Autodesk University 2021 Community Voting Now Open

For the last month, Autodesk product experts worldwide have authored proposals for Autodesk University 2021. If you’re not familiar with Autodesk University, it’s Autodesk’s annual user conference. Typically, Autodesk hosts the conference as an in-person event at a place like Las Vegas, NV. Of course, as fantastic as Autodesk University is to experience in-person, these are still far from typical times. Because of that, like the 2020 conference, Autodesk will host Autodesk University 2021 as a digital conference this fall.

Now, even though fall is many months away, now is your chance to help choose what classes Autodesk includes as part of this year’s conference. You can visit the call for proposals voting page now thru May 12th to vote for your favorites.

After delivering the top industry talk in 2019, and the top on-demand class in 2020, I hope to deliver at least one extraordinary session at Autodesk University this fall. Like all of the outstanding proposals submitted, you can find and vote for any of my three proposals on the Autodesk University website until May 12th.

This year, my proposals include:


AutoCAD Tips, Tricks, and the Most Dependable Drafting Techniques

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Sit down, buckle up, and keep your hands on your keyboard for the fourth installment of the top-rated on-demand class of Autodesk University 2020 by Autodesk Expert Elite member Donnie “The CAD Geek” Gladfelter. After a challenging year that disrupted many established workflows, the focus for this installment is dependability. Join Donnie as he shares the most dependable drafting techniques acquired from fifteen years of blogging, over two million YouTube video views, and as the design technology manager for a civil engineering firm of more than seven hundred professionals. From simple to advanced, you’re sure to discover new ways to remove tedium and boost your ability to meet project deadlines. Hourly employees need not attend as this session will only include dependable techniques proven to improve productivity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Implement dependable drafting techniques that are proven to improve productivity.
  • Maximize your use of AutoCAD by stretching the limits of common commands.
  • Discover how recently added features can supercharge your use of AutoCAD.
  • Impress your colleagues with secret tips that only AutoCAD veterans and gurus know.

Civil 3D Tips to Maximize Project Performance

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What runs faster, a tortoise, or your Civil 3D projects? If you answered tortoise, this session is for you. Guided by the practical experience of the CAD manager for an ENR Top 500 firm, we’ll explore common myths of Civil 3D performance before identifying the most common root causes of those very problems. From best practices for drawing maintenance to recommended drafting and project-structure practices, you’ll discover experience-driven solutions to performance problems most commonly encountered by Civil 3D project teams. So sit down, buckle up, and keep your hands on your keyboard as this session helps put your Civil 3D projects into overdrive.

Learning Objectives:

Debunk common myths of Civil 3D performance while identifying the root cause of common performance problems.

Implement and automate critical drawing maintenance to keep projects running smoothly.

Adopt actionable and performance-focused Civil 3D drafting practices on projects.

Leverage proven data management strategies that maximize Civil 3D project performance.


CAD Management Unmasked: Life after COVID-19 at Small to Mega-Sized Firms

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As the world unmasks and a post-pandemic life emerges, how has COVID-19 changed CAD management? Although a question asked by all firms, the size of your firm nuances the answer.

Join a panel of expert CAD managers from small, medium, large, and mega-sized firms for a discussion about the ways COVID-19 has forced them to think differently. Learn how each organization has risen to meet the needs of their employees and clients after a pandemic.

What role have Autodesk technologies played in making it possible to work throughout the pandemic and beyond? How has the way CAD managers implement, support, and train staff on Autodesk technology changed? What measures persist after the pandemic?

Led by Donnie Gladfelter of Timmons Group (700+ employees), you’ll gain answers to those questions and more from a panel of experts; George Othitis of Daft-McCune-Walker (50+ employees), Joshua Paulan of ESP Associates (150+ employees), and Stacey Morykin of Gannett Fleming (2,800+ employees).

Learning Objectives

  • Compare the similarities and differences of CAD management at varying sized firms in the COVID-19 era.
  • Analyze how a firm’s size empowered or impeded its ability to adapt and respond to COVID-19 in the workplace.
  • Identify ways Autodesk technologies allowed their teams to remain productive throughout the pandemic.
  • Examine the ways CAD managers support their teams has changed, and where they prioritize their time.
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