by Joseph Duff
Infrastructure Technical Specialist, ATG USA

I recently presented Autodesk University in Las Vegas, and had the chance to experience first-hand what Autodesk and its industry partners are seeing as the Future of Making Things. Today’s post will focus on what I experienced at AU from an infrastructure point of view.

Leica and Autodesk have recently partnered to produce an affordable and very mobile laser scanner called the BKL360 Pro. Among its more notable features is that while scanning and collecting the data, the user can simultaneously upload their scans into ReCap 360 Pro in real-time. Another amazing feature of the BKL360 Pro is the price. The price point for most laser scanners cost $75,000 or more to purchase, but the BLK360 and a year subscription for ReCap 360 Pro is only $16,000. This is a significant difference on price point will make the cost of entry into the laser scanning market for buildings or even civil site design much more economical.

Of course, Virtual Reality was everywhere in the Exhibition Hall. The Microsoft Hololens was being used to showcase Autodesk Live, a new technology offering that allows architects to show their 3D designs in a real-world virtual reality context. By using Maya and other Autodesk 3D graphics engines, 3D designs take on hyper-realistic renderings through Autodesk Live that make the user feel as though they are actually in the newly designed building. That was an incredible experience.

A little about my class

I taught an instructional demonstration, “BIM workflows for Transportation,” at AU this year. Autodesk’s release of Infrastructure software (Civil 3D, Infraworks 360, and Navisworks Manage specifically) saw a lot of transportation workflow enhancements and integrations. These integrations and enhancements are moving the Civil Engineering and Transportation design industry closer to a more BIM-centric design model than any previous release. And that’s what I debuted with my audience: the new BIM workflows.

Of course, AU also offered a healthy lineup of more traditional classes such as Subassembly Composer, using SSA, and other Revit and Civil 3D advanced classes.

2017 will be an exciting year, not only for the AEC industry, but for ATG. We look forward to growing our current business relationships and making new ones. Let me know what we can do to help your business build greater success in the new year.

Applied Technology Group (ATG USA) is a Platinum Autodesk Business Partner based in North Little Rock, Ark. Founded in 1992 as a local computer services company, ATG has grown to become a leading value added Autodesk Reseller serving clients in 15 states across the Midwest and South.