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Autodesk University 2023

Autodesk University 2023

Symetri and Team D3 was proud and excited to take part in this year's Autodesk University as a Platinum Sponsor! We create and provide technology solutions and services for design, engineering, construction and manufacturing businesses with empowering people to work smarter for a better future. 

We hosted a number of sessions, varying from technical demonstrations to industry discussions and panels. Check them out below and watch on-demand now! 



Symetri empowers people to work smarter for a better future by ensuring our clients have access to the expertise and technology they need to improve performance and sustainability initiatives.

Symetri was founded in Sweden in 1989 and has grown to a team of over 1000 people with offices throughout the globe. Microdesk joined forces with Symetri in 2022 and changed their name in 2023. 

Team D3

Team D3 is now part of the Symetri team! Are you ready to leverage the Full Power of Digital, Design and Data Technologies? Guiding innovation and facilities in the manufacturing industry, Team D3's experts enable organizations to successfully navigate the digital transformation journey, maximize investments to design better products, and get them to market faster. 

Technology Solutions

Symetri's partnership with One Click LCA enables even more professionals to measure and reduce the environmental impacts of buildings, achieve green building certifications and comply with regulations with the powerful tool, OneClick LCA.

Take control, reduce costs, compliance risks and time spent maintaining business-critical engineering tools with licence management and software deployment solutions from Symetri. Learn more about CQ Flex and CQi.

Sovelia is a digital platform supporting design, engineering and product lifecycle processes. Ready to enable your team with the easiest and user-friendly tools to design quicker, reduce costs and enable your products faster time to market? Let's chat! 

Naviate provides best in class workflows and performance to accelerate Building and Infrastructure design and facilitate collaboration in Construction projects by helping all the stakeholders to access the same up-to-date BIM information throughout the lifecycle. Naviate for Revit, Naviate for Civil 3D and Naviate Cloud Manager streamlines project setup, model management and documentation.

Autodesk University Sessions

Decarbonization and Digital Transformation Will Drive AEC Sustainable Growth

Monday, Nov 13 | 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM 

  • Ron Locklin, Global Lead, Sustainability Platform, Autodesk
  • Shivani Soni, Head of Impact and Innovation, Global, Symetri
  • Jan Tore Bugge, Global Product Manager Naviate, Symetri

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In this industry talk, we explore the intersection of digital evolution and the imperative of decarbonization in the AEC sector. Join Shivani Soni, Global Head of Impact & Innovation at Symetri; Jan Tore Bugge, Global Naviate Product Manager at Symetri; and Ron Locklin, Global Lead of Sustainability Platform at Autodesk. Symetri, a global Autodesk partner, plays a pivotal role in advancing sustainable growth in AEC, with a strong footprint in America and Europe, prompting an exploration journey. Throughout this talk, we offer a comprehensive perspective on our sustainability approach, where innovation and action converge. Uncover the transformative potential of collaboration and gain insights into the strategic integration of cutting-edge technology via our ecosystem. Our mission is to illustrate how these elements collectively reshape our industry. This discussion delves into how innovation, proactive measures, and collaboration steer our industry towards lasting change. Join us on this transformative journey.

BIMigration: Transforming AECO Through Immigration, Diversity, and Technology

  • Prateek Chitnis, Strategic Implementation Manager, Symetri
  • Nima Azad, BIM/VDC Project Manager, AHA Consulting Engineers
  • Thesla Collier, AIA TAP National Advisory Council
  • Shir Erlich, Product Owner, Symetri
  • Eve Lin, EAM Strategy Consultant, Symetri

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Through this conversation, you’ll see the journey of five different architecture, engineering, construction, and operations (AECO) professionals from different countries and backgrounds. They’ll talk about their experiences maneuvering through the AEC industry and the unique situations they’ve faced. Learn how they adapted to the new environments, cultures, and practices while working to provide excellence in their respective fields. This conversation will provide insight into how diversity, equity, and inclusion can positively impact your company, its culture, the way it’s perceived in the industry—and its bottom line.

