Artificial Intelligence Strategies for MEP Firms

In his 2016 Autodesk University Keynote, Jeff Kowalski spent considerable time explaining Autodesk's vision for the intersection of how the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry currently works and its future interface with artificial intelligence (AI). Kowalski, CTO of Autodesk, outlined recent significant advancements in AI, like the once inconceivable win by AlphaGo playing the pinnacle of strategy games, Go. But advancements in AI are coming faster than one would imagine. A recent Wired article listed the many large technology firms pushing hard into AI, and we already know that Google is using AI for its AEC operations. In addition, the work of BuildingSP is based on heuristic algorithms, which is a field of study within AI. The influence of AI is already being felt in our industry and it is expanding rapidly.

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Autodesk University 2016 Recap

We're now back home after a long week at Autodesk University (AU). It was another great year of catching up with old friends; meeting new people; and spending dedicated time thinking, mulling over, and evaluating Autodesk technology and workflows. Here are our top five takeaways.

Low on Gimmick & Glamour

Every AU has a fair amount of pomp and circumstance. Our impression, which was met with agreement from other attendees we met during the week, was that this year was a little different from previous years. The overall event was more simple and less complex. We didn't see any Storm Troopers. The Hive outside the exhibit hall was gone, replaced by an area intended for users to get answers and provide feedback on products. No more robotic bartender in the Exhibit Hall. It just felt like a simpler event.

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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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