Earlier this month, Assemble Systems attended Autodesk University in Las Vegas.The event attracts about 10,000 attendees each year, from a wide range of professions and industries including design, engineering, construction, manufacturing, and digital arts.
Autodesk University(AU) continues to be a great opportunity for a diverse set of attendees to explore new tools and technologies and learn from industry experts. With a wide array of educational sessions to choose from, the possibilities of finding a session specific to your professional needs are endless. We went to AU with the hopes of networking with peers, clients, partners, and expert speakers, and to see what is trending in the AEC industry. We were not disappointed. We attended many sessions while at AU, and have compiled a list of the top three sessions we found to be exceptional:
Kris Lengieza, Construction Manager at Stiles conducted one of the most captivating session by showing how Stiles has been capitalizing on models for better quantities and overall improved project results. The Stiles team shared how with the use of Assemble Systems model data management solution, Stiles has been extracting quantities out of models and using that data for estimating, scheduling, and production tracking. We highly recommend downloading the presentation to learn how to focus your modeling efforts on areas that will have the biggest cost and design impact.
Randall Natsch, Construction Manager at McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. discussed how trends in software development have become increasingly focused on collaboration, merging file contents and exporting the information to cloud based platforms to a more distributed and global community. Tools have improved exponentially over the last several years. This has slowly given way to an audience of participants both more experienced using the tools and a group of contractors who more uniformly understand challenges where the benefits are more clearly understood.
Small changes in design can have large impacts with regards to the ripple effect to other systems and the exponential resources necessary to maintain, update coordination, and reschedule the “new” current version of the design concept. These impacts can amount to a significant part of the project’s administrative budget. Understanding the use of software tools and the impacts to resources are now more important than ever. The course covered the use of software tools including Assemble Systems to assist in design validation based on priority and change management.
Presentations from Carl Bass and Jeff Kowalski were inspirational for speculating the future of software and hardware human interaction. However the compelling presentations on the main stage, were from people that are driving human machine innovations in the here and now. Andrew McAfee and Hugh Herr, through their work, brought the concepts that Carl and Jeff referenced to life in a real, tangible way. If you want a little inspiration, review the Ted Talks by both Andrew and Hugh. The presentations are positive and inspiring, theory and application and for anyone who designs and makes things, you will realize your day to day challenges are indeed manageable.
Here at Assemble, our takeaway from the mainstage at AU was that we are headed in the right direction. You shouldn’t have to learn software anymore. Software should learn from you and provide you with intelligent information that extends your capacity to deliver faster and smarter. We aren’t there yet, but we are committed to delivering intelligent model insight that you can’t get anywhere else.