Success Story Overview
Formerly known as Collaboration for Revit or C4R, BIM360 Design allows multiple stakeholders to contribute to a central model, or aggregation of models, in the cloud. Many people experience poor performance, due to long load times. Faith Technologies approached BIMBOX with this issue. They had just started a large project and load times had jumped from 15 minutes to 45 minutes and the 30 minute increase across their team was costing them over $100,000 per month.
After a few calls to diagnose the issue, BIMBOX Technical Specialists found that the major performance issue with BIM360 Design came in the local versus cloud comparison that takes place during loads and saves. In order to know what changes have been made, the solution compares the cloud model to the local files. The comparison takes place inside of Revit, so it is a single core drive process.
The optimal system for this process is the Stryker, due to the incredibly high clock speed. Chief Technology Officer Buck Davis flew out to Faith Technology’s office with one of the Stryker workstations and participated in side-by-side tests with several other manufacturers. Due to the fact the Stryker system has a 30% higher core clock speed, Buck completed the file loading 25% faster than the next fastest system.
BIMBOX was also able to cut the load times from their existing systems, which were taking 45 minutes, down to under 7. Faith projected they would recoup the hardware investment in three months and when BIMBOX followed up, they reported that per an internal tracker, they had done it in a little under 3 minutes.
There is no getting around it- if you work with files, you must load them and save them when you finish your work. Many BIMBOX clients open and save multiple projects with multiple linked files in each. Loading times can be one of the biggest unseen wastes of a company’s resources. At BIMBOX, Technical Specialists recently created a personalized Revit Benchmark, in partnership with another client. When this client was evaluating the hardware for their VDC team to standardize, they found that there were not many good ways to truly evaluate VDC workflows.
The historical Revit Benchmark (RFO Bench) that was available from the Revit forum was too simple and did not stress the system enough or simulate the way this team was leveraging the software. When working with large mechanical models, big project files, and even point clouds, this can make even a fast system slow down without the right cooling and other ancillary components. Out of 5 workstations that were evaluated by the team, the BIMBOX Stryker performed the benchmark 39% faster, which is why this company now runs Stryker II workstations.