Agenda 2018-07-13T12:23:10+00:00

2018 Agenda & Track Descriptions

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AU 2018 Agenda
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AU Africa Day 1

Keynote Sessions:

Track 1 – BIM for Construction

BIM 360 evolves to a platform including an intelligent document management tool upload and publish models and documents, control permissions, graphically manage document versions, create and share markups or even create issues and RFIs.

Working together with our customers, we’ve completely re-engineered BIM 360. Our next generation, BIM 360 construction platform is an all-in-one solution built around the workflows that construction projects use to build on-time and on budget. During the session, we will have BIM360 Platform Overview. We will discover BIM360 Next gen solution for pre-construction as well as Construction including, design collaboration model coordination and site management. The key to connecting all your construction apps with BIM 360 is Autodesk Forge.  Forge is Autodesk’s cloud developer and API platform that enables our customers and 3rd party developers to easily integrate construction apps and tools to ensure that single source of project truth – connecting workflows including preconstruction, execution, fabrication, installation and building operations.

Autodesk Point Layout is a missing link between the design and the site and is a companion every contractor and subcontractor needs.

Track 2 – BIM for Building

Everyone is by now familiar with C4R: collaborative workflows within Revit using the cloud as platform. In this session learn how these workflows can integrate with BIM 360 Document Management as the next generation Common Data Platform.

The latest technological advances within the engineering industry has made Virtual Reality (VR) a possibility. The software platforms available within the industry are capable of delivering 2D and 3D plant models which can further be rendered to be incorporated for use with VR devices or training simulators alike. Two-dimensional drawings have been the past industry standards and are still in common use but a strong need and justification for three-dimensional models has become prevalent. Three-dimensional models are utilized for showing plant layouts across disciplines where mechanical, electrical, structural and civil details are identified within a three-dimensional environment. This allows for a multitude of potential discipline clashes to be identified and rectified before the plant is built. The incorporation of these models into the training arena makes use of the latest technological advancements to train personnel in a controlled environment.

This session will take a look at bringing scan data into Recap and how to handle it. I will go through the Autodesk Recap Application and discuss tips and tricks to make handling the data faster and more manageable.I will also discuss how to set up the scan in Recap so that it is easier to control in Revit. EG. Using regions in Recap to control how your scan is displayed in Revit.Point cloud information is becoming very popular to work with and having best practises in place can make the overall experience much less difficult at the start.

Clash detection and coordination, though not an entirely new concept, has gained traction in recent years. It is a process of discovering the areas or elements that could possibly clash-or, in other words, would occupy the same space. It helps to reveal design conflicts before construction.

However, most projects the class presenter has been involved with or has observed do not allocate enough budget for this process, and people still use a conventional 2D-drawing review method for quality assurance/quality control. This hands-on lab will cover best practices of model clash review during the design phases and methods of tracking the revised/approved status. Today’s challenge is how to manage the clashes efficiently besides just locating the clashes because most tools identify the clash location precisely. Moreover, with recent technologies like virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), we can simulate the walk- through experience for a better communication with clients and team members.

Track 3 – BIM for Infrastructure

This presentation will showcase applying the latest Autodesk software solutions available in the correct workflow within the transportation environment, focusing on roads and bridges. Industry knowledge confirms the constant challenge faced between geometric and structural engineers in successful coordination and synchronisation across a complex project, at which this workflow simplifies thus increasing coordination, transparency and synchronisation amongst the geometric and structural design teams. The workflow is pivoted around the application and incorporation of Infraworks, Civil 3D, Revit & Vehicle tracking to achieve efficient, time conscious and sustainable designs.

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D software is a civil engineering design and documentation solution. You can better understand project performance, maintain more consistent data and processes and respond faster to change. Best practices for designing. Learn about the design functions, how to execute and modify. Additional understandings for creating of designs and how to use functions found outside the box. This class is designed to assist you in designing and to show supplementary perspectives and alternative ways to approach stumbling blocks.

Learn how to make use of the AEC Collection tools for planning, designing and visualizing rail projects.

Understand the powers of Autodesk Vehicle Tracking software which is part of the AEC Collection and runs on top AutoCAD and Autodesk Civil 3D.

