Applied Software, a leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) services provider as well as a provider of Autodesk 2D and 3D CAD products and services, announced today the availability of RevitConnect, a purpose-built solution that improves and accelerates multi-team collaboration for BIM projects developed with Autodesk® Revit® Server 13. RevitConnect enables multi-team collaboration, seamless workflows and rapid information exchanges of BIM data, preventing architectural and design firms from being at the mercy of slow or unreliable data connections between satellite offices and partner companies when sharing large project files over the Internet.
The existing methodology for sharing Revit files passes too much data back and forth across network connections to be practical. To solve this problem, many firms have invested in expensive software- and hardware-based wide-area network (WAN) acceleration products, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars. In contrast, RevitConnect, in combination with Revit Server 2013, accelerates BIM file sharing for collaboration at a fraction of the cost by combining hardware- and software-aided file replication and advanced Revit file management.
“BIM project teams are becoming more connected in sharing data and even large project files, which can create additional stress on network bandwidth and on the IT team that must manage the added burden of extended teams or even additional companies,” said Richard Burroughs, president, Applied Software. “RevitConnect not only solves this problem affordably, it does it in a scalable, secure, hosted environment so that additional offices, partners and projects can be added as your project team grows.”
With RevitConnect, the internal user network stays “internal.” This workflow overlay strategy produces a secure, dedicated, high-performance work environment for better results, fewer bottlenecks and greatly reduced network lag. Remote connectivity via software-based VPN solutions can support team members who may only require temporary project access, and remote Revit sessions can also be served to devices not typically able to run Revit like iPads®, smaller notebooks or home computers, allowing for short-term, rapidly-deployed connection options. In addition, RevitConnect provides all the benefits of a hosted solution to:
Save significant time per project team member
Improve multi-firm project based model management
Eliminate working on out-of-date model versions
Eliminate the need for costly WAN accelerators
End complexity involved with FTP-based processes
Improve utilization of existing corporate data bandwidth