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September 30, 2021 in AEC | 11 min. read
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Register for Autodesk University 2021 and learn from industry experts who are innovating in fields like architecture, engineering, construction, design, manufacturing, and media and entertainment.

Autodesk’s free digital conference is just around the corner and Unity is proud to be a Global Sponsor. This year’s conference features more than 350 sessions, from industry talks and demos with Q&As to inspiring thought leadership and can’t-miss keynotes. 

This year, Autodesk University will be broken up into three regional conferences. The global kickoff will be on October 5 with the Americas being October 5–7, EMEA and APAC October 7–8, and East Asia October 13–14. 

No matter which regional conference you attend, you can learn about how Unity’s real-time 3D development platform transforms data to empower more informed decision-making across the building lifecycle. See what we have in store for Autodesk University 2021.

Integrating with Autodesk

Unity Reflect, with support for Autodesk Revit, was launched at Autodesk University 2019 to bring models into real-time 3D experiences, including in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Since then, we’ve added support for Navisworks and BIM 360. Now a suite of products, you can import your Autodesk Revit, Navisworks, and BIM 360 models into Unity Reflect Review to facilitate interactive design reviews between all project stakeholders, or into Unity Reflect Develop to build your own custom applications to address any problem across the entire building lifecycle.

Our Autodesk integration goes beyond Unity Reflect. We also acquired VisualLive, which lets construction professionals visualize designs and collaborate in real-time by overlaying large Autodesk Revit and Navisworks models onto jobsites using AR.

See live product demos and more

Visit our virtual booth at any time throughout the conference to check out our product offerings, recent news, and industry content, such as the four big construction problems that can be solved by augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).

We’ll also have live demos for Unity Reflect Review, VisualLive, and Unity Forma. See the full schedule for Unity sessions in the Americas region below:

Conduct AR design reviews and client presentations in under five steps

Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm PT

Immersive real-time technologies are advancing ways to enhance communication and encourage greater collaboration amongst all project stakeholders. With Unity Reflect Review, learn how to bring your Autodesk Revit, Navisworks, and BIM 360 models into a real-time 3D interactive (AR/VR, mobile) environment. Easily share models, get multiple users viewing your project instantaneously, add annotations to capture feedback, and leverage camera follow mode to guide what’s being viewed by all stakeholders. No need to wait weeks for the next client presentation to share your most updated designs. Work in parallel with other collaborators through the power of live sync to see design changes updated in the interactive viewer in real-time. In this demo, see how you can empower stakeholders with greater interactivity and immersive viewing options to better convey your design intent and ultimately drive alignment faster.

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Bringing BIM into AR with VisualLive and Autodesk Revit or Navisworks

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm PT

The use of augmented reality (AR) is becoming essential in allowing construction professionals to catch issues early and make necessary changes before that issue becomes costly rework. VisualLive integrates with Autodesk Revit and Navisworks, allowing you to import your BIM data into AR. This demo covers the use cases for onsite AR, best practices for preparing BIM models for AR, and how to import your BIM models from Autodesk software.

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Boost your marketing with interactive 3D configurators using Unity Forma

Friday, October 8, 2021, 5:00 am to 5:30 am PT / 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm BST

Whether you’re selling a property or manufactured product, you need to showcase it to buyers in all its variations. This session will walk through how to use Unity Forma, a software solution for marketing professionals, to bring a real-time 3D configurator to life with no coding skills. You will also learn how to create high-quality visuals for marketing using Forma Render.

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Hear from the experts

Register for our Unity, customer, and partner-led sessions and industry talks at Autodesk University 2021.

Extending design options to virtual environments

Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 8:00 am to 9:00 am PT

This class will show you how to take design options from Revit software and 3ds Max software to Unity Forma to let clients see and choose from possibilities. Experts will show you how to set up your Revit environment, add your finishes and products with 3ds Max, and finish off in Unity and Unity Forma to create an interactive environment.

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How to create digital twins with Autodesk’s BIM solutions and Unity

Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 10:30 am to 11:30 am PT

During the BIM evolution, we’ve seen many different solutions for many different contexts. Easy access to information means that customers are coming to us much better informed and more curious. During the COVID-19 crisis, there was an abundance of information available via webinars, online workshops, and other channels that helped people understand BIM better. But how do we keep moving forward? Much has been heard about digital twins, the new proposal for project analysis in construction and post-construction processes. Innovation raises questions such as, “How am I supposed to offer this solution to my customers?” This class explores the differences between a digital twin and an intelligent model, helps you understand Unity solutions for digital twins, and highlights the advantages of this innovation by showing you how to do it with the support of Autodesk partner Unity.

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Tech trends: The impact of digital transformation on the future of work

Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PT

The World Economic Forum estimates that 1 billion people will need to be reskilled by 2030. Of that number, 62 million people work in the AEC, manufacturing, and media and entertainment industries. In particular, the construction and manufacturing industries are undergoing major digital transformations, which is a catalyst driving new jobs and skills for workers in those industries. According to a 2021 report from Burning Glass, the construction and manufacturing industries are moving away from requiring bachelor’s degree qualifications and shifting to skills-based learning and on-the-job training. But that shift requires more than credentialing and certification programs. It’s about a cultural change within companies to keep them competitive in their markets and their employees adaptable to the evolving nature of work. In this panel, execs from HP, Unity, Intel, and Autodesk discuss how automation, technology, and globalization are driving this change and what executives can do to get ahead of it.

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Understand how real-time 3D is changing the retail store planning process to improve stakeholder alignment with informed decision-making

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 10:30 am to 11:30 am PT

Adam Farooq, Store Planning Manager, Product Manager of Virtual Experiences at Walgreens, shares how using Unity Reflect can potentially build consensus in store planning, coordination, and reviews alongside Revit. Understand what features and use cases can improve the planning process, and what it takes to unlock informed decision-making in your workflow.

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Use Revit Cloud and 3ds Max to create a tangible immersive experience in Unity

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm PT

Discover the partnership between Microdesk and Black Artists + Designers Guild (BADG) with the Autodesk Foundation. Explore the processes that went into creating a virtual reality (VR) conceptual house that would engage with a large audience, encouraging users to interact with the spaces and explore the artwork. Discover a workflow that enables flexibility during unpredictable design changes when a strict deadline’s involved. Learn about the pressures and successes of the project, plus the lessons learned. Digital technology enabled an immersive experience. See how Revit software helped capitalize on 3ds Max software’s flexibility during unexpected schedule changes. Finally, we’ll discuss the Unity workflow we’ve created for future Microdesk projects. This will highlight innovative practices, new interactive technologies, and immersive simulations, and will give audiences a richer experience, while still focusing on the arts and culture.

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Learn more about Unity

We can’t wait to see you at Autodesk University 2021! For more information about Unity for AEC, visit our solutions page

September 30, 2021 in AEC | 11 min. read
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