Sharing BIM Files

How do you share large BIM files today?

How do you share large files at work? We’ve spoken with BIM consultants, designers, project managers, engineers, and others who have had trouble sharing large files in the past, and many still do. Before cloud storage and computer networking, we would share computer files on a floppy disc, CD, or a USB stick.

But we’re not interested in reviewing the old ways of  sharing large BIM files–we want you to know the best way to share large BIM files.

As more and more people use cloud services  to store and share files, many industries have adopted customized cloud tools to share their work.

We’ve outlined the different tools that people in architecture, engineering, construction, and manufacturing use to transfer and work on large files, and the benefits and pitfalls of each.

Networked Solutions

On-premise servers have gotten a bad rap lately, and they kind of deserve it. We’re not talking about Hillary’s email server, we’re talking about enterprise level security through the use of on-premise client-server configurations (read: wasted corporate space hosting rooms and rooms of servers and squandered budget on server software and IT maintenance, updates, and bug fixes).

It’s time to move past sharing large files in local (LAN) and wide area networks (WAN). These solutions only offer a way to send and share files within your network, so if you’re working with another company on a project, these solutions won’t work for you.

Yes, your files are secure and located near you, but what happens when you run out of space? Buy more real estate, rent more rooms, send more money into the infinite sinkhole of server hosting?!

No! Join the ranks of companies like Google, Box, and yours truly, Autodesk, and collaborate instead of merely sharing and sending.

Cloud Storage

There are a bevy of cloud storage solutions, and they all pretty much enable you to do the same thing: store files, send files, and retrieve files. This is leaps and bounds better than the above-mentioned on-premises solutions. No more wasted space and complete scale is at your fingertips. Run out of space, just click a button and add more.

Not to mention, all of your files are accessible from anywhere without the hassle of a remote desktop solution.

But can you cloud storage solution open RVT or CAD files? Can you view BIM models or 2D drawings on the go, right in your browser?

Collaborative File Sharing Methods

Project based collaboration takes cloud storage to the next level, providing industry specific features on top of a cloud storage solution, like the ability to view and interact with your files, share live views of 3D models with anyone, comment and markup the latest files.

Collaborative cloud solutions like A360 Team also eliminate the need for file labeling by version—version history is built into the platform in addition to the ability to take a look back at changes to a particular file or folder over the history of a project.

See how Bates Architects uses A360 to share and collaborate on files to deliver a $150 million hospital renovation project.

Start your free trial today and get your team collaborating instead of just sending and receiving files.

Alison Geering-Kline

Alison Geering-Kline is a Marketing Manager for A360. Outside the office, Alison loves traveling, working on design projects, and seeing live music.

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