A sample of AU 2019 topics

AU welcomes submissions that showcase industry practice, innovations, and other developments across a variety of topic areas, include smart manufacturing, augmented reality, business management, infrastructure design and engineering, virtual reality, and more. Other topics of interest include:

  • Animation and entertainment
  • Architecture services
  • AutoCAD and general design
  • Automotive and industrial design
  • Building construction
  • Building owners and operators
  • CAD management and IT
  • Design visualization
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Land development and urban planning
  • MEP and Structural Fabrication
  • PLM and data management
  • Product design
  • Reality capture
  • Simulation
  • Software development
  • Structural engineering
  • Transportation
  • Utilities, energy and natural resources

Animation and entertainment

Inspire others with case studies, brilliant techniques, creative hacks — whatever it takes to get the job done, and create amazing work in the world of film, TV, and games. Share your problem-solving insights, how you devise creative new approaches, and big ideas for better visual storytelling. Behind the scenes, is your studio developing new asset workflows or pipelines to help distributed teams collaborate? We’re seeking classes with practical applications in media and entertainment, and welcome sessions that also can offer a fresh perspective to fields such as architecture, manufacturing, and automotive design.

Architecture services

From residential to commercial architecture, examine the wide range of 2D and 3D software and service solutions that optimize and connect teams in the building industry. We welcome class proposals for all skill levels, from beginners who want to learn the basics of design to intermediate and advanced users who want to understand more about Building Information Modeling (BIM).

AU is interested in classes that highlight how the products and cloud-based services offered within our AEC portfolio of solutions, such as Autodesk Revit, A360 Collaboration for Revit, A360 Team, FormIt, and Dynamo, will enable people to better conceive, design, visualize, and construct building projects.

AutoCAD and general design

AutoCAD and general design covers a wide range of topics and products and provides the latest tips and tutorials for getting the most out of AutoCAD and AutoCAD-based products. Classes should focus on the newest and most efficient techniques for design documentation, interoperability, collaboration, and connectivity.

Automotive and industrial design

Style and design are at the forefront of providing competitive differentiation. Market leaders recognize the important role design and styling play in ensuring the success of a product in today’s marketplace. From the design of automotive vehicles to high-end consumer goods, style plays a critical role in defining a company’s brand. We invite proposals for beginner to advanced classes focused on the use and application of Autodesk Alias products. Classes should focus on technical workflows and best practices for advanced design and visualization concepts for automotive and product design.

Building construction

AU classes in building construction should focus on the software, services, and strategies that enable and support the construction phases for building (vertical) and infrastructure (horizontal/heavy) projects, with an emphasis on the use of BIM. Topics should include processes and/or workflows using the Autodesk portfolio of construction offerings. All phases of the construction process are considered, including but not limited to:

  • Construction document management
  • Design to construction handoff
  • Preconstruction and virtual design and construction
  • LEAN construction practices
  • Field layout
  • Field execution/field management
  • Commissioning and handover

Building owners and operators

This topic focuses on the needs of building owners and operators across the building lifecycle and the role that BIM plays in helping them design, construct, and operate their facilities more effectively. We’re seeking proposals that show how design teams can design with the operations phase in mind, how contractors can better support the handover process, and how facilities teams can use rich BIM asset data to better operate and maintain their building assets and portfolios. Specific topics may include: designing for operations and maintenance, construction for handover, planning for renovation and retrofits, developing a preventive maintenance program, achieving energy management objectives, and using IoT for predictive maintenance and improving building asset performance.

We love classes that include Autodesk Building Ops, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk BIM 360 Field, Autodesk BIM 360 Glue, and other technologies that support the specific topics noted above.

CAD management and IT

This topic covers software, hardware, information technology (IT), management, economics, intellectual property, and user training. The topic’s focus is on examining all the steps that are required to plan, implement, and maintain CAD and IT ecosystems for optimal user and company productivity. We seek proposals that can help working CAD managers develop their skills, get more done with less effort, and make their firms more efficient by using smart deployment and management of CAD and IT tools. Classes in this topic will use examples from all types of disciplines, company sizes, and work topologies.

