Complete Digital Integration

Making Cents with BIM and VDC

Adding Value to Model Integration and Design Collaboration

The majority of organizations working within the AEC marketplace have remote offices and/or project personnel located in trailers on-site.  Working in a Collaborative Design and Build world can become a challenge when attempting to work with these remote users.  We would like to introduce you to a technology that allows you to look at Consolidation and Remote Collaboration in a new light.


Steelhead devices provide a superb hardware/software platform - that when combined with our expertise in the world of digital design - can provide a solution for your organization that no one else can offer.  Numerous design and construction firms - large and small, some of which you may already be working with  - have recognized significant improvements in their digital communication capabilities with the use of Riverbed.


Non-Federated modeling tools such as Revit, SmartPlant, PDMS, PlantSpace and PDS pose unique challenges when attempting to "share" the work.  Each vendor of these model centric solutions has developed their own schema for sharing the model.  In most cases a form of model check-out is used to parse out portions of the model to individual users.  In Revit this is done with “Worksharing” and the creation of “worksets."          

The schema provided by Autodesk to accomplish Worksharing is well defined and when used correctly ensures that conflicts within a project do not occur.  This schema works well when all project participants are located within the same office and connected to the Central File via a LAN connection.  Severe performance Issues arise when attempting to incorporate Remote Users into the Workshare of a project. 

Traditionally, we’ve not been able to consolidate hardware in remote offices - let alone remote users attempting to use the Autodesk Workshare schema.  This is due primarily to our Wide Area Network (WAN) connections.  The speed of these connections has simply been too slow.  WAN speeds do not provide for the adequate delivery of the Revit worksets, and the "Save to Central" and "Reload Latest" functions add to the dilemma.   Adding bandwidth alone, in an effort to address the speed problem, does nothing to address the real issue - latency, and the way that the transmission protocol (TCP/IP) is designed. 


With Riverbed Steelhead devices combined with the enhanced Riverbed Service Platform (RSP) - we can use today’s technology, and your existing connections, to show you how to remove your remote office server infrastructure, while at the same time enhancing your digital communication capability - allowing remote users to Workshare at near LAN like performance.  What is really great is that -  We can prove it on your network.  

We invite you to join us for a live WEBINAR - which will demonstrate how we can accomplish what we have detailed below - just hit the link on the bottom of this page to see when the next event is schedule.  If you prefer we do have a recorded version of that presentation that you can access here.   

How would the introduction of Riverbed reflect positively on your organization and what hard dollars could be attributed to this increase in productivity?  If we concentrate solely on the time savings related to working within the Revit environment, with dispersed teams, we can show significant savings.  Since the work process associated with Revit differs from organization to organization - how often is a Save to Central and Reload Latest mandated - it is difficult to provide a standard dollar amount that can be saved.  However, if we make some general assumptions we can provide some guidance.

Take the time not lost figure and multiply that by the number of team members working on a given project.  For a smaller project - probably three to five, for a larger project - probably six to eight.  Now take that number and multiply it by the number of days you work per week.  Now take that weekly number and multiply by 4.2 to see the impact on a monthly basis.  Based on a $70.00 burden per employee you should see numbers in the $6,000 to $16,500 range.  Can you really afford not to be using Riverbed Steelhead?  

You can grab a copy of our document - Time is Money - which details our assumptions and shows you the results of Performance Testing that was done with Revit 2008 and 2009.  Just hit this link and the document will download to you system.

If you have any questions, please give us a call or drop us an e-mail.  We look forward to hearing from you . . . .

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