Agenda & Track Descriptions 2018-05-16T09:26:31+00:00

Agenda & Track Descriptions

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Keynote Sessions:

Join Callan Carpenter, VP of Global Named Accounts at Autodesk, to learn about the trends that will help create your future of making things. We’ll feature stories from companies around the world who are embracing new methods and technologies to catapult how they innovate. We will also give a peek into what’s on the technology horizon, including machine learning, AR/VR and robotics. You’ll leave inspired to embrace this future in your own work.

When an industry becomes computable, that industry is forever changed. Think of music, television, hotels, and taxis. Now that manufacturing, construction, and infrastructure are becoming computable, the way we design and make things is evolving in unexpected and surprising ways. Join Autodesk Fellow, Tom Wujec, as he reveals what’s on the technology horizon and how machine learning, AR/VR, robotics, among other technologies are producing seismic shifts in how we will work. 

We live in the age of Big Data. But how do we leverage it? How do we organise it, find relationships and patterns to learn from it, or reuse it in our further quests? How do we build tools and products that can turn data into insights and learn on their own, so they can become adaptive, fluid, intuitive? Join Tatjana as she guides you through the emergence of machine learning and artificial intelligence, talking about the fears and excitement about a future in which the human-machine relationship will be a discussion with a companion rather than a direction to a slave, in which the computers will not only know who we are but who want to BE. A future in which the traditional static, finished tools and products become living, connected, ever improving, self-learning systems fueled by big data. And what that all means for us, designers, engineers and makers.

Track 1 – Main Stage

Generative design is an innovative design method in which the output is generated by a set of rules or an algorithm. Based on parametric modelling, it is a fast method of exploring design possibilities. The technology allows designers and engineers make informed decisions based on the creation of numerous options in the same time a designer would need to only describe one with traditional methods.

In this session you will get inspired on how Autodesk embraces generative design in our technologies and applications, such as Dynamo and Project Fractal.

One technology – many disruptions. Join Autodesk’s Tatjana Dzambazova as we kick off Autodesk University South Africa 2017. Tatjana will be talking about the disruptive nature of accessible reality capture technologies and the brave new world of scanners, drones and photogrammetry. Combine that with few other emerging technological trends – and we are potentially looking at novel ways to design, make, teach, learn, explore, research, save our natural and cultural heritage and tell stories.

While working on the development of the new digitisation software tools in Autodesk (ReMake / ReCap), Tatjana and her team were hands-on helping some of the pioneering adopters to apply these tools and introduce new ways to research, preserve, design or tell stories. Tatjana will walk you through some of the many inspirational stories of a ‘recreated reality’.

Cloud security is an important topic that customers are concerned with. In this session, you will learn how Autodesk keeps its products and services secure and the cloud based data storage strategy. You will discover what cloud security means to Autodesk and our customers.

Autodesk Future of Making Things Workshop – Mapping the Toolset of Innovation

What is your Future of Making Things? How will you take advantage of the remarkable tools that are transforming the ways we design, fabricate, and operate things? This rapid fire, informative and entertaining workshop will explore five essential questions to clarify the impact of technology, explore options to create new value, and decide where to make intelligent, bold choices. As a participant, you will receive a collection of take-away business canvases to map our your business opportunities. Whether your work is in design, construction, manufacturing or media and entertainment, the FOMT workshop will be a relevant deep dive into emerging technologies, pinpointing what they mean for your work, your team, and your future.

Track 2 – Hall A

In this session, Alastair will guide you through a recommended workflow and best practice when implementing Autodesk BIM 360 Field. He will show you how to complete everyday site tasks and highlight key features in the transition from paper-based to electronic site management.


  • Import 2D drawing into 3D models into BIM 360 Field.
  • Create and manage checklists.
  • Generate manual and automated issues.
  • Complete daily updates.
  • Create and review project reports.

“Creating real world BIM content from existing as built facilities. Using the latest technology to ensure on-site amendments and deviations are captured and reported accordingly in the BIM environment.”

In this session see what BIM 360 can do for all phases of the construction lifecycle—from preconstruction and execution, to commissioning and handover.
BIM 360™ construction management software enables almost anytime, anywhere access to project data throughout the building construction lifecycle. BIM 360 empowers those in the field to better anticipate and act, and those in the back office to optimize and manage all aspects of construction performance.

