With the progression of the COVID-19 in Australia, Cadgroup has been receiving considerable amount of inquiries from Revit-based design offices on how to set up the software to enable staff members to work from home (WFH). In the following I will break the tasks into two main categories, licensing and cloud software of choices.
Autodesk recently announced the “extended access program” which is intended to assist Autodesk customers to facilitate their staff working from home. We’ll deal specifically with the BIM360 side of things here as we feel that this is of great interest to our customers. It’s also an area of the announcement that we feel can be explained in more detail.
If you are bringing your work laptop home to carry on your office tasks, no change needs to be made. This blog post is for Bluebeam Revu users who are trying to install Bluebeam on their home PC and use the office license. To move your office Bluebeam license to your home PC:
Whilst that's taken care of the licensing and setup of the applications, perhaps the even bigger consideration that is vitally important for Revit users to consider is that of how to access the Project Files and how to collaborate with others on the Revit Project if necessary.
Home Usage licenses allow your users access software on an on-going basis on a non-transportable home-based computer in addition to the ones installed on your office-based machines. This is a subscription benefit and it excludes devices, such as laptops, that could potentially be used both in the office and out of the office.
If you’re using Vault, you’d be aware that one of the key advantages of using Vault is that files are downloaded to your local working folder from the server, so you’re working on the files locally before sending them back up to the Vault server when you’re done. You’re also not worried about anyone overwriting your files. How does this now happen when working from home?
If you have a HP Z-class desktop or mobile workstation, you have access to a HP's proprietary Z Central Remote Boost (formerly known as RGS). It allows you to access your HP workstation from virtually anywhere, as long as you can access your office network via VPN.
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