In the real estate business, the biggest catch phrase of the last 30 years has been “location, location, location”. In the world of BIM and how you assemble teams to work on designing buildings that has also been true. We have always been bound by the limits of our corporate networks or made to jump through hoops with remote desktop, virtualization or complex server implementations. Today, that seems to have gone away with the advent of the global launch on Autodesk A360 Collaboration for Revit.
According to Autodesk:
Centralized access to project data contributes to more efficient and easily-managed collaboration whether within a firm or for projects involving remote participants. “Collaboration for Revit provides us greater flexibility,” says Leo Gonzales, BIM Manager at Newman Architects. “If they’re on the road, at a job site,
or just working from home, our users can access their Revit projects as if they’re sitting in one of our offices.”
In a nutshell, when Autodesk A360 Collaboration for Revit (C4R) was first launched it enabled teams only in North America to collaborate live on a single or group of models, hosted in the A360 cloud. As a first version product, announced at the annual conference, Autodesk University 2014, even then it was quite robust and mature, and began to enable for the first time, official support for multi-firm collaboration in Revit without the need for disconnecting your work and sending it to someone, usually via FTP. This service built upon the knowledge the teams had in making Revit file-based collaboration successful, and several years of Revit Server, a product you would install and configure on your own network to enable inter-office collaboration.
Fast forward 13 months and today, as promised, Autodesk has launched an expanded service with new datacenters around the globe to offer international support, presently in English only, making things much more interesting. It’s expected that later in the month, all Revit software languages will be available on as part of the installer that enables Revit to speak to the cloud services. It will be very interesting to see how this evolves and firms who wish to take advantage of this competitive edge may even begin to move daily project work off of their corporate servers, finding the security, robust performance and reliability hard to match at any cost.
The new global availability, starting today, will be enhanced greatly by teams taking advantage of the Communicator for Revit feature on the dashboard and within Revit – enabling teams to better understand the state of the models, who is working when, and to be able to quickly enable discussions with extended team members.
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More information can be found here: http://www.autodesk.com/products/collaboration-for-revit/overview
Availability and More Information
A360 Collaboration for Revit is a cloud service subscription licensed per user and includes a subscription to A360 Team. A360 Collaboration for Revit is available globally in English starting 7, 2016, with support for all Revit software languages expected to be available later this month. Multiple Subscription options are available [annual via the Autodesk Online Store or Autodesk Authorized Resellers; quarterly via Autodesk Authorized Resellers; and monthly via the Autodesk Online Store].