Presentation on theme: "DT134-1: BIM Infrastructure Best Practices David J Pluke Principal / VP of Technology."— Presentation transcript:
DT134-1: BIM Infrastructure Best Practices David J Pluke Principal / VP of Technology
Why are we here? Today's BIM procedures and programs place a high demand on your IT infrastructure. In this session, we'll discuss needs, identify potential weak links in your chain, prioritize upgrades, and develop a plan of attack to eliminate IT impediments to user productivity. Topics: Network Transport Workstation Configuration and Operating Systems File Storage and Maintenance Tips on optimizing WAN Performance Collaborating with the Outside World Develop an Upgrade Strategy Q&A?
Speaker Bio: Dave Pluke served as a Principal and VP of Technology at a mid- sized Structural Engineering firm in Saint Paul, MN. Dave joined the firm in 1988 with the charge of forming their CAD Department. Once its heavily customized AutoCAD environment was up to speed, Dave redirected his focus to the challenges of Information Technology. Acknowledgements: Jamie Richardson, Associate and BIM/CAD Manager @ ER&A Scott Beckman, Partner @ UrbanWorks Architecture AUGI Forums Wes Macauley @ Craven | Huston | Powers | Architects Clark Nexsen Architecture & Engineering
Concepts: Distribute Functionality – Centralize Services Bigger is Better (display and connectivity-wise) Smaller is also Better (file-wise) Use the right tool for the job Optimal BIM performance requires Care and Feeding Even the best stuff eventually becomes obsolete
Network: GB to Workstations – GB or better to Servers Verify cabling plant supports this Isolate BIM network traffic VLANs or discrete network Deploy Managed Switches and verify configs Internet / WAN links Utilize Ethernet, where available Investigate 4G Wireless Consider shorter term Contracts
Local Workstations: CPU: Dual Core minimum Opt for faster speed over add'l cores Xeon vs. i7 ? AMD? RAM: 8GB minimum / 12GB recommended Leave room for add'l memory Hard Drives: Fast (SAS, if possible) O/S Drive: minimize Windows Swap File Space 2 nd Drive: Use entirely for Windows Swap File Operating System: 64-bit mandatory Verify compatibility with all applications
Workstation Graphics: Dual Displays Allows full screen for Modeling 2 nd display for email, CAD, docs, etc. As large as budget and space will allow Display Adapter(s): 512MB RAM minimum Not just for Gamers anymore It's a Moving Target: DirectX / Direct 3D / What next? Driver version vs. Application version Autodesk Compatibility Guide & AUGI
File Storage / Management: BIM files on fast Server Drives Watch for auto-migration on SAN / NAS Cluster / Cache at multiple locations Solution must protect file integrity Document Management Solutions? Autodesk Vault Newforma ProjectWise others? Archiving procedures Stagnant or Dynamic?
WAN Optimization: Software or Hardware Solutions Compress - Transmit - Decompress Code Patterns / DeDuplicate Data Cache Files Locally Remote Graphics / Desktop Goals: Speed up apparent time to open, save and close files / apps Preserve WAN bandwidth for other services Ensure integrity of files at all times Trade-offs: Cost May require re-structuring of files / folders / maps
WAN Optimization: Vendors Riverbed Steelhead GlobalScape (Availl) WAFS Blue Coat (aka Packeteer, Tacit) Cisco WAAS HP Remote Graphics Microsoft (Branch Cache) Expand Networks Juniper Networks The Lower the Bandwidth, the Larger the Impact Latency is a major factor in Performance Mobile solutions can be ideal for Remote Offices / Workforce
Collaboration tips: Transfer smallest file possible DWF vs.rvt If.rvt, then detach and purge Open only necessary Worksets Live Collaboration Platform Requires high degree of trust Initial cost may be substantial Automate Transfers of Updates / Conversions of Files Autodesk Buzzsaw Horizontal Glue Platform …others? Never let Technology get in the way of Communication!
Upgrade Strategy: New Workstations, where possible Existing (Dual Core) Workstations 64-bit O/S - 8GB RAM - 2 nd Disk - Video < $500 ...even less, if Microsoft VLA for Windows Upgrade (at least) BIM network WAN Optimization on smaller pipes Renegotiate Contracts on existing pipes Replace aging Physical Servers with Virtualized Servers Get Refresh Cycles back on track
Additional Resources AUGI Forums forums.augi.com forums.augi.com BIM-Ready Blog www.BIM-Ready.com www.BIM-Ready.com Contact me at: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org What is the future of Autodesk’s DTMC ? Stay tuned!
Are we glad we came? Quick Summary: Network Transport Workstation Configuration and Operating Systems File Storage and Maintenance Tips on optimizing WAN Performance Collaborating with the Outside World Develop an Upgrade Strategy What did we miss (Q & A, if there’s time)?