For Revit users working from home, there are four main options recommended by Autodesk for those users who are working with a Revit workflow (more on Central Files later).
Options will include:
Autodesk BIM360 is a cloud solution which enables users Revit file access whilst working remotely through the internet. BIM360 Design unlocks the worksharing capability in Revit, by hosting the central files within the Autodesk cloud servers, which gives users a lot of flexibility as models are accessed from anywhere with internet connectivity. Please note, a Revit installation is still required in order to perform changes on these files.
However, for those users only needing to simply review models, they can jump into the web browser and start reviewing geometry information without having Revit installed. Autodesk BIM360 is a great tool for teams of users to collaborate with.
Remote Desktop Access
Remote Desktop Access allows users to access their work computer from a different device. Remote Desktop Access can be achieved either through the built-in Windows Remote Desktop application or alternatively, through other 3rd party applications such as Chrome, Team Viewer, etc.
The downside of Remote Desktop Access is that the workstation computer must be switched on for the remote desktop client at home to connect with it.
Revit Server enables multiple office locations to work collaboratively through a WAN. Whilst this may sound like a good solution (as Revit Server is available free of charge), it may not be ideal for remote access across multiple locations such as when individuals are working from home.
Citrix allows a centralised server for virtual machines and software access, which enables users to work remotely. This work environment requires specific hardware and is heavily reliant on an IT Administrator in order to configure and ensure users can access and work in this environment. On the plus side, updates and software installations are centralised, ensuring that everyone is using the same updates and versions of software, graphics card, etc.
While many are looking for the best solution to work from home using Revit, a few key points may be considered:
- Internet connectivity speed
- Hardware – minimum system requirements to run Revit
- IT support
Before deciding on an option, please read through the below Autodesk article for more details about hardware requirements, along with the pro & cons of the options listed above.
And please reach out to A2K Technologies for the best advice and recommendations on your current work situation.