On November 17-20, Autodesk University will bring together innovators from around the world for an all new digital conference experience. With exciting keynotes and hundreds of live and on-demand learning sessions, designers, engineers, builders, and creators all have a unique opportunity to explore the future of construction comfortably at home or in the office.
This year, we have an abundance of content tailored to professionals located in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Whether you’re a contractor, owner, designer, or engineer, Autodesk University has something for everyone.
This year, AU 2020 is free for all – but you must register in advance. For EMEA professionals specifically, Autodesk University kicks off on November 18, where you’ll learn alongside your global peers in architecture, engineering, and construction, and explore emerging technologies and trends.
Top Keynotes for EMEA Professionals
Join us on November 18 for the General Session followed by the Architecture, Engineering & Construction Keynote. Here, you’ll learn about emerging trends and advances in technology, and how leading firms are putting them to work. See the future of Autodesk Construction Cloud, featuring exciting updates and announcements. You’ll also learn more about Autodesk’s vision for industrialised construction.
Note this current session list is a preview only and is not comprehensive or final. Check back later in October to view the final schedule. Additionally, many sessions are available in multiple languages. Be sure to sort by Language in the session list.
The Top Sessions for EMEA Professionals
With over 750+ classes to choose from, the opportunities for learning are endless. To help you decide which of the hundreds of Autodesk University sessions you should attend, we’ve curated our top picks for EMEA professionals to experience the future of construction.
- Sharing Data in Cloud-Based Platforms: Avoiding Risks, Liability & Disputes
Speaker: May Winfield, Associate Director, BuroHappold
Whilst cloud-based platforms powerfully connect project teams and data, this very ability to connect in real time – with decisions and actions made based on the connected information – brings a host of potential unintended and avoidable misunderstandings, increased liability, and risks. In this class, you will be given practical, useful advice and tips on reducing risk and clarifying parties’ rights and obligations via clear process, guidance, and terms.
- Redefining Project Handover & Closeout
Speaker: Aditya Thakur, Senior Group Product Manager, Lifecycle Data Management, Autodesk
The commissioning and turnover process can be stressful, expensive, and long for both clients and contractors. In this session, we will explore practical case studies and best practices for how industry leaders are reducing schedules for commissioning and transferring data to owners, and creating stronger relationships along the way. This session will also examine how digitisation is creating a new vision for the role of the construction project manager of the future, as well as explore the upcoming technology and innovation trends that may affect your business.
- Safety Management with Autodesk Construction Cloud
Speaker: Amit Puri, EMEA GEO Technical Sales Lead, Autodesk
Construction safety management is one of the most important aspects to good construction, and it plays a factor in all facets of the industry, from design through handover. Learn how some of the best safety management practices are utilising the Construction Cloud portfolio; how they’ve moved from reactive safety to a more proactive approach; and how you, in turn, can improve your safety management processes.
- Digital Rail Infrastructure Twins – the Backbone for Innovation
Speaker: Sebastian Demmler, Digital Twin & BIM Lead, Siemens Mobility GmbH
Modern rail projects are often very challenging, with thousands of signaling components, as well as buildings and electric cabling, to be considered in the design and installation phase. With digital rail-infrastructure twins, Siemens Mobility can enhance the performance of its customers’ rail infrastructure throughout the whole lifecycle. Combining digital twins with BIM methodology is essential for an innovative and digitised rail infrastructure. This class will show some of the automation processes based on Autodesk software, including an outline of the benefits for Siemens Mobility and its customers, such as clash-free construction and reducing operational lockdowns.
- BIM 360 with BAM Construction: Standardisation, Digital Transformation, and the Power of Data!
Speaker: Duncan Alexander, Digital Construction Manager, BAM Construct UK
Join Duncan Alexander, Digital Construction Manager on BAM Construct UK’s journey with BIM 360 software. Duncan has worked for BAM Construct UK for 15 years, specialising in the implementation of the latest innovative construction technologies and processes. It is his passion to lead the digital transformation within BAM Construct UK to make the firm a leader in the construction industry. As a leader of the UK Digital Construction Team, he has helped achieve the firm’s digital business objectives by embedding process and technology through preconstruction to delivery on-site and into operation across all its business units. He has standardised and embedded digital solutions like BIM 360 Field (Classic) software in projects and business systems in an easily understood, jargon-free way that has driven the firm’s predictable performance.