The demanding pace in the design industry for faster collaboration with outside consultants, and the need to provide multiple resources from different office locations, is making it necessary to find quicker and more-efficient solutions to resolve those demands. Hear how architectural firms are using BIM360 Collaboration for Revit cloud service and implementing it into its daily workflow, proving that a small pilot project to a multimillion-rand hotel resort can save a lot of time, money, and effort in its new workflow. This session features Collaboration for Revit, BIM360 Team, and Collaboration for Revit.

Key Learning:

  • Discover how Collaboration for Revit can be implemented
  • Discover tips and tricks for Collaboration for Revit
  • Discover the stepping stones it takes to change your own workflow
  • Learn how to create an ROI to show the workflow is efficient and working

Welcome to the future of construction design and management! In this session, we will discuss BIM 360 Docs workflows and how they fit the construction industry. The world of construction is an environment where many stakeholders need to collaborate, so information management needs to be as flexible as possible. In this session, we will explain the setup of BIM 360 Docs software and look at how information provided by authoring tools can be used downstream on the construction project.

Track 3 – Hall D

Autodesk portfolio offers very wide variety of functionality for storm and sanitary analysis projects. Some of them are obvious, some of them are a bit hidden. Session will cover both of them, with having in mind BIM approach. Come and learn, how you can use AEC collection to solve design challenges and how you can improve offering of your company.

  • Gaming and film-making is exploding and content creators are authoring mind blowing VR titles, demand high horsepower desktop systems to handle the enormous graphical workloads
  • Architects require powerful VR solutions to enable client review of projects using HMDs. Clients benefit from breath taking walk-throughs and the ability to view and explore in any direction.
  • Design teams spanning automotive, aerospace, and consumer electronics are harnessing the power of desktop VR solutions to enhance collaboration, reduce cycle time and optimize style and performance.

We, eg. Autodesk, were positioning Infraworks as a tool for conceptual design or easy-to-use visualization tool for Civil 3D transportation design. However infraworks can be use in many others areas. Session will show you some other use-cases, where Infraworks can be successfully applied. If you do not see specific button, it does ot mean you cannot use product that way. You need to be creative and the session should help you with ideas.

This session will showcase dhk’s evolution from an AutoCAD-user office to a Revit-user office, focussing on case studies. dhk will showcase how Revit became a critical component in the design process using real life examples. The session will close out with a future vision and how dhk aims to adopt the new innovative features of Revit to push boundaries of design.

Key learnings:

  1. Adopting BIM for the first transformation project (what challenges they faced and how they overcame them) – PAST
  2. Optimising workflow & Office standards – CURRENT
  3. Projects from Inception to Close-out – CURRENT
  4. Integration with other software – CURRENT
  5. Industry push to complete BIM & BMS – CURRENT
  6. New innovation – FUTURE

Vehicle Tracking software add-on is a comprehensive transportation analysis and design software built for vehicle swept path analysis. Engineers, designers, and planners can evaluate vehicle movements on transportation or site design projects as well as Lay out vehicle parking areas in minutes instead of hours by quickly and accurately placing rows, custom bays, and access roads. The parking rows are intelligent objects based on design standards available for more than 15 countries. Moreover, this road design tool uses intelligent objects to enable engineers to create and edit roundabout geometry quickly, easily, and to a variety of international design standards. Hence in this session and using live models we will understand what this tool can do in terms of: swept path analysis, parking layout, and roundabout design.

Track 4 – Room 8 & 9

While “BIM” still largely remains a mysterious acronym for many smaller enterprises, we can learn from larger concerns about the importance of getting the first steps right to ensure that BIM is easily adopted by companies of all sizes in South Africa, by understanding these important principles.

Now that you know the basics of part and assembly modelling in Inventor software, we will discuss and show some of the more advanced features for assembly modelling in Inventor software. We’ll cover some tools and tips of efficiency, differences between top-down and bottom-up assemblies, adaptive parts, model simplification, level of detail, elements, Inventor Studio environment, and frame generator. This session features Inventor Professional.