Data Exchange for Rhino: The New Light in Design Interoperability

  • Geoffrey A. Tears, Senior Solutions Specialist, Symetri

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One of the major challenges in architecture—especially with the increased adoption of digital technology in the design process—is interoperability and coordination between design teams that often use software such as Rhino and production teams that use Revit software. In many cases, successfully achieving coordination between these two aspects of the design process requires specialization and complicated workflows. This session will show the benefits of using Autodesk Data Exchange for Rhino to assist in the greater interoperability between Rhino and Revit, leading to better coordination during the project lifecycle. We’ll show how Data Exchange for Rhino significantly softens the traditional learning curve for design coordination, giving common users an easy-to-use software. Lastly, we’ll highlight some of the other Data Exchange integrations for Grasshopper, Dynamo, and Autodesk Inventor software, and how they impact the design process.

The AutoCAD World Cup

Tuesday, Nov 14 | 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM 

  • Jonathan Hand, AEC Industry Community Manager, Autodesk
  • Shir Erlich, Product Owner, Symetri

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Come and have some fun in a class that will focus on deciding which is your favorite AutoCAD command. Using the World Cup format, we’ll determine group winners to qualify for knockout stages through interactive voting. Let’s discover some hidden and unknown command gems. Is OVERKILL your favorite? Or maybe MOCORO? It’s time to decide once and for all. If you want to attend something a bit different and interactive, this is the class for you.

Democratize Sustainability: Connected Data for Infrastructure Excellence

  • Eve Lin, EAM Strategy Consultant, Symetri
  • Elias Galvan, Solutions Specialist-Infrastructure, Symetri

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Autodesk strives to enhance its comprehensive products, empowering professionals from various fields with vast toolsets to facilitate the transition toward a sustainable future. Despite significant advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), keeping pace with innovation remains a challenge, especially when addressing sustainability complexities throughout design, construction, and operations. Hence, we present a framework using Autodesk Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection and Innovyze products to help engineers and sustainability professionals identify sustainable solutions for civil infrastructure. Our solution democratizes sustainable design, construction, and operations through a live, collaborative common data environment, linking Envision Sustainability Guidelines and Principles with industry best practices and workflows. It aims to document practices, providing guidance across multiple dimensions of sustainability throughout the entire civil infrastructure project lifecycle.

Energize Change: How to Promote Sustainability in Manufacturing

Wednesday, Nov 15 | 8:15 AM - 9:45 AM 

  • Tristan Aarons, Senior Applications Engineer, Symetri

Class overview

Sustainable manufacturing is rapidly becoming imperative for the success of our business and products. Despite supply-line shortages, increased material and energy costs, environmental impact, and consumer expectations, we see a resistance to change and innovation around sustainability within the larger manufacturing industry. This roundtable will discuss technologies and processes that leading manufacturers and innovators are using for sustainable design and manufacturing, and how to promote and incentivize them within a company and on a global scale. We will share the outcomes of this discussion with you to help you overcome these barriers upon returning to your organization.

Getting into the Flow: The Ins and Outs of Autodesk CFD

Wednesday, Nov 15 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Tristan Aarons, Senior Applications Engineer, Symetri 

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Dive into computational fluid dynamics. In this session, you’ll learn how to make complex fluid studies simple using Autodesk CFD software. Explore the step-by-step process to setting up the simple and complex analysis using Autodesk CFD. See how to set up your unique studies, manage your materials, and understand how and when to use boundary and initial conditions and advanced solve tools. Dive into complex setups, including electronics cooling, steady state versus transient studies, and fluid mixing.

Up and Running with Inventor Nastran: Tops Tips and Workflows

  • Wasim Younis, Simulation Manager, Symetri

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Inventor Nastran software is a powerful and comprehensive tool available with the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection. Despite software availability and simulation continually becoming easier to use, there remains a fundamental question on the mind of every designer and engineer: How do I know my results are correct? This is the main reason for the lack of workplace adoption of Inventor Nastran. Inventor Nastran, although easy to use, has a comprehensive set of tools to help you answer this question and make sense of your results. These include mesh convergence, numerous result plots, nonlinear analysis, and much more. The session will include workflows and tips based on industry best practices. The goal of this session is to make you more confident in using Inventor Nastran software, and thus help you make better and more-innovative products within your workplace

