Day three for me here in Las Vegas, day one for AU, officially. Some seven thousand attendees are projected by Autodesk to attend. I dunno if that includes non-paying attendees, like Autodesk staff and the media. This morning we hear from ceo Carl Bass and cto Jeff Kowalski, along with representatives from several corporations using Autodesk software.
The arena at Mandaly Bay hotel begins to fill with 7000 people.
We are getting the mandatory video with rock music. And here he is...
Mr Bass asks, "Why do we do what we do?" He thinks the answer is, "Impact." True. I used to be a transportation engineer, but got frustrated with my inability to have an impact on the industry. Being a writer and editor lets me make an impact, to make a difference. (Oh, and he is a global climate change believer, but then there is huge profits to be made from that.)
Jeff Kowalski theme is "infinite computing", where computers have no limitations in data size, computaiton speed, and location.
He showed us digital factory software that simulates motions of machines and people on the factor floor. A demo of how a building affects its neighbourhood used downtown Vancouver. Software showed heat emissions and wind flows around surrounding buildings.
Showed a unified software that shows a chief architect how a project is progressing, without the chief architect needing to know programs or file format, yet has access to all data in visual and table forms.