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5 Reasons Construction Pro’s Should Not Miss Autodesk University 2021

Autodesk University (AU) is back and better than ever. AU 2021 is about empowering you to take the reins and build the world you want to see. It’s why our leading mantra this year is Don’t wait for progress. Make it. And we’re here to equip you with expert-led classes, panels, meetups, workflow education, product demos, and more. Achieving your goals is our top priority. This zero-cost digital conference runs from October 5 – 7 for those in the Americas. More dates for international attendees below. This is one construction event you do not want to miss, and it only comes around once a year. 


What makes AU 2021 an absolute must for construction professionals? This event is chock full of informative insights, action plans, inspiring thought leadership, and engaging industry panels. Nowhere else will you find so many industry experts advancing architecture, engineering, construction, design, manufacturing, and media and entertainment all in one place. Did we mention it’s 100% free, virtual, and open to all? 

Keep reading to discover how to make sure you maximize your time during AU and make the most of this opportunity to learn, connect, and engage. 

Learn from construction’s finest

We could go on and on about just how many inspiring sessions you’ll find at AU but a quick glance at the numbers makes an even more compelling argument:

550+ on-demand sessions20 theater talks80+ construction sessions

We’re not exaggerating when we say this is the biggest learning opportunity of the year for construction professionals. AU sessions will cover popular workflows and topics including:

Connected constructionPreconstructionConstruction, jobsite, and built environmentsBIMIndustrialized constructionDiversity & InclusionSustainabilityAnd more

You’ll find plenty of information on hot-button subjects such as sustainability in construction and vitally important themes like diversity and inclusion. We’re proud to share that nearly 3 out of every 4 classes at AU are customer-led. That means you’ll learn tricks of the trade from people who have deep industry knowledge and manage construction workflows for projects of all sizes.

Can’t make every session you want to attend? Not to worry. All of the content will be available on-demand. Make sure you register now for access so we can send you the schedule as soon as it’s available.


Construction trends you should know about

For an industry that’s often characterized as “traditional,” the construction industry is always changing. It can be difficult to keep tabs on the latest developments and emerging trends such as artificial intelligence, digital twins, and industrialized construction. That’s why we’re bringing them to you in AU 2021, where you’ll learn what is happening right now and how to get on board for the future.

No matter what your role in the industry is, it’s always beneficial to keep a pulse on innovative concepts and technologies. Whether you want to secure that next promotion or drive greater ROI for your client on a large-scale project, you’ll receive the insights you need to bring you one step closer to achieving your goals. 

Exciting technology and product news

At AU 2021, you’ll hear exciting news from our general sessions and our keynote with Jim Lynch, SVP & GM of Autodesk Construction Solutions. Put time on your calendar for inspiring thought leadership and insights into how we’re helping empower tomorrow’s leaders of construction—yourself included.

Get exclusive on-demand content

Think of our on-demand content like Netflix but for construction. Press play on our 15-minute theater talks and get ready to jump right into the latest information on industry and technology possibilities. These provocative talks from industry experts are designed to help you explore big ideas and inspirational projects. 

AU’s explainer videos are an absolute must for anyone who wants to get into the nitty-gritty of construction. We’ll share the ins and outs of all things construction in a consumable, engaging format. They’re perfect for getting up to speed on highly technical concepts in a flash. 

Connect, network, and engage 

Sure, AU 2021 is virtual but that won’t stop us from bringing the brightest minds in construction together. We’re providing dozens of opportunities to connect and engage with experts throughout the conference. You’ll love our live meet-ups, which we kicked off at AU 2020, with conversations about everything from design and planning to construction and beyond.

How to make the most out of Autodesk University

Autodesk University only comes around once a year, so it’s important to make the absolute most of it! Here are our time-tested tips and tricks for maximizing your experience:

1. Register early

Did we mention this year’s theme is “Don’t Wait for Progress. Make It.”? The first step in making progress toward your goals is making sure your seat is saved at AU 2021. Don’t wait until October 5 to register. Head to the AU 2021 site now and click on the “Register Now” button. In a matter of minutes, you’ll be registered and ready to consume all of the great classes and content, both live and on-demand. 

2. Plan your schedule

Once you’re registered, we’ll send you this year’s full schedule as soon as it’s available. Take a look at the keynotes, theater talks, and sessions ahead of time. Some sessions are only offering limited seating, so please make sure to sign up now so you’re among the first to hear. Once the schedule has been released, bookmark your favorite classes so you can jump right in on October 5. You can get a sneak peek of the schedule on the official AU 2021 website

3. Make time

Once you’ve registered and picked your sessions, what’s next? Set yourself up for success by making time. Block out your work calendar so you can really immerse yourself in the learning experience. Let your team know about your attendance and invite them to join you. Share far and wide—with 39 countries represented and content in 8 languages, AU 2021 is a must-attend international event for construction professionals.

4. Make space

While this is a virtual conference, we encourage you to take stock of your environment. Do you need to swap out your headphones or adjust your monitors prior to the conference? Can you book a conference room for yourself and team members? Make things as comfortable as possible so on October 5 all you need to do is show up and learn. 

The future belongs to those who make it—start building yours at Autodesk University 2021

We’re excited to see you at AU 2021, where you’ll find a wealth of industry knowledge, technology, and education. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again—this free, virtual conference is open to all and kicks off on October 5. So what are you waiting for? 



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