Revit - AutoCAD Software Rental Licensing | 3 Financial Advantages

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Sep 27, 2016 9:48:00 AM

Three Winning Advantages of BIM Software Rental Licensing

My April article highlights three financial situations; where current BIM-CAD software licensing; became an extreme financial liability. It recently affected hundreds of firms and thousands of design, engineering and construction professionals.

BIM and CAD software licensing has been transitioning toward subscription-only programs. These programs are best described as pay-as-you-go, software rental, subscription or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) programs.

In 2016, Autodesk Subscription Licensing Programs begin a major transition to BIM-CAD software rental or pay-as-you-go licensing programs. As new licensing is incrementally rolled out, this model will eventually become the standard software delivery-access process for design professionals.

If Revit-AutoCAD software rental licensing had been available prior to 2009 --the financial and employment impact on the AECO market would have been different.

These 3 perpetual license situations affected hundreds of my clients, colleagues and my career.

  1. Firms Had More Revit \ BIM Software Licenses Than Employed Staff

  2. Firms Assumed Long-term License Costs (Ownership) for Short-Term Team Projects

  3. Firms' Revit \ BIM Software Start-Up Costs and ROI Payback Time Were Painfully Long

After I highlight the affects of perpetual licensing of these 3 situations, I review how the availability of Rental \ Subscription Licensing could have avoided the financial chaos:

Three Winning Advantages of BIM Software Rental Licensing

Daniel Hughes April BIM Article for


Autodesk Licensing Over 30 Years - It's Time for a Transition

My first PC CAD software license was AutoCAD 1.x (1984) and my first BIM software license was Revit 4.0 (2002) The AutoCAD software was a perpetual license but the Revit license was an annual subscription (rental) license.

The AutoCAD perpetual license worked 24\7\365 --and allowed us to choose when or if we upgraded to the next software version. The Revit subscription (rental) license worked for 12 months and then required payment to run for another 12 months.

There was the infamous AutoCAD 2.5x software license; that included a hardware lock (licensing) device. The device connected to the computer’s parallel port (printer) to verify that it was a legal license. Without the hardware lock, the CAD software license would not to run. Eventually, Autodesk issued authentication codes with software licenses; that needed to be entered at the time of installation.

--- Revit 2016 – AutoCAD 2016 Software Licensing | Reducing Cost of Ownership ---

My Revit subscription (rental) license periodically “pinged” the Revit Corporate web license server to authenticate my laptop license. However, a few times when Revit tried to authenticate the license; I was not connected to the internet.

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Revit 2016 New Features List \ Videos-Downloads-System Requirements

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Apr 14, 2015 5:28:23 AM

In the Fold presented one of the first Revit 2016 New Features List with "Autodesk Unveils 2016 Suites for Building and Civil Infrastructure Industries". The Autodesk Design Suites continue the integration and delivery of multiple Autodesk products to their customers.

It comments and features links to Autodesk Building Design Suite 2016, Infrastructure Design Suite 2016, 3ds Max 2016, Navisworks Simulate and Manage 2016, AutoCAD 2016, AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016, Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2016, InfraWorks 360, Autodesk Recap 2016,

The Autodesk Revit 2016 Product Page provides a summary of Revit 2016 New Features for architecture, engineering, construction and and subscription users.

View images and videos to see how Revit® software delivers Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools for architectural design, MEP engineering, structural engineering, and construction, and enables coordination between disciplines.

Autodesk Revit 2016 New Features | YouTube Playlist

View the list of 25+ videos within the Revit 2016 New Features Playlist

Revit 2016 – AutoCAD 2016 Software Licensing | Reducing Cost of Ownership

Revit 2016 and AutoCAD 2016 will be the last versions offered with Perpetual Licensing for Stand-Alone Desktop Software. Autodesk Software Licensing for standalone desktop software will transition from perpetual licensing to desktop subscription licensing on February 1, 2016. The details of Autodesk Suite licensing are outlined in this article.

The Autodesk Revit System Requirements Page has been updated for Revit 2016.

Download Revit 2016 30-Day Trial Software Page or Go to your Autodesk Subscription Website \ Download Your Revit 2016 Update.

View Autodesk Revit LT 2016 Comparison Feature Chart between Revit Building Design Suites 2016 and Autodesk Revit LT 2016.

We'll post additional Revit 2016 Product Reviews and Videos links in this article; as they become available.

  1. Revit 2016's New Physical-Realistic Rendering Engine | AECbytes
  2. That Time of Year Again - Revit 2016 | Revit OpEd - Steve Stafford
  3. Revit 2016 - What's New? - A Commentary | Revit Rants

In August 2014, What Revit Wants published an extensive list of Revit 2016 features for the Revit Sundial (cloud-hosted) software. Compare this list to the final Revit 2016 New Features.

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