Friday, September 18, 2009

Design in the Cloud? BIM software as a service?

It's Alive in the Labs posted a link to Project Twitch today. Here you can us Revit, Inventor, or AutoCAD without installing it. What? It's called Cloud Computing or Software as a Service and software (in some sectors) is moving to this model.

The advantages are that you can access the application from anywhere (limited to 1000 mi from the server in this preview) and not just at your desktop and the system requirements should be less. Be sure to read about the other limitations of this technology preview. No saving or uploading your files. This isn't for production, it's for "fun."

Given court rulings such as Vernor v. Autodesk, I wouldn't be surprised if ALL Autodesk software eventually moves to a similar model. With a delivery method similar to this ADSK could shut off the service (just like the power company) if you didn't pay your bill or didn't use the product according to your agreement. I think it would also cut down on pirated software, since you would need access to their server to run the software at all.

Could this be the next iteration of Subscription? Hmmmmmm

Friday, September 11, 2009

In Remembrance- 9/11/2001

Never Forget...
All gave some, and Some gave all.

In Remembrance of the 2700+...

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

"If you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance even less."

I don't know what was the context for the above quote from General Eric Shinseki, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, but I think it sums up the BIM movement very well.

This comes from an article posted over on Revit

You an also jumped directly to the article. Please read this if you want to know what BIM can do for you and why you need to be thinking about a new way of deliverying information to the players involved in your projects.