Concurrent Design and Collaboration challenges
Full service architectural and planning firm Newman Architects works out of New Haven, Connecticut and Washington, DC, connecting Revit users in the two offices with its own virtual private network. While this solution enables designers using Revit worksharing to work concurrently on a model, users were finding the VPN network was slow and delays were frustrating. The firm investigated speeding performance by adding network appliances, but that solution was costly. Other workarounds they investigated included a significant IT burden as well as security risk. Knowing that joint venture projects with other architectural firms are becoming the norm, Newman architects sought a scalable solution and looked to Autodesk cloud coworking and collaboration solutions to meet these challenges.
Newman Architects began using Autodesk’s design collaboration solutions, A360 Team and A360 Collaboration for Revit and were amazed to find that partners and consultants working in those services were able to access Revit projects as if they were on the local area network.
A360 is a design collaboration tool that enables design partners to work together with the project at the center. A360 Collaboration for Revit is a cloud subscription service, built on the A360 platform, that works with Revit software to connect building project teams with centralized access to BIM project data, enabling concurrent work on Revit models. The two tools, when used together, create a completely centralized location for project and design collaboration.
Newman Architects used this joint solution to virtually co-locate and enable collaboration by two architecture teams, remote contributors, and external users.
Co-location and Coworking Challenges
A360 Collaboration for Revit met Newman Architects’ design collaboration and co-location needs without causing any undue burden on IT, collaborators, or Revit users: “What we needed was a scalable solution that would not pose an undue load on our own IT resources, and would satisfy the financial constraints of management as well as the performance needs of our project,” says Leo Gonzales, an architect and the firm’s BIM manager.
With the software’s subscription licensing, Newman Architects is able to equip users with A360 Collaboration for Revit on a monthly, quarterly, or yearly basis, so the firm pays only for the access it needs for as long as it needs it: “A360 Collaboration for Revit enables us to add additional staff to the project in just a few days, with no extra hardware or IT involvement,” says Cap. The firm expects most of its Revit project files will be moved to the cloud: “Seamless information sharing between joint ventures and project partners is the future of doing business,” says Gonzales. “A360 Collaboration for Revit gives us that future, today.”
To learn more about how Newman Architects used A360 Collaboration for Revit to work concurrently on Revit models and collaborate across remote teams, download the customer story.
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