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Review: Autodesk University 2007

Postby Wesley » 27 Dec 2007, 11:36

by Lachmi Khemlani

>Autodesk University 2007, which was held at The Venetian in Las Vegas from Nov 26 to Nov 30, continued to maintain its explosive growth with 9,500 attendees this year, up from 7,500 last year, 5,000 in 2005, 4,400 in 2004, and 3,300 in 2003. At the rate at which the conference is growing, Autodesk may soon have to look for another location to host its annual user conference, and at some point even consider having separate user events for the different industries it caters to. Networking is certainly getting more difficult as the numbers grow, as familiar faces are harder to find amidst the throngs, and even making new connections is more difficult as the likelihood of meeting people from the same industry is smaller. But on the plus side, there’s an amazing sense of energy and enthusiasm attending an event with close to 10,000 other people, and it is a terrific testament to the health and vitality of Autodesk’s business, which seems to be growing by leaps and bounds every year. The company is responding very well to the demand for better and more efficient 3D processes in all its industry segments including AEC, manufacturing, and infrastructure, by concentrated and rapid development of all its 3D products and by fillings gaps on the technology it is missing through relevant acquisitions (such as the recent ones of NavisWorks and Robobat in AEC). The most exciting aspect of Autodesk’s success so far is that it has given the company the resources to aspire even higher and have grander and broader technological visions of what it can do, as will be evidenced in some of the product prototypes and demos that were shared at this year’s event.

This AECbytes article captures Autodesk University 2007 from the AEC perspective, with the highlights of the general and building industry sessions, along with an overview of some new products and updates that were on display at the Exhibit Hall accompanying the event. To compare this year’s event with previous years, please see my articles on Autodesk University 2006, 2005, 2004, and 2003.
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