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[Watch] Autodesk Maintenance & Subscription: Navigating the Change

[Watch] Autodesk Maintenance & Subscription: Navigating the Change

Recently, Autodesk announced changes to maintenance on perpetual licenses allowing users to switch to term subscription. This session addresses some of the key questions asked. We will review key dates, the options available to you when your Maintenance plan comes up for renewal, and example pricing to help you decide which approach is best for…

Get the Most Out of All That Software

Get the Most Out of All That Software

At the end of July, 2016, Autodesk ceased the sales of perpetual licenses, the type of license everyone has been using going back as far as 1984.  One of the results of this deadline was that in the preceding months, many of our clients purchased new licenses or upgraded their existing licenses to Building Design Suite,…

BIM for Small Businesses

BIM for Small Businesses

Many small firms are of the mind that BIM is only for large organizations. Our contention is that quite to the contrary, proper use of BIM is the great equalizer, letting smaller firms take on larger and more complex jobs, allowing more time for design with less fear of time lost during contract administration. There…

Are You Seeing a Return from your BIM Investment? (Part 2) – The Detail

In my last post, I talked about how firms should be analyzing their technology investment – specifically in BIM.  I made a statement that set out a few assumptions: “For a yearly expense equivalent to one person’s salary in a 20-30 person firm many could see such returns.  In any other walk of life that…

Are You Seeing a Return from your BIM Investment? (Part 1)

There are a lot of things in this world that I don’t understand – what seems logical to some, is not obvious to others. In our business at Summit, we deal with buildings and how to deliver them in a better way. So I should understand why people with expertise will argue against the logic…

BIM IS for small firms

Can Your [small] Office Benefit from BIM? Ever since our involvement in helping firms move to BIM, we have been frustrated by the common belief that BIM is for large firms. In fact, our belief is that it is the small firm that stands to gain the most from a proper BIM delivery. Let’s look…

BIM for Schools – An Obligation to Taxpayers

Will this new school benefit from the huge potential of BIM? We noticed last week that Kitsilano High School here in Vancouver, BC is going through a $60 million replacement project.  As Building Information Modeling (BIM) integrators, we should be aware of any new project of this magnitude, but this one jumped out at me since…

The Cloud vs. The Useful Cloud

vs. There has been a lot written about the reality of working in a common BIM between offices. There are many reasons for doing this – in fact, it represents the true way that BIM actually makes sense. Let’s look first at the reasons. Multiple offices of one company want to work together Two different…

Rehash – News from the Factory and Autodesk Labs

Check out these posts from Inside the Factory and Autodesk Labs. Revit 2012 Wiki Help is Live http://insidethefactory.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/04/revit-2012-wiki-help-is-live.html From the Factory: Revit Wiki Help contains all the Autodesk Help content and will also be available for users to contribute their own tips, videos. The wiki can be accessed at this URL http://wikihelp.autodesk.com/Revit/enu/2012 Updated Project Neon…

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