We were looking to overcome some business challenges :
- Typical CAD workstations are high-end machines with high-end prices and we needed to find a way to make it much more cost effective.
- Rendering plans into 3D images is CPU intensive, and time consuming, often taking several minutes for complex projects. Those minutes add up, and they become lost time for the operator. If we could reduce the downtime, there were immediate productivity gains
- We also had to find a way to make managing the platform easy. These are innovative tools, and they keep advancing. Updates are regular and we had to find a way of making them simple to apply, minimising the downtime.
Kinetics worked with Stephenson and Turner to design a solution. Revit was the BIM tool of choice, and our project was designed to meet the challenges outlined above. We searched internationally to find examples we could draw on, and we piloted a number of technologies to find a solution. After testing and evaluating a number of technologies from blade PCs through to many desktop virtualisation products, we discovered that the Microsoft solution held significant advantages. From the start, the system management worked seamlessly with the existing Microsoft infrastucture, immediately reducing administration overheads, and the performance was outstanding.
We built a private cloud, named Stratus, using high-availability designs operating from secure locations in both Auckland and Wellington to ensure complete redundancy. The performance, reliability and user experience combined to move all Revit work to the cloud, with overwhelming user support. Within weeks all Revit use had transferred to the Stratus cloud.