Track 4 – M&E / Generic

Cloud computing is transforming how we solve our Business challenges, and Autodesk Forge is the next generation platform of web services for the Future of Making Things, it goes into covering many aspects of information management and processing for companies working with design, engineering, construction and manufacturing information. And it is the foundation of the Autodesk BIM 360 platform. In this class we will explore what Forge is, and how you can become part of the community making use of it, we will also see some customer and partner success stories and how they utilize Forge into their technical information management.

Another world is possible, another world is necessary, it’s already on it’s way. How we can learn from nature to rethink, redesign and re-imagine the future of our world. The intersection of exponential technologies, biomimicry, systems thinking and the circular economy as a powerful combination to shift the future of our world. We won’t experience 100 years of change in the 21st century, it will be more like 20,000 years of change. Can we leverage this exponential change for a thriving future for all? Yes, if we tap into nature’s 4 billion years of experience on this planet. How exactly to achieve this will depend on abstracting nature’s blueprints for new forms, processes and systems. A key role for Autodesk software. Where National Geographic meets Popular Mechanics.

Can be either a presentation or a workshop or both – depends on whether audience is engaged with practical tools to demonstrate and experience or just listening. If a presentation can use examples from Autodesk software to illustrate in slides. If a workshop – can be generic or can relate directly into Autodesk software. For example – can design in collaboration with Autodesk University as a workshop to demonstrate how to leverage Autodesk software for this.
Relevance to Autodesk: Nature’s blueprints for new products, processes, and systems and how this relates to Autodesk as key tool to support this, especially in the roles of product design, design of the built environment, and in 3D printing/rapid manufacturing. Dramatic impact beyond sustainable development. Big role for Autodesk

Track 5 – Design & Manufacturing

Design Automation is an important requirement to increase design efficiency. iLogic is an important component for delivering this Automation. In this class you will learn, based on some examples, how to implement illogic rules in your design based on the 2019 ilogic improvements.

Large Assembly Performance and large assembly best practices, tips and tricks that helps you to manage and work with large scale assemblies in Inventor 2019.

The Factory Design Utility can be used as a tool for the digitalization of factories, the first step into an Industry 4.0 initiative. This gives the customer a unique selling point and a competitive advantage in a customer opportunity. It can also be used as a sales configuration tool where layouts are part of the bidding process

This class will give you the tools and methodology to discover and win opportunities within an Industry 4.0 initiative.  We will demonstrate an end to end workflow how to digitalize the factories for new (Greenfield) and existing (Brownfield) factories.

Track 6 – BIM in Practice

Project BIM Co-ordination is still mostly just theory, with a small number of projects in South Africa properly applying BIM methodologies. The reality is that the majority of project co-ordination meetings are still largely run off 2D information, whether that’s plans displayed on a screen or printed out on paper. This class will present an example of where BIM co-ordination has actually taken placed and been used effectively. We will show a case study of a complex freezer warehouse and how the project team came together, in conjunction with the Project Manager and Client to achieve the simple goal of having a 3D co-ordinated model for the project. With this being the initial goal, the class will highlight some interesting side effects that came from simply having the model available to the whole team.
The class will contain a few pointers on how to get your project team working together, as well as how to get the various models working together. We took the theory of BIM co-ordination and tested it practically. Of course, I’ll throw in some Navisworks Tips and Tricks as well!

Initial BIM costs can be substantial and has put many firms off because of the predicted costs presented by vendor companies. This is often related to the investment needed in software, technology infrastructure, consultants and training. Organizations also incur project-specific costs for setting up BIM and changing workflows and team processes. However, South African companies seeking to estimate BIM’s financial benefits often find limited information and are all too often mislead by international countries feedback. This lack of detailed cost-benefit analysis may lead some to opt against making the investment in BIM. Globally, the industry has now set the foundation to bring sustainability and business to life and bridge the historic disconnect between finance, design, construction, supply chain and building life-cycle operations and insurance.Autodesk are perfectly positioned to help clients uniquely differentiate construction and building operations by making it intelligently connected, financially sound and environmentally proud.

