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Construction Week’s technology event named Autodesk Academy

The conference, in collaboration with Autodesk and Redington, will take place on 10 Feb at Dubai’s Rove Downtown hotel

The event will take place on the 10 February at the Rove Downtown hotel in Dubai [representational]
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The event will take place on the 10 February at the Rove Downtown hotel in Dubai [representational]

Technology is slowly becoming the pillar to how construction companies are operating across the Middle East, with introductions of BIM, AI, Internet of Things, 3D printing, and 5G all shaping the future of the industry.

Following this rapid growth of digitisation, Construction Week has launched the Autodesk Academy conference on the 10 February 2020 at the Rove Downtown hotel in Dubai as part of a collaboration with Autodesk and Redington.

The conference aims to educate and inform the industry on how emerging technologies are being put into practice.

The event is expected to gather around 60-80 guests comprising contractors, project managers, and those involved with building information modelling (BIM) and design managers.

Starting at 9am and finishing at around midday, the conference will begin with a keynote speech from Construction Week editor, Ashley Williams, on the changing marketplace of the construction sector and how technology innovations are fulfilling the UAE’s Vision 2021 for Dubai to become the smartest city in the world.

The speech will follow with three panel discussions from different Autodesk representatives:

Future collaboration models

With rapid movements for digitisation, there is always the risk that stakeholders are left out of the entire process of a project and arguments have been made that they should be included from the design stage to improve productivity, safety, and compliance.

Talking points will include how technology solutions will help stakeholders to ensure faster delivery of projects, as well as raising triggers and alerts when problems are detected.

With increased connectivity with 5G around the corner, there is a need for construction stakeholders to collaborate for the integration of individual products and services. Excellent products can be ineffective if they remain within silos.

Transitioning from 2D to 3D

Has the time come to move past ink and paper to integrated technologies? How much longer can we cling to designs/timesheets when there are better methods to improve productivity?

This discussion will talk about how this can be implemented and will also discuss the latest 3D printed projects, and how much it will influence the sector.

Making the move to BIM

Building information modelling (BIM) was one of the biggest talking points in 2019, but now we have to put this into practice.

This panel from a representative of Autodesk will discuss how BIM is important for maximising your return on investment and how to minimise mistakes across construction sites.

Other talking points will include how to visualise the design before you build, as well as how BIM monitors the construction progress stage-by-stage.

Following this discussion, guests will take a break for refreshments and are free to network with attendants and speakers.

To attend or sponsor the Autodesk Academy event on 10 February 2020, please contact our director of awards and marketing Daniel Fewtrell - daniel.fewtrell@itp.com and group commercial manager Saraswati Agarwal - saraswati.agarwal@itp.com.

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