Key Learning:

  • Learn how to use more advanced features for modelling in the assembly environment
  • Learn how to minimize the impact of file size for large assemblies
  • Learn how to create elements and assembly-level-only features
  • Learn how to work more effectively in the assembly environment
  • Materials

Fusion 360 includes powerful design tools. Mastering the assembly design tools will enable you to explore more designs faster and build smarter designs that respond to changes quickly and intelligently. Figure out how Fusion 360 methodology is different from other CAD systems. This session will cover the setup of projects, design tools and best practices. 

The presentation aims to highlight the key benefits of AM, and the reasons why it is totally different from more traditional manufacturing methods. The presentation also talks about the various challenges companies need to overcome in order to be successful. The second half is a series of short videos that show the different bits of technology that Autodesk provides to help customers make the most of their AM machines.

This presentation is aimed at highlighting key benefits of this immersive technology, by illustrating it’s use for investigative and collaborative purposes. Mechanical Engineering (Carl), meets Architectural Technologies (Charl), to better understand how this technology can be used in an inexpensive way to enhance both your customer experience as well as help to improve in-house engineering and architectural design

Track 5 – Room 2

Join us in this class to talk connectedness with Autodesk Forge, the online code platform for makers. These are world-leading Industry 4.0 tools for the next generation of super designers and analytic fanatics. When static design software isn’t enough, take the programs and the models you know and love beyond its limitations.

The sky is no longer the limit, when you go beyond the cloud with Autodesk Forge.”

One of the hottest discussion in the 3D world today is reality capture. what is it?

Autodesk has been pushing this term around for a while. Basically, it’s the process of faithfully capturing the real world. The use of engineering technologies such as LiDAR scanners, White Light Scanners, PhotoGrammetry processing. Motion Capture, facial capture. The entire pipeline. 

In VFX, VR, AR and Gaming, it’s about bringing the real world to the virtual world in a fast and usable way.

We are going to explore the pipe line as it relates to Visual Effects, with case studies and practical demonstration.

Join Elrina on the DeLorean as she explores new and forgotten Revit tips and tricks. Whether you are an advanced user like Doc Emmet Brown or a newbie like Marty McFly, you are sure to take something away from this class.


  • Discover forgotten Revit tips and tricks.
  • Learn new and improved Revit tips and tricks.
  • Improve your productivity.
  • A better understanding of ‘Back to the Future’.

Solar Fire is a cost-effective technology for concentrating sunlight for thermal needs. Through innovative design and fabrication, and a focus on accessibility, they are overcoming cost and complexity barriers of solar thermal technologies in humanitarian, commercial, and industrial contexts. In partnership with Autodesk Foundation, they spent time in the Autodesk San Francisco Pier 9 fabrication facility to develop a small scale, high-efficiency solar concentrator connected to a desalination device that can create clean water economically. Come learn more about how they’re approach to design and engineering is enabling them to significantly reduce carbon-emissions, deforestation, water-born diseases and air pollution.

An introduction to Autodesk’s Gaming development platform including the following:

  • Case studies
  • The Crew (Made with Autodesk Gameware)
  • The convergence of gaming tech on AEC and MFG industries
  • Autodesk Rendering Engines and the advancement of Real-Time rendering
  • Under the hood of Autodesk Gameware (Scaleform, Stingray, etc)
  • Game Changing the coding landscape, LUA and FLOW for rapid game prototyping
  • Making a simple “Hello World” application with Stingray
  • Questions and answers

Track 6 – Room 7

The essential ‘how to’s of a steel connections workflow.

How to

  • get your steel connections to display,
  • work with your steel connections,
  • get your SA shapes to work
  • take your model through to fabrication

Class Key Learning’s:

  • Getting Started with Revit Steel Connections
  • South African steel section shapes
  • Interoperability between Revit and Advance Steel
  • Documenting your fabrication drawings.

InfraWorks software has grown from being a 3D visualization tool used to help win bids, to a core tool used throughout a project’s lifecycle. It’s now a powerful software system that enables the civil designer to take a proposal and run with it to AutoCAD Civil 3D software for detailed design and documentation. Gone are the days of creating preliminary drawings just to have to create the final design from a blank sheet. InfraWorks software will run the first leg of the race using intelligent and standard based design tools and then hand off the to AutoCAD Civil 3D software, which will complete the next leg of the race. This session will show you how to create a design proposal in InfraWorks software, starting with existing conditions and then design different road network components. We will do things like: create points of vertical intersection (PVIs), add widenings, perform site grading, adjust curb returns for typical vehicle types, perform cut and fill quantification and many others. We will then see the different ways of exporting/opening the InfraWorks model in AutoCAD Civil 3D where we can fine-tune it and complete the rest of the project.