Today’s asset managers requirements are constantly changing as technologies continue to rapidly evolve. Private and public building, like communities, require flexible converged communications infrastructure and integrated systems to facilitate such change. Intelligent buildings anticipate and facilitate occupants’ future requirements.

This is supported by intelligent analytics and information management supplied from either design stage or from as-built. Performance oriented information can be reported in real time to provide auditable reporting, verifying the sustainable building certification while enabling faster, better decisions when it comes to a healthier lifestyle of buildings. “It is astounding how resistant decision makers of large design enterprises are to adopting BIM when they seem perfectly happy to invest thousands in the software tools that enable BIM,they buy the software and often sit on the licences for years while they and their teams spend extra time and effort faking BIM for clients and marketing collateral, all the while turning their collective noses up to the process that can cut costs by up to 30% and save time across the process.” In Summary: The South African architectural culture is still stuck in the 90s – the fear of losing control of the intellectual property is the first and last focus of the designers. “How is it that automotive and aeronautical engineers and designers use BIM so successfully, in a highly competitive environment, with much more to lose if copyright is infringed? Perhaps our mechanical brothers and sisters value increased productivity and cost savings more than construction professionals?”

A misunderstanding in the industry is that larger architecture, engineering, and construction firms have a bigger advantage when implementing a Building Information Modeling (BIM) solution. The truth is that SMME firms are as capable as any other firm, if not better suited, to implement a BIM solution. The flexibility these firms have; and their options for additional services, opportunities, and established close relationships; give them a higher probability for a successful BIM implementation.

In this session, you will hear from a local engineering firm who developed a successful BIM strategy. Learners will discover the benefits of creating a strategy, learn the best practices for decreasing the learning curve and
accelerating their own BIM adoption.

Standards! You need standards! Every company needs structure. But what about 3D standards? If you’re using Inventor software, AutoCAD Mechanical design software, AutoCAD Electrical software, AutoCAD P&ID software, and/or Vault data management software, standards are a must. Inventor has the intelligence of 3D modeling, assembling, and drawing creation-come and see what we can standardize and incorporate to make the design modeling and assembly creations consistent. It’s not just about 2D layers and dimension styles with a drawing, it’s about iProperties, intelligence (iLogic), libraries, bills of material (BOM), analytical data, and much more. Inventor 3D design tools are incredible and can be structured so that you’re not continually duplicating the same task over and over again, and so that the information instilled in the design(s) is captured properly. Structure repetitive steps with iLogic, maintain the digital BOM, format the parts list, and systematically build standards in a database library. Understand how to incorporate data management into a project’s workflow.

3D standards will reach not just into the Inventor modeling world, but further into the intelligence that must stream throughout the lifecycle of a project. See how to capture all 3D CAD standards, and be able to consistently sustain them from release to release, from user to user within your company. See examples of people and companies that didn’t have 3D standards and then built those standards into their design workflows. Standards-2D or 3D-are an ongoing sustaining process that can and will benefit all aspects of the design processes. There are challenges in starting the standards, because everyone wants what they feel is correct; therefore, it is good practice to form a CAD committee. The CAD committee is a structures entity and can agree on the proper pieces of standards to incorporate.

Lab 1 – Hands On Labs

Have you ever heard of the Dynamo visual programming language extension in Revit and wanted to know how to use it? With this hands-on lab we will begin with the basics of Dynamo and methodically walk through different practical examples to save you pain and time in uncovering the basic principles of Dynamo. This workshop is for the everyday Revit user and no programming experience is needed to start using the Dynamo extension.

In a classroom of about 20+ users (who are familiar with Revit and parametricism) – We’ll take a group and explore Dynamo for use in Generative design – Hands-on.

Each user will need a copy of Autodesk Revit with the required Autodesk Dynamo Add-in installed. Dynamo for Revit

Selecting and Working with Revit Elements:
We’ll begin by opening the interfaces and selecting pre-existing modelled elements that we will bring in as a foundation for crating our parametric structure. The class will learn how to externally access their Revit geometry in a new and exciting way using the Dynamo Interface.

