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    so the cheapest solution and tiime saving (Revit server seems to be woooww!!) is Bim 360?
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    Quote Originally Posted by philsogood View Post
    so the cheapest solution and tiime saving (Revit server seems to be woooww!!) is Bim 360?
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    Revit Server is the "cheapest" if you are only talking about Hard Costs in software, and you arent talking about Soft Costs of: IT Labor for setup, IT Software (needing extra OS's for RS Accelerators), potentially needing extra hardware for RS Accelerators, IT Labor for maintenance time, Production Staff labor for uploads/downloads, Production Staff labor for Consultant Coordination (unless you hack it (unsupported), Consultants cant get in your RS unless you use something like Clarity overlayed on top of RS< or hack the heck out of your RS and make it public facing (i dont recommend this, its a risk).

    Otherwise, yes: BIM 360 is the cheapest way to collab from multiple locations or multiple companies.

    VDI is an option (mainly just for single companies with multiple locations) but its damn expensive and damn time consuming to set up (and get right) when you are just starting. Its not something you *pivot* too.

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    First i used revit server and that worked really nice.

    We now switched to a central model on a share on a nas (don't ask me why) and it does work without crashing. It is slow*, but i never thought it would work this way without crashing.
    Worksharing monitor helps a lot so we don't synch at the same time.

    *revit server synching with 500Mbit was <1min, and now with a share on a 100mbit fiber it takes >10 mins.


    I jinxed it it worked for 3 days, i hope we will return to the revit server soon.

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    Revit Server

    Hi All

    I'm looking to understand some nitty gritty of Revit Server. Our organization is exploring using Revit Server as network based file sharing and collaboration has been proving cumbersome with everyone working from home. Can some one provide me tips on Revit Server basics such as what should I be considering to prove its worth before proposing to the business. Just trying to figure out points to address for a good business case. Thanks in advance!

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    Revit Server really isn't going to help much with Working From Home.
    RS was designed to allow collaboration on a Revit model between two office in the same company.
    Grossly over simplified, but in nutshell, you have a server running Revit Server in each office, and RS synchs the Central file (and element borrowing) between offices.
    While there are ways to trick RS into thinking you have an RS server on your home computer, that's not what it was designed for.
    And there is a lot of stuff happening in the background even after you've closed Revit.
    So it may seem like you're done syncing you Central file, but RS might still be running for many minutes after.

    There are also setup and maintenance costs associated with RS.
    RS may seem cheaper at first glance, but you'll probably suck up in maintenance time and lost files what you'd pay for BIM 360, which is a far more advanced (modern) software and has been designed for what you're trying to do.

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