Design visualization

The role of visualization in architecture has never been more important, or more in demand. Share your case studies, techniques, and practical solutions to enduring problems like visualizing a project before anything ever exists, and communicating abstract architectural visions. We’re seeking storytellers to translate their real-world expertise into the classroom for attendees of all skill levels. If you’re pushing the boundaries in virtual or augmented reality in architecture, we want to hear from you. We’re also interested in exploring interactive visualization techniques, innovative workflows that combine 3D and game-engine tools, and high-end rendering and compositing techniques that showcase your studio’s artistry.

Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a growing network of physical devices embedded with electronics, software, and sensors that are connected to the Internet and to each other. And Autodesk software like Fusion Connect (formerly SeeControl), in combination with other products in Autodesk’s design and manufacturing portfolio, are helping shape a new era for products and technology. We’re interested in classes that showcase a future of making things where any built object or product can be embedded with sensors that can feed information back into the design process. Classes might also demonstrate how the IoT combined with the cloud is enabling manufacturers to capture, analyze, control, and manage data from remote products and assets. Specifically, AU classes on this topic might:

  • Demonstrate how Autodesk’s IoT technology is leading the way for connected products.
  • Illustrate the lifecycle or journey of connect products.
  • Teach methods for building a business case for connected offerings.
  • Demonstrate how leading companies are creating connected offerings.

Land development and urban planning

In the topic of land development and urban planning, we’re interested in classes that highlight workflows for landscape architects, surveyors, and industry leaders in commercial site design and the design of residential subdivisions. We also invite classes that focus on site selection practices, including workflows involving InfraWorks 360. Other classes might focus on workflows for landscape architecture, such as those between InfraWorks 360 and Autodesk Vehicle Tracking, as well as how—and why—software workflows can improve surveyor practices.

MEP and structural fabrication

This topic focuses on fabrication and prefabrication software, services, workflows, and strategies important to mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) contractors, structural engineers, and steel and concrete rebar detailers/fabricators. For MEP contractors, we’re looking for proposals on topics that illustrate the use of Autodesk Revit, and Autodesk Fabrication CADmep, ESTmep, and CAMduct software products. We’re interested in proposals showing best practices for real-world Revit Design to Fabrication workflows, MEP estimation, and detail MEP systems for fabrication to MEP contractors. For structural firms, we welcome proposals that illustrate steel, concrete rebar, and precast workflows using Autodesk software such as Advance Steel and/or Autodesk Revit. We also welcome highlights of technology partner solutions that are integrated on top of both Autodesk Revit and Advance Steel. Classes should focus on best practices, implementation strategies, and workflows using Autodesk structural fabrication products.

PLM and data management

PLM and data management classes showcase the tools to manage the lifecycle of products our customers make. Topics include bill of materials (BOM), change management, file management, and more. Show attendees how to manage processes and files, and how to extend and connect to other enterprise solutions within a company. In addition, we’re interested in: BOM and CAD file management; workflow and lifecycle management; quality, supply chain, and cost management; integrations to enterprise business systems made easy; and the future of CAD and workflow management.

Product design

Product design classes should provide expert instruction to help product designers sharpen their tools. We’re looking for Inventor classes covering tips and tricks, best practices for managing large assembly performance, automation and API, and specific areas like sheet metal, T&P, and frame design. We’re also interested in classes showing ways to effectively work with design data across multiple platforms and how to use the right tool at the right time for maximum productivity, Inventor interoperability, delivery of product design data inside Revit models, and introducing Inventor users to additional products and services to be included within the Autodesk Product Design Suite. Show product designers how desktop, mobile, and cloud platform design tools are evolving by demonstrating useful cloud services for Inventor and Product Design users, plus new ways to document designs and communicate design intent.

Reality capture

This topic focuses on the use of reality capture technologies (such as laser scanning, drones, and handheld devices) and Autodesk software including ReCap Pro on construction sites for building renovation and factory retrofit, or for infrastructure design, construction, and inspection. We’re looking for classes that examine the impact of reality capture technologies on overall project performance including cost, timing, and safety measures, and classes exploring new trends in reality capture technologies. This includes:

  • Reality capture workflows (device to deliverable)
    • Scan to BIM to create floorplans, 3D models, BIM models, measurements, annotations, differential analyses, elevations, movies, VR, 3D prints
    • Democratization of SCAN to BIM
  • ROI of reality capture
    • How does reality capture help your company profit?
    • What kinds of ROI have you seen from scanning projects?
  • Reality capture on the job site
    • What do you use reality capture for? Use cases?
  • UAV capture versus Lidar scanning: which is better for your project? When should you use both?