Creating Geometry from existing objects for new designs:
Once the class is comfortable with selecting model elements we will select and combine the lines of elements that we will use as the frame for our generative designed lattice structure

Turning Boundary lines into surfaces and Shaping Surfaces using basic programming:
Once the lines are created and all boundaries are defined – we will explore the creation of Sinusoidal math functions to create 3D surfaces defined by mathematical formulas. These surfaces will be subdivided and used for our generated structure.

Turning surfaces into elements and Using Elements to Place Adaptive Families:
The surface will be used to define the conditions and placements of adaptive Revit Families that can be controlled and configured from changing Dynamo Parameters.

Updating Family Parameters:
Once the placement is complete we will refine the families by synching values between Revit and Dynamo to dynamically update our models and explore the variations of all the designs we can create.

I have given this course to a number of engineers and structural engineers in the past and they have all loved it tremendously. It is a very challenging class and should only be attended by people who are familiar with Revit and have some foundation level understanding of programming.

Lab 2 – Hands on Labs

You might have heard about Simulation CFD software? Do you want to see how easy it is to get started? Come to this hands-on lab. Pick which scenario you want to explore, whether it is electronics cooling, airflow in a room, or flow through a pump. Choose what type of results you are interested in. 

This hands-on lab will cover the full circle on how to move sheet metal designs from initial design stages to the final cut product from sheet stock. Designs will start off using Inventor and will then move to Autodesk’s new Nesting Utility, included as part of the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection. The nested sheets will then be exported for use in Inventor HSM to create cutting paths, also part of the collection and within Inventor.

The lab will start by covering design workflows when using sheet metal components and how the sheet metal tools are used when designing with multiple bodies. Some of the tools to be covered are Face and Flange along with how to set different sheet metal rules. This multi body part is then exported to an assembly for further editing and flattening of individual parts before it is then imported into the Nesting Utility. Options such as materials and orientation will be looked at to ensure a smooth and optimum nesting experience. Various nesting studies will be created and an optimum study chosen for cutting. Sheet geometry will be exported as a part with a stock plate for cutting using HSM’s 2D Profile (Cutting) tool.

AU Africa Day 2

Track 1 – BIM for Construction

In this session, you will see what Autodesk AEC Collection can offer the steel structure detailing and fabrication industries. We will cover an end-to-end workflow that demonstrates a Connected-BIM workflow from design to fabrication. You will see how data flows fluently between Autodesk Revit, the design platform of choice, and Autodesk Advance Steel, the steel structures detailing and fabrication platform, newly added to the Autodesk AEC Collection that will help you to automatically generate GA, Single Part, Assembly Drawings, BOM and offers a direct link to fabrication machinery.

BIM 360 and the Digital Construction enviroment. How going paperless can improve efficiency in the field and Lowers cost. How 3D can Improve our own Quality in Construction.BIM information now accessible and easy to read. An Enviroment for Non CAD Modellers to: Store information in a safe secure Autodesk Cloud. Track Inpections and Issues. Keep Tabs on all Construction team Memebers. View 2D Sheet and 3D Models. On a Tablet or on your PC. BIM 360 Field Break Down Issue List – Managing and Tracking All Issues Checklist – Managing and Tracking All Checklist Digital Dash Board – Managing and Tracking All Contruction Team Memebers Daily Events and Tasks – Assigning a To do List 2D Sheets and 3D Models Iphone and Apple Tablet

Are you wondering about the differences between the Navisworks products (Freedom, Simulate and Manage) and BIM 360 Glue? Which software would be best suited to your purposes and projects? In this class we will compare a list of workflow criteria between the different packages in order to make an informed decision on which software and/or which combination of software to use. I will go through the pros and cons of each from a workflow perspective as well as from the perspective of what type of project or team you are working on.

In this class you will learn how Leica Geo-systems & Autodesk have partnered together to democratize the use of 3D laser scanners and point clouds.

You remember the fist clash test you did? The excitement of being able to identify all your coordination issues with a few single clicks and simple default rules. After running the first one you realise you have a list that goes on and on and on and not sure where to start. The session will teach you to start at the beginning of the project by establishing service zones based on elements. You will then learn how to create zones in your navisworks model using Appearance profiles and finally identifyee clashes in Revit using Dynamo.

