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Autodesk uses AU event to launch new support network

19 November 2019 | By Andrew Pring

Autodesk has launched a new support group, the Autodesk Group Network (AGN), which aims to assist and amplify user efforts, innovation and performance across industries and software applications.

The launch was announced during Autodesk’s annual Autodesk University (AU) Vegas event, which was attended by more than 12,000 global professionals from construction, manufacturing, architecture, engineering and media creation.

Formed with 80+ existing global groups and leaders, the AGN is a global network of user groups, developer groups and online groups that can connect with others to learn, build relationships and share knowledge. Autodesk believes members will be able to take advantage of the collective wisdom of a group to solve problems using Autodesk technology.

AU attendees were invited to be among the first members of the AGN and to engage with the Autodesk Community Team.

The AGN launch is just one of a series of events at this year’s AU convention, which started with an opening keynote from Autodesk president and CEO Andrew Anagnost. In his address, Anagnost revisited Autodesk’s ongoing commitment to providing industries with tools to do more, with less negative impact on the planet.

Anagnost was joined by guest speakers, including Build Change founder and CEO Elizabeth Hausler, who was the recipient of the AU Las Vegas 2019 Donation Drive on behalf of her company for its construction of disaster-resilient homes and schools, as well as Walt Disney Imagineering executive creative director Asa Kalama.

“AU Las Vegas is a celebration of the very real ways our customers are using technology to make an impact and embrace the opportunity for better,” said Anagnost. “We’re hoping attendees leave this year’s conference feeling inspired and empowered to do the same within their respective industries.”

Two further keynotes during the conference focused on the latest developments for customers in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, and the design and manufacturing industry, respectively. These sessions showcased technology and customer partners proprietary to each respective industry, as well as providing in-depth explorations of the ways these areas are converging to enable better cross-industry innovation.

Throughout the event, conference attendees were able to gain hands-on experience of technologies that are changing how companies design, make and build. Examples included the first mass-produced chair created by human designers using AI technology; the world’s largest AR-enhanced hybrid manufacturing machine; digital and data-driven innovations within sustainable water infrastructure design; and space dedicated to a high-performance basketball and entertainment centre with community at its core.