The Week in Summary: What Is BIM?, Prefab Buildings & AU 2016

Talk about an exciting week! Autodesk University (AU) 2016 in Las Vegas was full of learning, connecting, and experimenting with fun new toys. We made it to Friday, but there's a good chance we'll be sleeping all weekend... In the meantime, here's a look at some of what we experienced, as well as some interesting tidbits from around the world of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC).

Building information modeling (BIM) is, naturally, something that is near and dear to our hearts, but many still ask, "What is it?" Frustratingly, there is no simple answer, but the folks at Arup have attempted to simplify it in a recent post about how digital collaboration is redefining design. They discuss the ways that virtual prototypes not only aid in better construction, but continue to be useful even after a project is completed: "BIM achieves all this because it is not simply a 3D animation: it is an intelligent project model in which information is embedded so it can be shared between stakeholders throughout the whole process." BIM does not begin with design and end with construction; rather, it serves for the lifetime of the building or even the city for which it was employed.

The Week in Summary: Autodesk University for All, New VR/AR Tools & More

For better or for worse, we made it through the election circus and now it's time for a long weekend! Football and beer are at the top of our agenda, but before we get our armchair-warrior on, let's take a look at what's been happening in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) world this week.

We're gearing up and getting excited for Autodesk University 2016 next week in Las Vegas! It's a huge event and can be pretty overwhelming. We shared our guide for first timers last week, and this week we focused on the Autodesk University (AU) veterans. From making the most of concierge services to our favorite hangover remedies, we've shared some tidbits from our own experiences that will make Sin City a little less daunting.

The Week in Summary: Autodesk University, Build Copenhagen Live & More

We've made it to yet another Friday, and what a week it's been! Here's a look back at some of what we've been talking about in technology and innovation in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) sector.

What do we love even more than Christmas? Autodesk University, of course, and it's coming up fast. For those who have never been, we've created a guide for newbies with helpful tips on how to survive three days of information overload in the Nevada desert. With so many knowledgeable speakers, a vast array of Autodesk software classes, and the general excitement that comes with being in Sin City, we know it's easy to feel overwhelmed. But with a little preparation, we're certain even first timers can walk away from this event with a sizable amount of new knowledge.

Our Build Copenhagen Live Update

Build Copenhagen Live has begun, and we can't wait to see what everyone comes up with. This year's design challenge tackles the rapidly growing affordable housing crisis in Copenhagen, forcing many to live in ever-shrinking spaces, sometimes with multiple families in one dwelling. Such circumstances are clearly not conducive to festive gatherings, and crowded spaces often make for unhappy and stressed out individuals. The task? Design a community center in Ørestad, Copenhagen, giving these overcrowded spaces some breathing room.

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