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“Autodesk is the first company to bring you a full set of professional-grade, cloud-enabled tools that span the entire design process,” said Autodesk president and CEO Carl Bass, while addressing more than 7,000 AU attendees in Las Vegas. “From conceptual design, to simulation, to taking information to the factory floor or the construction site, all of this is being done today with our tools in the cloud.”
Bass demonstrated the company’s expansive portfolio of cloud and mobile products, and unveiled several new additions including the next generation of civil infrastructure design software and a comprehensive cloud-based 3D modeling offering for mechanical and industrial design. Bass was joined on stage by Autodesk Chief Technology Officer Jeff Kowalski, Christine Furstoss, who is head of Research & Development for Manufacturing & Materials Technologies at GE, Dezso Molnar, inventor of the Gyrocycle and co-founder of Molnari, and 12-year-old maker and engineer Schuyler St. Leger.
AU is an annual series of in-person and online customer conferences that inspire, challenge and energize attendees about the future of design and engineering. Now in its 20th year, AU attracts more than 70,000 participants throughout the year and includes the event in Las Vegas, online through AU Virtual and events that occur throughout the year in Japan, Brazil, Russia, Germany and China.
A highlight of AU Las Vegas is the six Innovation Forums, a series of sessions focused on informing attendees about the future of design. The forums will feature representatives of organizations including ARUP, Balfour Beatty, DreamWorks, Intel, Rochester Institute of Technology, Smithsonian Institution, as well as noted speakers Cameron Sinclair of Architecture for Humanity, Peter Leyden, former managing editor of Wired Magazine and Teresa Payton, former White House CIO, Cybersecurity Authority and Identity Theft Expert.
Autodesk University provides attendees with a mix of presentations, instruction and social activities to network, share ideas with peers and meet industry leaders from around the world. Attendees have access to training on the latest Autodesk 3D design software, as well as free certification exams to enhance their credibility by proving their level of expertise with Autodesk software.