Track 2 – BIM for Building

In this presentation we will explore how Architects and Interior Designers can optimize their workflow with parameter tips & tricks in Revit 2019. Looking at the advantages of setting up thought-through parameters in family and project creation. From Instance to Type to Global parameters. Be the member the team needs!

This class will discuss and present ways to more effectively utilise Revit for electrical design. In the first part of the presentation we will look at how to better utilise the data already in the model to perform calculations and checks. You will learn how to circuit electrical equipment and fixtures and from that generate load schedules to assist the senior engineers to validate overloading and/or underloading of electrical panels/transformers. Finally you can use filters to check for uncircuited items in floor levels.

The second part of the presentation will focus on Lighting planning with Relux addon for Revit. Placing lighting fixtures based on design requirements has never been this easy. You will learn how to generate design schedules to validate the lux requirements per space type and usage. Then export your design from Revit to Relux Desktop to further analyse your design. The session feature the following products, Revit, Relux for Revit Addon, Relux Desktop.

BIM 360 evolves to a platform including an intelligent document management tool upload and publish models and documents, control permissions, graphically manage document versions, create and share markups or even create issues and RFIs.

  • Generating a Bill of Quantity(BOQ) with Revit
  • Smarter (Revit) Families
  • Easy Read Bill of Quantity(BOQ)
  • Bill of Quantity(BOQ) That is live and forever updating with A Revit Model.
  • Keep Track Of Items and Cost.-Filtering Systems

In this class you will discover the power of AEC Collection for MEP design/detailing/Estimation/Fabrication. Starting the workflow using Revit Models from Consultants or just a reference AutoCAD 2D drawing or a PDF. Learn how efficiently Contractors Can achieve LOD 400 MEP detailed model which is estimable, fabrication ready and all set for proper coordination and site execution work as well.

Track 3 – BIM for Infrastructure

There is a burgeoning need to build more infrastructure in the world over the next 30 years together with the requirement to achieve better and smarter engineering solutions, all at a reduced cost. Therefore, it is important to use technical solutions that help engineers automate much of the mundane design work, thereby freeing up their time to concentrate on producing smarter, sustainable designs, all within tight time and economic constraints. This class will show examples of how automation can be used in Civil 3D to help achieve those goals.

This class will explain a subset of capabilities that Autodesk cloud services offer to enable collaboration in civil infrastructure projects. Topics that we’ll discuss include the presence of mobile devices in our daily lives, and the ways that we can use them in professional environments. Also, we’ll explore the available technologies that will let multiple teams work together.

Learn how Autodesks Mobility Simulation solutions using InfraWorks are used in airports and subway/train stations The models will show how traffic and/or people mobility networks behave at peak hours for any given periods of time and likewise; easily present optimized alternatives which would be virtually impossible to model using any traditional methodology. Every single Infrastructure project must always be validated for true functionality based on probabilistic/stochastic methodologies where potential problems are foreseen before projects are even built based on current and projected demands. This is rarely done in reality, thus the increasing collapse of networks of people and vehicles during peak hours. This problem will even become more critical in the short future as population increases, vehicle density rises and real estate becomes the most precious commodity in urban areas

Autodesk is positioning InfraWorks as a tool for conceptual design or easy-to-use visualization tool for Civil 3D transportation design. Though InfraWorks can be used in many other areas. Session will show you some other use-cases, where InfraWorks can be successfully applied. If you do not see specific button, it does not mean you cannot use product that way. You need to be creative and the session should help you with ideas.

Being able to leverage the strengths and benefits of integrated Autodesk and Topcon solutions, such as the purpose-built Autodesk BIM360 Layout App for iPad or Topcon MagnetConstruct App and the Topcon LN-100 Layout Navigator, means you will continually innovate the use of cloud and mobile technologies, to extend vital aspects of building information modelling further into the field – at the point of work.

Track 4 – M&E / Generic

Building Animated Models in AutoCAD & Revit for Interactive Presentations:
A fun interactive class that demonstrates the workflows for animating objects and models created with the “Workhorses” of Autodesk software. This class will explore the processes and techniques needed for modelling an animated model and animating it for use in interactive presentations, apps or animations.

