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5th Edition of Autodesk University Extension (Aux) Event Will Be Hosted in the Design Capital of the World In 2016

Jul 22nd, 2016

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Autodesk’s University Extension (AUx), the country’s biggest event for design, architectural and engineering professionals, revolves around the theme – “The Future of Making Things” will be taking place at Cape Town’s Century City Convention Centre on 1st September 2016.

Autodesk, a global leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, aims to provide a unique hands-on experience in exploring the evolution of technology and the future of design and engineering. “The objective of “The Future of Making Things,” is to tap into South Africa’s irreverent expertise in the design arena and to further this in line with global and sustainable trends,” explained Simon Bromfield, Channel Manager at Autodesk South Africa.

“We’ve observed a universal trend in the design space with an enhanced need for versatility and speed but with sustainability as a core focus,” continued Bromfield. “This is particularly relevant in a South African context, where technology has the potential to dramatically change the way we utilise our resources to design, build, make and create things.”

The speaker line-up includes Jonathan Knowles, Dion Chang and Kostas Samaras. Creative thinker, Jonathan Knowles, serves as Autodesk’s Explorer in Residence. He is a respected voice on future trends, long-range vision, and creating the preferred future.

Dion Chang will provide deep insight into what the local consumer seeks from all manner of design whilst Kostas Samaras, Autodesk’s Territory for Africa, plans to shed light on the latest developments in the global engineering sector and the future of design therein.

Attendees at the AUx “The Future of Making Things” event will be able to test their skill level and achieve free certification as an expert user of specific Autodesk products.

This year, AUx welcomes the inclusion of the award winning Triggerfish Team to their Media and Entertainment Tracks.
Mike Buckland, Producer at Triggerfish Animation Studios has over 20 years experience in CG animation, from commercials and short form entertainment to full length animated feature film productions such as Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba.

Their 26 Minute Film – Stickman, The TV Production from Magic Light Pictures won the Cristal award at The Annecy Film festival.

Together with Kane Croudace (CG Supervisor for Stickman), they will be sharing their workflow efficiencies, Their Autodesk tools of choice historically Softimage and more recently, Maya and Autodesk’s recently acquired global illumination renderer Arnold.

The Animation school’s Nuno Martins and Benito Kok will also be leading Media and Entertainment track attendees through an alternative workflow to producing an “animation ready” character. The Animation school have been an influential player in the South African Animation educational industry providing skilled graduates to Africa’s Growing digital arena.