Fabrication folks! On the fence about attending Autodesk University? Here are the top 3 reasons to change your mind


Autodesk University Las Vegas is quickly approaching, and so is the Fabrication Experience at Connect & Construct, coming up on November 18, 2019. We’ve been busy preparing an exciting, valuable and unique Fabrication event for MEP and structural engineers, designers, detailers, and fabricators.

This event is one you don’t want to miss! Here are the top three reasons to make your plans now:

1. Fifteen classes focused on fabrication topics relevant to structural and MEP professionals.

Can’t decide which classes are best for you? Check out the Session Highlights to get a better idea of what to expect.

Fabrication Focused Classes

Structure & DfMAMEP
 1. How to Take  to the Next Level in Multi-unit Construction

Curtis Fletcher – CEO
Prefab Logic

 1. From Revit Workflows to Business Intelligence A Mechanical Perspective

Dave Pikey – VP Corporate Technology
Hill Group

 2. PIVOT: A Legacy Builder Relaunches as a Design, Manufacturing and Construction Firm

Stacy Scopano – Chief Technology Officer

 2. Linking MEP D&C BIM Workflows to Integrated Prefabrication and Off-site Manufacture

Warwick Stannus – Group Engineering Manager
A.G. Coombs Group Pty Ltd

 3. Automated Construction: Why Manufacturing is the Future of the Sector

Jaimie Johnston – Director, Head of Global Systems
Bryden Wood

3. Estimating- Manufacturing – How the Aussies do it!

Dave Mangham – Senior Solutions Consultant
A2K Technologies

 4. From Revit-model to Production: A Detailed Look in the Workflow at Voorbij Prefab

Ruben van Dijk – BIM Consultant
HFB / Voorbij Prefab

 4. Revit Fabrication Parts – Modular Spooling Lab

Ralph Schoch – Revit, Technology, and Internal Support Manager

 5. Additive Manufacturing Production

NATHAN BROOKS – Bim Managing Director
Gate Precast Company

 5. Good Fabrication MEP Database Management. Inside & Out

Darren Young – Director of Operations Technology
Darren Young

 6. Optimizing Steelwork Design & Detailing Workflows From Concept to Fabrication

Matthew Pearce – Principal Structural Engineer

Martin Rolný – Head of Product Team
IDEA StatiCa

 6. Navigating Fabrication BIM Content with Power BI

Tyler Phillips – Estimator
Bruner Corporation


 7. Advance Steel and Beyond

Mike Vance – Innovation Leader
Steelway Building Systems

 7. Revit Tips & Tricks for Fabrication Parts

Greg Murphy – Supervisor – BIM Technology & Support
Murphy Company

 8. Advanced Assembly Line Manufacture for Construction Industry

Bimal Patwari – President

2. A provocative
Closing Keynote.

Join us for the closing Keynote at 6:30 pm on Monday the 18th, where you will hear from Brian Helm, CEO of Mechanical Inc., and President of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America.

Brian will touch on key industry trends, including digitization and how moving from analog to digital processes is an important issue for firms that want to innovate and compete effectively.

You will also hear about DfMA and modular construction, another significant trend that is affecting contractors and disrupting the industry. Brian has been talking to contractors around the country and will share perspectives around strategies for competing effectively and the direction in which this trend is heading.

Lastly, Brian will talk about how smaller contractors will need to expand on their breadth of technological capabilities, including the adoption of BIM, and how on the other hand, technology will need to keep pace with those that are looking to transform their business through more seamless integration of new and existing tools.

Following Brian’s keynote, we will close out the session with presentations from Autodesk industry and product specialists, who will talk about the current Building Design and Engineering segment product strategy roadmap and product vision.

3. A bigger and better Connect and Construct Summit.

With your Fabrication experience and Connect and Construct Summit pass, you have full access to the Forge DevCon preconference, the AEC Industry Keynote, and 80+ Connect & Construct classes, workshops, and customer-led case studies.

Take a break from classes, and visit the Connect and Construct Village, where you can grab a drink, eat breakfast, pick up snacks and lunch, and where you will also find a designated Fabrication Zone for mingling with colleagues, networking, and getting more insight into Autodesk products and solutions. The Village will also have many fun and engaging activities, giveaways, partner demos, and an easily accessible Answer Bar where you will be able to get 1-on-1 support from Autodesk experts.

More reasons not to miss AU…

When you register for AU, choose from an additional 60+ classes related to MEP and Structural Engineering, as well as detailing and fabrication. There is no shortage of opportunities for you to learn all you can while at the conference and pack your schedule full of classes.

This year the Exhibit Hall features a guided tour of the Future of Making Things Experience.  You’ll be exposed to a showcase of technologies and practices that are driving change, along with other areas of discovery like the Drone Zone.

Get a sense of the transformations taking place in how the world around us is being designed, created, engineered, and built.  It’s an incredible environment for learning, along with fun activities and opportunities to speak to product experts and Autodesk leaders, while witnessing groundbreaking projects across architecture, construction, engineering, and manufacturing.

It’s hard to imagine not attending AU this year, with so much to see and learn throughout the week.  With so many relevant and important topics, it’s easier than ever to stay ahead of your competition and prepare yourself for what’s to come.


Steven Butler

Steve Butler is Senior Industry Strategist for MEP at Autodesk, where he has worked for the past 14 years. He has enjoyed a varied career in MEP engineering and design, working for consultants, contractors and manufacturers, as well as software development and product management roles as part of Autodesk’s partner ecosystem.

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