This will be a presentation that is divided into 4 parts:

  1. How to Model an AutoCAD and Revit Object for motion and animation
  2. How to Import and Setup Animations in 3DS Max from AutoCAD and Revit Models
  3. Animating your items in 3DS Max for Export to 3DS Max Interactive
  4. Creating an interactive Model for VR, AR, WEBGL, and Interactives…

The class will be a highly visual and exploratory session going through a mixture of live software usage and power point presentations.

The Autodesk Forge is a development platform that takes components from Autodesk’s powerful library of software and delivers them as cloud-based building blocks for companies to create their own new solutions. In this class we will explore the major components of Autodesk Forge and will see examples on how each service fits into the Forge vision and how can you take advantage of each component into building the next Forge-powered solution and service.

In AutoCAD I will showcase the following topics amongst others:


  1. Linking AutoCAD and Excel
  2. Dynamic Blocks and fields
  3. Design review (mark up manager)
  4. Creating and using Sheet Sets
  5. Annotatives

AutoCAD Electrical

  1. Understanding Electrical Components 2. Project work flows
  2. Linking Schematics to panel drawings 4. Electric Audit
  3. Link AutoCAD Electrical to Excel
  4. Creating customized components

Generative design stands to displace traditional CAD in the future where designers and engineers co-create with AI. In this class the attendees will learn about this disruptive technology and how to exponentially expand the ability to deliver innovative design and engineering solutions. Learn about Autodesk Fusion 360 with Generative Design which enables the rapid creation and exploration of design options, empowering design teams to simultaneously generate multiple valid solutions based on real-word manufacturing constraints and product performance requirements, such as strength, weight, materials and more. 

Track 5 – Design & Manufacturing

Virtual Reality is a key topic for most of manufacturer in the World. Design and visualize like real time and examining like produced are important to understand and produce better. This class will explain you VR in Design and Manufacturing perspective.

The competitive nature of manufacturing in this day and age means that if you don’t stay current and efficient you don’t survive. The days of paper files being transferred through a workflow in an design department are long gone. It is now essential to have a Central repository for your design data

This class will go through various part modeling tools to create objects. We will use images as reference to create a 3D model and then we will prepare it for 3D modeling using Mesh modeling and Autodesk Print Studio. In this class, we will import images taken by smartphones from different angles. We will arrange these images on various planes to define boundaries of 3D model. We will create a 3D model using Part modeling tools to replicate the object in images. We will then use mesh modeling and Autodesk Print Studio to prepare model for 3D printing

Autodesk Nastran In-CAD is one of the Inventor centric workflows that increases the value of our PDMC. This class will demonstrate more advanced workflows.

When loading data into Vault data management software, several tools are available to aid in the process of migration and data loading to make the process smoother. It is not uncommon for files to be in question during this process as being unsupported data or corrupt, or for them to be missing file references or containing improper metadata. These issues can cause delays in the migration to proper data management with Vault. Adding new data to an existing Vault also has challenges, such as the possibility of duplicate files. In this class, we’ll learn about the tools available to transition into Vault, as well as merge new data into an existing Vault while mitigating as many errors as possible.

The iLogic component of Autodesk Inventor is a very powerful tool for helping users automate segments of their design process.This presentation will introduce users to the iLogic fundamentals that are the building blocks to automating design within an Inventor model. We will use Inventor software and Configurator 360 software to create a configurable model available in the cloud. We will start with an Inventor model and explore different strategies for driving it parametrically, like iLogic rules and forms. We will fine-tune the model to configure it successfully in Configurator 360 software. Finally, we will upload the model and ready it for deployment everywhere.

Track 6 – BIM in Practice

In todays Engineering Construction world the amount of rich asset information available is efinite. The trick is knowing where to look for this data and which is the most current?

Our hands on labs will instruct the student how to generate an intelligent engineering design 3D model using Autodesk tools. The stricture of the data and how to manage it using BIM 360 tools like DOCs , Glue, and Build. We will define a class library, understanding the requirement of our owner operator, that becomes the repository for the hand over standard and certification. This engineering repository becomes the single source of truth, where all data from the different contractors, suppliers, EPCM and Owners Operators applications are accessed via a SAAS.

