s plenty to see and do at AU 2022, and we can’t wait to share the experience with you.
See you in New Orleans September 27-29!