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What I Learned at AU 2020: Top Takeaways from Construction Professionals

what i learned from autodesk university 2020

Did you attend Autodesk University 2020? Last week’s four day, all digital global conference was an exciting mix of keynotes, events, meetups, sessions, and fun. For members of the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry, there were hundreds of learning opportunities and big announcements

So what were the biggest takeaways from the event? We turned to members of The Big Room, an online community for construction professionals, and asked them what they learned at AU 2020. Check out their responses below! 

Read more: 15 Construction Classes from AU You Might Have Missed

“The biggest takeaway that I have from this year’s conference is the amazing announcement that was made during the Keynote. Enhancing Autodesk Construction Cloud to become an even more robust “one-stop-shop” is absolutely incredible and this really excites me to see where it is going to go from here. The introduction of Autodesk Tandem as well as the acquisition of Spacemaker was also huge, and just shows how Autodesk is staying vigilant and ever expansive.” – Steve Rollo, National BIM/VDC Manager, Graham Construction & Engineering LP

Missed the keynote? Check out the replay

“2020 can’t keep us from learning and digging into growing the industry. I learned about a ton of breakthroughs that have happened this past year in construction technology.” – Melissa Schulteis, Virtual Construction Specialist, Miron Construction Co., Inc.

“I learned that I need the right resources to help us automate the mundane, provide bots for end users as assistance, and embrace this new digital world! We all need to continue education more than ever because each of our roles entails a major impact on processes. I’m so glad we have time to consume the rest of AU with the recorded sessions!” – Dave Webster, BIM Manager, Walgreens 

You can search through the top construction sessions, here. 


“Lot’s of new announcements! I am excited especially about Tandem and the acquisition of Spacemaker. Also, there are great and continuous enhancements to Autodesk Construction Cloud. Looking forward to learning more about the open strategy.” – Juan Tena, Regional Digital Design Manager, KEO International


“Autodesk is taking the current pandemic very seriously, and is making significant strides to adapt to its effects and incorporate solutions into their tools and technology.” – Nicolas Audrain, Mortenson, Engineering Intern


“There is so much more potential data to integrate with Design and Construction.” – Bradley Cooley, Design Build Technology Director, O’Brien and Co

Learn more about Autodesk BIM Collaborate, the newest product to improve coordination and design collaboration. 


“I learned a lot about the powerful Forge API and the direction we need to take for the next year!” – Simon Terroitin, BIM Coordinator, EBC Inc.


“Autodesk with BIM 360 is making cloud computing and coordination commonplace.” – Frank Guckin, Project Manager, Grand Canyon Development Partners


“[I learned about] the power of BIM 360, especially in the day and age of remote working environments.” – Michael Isaak, Design Manager, AECOM

“This event has exposed me to the leaps and bounds that have been made with cloud collaboration and the improvements that have been made with BIM 360.” – Gilbert Garcia, VDC Engineer, Turner Construction

“I have been primarily working with BIM 360 field management and I previously used PlanGrid. I learned of a lot of different Autodesk tools and applications to use in the construction process that would really benefit us.” – Preston Bottema, Field Supervisor, E2 Optics

Interested in learning more about how to improve field collaboration? Check out the session, Connecting the Dots Between Office and Field Using BIM 360 Docs.

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