Implementing BIM is a journey. BIM is a methodology, a way of working, rather than something that can be bought. BIM implementation requires you to look at your staff dynamic, processes workflows and outputs to bring them together in a meaningful way for a collaborative environment. For an organisation to collaborate successfully with their consultants and clients they, as a company need to be “BIM-ready”.

Generating Organic Conceptual forms using Manufacturing software and bringing them into Revit.

Why BIM?
Arguably the most asked question in Design, Construction and Operations in the last 10 years. There are so many potential answers. Savings in cost, savings in time, better coordination, better collaboration etc. etc. After spending years working in industry, it finally hit me…. Data. Loads and loads of data. Useful, structured, quality data. Compared with other industries such as finance, retail and manufacturing, the AEC industry is yet to make full use of the power of data science.

BIM as a process, generates data that has the potential to tell a story. Where you are, and where you are heading. Used properly, BIM data allows us to reimagine project performance, identifying key indicators that would otherwise not have been accessible. This data, coupled with connected BIM, provides the means for improving AEC delivery. Through clear visualisation, it enables Project Leaders to make informed decisions and track not only key milestones, but the day to day design and construction processes. Design performance forecasting and benchmarking through BIM are completely new concepts in AEC management techniques. Why BIM? Because BIM means Business. This is the difference between Project Management and Project Intelligence.

In this talk I will be exploring how BIM data has been used to inform intelligent AEC management decision making. The types of data and unlikely key performance indicators will be discussed and how they are combined to guide Design and Construction teams. I will touch on data extraction techniques from the various Autodesk Building Design Suite products, Common Data Environments and Programme Management data. Centralization of data and database management along with visualization will be discussed. Finally, the future of BIM and data science in AEC will be explored, using case studies and industry trending topics to demonstrate the importance of investing in BIM now, in order to yield the future benefits of owning data.

Cloud has become an integral part of daily business within AEC companies. Yet, customers might have specific questions around its security. This session will address a lot of these questions already, where to find more information and how to engage with Autodesk to address further questions.

Lab 1 – Hands On Labs

Ever thought about spending less time managing documents and maximising resources for design and Design Review Processes. Join hands on Session where we will discover the ease of managing document information, revolutionising Design review processes. Working with revision clouds, drawing issues, comparing different versions, issuing and managing Submittals and RFI’s.

In this lab, you will have the chance to get some hands-on experience and try some of the workflows discussed earlier in the lecture class. You will experience the power of connected-BIM for the steel structure detailing and fabrication offered as part of the Autodesk AEC Collection.

Understanding the benifits in using BIM cappable software in a retail interior design space. With Revit we create standard templates for all internal and external design houses to use so that the data exported is at company standard. This creates a standard of data shared and all procurement teams get the same information making costing stores or designs easier and quicker. The various design teams also then work with a set standrad of deisgned families with the infomation already polutlated. Using Revit to create custom schedules saves time which in turn has an effect on company opex, as well as Revit providing a good ROI. Having procurement data present at the design stage helps with the overall cost on design and makes sure projects are not over capitalized on and have to be canceled half way thru its life cycle. Understanding how parametric data can be scheduled across projects as well as families, is a beneficial part of a BIM workflow. Keeping this data up to date is also alot easier inside of Revit versus having this information sitting somewhere in documents that need to still be looked for. This can and has been proven to reduce rework and the cost involved in doing such rework.

Lab 2 – Hands on Labs

The Factory Design Utility can be used as a tool for the digitalization of factories, the first step into an Industry 4.0 initiative. This class is intended for beginners that want to learn the different workflows and technologies that are available as part of the Factory Design Utility, including the integration with a BIM environment.

This class is designed for computer-aided manufacturing engineers using Fusion 360 as a CAM solution. The course covers the different 4th axis machining techniques with tool simulation and collision detection with the fixtures. Also included in the class is the modification on post processing for adaption to a specific CNC controller.

In this hands-on lab we will explore the Forge Platform and build our first Forge Web App, we will build a NodeJS server that uploads a sample file to the forge platform and opens the resulting model in a web browser directly from Forge to explore the different elements and properties of it programmatically.