Autodesk University 2017 was, as always, a fantastic event to attend. We were lucky to be involved this year, not as speakers, but to engage closely with the Global BIM community in a city that never sleeps. The event was fuelled by innovation, new technology and as always, amazing discussions with BIM savvy companies and people.
We attended the Dev Con conference on the Monday; this showed us the opportunities with Autodesk Forge, something we have not been too closely connected to but have seen huge opportunities to explore. Forge allows a variety of different innovations to have a platform to be built from (web-based), and we were lucky to see our friends at the NBS supported by Forge and their developments undertaken within the NBS BIM Toolkit. As always, Stephen Hamil didn’t disappoint, and his session was possibly one of the best we saw all week. It was great to see the updates on the toolkit, including model viewing and connectivity from it, back into the tools.
The first day of the event commenced on Tuesday, and we were lucky enough to see some exciting presentations; from the Arcadis BIM journey to catching up with Women in BIM representatives from the USA to discuss tech and innovation in an open and exciting environment. We attended both the Women in Technology and networking events, and they proved to be an exciting space, with many new and familiar faces to meet.
Digital Node was also fortunate enough to be supported by Global E Training at the event who allowed us to have a presence at their stand. We were able to interact with others regarding the work we’ve undertaken with GeT on their course content. Digital Node has authored the BIM Library and many technical courses, so it was a great opportunity to meet with new and existing clients.
A highlight for us was an exclusive invite to the We Work ‘talks’ hosted in a penthouse suite in the Venetian Hotel. We heard from our old friends at Case (We Work) regarding their processes and solutions toward growing the We Work Brand. It was an interesting and honest series of discussions focused on BIM, technologies and future thinking. The audience and speakers were fantastic, included in them, not only We Work Staff but other innovators who work across different disciplines and countries.
Our final day was not short of exciting. Mott MacDonald and their innovation team spoke at the event (the last session nonetheless) discussing how they have integrated Autodesk products in their VR / AR journey. This was possibly one of the best classes we have seen at an event, inclusive of existing products, new products, and innovations created by their team in the UK. It was a fantastic session that I would recommend watching.
The event was an exciting and eventful experience. The conference rarely disappoints, and as a small technology business, we are certainly not missing this event in the future as it allows us to keep up to speed with some of the most innovative technologies, people and processes globally. This was our first year without speakers, and we hope to submit classes and speak at the event in the future.
What a great experience and we’ll see you next year! #AU2018