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    Worksharing & Remote Offices

    It's exciting to see the possibilities that Revit Server has for the future, but as of right now I am in need to communicate with an office in another state without it.

    Does anyone here have any experience in this area? Both offices will be using Revit and work is to be split between the two offices. What would be the best approach for managing a Revit model between the two offices?

    It seems that if both offices are linking each other's models there might be a problem with Revit and a circular chain of links. I'm not sure on that.

    I don't really want to maintain two separate Revit files that behave independent of each other but that seems like the simplest choice although it probably won't be the easiest in terms of project management...

    I'm open to any suggestions.
    Chad Koscinski | Architect

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    All I can say it circular referencing has no issues in Revit. I did a project with 3 models all linked into eachother. No issues.
    -Alex Cunningham

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      #3
      I know that a lot of students over here (in Denmark), use dropbox to enable worksharing when working with group assignments. Steve also have a blog post on Revit/Dropbox here. :beer:
      Klaus Munkholm
      "Do. Or do not. There is no try."

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        #4
        Thanks for the link! One issue I can see with that is both architecture firms will be working on the Revit file concurrently. Like Steve said in his blog post, Dropbox allows both users to 'check out' the same elements and whoever uploads their updated file to the server first will retain their work while the other user will lose theirs....

        It seems that we would rather have duplicated work than lost work. Not sure. Thanks for the idea, though!
        Last edited by Chadwick17; January 11, 2011, 05:42 AM. Reason: spelling
        Chad Koscinski | Architect

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          #5
          OK, admitted ! I did not read the entire blog post, but from what I´ve heard, the students have this set up to work pretty well - I´ll try to get some more details on how they did it.
          Klaus Munkholm
          "Do. Or do not. There is no try."

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            #6
            Chad, it turns out that the students have had the same experience, so they try not to work concurrently... So in your case I would not recommend the dropbox solution.

            If you have some spare computers in one of the offices, Remote Desktop Connections would be another cheap (free) solution... ?

            And you´re probably aware of VPN solutions, Riverbed, etc... ?
            Klaus Munkholm
            "Do. Or do not. There is no try."

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              #7
              Originally posted by Munkholm View Post
              Chad, it turns out that the students have had the same experience, so they try not to work concurrently... So in your case I would not recommend the dropbox solution.

              If you have some spare computers in one of the offices, Remote Desktop Connections would be another cheap (free) solution... ?

              And you´re probably aware of VPN solutions, Riverbed, etc... ?
              Riverbed servers are very expensive. If your company has (I think its 20k+/- per server) the money I can explain them to you more. They would not be the ideal solution for your requirments I feel.

              RDC remote desktop connection works fairly well. This allows the remote used to use a local computer. It used limited bandwidth and wouldn't have much cost related to setting it up. There are a few issues, I'll try to find the blog about it.

              VPN would only be recomended if you have a very very very big internet connection. I am talking T3 or more. I know here in the states Comcast internet could be plausable for this.

              I am not sure what your IT department consists of but on any of these solutions you will need to have them be invloved.

              Best of luck, let me know if you have any questions.
              -Alex Cunningham

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                #8
                Alex -

                Thanks for the info. We are a firm only 10 employees large - Riverbed is definitely out of the question. We don't have very good bandwidth as far as the internet goes. The IT department consists of me and a fellow employee who happen to have more knowledge in this area than the rest of the firm - so it kind of defaults to us...
                Chad Koscinski | Architect

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                  #9
                  I would recomend RDC connections then. If at all possiable I would also upgrade the OS to Windows 7 Pro. RDC is built into Pro and W7 has the updated version of RDC.
                  -Alex Cunningham

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                    #10
                    We're all running Win7 x64 Pro so that shouldn't be an issue. I've tried Remote Desktop Connection through Windows Live Mesh - is this what you are talking about? The couple times I used it, it seemed a little laggy... maybe not the same thing.
                    Chad Koscinski | Architect

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