Revit Server

By Ian Fordham

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Banyards are pleased to announce the successful installation of Autodesk’s Revit Server across all three of our design offices to facilitate the collaboration of shared projects with all members of the design team across the company’s wide area network (WAN).  Since the beginning of the year the new software has proved to be a valuable investment that has improved and simplified the communication on projects between the offices.

The use of Revit Server allows design engineers within Tonbridge, London & Manchester to collaborate on the central model of a shared project alleviating the issues encountered with work-sharing on a central model within a local area network (LAN).  Banyards Revit Server network consists of the Tonbridge server being configured as the Host Revit Server where the project central models are stored, with the London and Manchester servers being configured as Revit Accelerators which provide faster access to the host server.

When working on a Revit project, design engineers will be working in a local copy of the central model stored on their computer.  The central model remains on the Revit server host.  Whilst the engineer is working on the project, the Revit Accelerator constantly requests updated information from the Revit Server Host that stores the central model, using available network capacity over the WAN.  The updated version of the model is stored on the local Revit Accelerator ensuring the updates are readily available when requested.

When the engineer updates via Reload Latest, the local model is updated with the information already stored on the local Revit Accelerator and the Accelerator checks the Host for any additional updates.  As the majority of the updated information has already been transferred to the Accelerator the local model is updated quickly via the local area network (LAN) – the engineer does not have to wait for all the information to be updated over the wide area network (WAN) as previously.  Synchronising with the Central model, a Reload Latest operation will update the local model with changes made by other engineers.  The central model is also updated to reflect the changes made to the local model.  

The key function of the Revit Server network is the constant communication between the Host and Accelerators transferring the update information across the WAN resulting in faster updates / synchronisation of the local model, reducing the waiting time and negating file access errors.

Following the Revit Server installation / set up at the end of 2017 and successful trial with the Server operation resolving all previous operational issues we are proceeding to use the Revit Server network for all new Revit projects.

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