Using Autodesk Inventor, integrated with advanced functionality to enhance your design environment, Pieter and Aldred will show you how you can harness the true power of mechanical Design with Inventor in this hands-on session. Be prepared to take some really useful notes!

You know the scenario: Your client will be here soon to discuss your latest design. You’ve been up all night making changes and now you’ve got mere minutes to get a presentation ready to sell your idea!

This class is crammed full of quick tricks to present your Revit BIM model and impress your client.

Key Learning’s:

  • Presentation tools within Revit
  • Rendering and VR
  • Presentation Resources

Are you a veteran Inventor Simulation software user? Are you limited to what you can do with Inventor Simulation software? If the answer is Yes, this class is for you. This class will also be beneficial for designers with little knowledge of Inventor Simulation software. The session will start by demonstrating the powerful functionalities of Autodesk Nastran In-CAD software, followed by showcasing how designers like you around the world have made great designs by utilizing the powerful functionalities of Autodesk Nastran In-CAD software. This session features Nastran In-CAD.

Key Learnings:

  • Learning Objective 1 – Learn how to set up designs in Autodesk Nastran In-CAD
  • Learning Objective 2 – Learn how to analyze and interpret designs in Autodesk Nastran In-CAD
  • Learning Objective 3 – Learn how other designers have successfully utilized Autodesk Nastran In-CAD within their design processes
  • Learning Objective 4 – Learn how to apply best practices

Track 7 – Room 10

In this Lab session, you will recognize how Fusion 360 can be used for design, simulation and other applications such as machine design methodology and Organic modeling and position this in project and simulation applications. Best practices, useful techniques and workarounds will also be a part of Lab session.

In this hands-on session we’re going to dive in the world of computational design. You will learn how to use innovative technologies in the area of Architecture, Engineering and Construction. And you will get convinced on how much time you will be able to save with this. For that you will get the chance to put your hands on a few basic and comprehensive use cases with Dynamo and Autodesk Revit. After this session you will have a lot of inspiration to create and solve complex geometries in no time.

In this hands-on lab you will learn how to customise a drawing style to suit your specific requirements for detail drawings, taking into account what should be shown in detail, how should it be shown, labels, and dimensions to be created. We will walk through the workflow of configuring drawing styles using the Drawing Styles Manager interface, with an explanation of existing options and settings. We will configure and use model objects, labels, and dimensions in specific scenarios. This class will include configuration and workflow recommendations for an efficient way of using drawing styles. Please note that this class is suitable for intermediate and advanced users only.


  • Learn the main structure of a drawing style using Drawing Styles Manager.
  • Discover by direct testing the existing settings and options of drawing styles.
  • Learn how to configure and use model objects, labels, and dimensions.
  • Learn workflow recommendations for using and configuring the drawing styles and Drawing Style Manager.

Track 8 – Room 11

Turn your Building Information Modeling (BIM) model into an immersive visualization with a simple workflow.

A quick look into Bim360 Field. Topics will include capturing issues on construction sites, assigning tasks to team members, creating and filling your own check lists according to your information requirements and Importing existing information into  Bim360 Field.

What’s the difference between a complex rig and a simple one?

Find out and join the Autodesk Maya Hands-on lab. Lens will take you through an animated gaming Rig. You will be able to interact with it on your own HP Laptop. Furthermore, he will take you through the latest rigging techniques and how it affects animators in their designs. Join Lens and understand a pipeline, VFX, Gaming & Animation with Autodesk Maya.

Todays design process and project timelines get shorter with each project. Design teams are expected to do more, with less, while providing rapid feedback to team members. Explore how today a simple tablet device can take you from “Initial Concept” to Design Package and become a mobile design studio. What once took a room of tools and desktop computers, can be completed on a device that fits in your pocket. This Class will look at the use of #SketchBook to work through sketch studies & model in #Formit360 to quickly iterate and develop an early design concept package. Getting to “Yes” quicker.

How to manage your clashes with Glue & Navisworks. The lab will show the advantages of both cloud and desktop applications for effective collaboration.

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