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 Sourcceable.net 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 Sourceable.net


 

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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Topics: autodesk 2016 subscription service, autodesk revit 2016, sourceable.net, Autodesk Software Rental Program, autocad software rental, Revit-BIM Trends, how to implement revit, revit software rental, Owners Revit BIM, Autodesk Desktop Subscription

New Revit-BIM LOD Standards Mean Business

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Aug 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

I authored two articles for an Australian design + construction news site; that demonstrate Revit-BIM Level-Of-Detail (LOD) standards are not very new and how they’re driving business.

Revit-BIM Level-Of-Development (LOD) standards integrated our initial BIM Level-Of-Detail standards; which now has LOD functioning as a lightweight project management tool.

--- Design – Construction Processes Trending BIM-Dependent ---

 LOD is measuring\monitoring the projects'design + construction progress and completion deadlines. LOD is becoming a functional ingredient to Owners' BIM Execution Plans; while improving the model-building communications between project team members.

LOD is demonstrating its potential to measure Return-On-Investment (ROI) for individual Revit and/or BIM processes.

Here are the links to both articles:

Article #1:

Early Level-of-Detail Transitions to BIM Level-of-Development

Article #2:

BIM Level-of-Development (LOD) Driving BIM ROI

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Topics: building information modeling, revit lod, revit level of detail, Revit Return-On-Investment, Bradley BIM, bim lod, sourceable.net, revit level of development, Revit Training-Education, BIM Execution Contracts, Revit-BIM Trends, Owners Revit BIM

Pre-built Manufacturer Revit-BIM Content Can Deliver Savings

Posted by Daniel Hughes on May 9, 2016 7:30:00 PM

My April 2014 Revit \ BIM article for Sourceable.net (Australia) reviews the potential savings from carefully selected, pre-built Building Product Manufacturers' (BPM) BIM content for BIM-based projects and office BIM standards.

Sourceable.net (Australia) Article

Pre-built Manufacturer BIM Content Can Deliver Savings

Excerpt: Leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software packages such as Autodesk Revit, Bentley Microstation, Graphisoft ArchiCAD and Nemetschek Vectorworks provide libraries of free generic BIM content in their respective BIM file formats.

However; without reliable BIM content produced by Building Product Manufacturers (BPM), projects produced by designers with BIM software; will be greatly limited to create accurate construction documents.

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Pre-built Manufacturer BIM Content Can Deliver Savings

My thanks to Excel Engineering Inc in Fond Du Lac Wisconsin for their permission to use their CrossWay Church \ Germantown WI Revit project image for my Sourceable.net BIM BPM article.

Additional Building Product Manufacturer (BIM) Content Articles

My First 5 Revit Family Manufacturer Content Websites

Bentley AECOsim Building Designer Reads Manufacturer Revit Family Files

Bradley BIM Library Available for Vectorworks Service Select Members

Bradley Revit Family Secrets | LOD – Level of Development

Key Costs for Building Revit Families

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Topics: building information modeling, autodesk revit implementation, revit family library costs, excel engineering wisconsin, autodesk seek building product manufacturer librar, graphisoft archicad, sourceable.net, Vectorworks Service Select Members, Bentley AECOsim Building Designer, Revit Training-Education, Vectorworks Bradley BIM Library, Revit-BIM Trends, how to implement revit, download free revit family, revit building product manufacturer, Bradley International, building revit family costs

Low-Cost Revit Implementation Strategy That Wins Business

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Mar 15, 2016 4:38:00 AM

My Sourcceable.net BIM article features a creative, business development strategy for any firm to transition from AutoCAD to Revit. More than 15% of my clients initiated and completed this lower-cost Revit implementation strategy; that spans one year.

This process minimizes the initial staff training costs and non-billable time. It positively engages the owner- executive team as we utilize existing software inventory --while limiting the new equipment investment.

--- Key to Lowering BIM Software and Implementation Costs ---

The process features a "Plan B" -- for if or when the initial Revit team is feeling overwhelmed by a tight schedule and can't complete the project in Revit.

