Autodesk has held its Future's Forum, an event to discuss emerging technology in design and architecture in Abu Dhabi.
The Future's Forum, at the Yas Conference Centre, hosted architects, designers, engineers and digital artists, and showcased how future technologies will disrupt and change the way that key sectors operate.
The first-of-its-kind event in Abu Dhabi comes after a successful inaugural launch held at the IMG Worlds of Adventure last year in Dubai.
The forum provided a platform for industry experts across region to explore future trends in strategic sectors such as architecture, construction, engineering, industries.
The event, known as the ‘Future of Making' globally, has previously featured industry leaders whose endeavours embody the emerging future, including former President of the United States, Barack Obama and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.
Some of the topics discussed at the event included robotics, drones, additive manufacturing, reality capture, the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and much more. Emerging technologies like Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) were also highlighted throughout the event via multiple sessions and hands-on experiences.
In line with Abu Dhabi's core commitment to build a sustainable and diversified economy by 2030, Khalfan Alnoainmi, Executive Director of Town Planning at Abu Dhabi Municipality, briefed the attendees about upcoming Building Information Modelling initiatives including the launch of BIM e-Submission and BIM e-review systems. These initiatives come as part of the recently launched Zayed Smart City Project, a five-year plan for Smart Cities and Artificial Intelligence.
The event wrapped up with a closing speech by Naji Atallah, Head of AEC and Manufacturing at Autodesk, "As a nation embraces the same vision for sustainability and future growth as Autodesk: we are quite proud to be a part of the dynamic growth the country has seen in recent decades. We look forward to continuously pave the way for Abu Dhabi's thriving success and growing economy through supporting entities such as ADM and industry stakeholders to embrace the latest technologies. I would like to thank all our strategic partners and industry specialists for all their collaborative efforts towards making this event a success."