Autodesk University, the premier training and networking event for Autodesk users, will take place from November 13-15, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, subcontractors will want to come early and attend the Connect & Construct Summit on Monday, November 12. The Connect & Construct Summit is dedicated to all things construction, so you won’t want to miss it. Here are 10 reasons why subcontractors must attend Connect & Construct Summit at Autodesk University:
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Connect and Construct is only $150 and gives you access to Forge DevCon as well to deliver great value. At $150, attendees get access to all sessions and workshops in Connect and Construct and Forge DevCon, meals and networking opportunities, and BIM 360 Co:Construct Zone to meet the teams behind the BIM 360 platform.
More than just CAD
AU is probably the biggest CAD event of the year. However, construction operations and IT personnel are beginning to attend in full force as well. In addition to its vast ecosystem of BIM 360 partners, the Autodesk Forge Fund has invested heavily in several construction tech companies including eSUB, ManufactON, and Rhumbix. Executives, Project Managers, Superintendents, and Foreman attending AU will get great value and insights on the future of construction and construction technology.
BIM 360 ecosystem of partners
Autodesk’s BIM 360 delivers an open platform to connect all your construction data and workflows. BIM 360 has over 67 integration partners to help improve productivity in the office and on the jobsite. Discover how these solutions leverage BIM 360 to capture more valuable data throughout the construction lifecycle.
Speaking of the BIM 360 Ecosystem, BIM 360 integration partners develop their integrations on Forge, which is Autodesk’s cloud developer platform. Held in conjunction with Connect & Construct, Forge DevCon has sessions and labs strictly focused on Forge. There will be some helpful construction sessions around what can be possible through Forge. One of those Forge DevCon sessions include “Using a Work Breakdown Structure and BIM 360 for Effective Labor Delivery and Control” on Monday, November 12 at 3:45 PM. eSUB’s Solutions Engineer Ed Coffin and Chief Strategy Officer will discuss how subcontractors can leverage BIM 360, WBS, and an integrated labor delivery process to measure productivity.
Strategies to improve project delivery
The Connect & Construct Summit will be filled with session and workshops targeted to help your company really move the needle and improve project delivery. Wendy Rogers, president and CEO of eSUB Construction Software, will be presenting on “Integrated Labor Delivery: Leveraging Subcontractors from Design through the Construction Lifecycle” on Monday, November 11 at 1:30 PM. This is a must-attend session for all subcontractors. Wendy discusses how an integrated labor delivery model elevates the role of subcontractors to ensure their involvement in the design and pre-construction phases.
Grow your professional network
Training doesn’t end when the sessions end. Above all, the networking at Connect & Construct is often the most valuable part of attending. Network with other like-minded subcontractors and learn how others are dealing with similar challenges that you are experiencing. What strategies and technologies are working for them? Likewise, you can demonstrate your own expertise and share what strategies and technologies are working at your company. Take those valuable professional contacts and connect other members of your team for great peer-to-peer networking after the event.
Viva Las Vegas
AU will be held at the Venetian in Las Vegas. The Autodesk team jam packs the AU schedule with so many training and networking opportunities. However, if you have free time, the city that never sleeps is so much than the gambling mecca. From the Hoover Dam to Cirque de Soleil shows, there are plenty of entertainment options available.
Stay for AU
Since you will be in Las Vegas for Connect & Construct, consider staying the rest of the week for Autodesk University (AU). AU brings over 10,000 attendees from construction, manufacturing, engineering and media creation. In addition to training sessions, you can meet with Autodesk product teams and provide your feedback on products. Similarly, you can sit with Autodesk experts to answer your product questions.
Hundreds of sessions for training and success stories
AU continues from November 13-15 with more than 350 sessions and activities focused on construction. Sessions range from deep dive training for MEP subcontractors on how to use Revit for modeling, coordination and fabrication to case studies sharing best practices and tips from fellow subcontractors. In the session “Case Study: Connecting Design and Construction with BIM 360” eSUB’s Director of Account Management Justin Wetherby and Chief Strategy Officer Benny Baltrotsky will share case studies and best practices of how some subcontractors are using BIM 360 Docs and eSUB to improve collaboration between the field and the office and provided a single source of truth into field productivity. Undoubtedly, you will walk away with actionable items that you can take back to your company.
Explore new technology in the Expo
There will be almost 100 exhibitors showcasing the latest software and gadgets in the future of design and construction. The expo is also a great place to continue networking, get your product questions answered, and collect goodies and prizes.
Autodesk’s investment in eSUB Construction Software validates the role of subcontractors in the construction lifecycle. Jim Lynch, vice president, Construction Product Line, Autodesk, stated, “At any given time, hundreds of subcontractors are hard at work on a project, which requires substantial oversight to avoid logistical nightmares. This investment represents Autodesk’s and eSUB’s ongoing efforts to reduce risk to people and the project, increase transparency, and improve jobsite accountability.” Therefore, if you are a subcontractor who wants to reduce risk, increase transparency, and improve jobsite accountability, make plans to attend the Connect & Construct Summit at Autodesk University.