Preconstruction Professionals: You Won’t Want to Miss AU 2023

We’re thrilled to announce that Autodesk University is back and better than ever before! We’ve made sure to pack every hour of the event with opportunities for you to learn, grow, and connect.

Whether you’re learning from experts in a dynamic conversation panel, rubbing shoulders with industry professionals at an evening reception, or learning about emerging technologies, there won’t be a wasted moment.

This year’s Autodesk University will take place in Las Vegas, November 13-15. Over the course of three days, we’ll provide a treasure trove of information for preconstruction professionals like yourselves, including new trends and strategies for improving processes like estimating, bidding, and coordination.


Reasons Preconstruction Professionals Love Autodesk University

Here at Autodesk, we understand that preconstruction professionals face many unique challenges related to workflows, data, and other tasks. We’ve crafted our event specifically to help you meet those challenges head-on.

By attending AU 2023, you will walk away better equipped to embrace the future of preconstruction. We’ll cover topics and host sessions relevant to your day-to-day tasks, such as connected workflows, advanced innovation, and data-centric sessions.

You’ll have a chance to meet face-to-face with Autodesk product experts and connect with hundreds of trusted partners, allowing you to fully unlock the benefits of your cloud-based solutions.

Session Preview: What You’ll Find for Preconstruction Professionals at AU 2023

Wondering which sessions to attend for the latest in preconstruction? At AU 2023, you can pick and choose from among hundreds of options that help you discover key insights and improve your teams.

If you’re not sure where to get started, we’ve curated our top picks for the sessions to help you learn more about the future of preconstruction. Remember: This list is just a quick preview of the sessions you’ll find at AU 2023. You can check out the full session catalog here

CS602203 | Sustainability in Preconstruction: Carbon and Costs in Autodesk Takeoff using EC3

Architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals want to create cost-effective, sustainable projects and are looking for technologies, standards, and processes to help them make trade-offs between financial and environmental costs during design and preconstruction. Forward-looking firms—including Walsh Construction and SNHA (a Woolpert Company)—took part in a pilot to test new integration between Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) and Autodesk Takeoff, the 2D and 3D quantification solution. Using quantities from Autodesk Takeoff, EC3 users can review the embodied carbon emissions of proposed building materials. Come see the integration and hear from industry leaders about their sustainability goals as they share feedback and lessons learned.

1161 | Preconstruction Managers Meetup

Meetups are casual networking opportunities designed to help you find like-minded people and make meaningful connections. If enrollment is showing as full, please come to the room at the scheduled time and we’ll admit you if space allows. If you’re a preconstruction manager interested in exploring the relationship between your project’s delivery method and its impact on your estimating strategy, this Meetup is for you. We’ll begin with a collective group discussion and then break up into smaller groups consisting of 4-5 participants. There will also be ample time for you to exchange valuable insights and learn from your peers, fostering the sharing of best practices.

CS601408 | Model Quality: The Biggest Efficiency Gain That You Are Not Using

Unlocking model data to de-risk planning and drive execution is one of the biggest efficiency gains and business differentiators available to contractors. However, the current era of construction is filled with information handoffs, leading to an environment of distrust and models that are unfit for purpose. The phrase “garbage in, garbage out” couldn’t be more accurate regarding 3D models. We simply can’t trust that models have sufficient accuracy to drive execution workflows—until now. Industry-leading teams are now using tools and technology to ensure model quality. Construction-ready models help accelerate and fine-tune downstream activities like quantity takeoffs, constructability studies, earned value analysis, and more. In this session, forward-thinking teams will share how they approach the design models to ensure quality and accuracy, increasing cost certainty and reducing rework during execution.

CS600356 | Supplier Diversity in the Construction Industry

This will be a thought-provoking and informative talk on the importance of supplier diversity in the construction industry. We’ll focus on the benefits of using diverse businesses in projects, including compliance, tax credits, and improved efficiency. We’ll also touch on the challenges of systemic racism and classism in the industry, and how Tough Leaf is working to address these issues by providing capacity-building services to diverse firms. You can expect to gain a deeper understanding of the value of supplier diversity and its impact, as well as insights into using technology to support the growth and success of diverse businesses. We will also highlight real-world examples of how the speaker has already helped diverse firms win millions of dollars in contracts. This talk will be both engaging and informative, leaving you with a greater appreciation for the importance of supplier diversity.

CS601478 | MEP—From Revit to Real: Using Revit for Prefabrication

This class will discuss the uses of Revit families, data, scheduling, and the Revit API to push Revit content to the prefabrication factory floor. We’ll discuss what goes into the families, how we condition the families for prefabrication-specific content, and how we pull that content out with custom tools to send to the factory floor. We’ll cover the main issues of communication between the design team and the prefabrication team, how we’ve solved these issues, what we output for the team, and how they use it to create the preconstruction packages.

Register for AU 2023 Today

Join us in Las Vegas and build lasting connections with colleagues and industry professionals, experts, speakers, and other talented individuals.

Registration for Autodesk University 2023 is now open, so don’t wait to get your tickets! With so much to do and see, this year’s event is shaping up to be our most exciting one yet. Head to the official AU 2023 site to register and start planning your trip to Las Vegas. We can’t wait to see you!

Jenny Ragan

Content Marketing Manager at Autodesk Construction Solutions