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.

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.

Innovation in AEC & the Gartner Hype Cycle

For many years, we've been referencing the Gartner Hype Cycle to describe innovation in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. We primarily use the Hype Cycle to demonstrate that innovation in AEC is difficult and that it takes time to develop strategies that overcome the limitations of technology. We thought we'd share additional insight into the Hype Cycle and how it relates to AEC. Here are three such insights: 

Slack: In Productivity We Trust

We want to share with you a tool that we think is great and that we use every day. Being a company of both software developers and experts in building information modeling (BIM), we often have a unique perspective on tools that can cross over between industries. One of these examples is Slack.

Remember when we first starting using email? It was so revolutionary and it held so much promise. No more cluttering our desks, tabletops, and jobsites with an endless onslaught of dead trees. The number of faxes and memos started to go down. It was a beautiful time. And then email got out of control. We started getting notifications and spam. Every person on the jobsite had a tendency to send long, complicated emails. Our email inboxes became just as cluttered as our desks used to be.

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