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Topics: Bradley BIM, revit family standards, sourceable.net, Revit implementation strategy, revit implementation planning, low cost revit implementation, how to implement revit, business development strategy, revit family training, efficient revit family standards, bim implementation planning, revit training class

Design - Construction Processes Trending BIM-Dependent

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Mar 14, 2016 8:00:00 AM

My February 2015 Revit \ BIM article for Sourceable.net (Australia) highlights several BIM-driven processes that are trending BIM-dependent.

Sourceable.net (Australia) Article

Trending From BIM-Driven to BIM-Dependent

Excerpt: The leading BIM software packages (Autodesk Revit, Bentley Microstation, Graphisoft ArchiCAD and Nemetschek Vectorworks) have demonstrated successful live BIM project applications for more than 10 years.Larger design and construction firms have established BIM mandates for their projects and project teams.

These firms are integrating new cost and time-saving BIM-driven, collaborative workflow processes into their organizations. As they deliver more competitive and efficient design-construction processes; they trend BIM-dependent to support the firms' new design and business processes.

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Topics: Bradley Australia, building information modeling, bim mandate, bradley international plumbing products, sourceable.net, Construction Revit BIM, bradley international washroom accessories, revit mandate, Revit-BIM Trends, bim process mandate, Owners Revit BIM, Bradley International

Bradley International | Bradley Australia | Bradley BIM Initiative

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Apr 30, 2014 7:12:15 AM

Download: Bradley_International_Project_Installation_Profile_Sheet

For more than 45 years - Bradley International Team has served the global design & construction markets with commercial plumbing fixtures, safety and emergency fixtures and commercial toilet-washroom accessories in these countries: Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Europe, Mexico, South America, China, Korea, UAE \ Saudi Arabia and Middle East.

Bradley Australia

Launching the MODLAR Bradley Revit Library agreement; coincides with Bradley Corporation's 2014 expanded product line agreements with Bradley Australia.

Bradley International Team Members (not all present) with Ossie Newhouse & Warren Newhouse Bradley Australia Owners

Bradley Australia (not owned by Bradley Corporation) is now offering the Bradley Product Revit models; for Bradley products hat are sold in Australia and New Zealand.

Ossie Newhouse (left) and Warren Newhouse | Bradley Australia Owners

Watch for MODLAR and Bradley Australia updates throughout 2014.

MODLAR - Bradley BIM Library Link

Bradley BIM is expanding access of the Bradley Corporation Revit Library (1,000 Revit families) through a hosting service agreement with MODLAR.com.

Related Autodesk Articles:

Download Complete Bradley Revit Family Library (1000 Families) – Download All Options

Download Bradley Revit Family Library From Autodesk Seek Building Product Manufacturer Revit Library

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Topics: Bradley Australia, australian design construction website, free revit australia library, Bradley BIM, bradley international plumbing products, sourceable.net, bradley corporation, bradley international washroom accessories, bradley washroom accessories, modlar bradley revit library, bradley global product installations, Bradley International Team, Bradley International

Sourceable.net - Australia | Cloud-based BIM Surging in 2014

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Feb 3, 2014 5:06:44 PM

I authored my first monthly article for the Australian architecture, construction, design, engineering and facility management website -- Sourceable.net

I'm authoring a monthly article on behalf of the Bradley BIM Initiative; with a technical focus on a variety of facility design and construction topics.

This month's article is titled; Cloud-based BIM to Take off in 2014.

Related Article

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Bradley BIM Articles

Download Complete Bradley Revit Family Library (1000 Families) – Download All Options

Download Bradley Revit Family Library From Autodesk Seek Building Product Manufacturer Revit Library

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Topics: Bradley Australia, bradley bim initiative, bimstop bradley revit library, australian design construction website, cloud storage services, bim cloud services, sourceable.net, bim cloud computing, Revit-BIM Trends, Bradley International

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