This topic focuses on using simulation technology as an integral part of the design process to ensure that a design is not only desirable but can be manufactured and will perform as expected, minimizing surprises and reducing the time to market. We're looking for structural engineers, CFD specialists, Autodesk Simulation Moldflow experts and designers who are using simulation products. If you have expertise in these areas and want to demonstrate what you can do with Autodesk simulation tools, or if you have a success story to share, submit a class proposal for the simulation topic.

Software development

Software development covers a broad range of development topics about Autodesk products, including those that focus on using the extensive APIs available in our products through programming languages, such as Visual LISP, VB.NET, C#, and C++, as well as more general programming concepts. We’re also interested in topics that cover the use of Autodesk technology on desktop, cloud, and mobile platforms. Classes may be targeted to any proficiency level—from the entry-level customizer to advanced programmer. Software development classes with broad appeal usually attract more attendees than classes that focus on a single, esoteric feature.

Proposals for classes related to Autodesk Forge or Autodesk SaaS product APIs will also be considered for inclusion in the Forge Developer Conference (Forge DevCon). Forge DevCon is a conference that brings together over 1,500 software developers, engineers, business owners, and information officers interested in creating web and mobile applications that use the Autodesk Forge or Fusion 360 APIs. Forge DevCon is an AU preconference event that will be held over 2 days, Monday, November 13 and Tuesday, November 14.

Have you found creative ways to integrate and use Autodesk Forge in your real-life projects and products? Have you developed processes that improve company workflows and efficiency? Do you have ideas about where your industry is headed? Are you an expert in a web technology that complements Forge? If so, then you’re a candidate to be a speaker at Forge DevCon. We’re interested in classes that impact diverse industries, from AEC through manufacturing, and include how-tos, sessions for those just getting started, case studies, and perspectives on future applications.

Structural engineering

Structural engineering focuses on topics that are important to structural engineers and designers as well as BIM and CAD managers who want to learn more about Autodesk software for BIM. We welcome proposals that focus on:

  • How to get started with BIM, including examples of implementation strategies.
  • How to solve structural workflow challenges using Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis Professional, and Autodesk Structural Bridge Design software, as well as Structural Analysis for Revit, cloud service, and complementary third-party software solutions.
  • How to use best practices for coordination with BIM between architectural firms, structural engineering firms, MEP engineering firms, and contractors using Autodesk Collaboration for Revit and Autodesk BIM 360.
  • How to use Dynamo to generate complex structural models in Revit and introduce structural optimization techniques in the analysis process.

We seek topics that are suitable for both intermediate and advanced users. This audience highly values classes with live product demonstrations that focus on advanced modeling and design.


Transportation classes at AU focus on a broad set of needs within civil infrastructure, including roads and highways, airports, railways, ports, and bridges. We also invite classes that are specific to surveyors and their industry practice. We’re particularly interested in classes that highlight product workflows, for instance:

  • How InfraWorks 360, AutoCAD Civil 3D, and Vehicle Tracking software workflows can improve road and highway design.
  • How airport and rail design can be aided by workflows involving InfraWorks 360, Revit, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Navisworks, and Vehicle Tracking.
  • How to transition infrastructure projects designed using InRoads software to AutoCAD Civil 3D, including interoperability and .DGN to .DWG conversion using Autodesk’s Civil Engineering Data Translator.

Utilities, energy, and natural resources

This topic focuses on the use of BIM in the design, construction, operations, and maintenance of utility, mining, and natural resource extraction and processing plants. We welcome proposals that showcase workflows, best practices, and success stories about using Autodesk design suites or products, including AutoCAD, Revit, InfraWorks 360, AutoCAD P&ID, AutoCAD Plant 3D, AutoCAD Utility Design and the BIM 360 portfolio, among others. Additionally, we’re interested in topics that cover the use of reality capture (such as using point clouds for brownfield projects), and using collaboration tools such as Vault and A360 for multi-office projects. We also welcome proposals that showcase use cases of Advanced Steel in the design and fabrication of process and power plants.

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