Monday, 11 January 2021 19:27

VIDEO Interview: Autodesk A/NZ MD, Andy Cunningham explains how Autodesk lets you 'reimagine what's possible'


Autodesk has stayed ahead of the curve over nearly the last four decades to become a true powerhouse in products and services for the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media, education and entertainment industries, and we spoke to its Australian MD during the last day of its 2020 conference.

Autodesk. From almost my earliest years, I remember Autodesk as the company that gave architects the power to do plans digitally using AutoCad, but over the last 30 years and more, Autodesk offers a huge range of products.

These include Autocad, Revit, Fusion 360, Maya, 3DS Max, Civil 3D, Inventor, Recap Pro, Flame, Navisworks, Arnold, NetFabb, BIM 360, MudBox, Infraworks, Sketchbook and more, including bundles that deliver more value for various products bundled together.

With such a great range of products under its belt, it's no surprise that Autodesk has an annual conference called Autodesk University (AU) that encompasses everything, and of course in the year 2020 when everything went online due to the pandemic, the AU 2020 event was also online, and massively so.

The event is still available, with all of the AU 2020 session recordings, slides, and handouts available for anyone to learn from, free of charge.

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The tagline of the event was "Find your new possible", with AU 2020 have been billed as "a global digital event that brings together innovators from around the world—designers, engineers, builders, creators—to explore new ways of imagining, designing, and making.

"At AU 2020, you’ll learn alongside your peers in architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, and media and entertainment as you discover emerging technologies and trends to help you achieve your new possible".

On the last day of the event, I interviewed Andy Cunningham, the Managing Director of Autodesk Australia and New Zealand.

Andy updated us on the conference as its last day was still be in progress, with that video interview in full below, followed by a summary of the topics we spoke about.

I started by introducing Andy and welcoming him to the program, and asked Andy what what design and making things means today, and how can both be used to address real-world issues ranging from climate change to energy conservation, the future of workplaces, and more.

He discussed some real-world examples of this in action at AU 2020, and spoke about the role that data and automation plays in empowering innovators to achieve sustainable design, as well as asking Andy to explain what sustainable design means.

We spoke about how the event was Autodesk's biggest yet, and then looked at the breadth and depth of Autodesk's products today, compared to when it was for architects only, all those decades ago.

I then ended with my usual three questions about the future, great advice received in life, and Andy's final message for the viewers and readers.

So, to experience the AU 2020 event for yourself, and to reimagine what's possible, click here, and enjoy!

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

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