- Behind the Numbers – How We Can Improve Construction KPIs
Speaker: Matthew Keen, Senior Industry Strategist, Autodesk
The construction industry has a perception problem and often appears near the bottom of the list when talking about productivity, investment in research and development, and industries that young people want to work in. Each company looks to improve its performance year on year, and this gradual improvement has helped more workers come home safely each day, and incrementally reduce risk. This session will explore the key performance indicators (KPIs) used in the industry, explore if they are the correct KPIs in a rapidly changing industry, and look at ways to improve performance to hit short-term and long-term business goals.
- The BIM 360 Surgery Live: 45 Tips in 45 Minutes
Speaker: Jonathan Hand, Autodesk Expert Elite
As an extension to the popular BIM 360 Surgery YouTube series comes the live session where you’ll learn 45 tips for working and configuring BIM 360 software. Discover some top-secret BIM 360 software features that will cut the tedium and boost your ability in using BIM 360. This class will cover all BIM 360 modules, from BIM 360 Docs software right through to BIM 360 Build software.
- AI Site Progress and Payment Quantification: A Cloud-Based Model and Point Cloud Comparison Approach
Speaker: Serkan Sen, Head of BIM, Ballast Nedam
This class will cover the use of Revit, BIM 360, Airsquire, and Assemble software as a pragmatic solution for the future of AI site progress and payment quantification. We will share our vision, solution, workflow, benefits, limitations, learnings, and next steps. We will also show you examples of actual projects where we applied this workflow and solution. Finally, we will cover the needs, benefits, and practicalities of a three-way innovation journey between industry, Autodesk, and startup to lead the digital engineering era in architecture, engineering, and construction.
- Developing BIM 360 Capability in Kenya to Optimise Construction of the Largest Waste Recycling Facility in East Africa
Speaker: William Kemoli, Lead Civil Engineer, Sanergy, Inc
Sanergy is a social enterprise based in Nairobi, Kenya, that safely collects and treats 12,000 tons of waste, converting it into valuable products: insect-based proteins derived from black soldier flies for animal feed, organic fertiliser, and biomass fuel briquettes. This model provides a closed-loop, zero-waste solution that ensures waste is transformed into high-quality, sustainable products. We are in the process of scaling up our production of insect-based animal protein to convert roughly 70,000 tons per year of organic waste into 3,600 tons of animal feed through the construction of a new advanced facility. In this session, we will explore the challenges faced when rolling out a new technology-based way of working in construction within the context of an African country, and the benefits achieved.
- What Is Autodesk Construction Cloud
Speaker: John Sanner, Technical Marketing Manager, Autodesk
Also available in German, French, Russian, and Spanish. Search by Language filters on our sessions page.
Introduced at Autodesk University 2019, Autodesk Construction Cloud brings together the most powerful portfolio of construction management software products in the industry, supporting workflows spanning all phases of construction—from design, to planning, to building, to operations. There is tremendous breadth of supported workflows, depth of capabilities in each of the software products, and connectivity of data between those products. Over the past year, Autodesk has focused on three main areas of advancement with Construction Cloud: continuing investment into improving Assemble, BuildingConnected, PlanGrid, and BIM 360 software; delivering more integrations and connectivity between the products; and building a unified platform. This class will show how Autodesk Construction Cloud has advanced over the course of the last 12 months, and we’ll explore the workflows from design through operations that can be supported by the products.
Register for Autodesk University Today
Join us starting November 18, where these and hundreds of other sessions will be free and open for anyone who registers for Autodesk University. Be sure to register here and join us for this year’s global digital event. Looking for more information on the sessions listed above and more? Visit our session list here. We’ll see you there!
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