Diapers, Beer & BIM

The AEC industry is at a critical juncture in history. BIM, cloud computing, and the growing sophistication of building products have created the perfect environment for a new era in AEC history. Autodesk calls this "The Era of Connection," a disruptive time when design, construction, and operational processes will be radically changed. For most, this will upend their business. For us, this is an exciting time in which we are helping our clients adapt and lead.

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The Newbie's Guide to Autodesk University

Autodesk University (AU) is coming up in a couple of weeks so we thought we'd provide some tips for first timers. Every major software company has a big convention, but AU is the premier gathering for those dedicated to technological advancement in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) space. If you want to be a major player in the game, this is the place to be.

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The Veteran's Guide to Autodesk University

Last week, we posted a Newbie's Guide to Autodesk University. This week, we want to point out some things about Autodesk University (AU) and Las Vegas that even conference veterans can appreciate.

Don't forget the power of the concierge

I'm quite sure I don't use the concierge services at hotels to their full advantage, but I do use them nearly every day for one thing: holding bags. Let's say you're at the conference and you have your laptop, but you’re headed to dinner. Sure, you could head up to your room and drop it off. But given the scale of the Venetian, you could be walking for days to get to your room. The answer: Drop it off at the concierge. The concierge will take any bag, jacket, purse, or piece of luggage; you don't even need to be a guest at the hotel. It'll cost you a buck or two in tip, but your bags will be in good hands. In fact, they'll be sent downstairs on a conveyor belt and put away in a storage room – easily worth a couple bucks.

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Using Dynamo & Project Fractal for Building Configuration

Generative design is real. Here's where I saw it being used and why I think it's exciting.

I recently had the distinct pleasure of seeing fantastic generative design work by MT Højgaard (MTH). MTH is one of the largest general contractors in Denmark and has an amazing building information modeling (BIM) and virtual design and construction (VDC) program. MTH demonstrated how generative design is being used on a project very important to them – the self-built construction of a parking garage for the new main headquarters.

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