2013-12-22 12:25:10 - Event highlights key benefits and advantages to be gained from using the industry’s first project centric, cloud collaboration solution
‘Autodesk University (AU) Extension Dubai 2013,’ the Middle East region’s preeminent event for design and engineering professionals, concluded successfully at the Sheikh Maktoum Hall of the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). The event, which was organized by Omnix International, the authorized distributor for Autodesk products in the Middle East, posted a key attendance of design and engineering professionals from Middle East’s Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) and Media & Entertainment industries.
A key highlight of ‘Autodesk University (AU) Extension Dubai 2013’ was the showcase of Autodesk 360, by Autodesk, which is the company's cloud-based platform and the industry’s first project centric, cloud collaboration solution that is centered around design and engineering workflows. The exciting day-long program was sponsored by leading brands
that included HP (Platinum Sponsor), Intel (Platinum Sponsor), Canon (Gold Sponsor), Stratasys (Silver Sponsor), Jacky’s (Silver Sponsor), Dell (Silver Sponsor) and The Chaos Group Vray (Associate Sponsor).
‘Autodesk University (AU) Extension Dubai 2013,’ is part of the Autodesk University Program, an annual series of Autodesk in-person and virtual user conferences that has already enjoyed a decade of success in the US. Speakers at the event provided participants with a look at some of Autodesk's latest offerings and taught them the latest productivity tricks and tools used by professionals today. Autodesk also awarded free certifications on various Autodesk design programs. Special focus was also given on the promoting the use of the latest version of Autodesk 360, the only one of its kind cloud based service that has been made specifically for design and engineering collaboration. In fact, the Autodesk 360 platform is project centric, and incorporates search, viewing, editing, social collaboration, integrates multiple tools & services and can host any type of file data or format.
“We are very pleased with the overwhelming response that we have received for ‘Autodesk University Extension Dubai 2013.’ The large number of attendees and the huge interest generated from the event has prompted us to start planning for next year’s edition of the extension program,” said Dr. Jayant Deshpande, Director-CAD Division, Omnix International. “Moreover, the event has also allowed us to share the benefits of using Autodesk 360. As most of today’s cloud-based collaboration offerings are limited to storage and viewing capabilities, Autodesk 360 allows users to search, view, edit, utilize multiple tools and services and work seamlessly with any type of file data or format. Simply put, Autodesk 360 puts the project in the center of the workflow thereby bringing together people, data, and activities in a way that works for all personas in the project.”
This year's program featured talks and presentations from Pat Williams, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific & Emerging Markets for Autodesk; Simon Gillis, Technical Sales Manager, Autodesk; and Nick Manning, EMEA Industry Marketing Manager, Autodesk Media & Entertainment. The event also included multi-level main stage lectures and small break out sessions, touching on key topics like how to implement and handle BIM in large projects from Miss Elizabeth Peters, AECOM; Energy Analysis and Integration for existing buildings by Charles Blaschke from Taka Solutions and Overcoming BIM Confusion by Pavithran KV of Brookfield Multiplex to name a few.
“With the Middle East region experiencing a huge influx of construction projects, there is definitely a need to do more--achieving better results faster and collaborating more effectively,” said Louay Dahmash, Head of Middle East, Autodesk. “The cloud is one of our core focus areas and with the showcase of the new version of Autodesk 360 at AU Extension Dubai 2013, we are enabling Middle East users in the Architecture, Engineering, & Construction; Manufacturing; and Media & Entertainment industries to leverage the near-infinite computing power of the cloud to easily tackle a variety of tasks, without tying up the desktop or requiring specialized, expensive hardware.
“The turn out at this year’s Autodesk University Extension Dubai 2013 was truly overwhelming. Attendees present were largely made up of design professionals using CAD solutions in engineering, construction, architecture, animation, manufacturing and infrastructure industries in the Middle East. The event truly served its purpose of giving participants the advantage of learning how to maximize the benefits of the Autodesk products they use. Our appreciation goes to Omnix International and Autodesk for organizing such a worthwhile initiative. The information that these design professionals have learned will surely go a long way in addressing the challenges of the industry,” concluded Charles Blaschke, General Manager, Taka Solutions.