AU 2020: Top Sessions for Bidding and Estimating Teams

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The clock is ticking! Registration for Autodesk University is now live! The all-digital, no-cost event takes place November 17-20 and will bring together the greatest minds in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. 

Autodesk University 2020 will be completely free to all who register and kicks off on November 17. This global digital event will give you the opportunity to learn about the latest and greatest in construction technology. The event has something to offer for everyone, including bidding and estimating teams, who can learn all about strategies and new trends in bid management, risk adjusted estimating, and so much more. 

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Why Bidding and Estimating Teams Should Attend Autodesk University

Autodesk University is all about the most cutting edge technologies and strategies. For bidding and estimating teams this means learning about advanced quantification workflows, gaining strategies to enhance the bidding process, understanding  how to use the latest takeoff tools, and everything in between. 

This year, Autodesk University will feature 750+ of on-demand and 350+ live Q&A sessions to choose from. AU 2020 will also have inspiring documentaries, theatre talks, opportunities to meet up and connect with peers virtually from around the world, and so much more. Whether you’re new or experienced, there are plenty of sessions to learn from at any level and role.

The Top Sessions for Bidding and Estimating Teams

To help you figure out which of the hundreds of Autodesk University sessions you should attend, we’ve chosen our top picks for bidding and estimating teams to experience the future of construction.

Note this current session list is a preview only and is not comprehensive. Check our full list here

Harnessing the Power of BIM and Assemble

Speaker: Rachel Trocchi, Technical Solutions Executive, Autodesk 

With project timelines and budgets always shrinking, it is important to use everything in your power to be successful. We all know data is the BIM experts’ superpower, but incomplete models and deadlines often get in the way of using data to create the insights we’d like. The combination of BIM and Assemble software provides greater insights into how to quantify, budget, track project progression, and more. In this session, you’ll learn how 3D models in Assemble and its data help builders improve their overall efficiency and coordination while successfully using the data for downstream activities to improve preconstruction and construction workflows.

Risk Adjusted Estimating & Bid Management for General Contractors

Speaker: Laura Watts, Manager of Customer Success, Autodesk

Successful general contractors understand that accurate cost estimates are essential to both project and organizational success. For decades, the cost of construction has been a function of marketplaces: labor, materials, insurances, and fees. However, given increasing project complexity and greater technological capabilities, this reality is changing. The need to both understand and also quantify the risk in performing complex projects will shape the way cost estimates evolve in the very near future.

The Future of Quantification with Autodesk Construction Cloud

Speaker: Nick Zeeben, Product Manager, Autodesk

Estimating teams play a vital role in winning new business. Yet many of today’s solutions lack collaboration, require a highly manual process, and too often result in siloed data across teams. Join this session to learn how estimators can benefit from next-generation 2D and 3D technology to deliver best practices in quantification and estimating. You’ll also learn how Autodesk will be driving the industry forward with connected, cloud-based, preconstruction planning tools with the power of automated tooling and machine learning.

How Builders Gain a Competitive Advantage Through More Talent and Jobs

Skylar Ritwo, Customer Success Manager, Autodesk

Construction is a relationship-based industry where deals are still closed with handshakes. But in this new competitive world, with limited labor and a growing demand for construction, owners and contractors need a faster way to make connections with the right talent for the right project. Static contact databases and outdated bid-management tools perpetuate disjointed business results, leaving contractors constantly defending their costs and schedules and aggregating potential risk before breaking ground. In this session, you’ll learn how BuildingConnected helps builders discover, invite, and choose the right talent for any type of project while managing their bidding processes from start to finish. You’ll also learn how emerging markets are benefiting from this crowdsourced technology to remain competitive with their clients.

Centralize Bid Management: How Subcontractors Can Ditch Their Spreadsheets

Speaker: Marlo Aghazarian, Technical Solutions Specialist, Autodesk

Subcontractors have been stuck managing job opportunities and bids with manual processes and outdated digital systems, none of which are built for the modern construction professional. Hours are spent manually creating and updating spreadsheets, as well as keeping track of projects, resources, files, and deadlines. Time and resources are increasingly in short supply for subcontractors, and the inefficiencies resulting from decentralized bid-management processes continue to add risk to projects. There is a better way with BuildingConnected. In this session, you’ll learn how the BuildingConnected platform’s world-class technology centralizes and streamlines the bid-management process. You can track bid invites, who’s working on what, bid analytics, and due dates across the entire office while quickly generating 2D takeoffs and bidding out work to vendors. By reducing manual entry and tracking business performance in real time, BuildingConnected empowers you to bid smarter and secure desired work faster.

Register for Autodesk University Today

Starting on November 17 all of these sessions along with hundreds more will be available completely for free to all who register for Autodesk University 2020. Register here so you don’t miss out on this year’s global digital event. Want more information on the sessions above and many more? Visit the session list here. We’ll see you then!

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Alexa De La Parra Ramirez

Content & Communications Coordinator, Autodesk Construction Solutions