Sustainability is critical globally for customers

Wednesday, Nov 15 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Ron Locklin, Global Lead, Sustainability Platform, Autodesk
  • Shivani Soni, Head of Impact and Innovation, Global, Symetri
  • Clarke Morrison, Senior AEC Solutions Consultant, Symetri
  • James Bell, Associate Architect, Ridge & Partners and Symetri Europe Customer
  • Ryland Auburn, Digital Design Director, OTJ and Symetri US Customer 

What are the challenges and the realities of design for sustainability in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry? Is the core question measuring and reducing carbon footprint, or is there more? What can be done right now, and what is a stretch today? Are partners and customers driving change, or are government regulations driving change? Ron Locklin of Autodesk will moderate this panel, which will include Symetri, one of Autodesk's largest global partners, as well as several customers that are leaders in this space.

Shared Coordinates in 30 Minutes or Less! 

  • Prateek Chitnis, Strategic Implementation Manager - Symetri
  • Robert Sinclair, Corporate Technology Lead - Wade Trim
  • Matt Wunch, AEC Solutions Engineer - Autodesk
  • Sam Galloway, Technical Solutions Executive - Autodesk 
  • Paul Aubin, Author/Consultant - Paul F Aubin Consulting Services, Inc. 

Do you struggle to understand shared coordinates? Are you manually moving design models into the correct location? Are you constantly forced to do redesign work because models aren't aligned correctly? If you've answered YES to any of these questions then this lab is for you! Collaborating with architects, designers and engineers within the context of a real-world coordinate system doesn't have to be painful or time-consuming. In this lab you'll discover for yourself just how quick and easy it is to properly geo-reference point clouds, Revit models, Civil 3D drawings and much more within the Autodesk Construction Cloud. Along the way we'll discuss best practices, tips-n-tricks, and what to watch out for when working with shared coordinates. At the end of this lab you'll be able to quickly AND correctly define a shared coordinate system for ALL the design files of your project and cross-link them into other design applications, enabling better design decisions.

Mission Possible: Making Sustainability Approachable and Achievable

  • Geoffrey A. Tears, Senior Solutions Specialist - Symetri
  • Luc Wing, Innovation and Performance Specialist - Symetri
  • Eve Lin, EAM Strategy Consultant - Symetri
  • Clarke Morrison, Customer Success Manager - Symetri 

As the demand for sustainability initiatives grows within the AECO industry, there is increasing pressure from clients, leadership, and regulatory requirements to reduce embodied carbon and environmental impacts. Many firms are unclear where to start, what to focus on, or how to deliver on their sustainability goals and initiatives. Working smarter and making sustainability approachable and achievable is not an impossible mission. Firms can strategically align their operations to meet current and future demands, navigate challenges, and efficiently approach sustainability. Led by experts in design and carbon analysis, this session offers a comprehensive and actionable roadmap for organizations seeking to deliver on their goals. Through a blend of real-world case studies and practical strategies, attendees will gain a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with integrating sustainability into their firm’s digital practice.

Extending the Autodesk Forma Ecosystem

Tuesday, Nov 14 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

  • Nate Kaylor, Director of Innovation - FactoryOS
  • Daniel Gameiro, Community Manager - Autodesk
  • Jan Tore Bugge, Global Product Manager Naviate - Symetri
  • Krzysztof Jedzejewski, Senior Project Manager - Autodesk
  • Ryan Gathmann, VP of Product - TestFit

Class overview

The most important part of the extendable platform are people who contribute to extending the functionality. Come listen to the stories of the development teams that have successfully built their solutions on top of Autodesk Forma. Learn not only about functionality provided, but also about motivation behind extending the ecosystem and ideas about where the industry is heading next!


BEX Asia: The Built Environment Exhibition

04 September 2024

Amy Marks, Symetri's Executive VP of Global Strategy, is heading to Marina Bay Sands, Singapore to join BEX Asia as they bring together the built environment community and provide inspiration, education, sourcing and benchmarking to BE professionals. 

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