How Revit Network Version Works

There seems to be a misunderstanding of how Revit (well all Autodesk products for that matter) runs in a network environment but it’s really quite a simple process. 

Understand that CADD programs are too large and to processor intensive to run across your network as they would grind all network traffic to a halt, therefore CADD programs need to be installed on the users local computer & not on the server.  There is a very small program that sits on the server and sends a tiny file to each users computer to track license checkout status.  When determining the number of licensed seats a company needs to purchase the question is not how many users we have corporately but rather how many users need to be running the software concurrently.

This means that you may actually deploy 10 installations throughout your CADD department but only purchase 8 network licenses.  While all 10 machines are capable to run the software only 8 may be in use concurrently.

system requirements for autodesk products

You certainly want to make sure that your system can run the applications efficiently, one of the things your corporate principals want to guard against is the amount of lost time that can accumulate due to inadequate system performance. Things like a simple 3 second pause waiting for a screen regen multiplied by the number of times we pan around a project file can add up to a full day or week amazingly quickly. The dollar value in lost productivity in wages along soon justifies the cost of a properly specified CADD system. (Just a side note that any serious CADD system should include dual monitors.)

As I don’t know the software package you have I have included a couple links to the various system requirements that Autodesk has published. Of course it just as a wise decision that your BIM/CAD Manager be involved with IT during the purchase of new CADD systems as it is for IT to be present in our BIM project implementations.

System Requirements: Autodesk 2014 Suites

System Requirements: Autodesk Products (all years)

system requirements for autodesk products

You certainly want to make sure that your system can run the applications efficiently, one of the things your corporate principals want to guard against is the amount of lost time that can accumulate due to inadequate system performance. Things like a simple 3 second pause waiting for a screen regen multiplied by the number of times we pan around a project file can add up to a full day or week amazingly quickly. The dollar value in lost productivity in wages alone soon justifies the cost of a properly specified CADD system. (Just a side note that any serious CADD system should include dual monitors.)

As I don’t know the software package you have I have included a couple links to the various system requirements that Autodesk has published. Of course it just as a wise decision that your BIM/CAD Manager be involved with IT during the purchase of new CADD systems as it is for IT to be present in our BIM project implementations.

System Requirements: Autodesk 2014 Suites

System Requirements: Autodesk Products (all years)

Screen Sizing

I can’t remember the last time I was excited to get my hands on an update to a software package so much as I am for revit’s 2010 update.  I am terrified of the ribbon mainly due to experiences I’ve had with it in autocad slowing to a snails pace but autodesk has assured us that this will not happen in revit.

What I’m most happy with is this quote from Inside the Factory

“Another enhancement concerned the project browser. We observed many customers running with the browser undocked on a second monitor, despite having to re-set it every session. Revit 2010 now remembers the project browser state and location between sessions…

Concerning dual monitors,  I can say that multi-monitor support is one of our most highly requested UI features. We are actively researching this topic and we would like to hear more about your frustrations, experiences and suggestions concerning multiple monitors.”

Check out the full inside the factory post on Screen Real Estate and be sure to let them hear from you.