Revit Collaboration Strategies Presentation

Last year, in October of 2017, Chris France, Regional President of Advance2000, presented some useful Revit collaboration strategies to the Orange County Revit User Group. In his presentation, Chris discussed the four aspects of the Revit Collaboration Matrix (App Local, Data Local, App Remote, and Data Remote), and the pros and cons of each strategy.

Below is Chris France’s full presentation, or you can view it on our YouTube channel here. We hope you find it as interesting and helpful as we did!

Revit Collaboration Strategies:

Created by Autodesk, Revit is building information modeling (BIM) software that allows users to create buildings, structures, components, etc. in both 2D and 3D. Architects, engineers, and designers often use Revit to collaborate on projects — even when members of the team are working in different locations. While collaborating in real-time, across geographical boundaries can be very challenging, there are plenty of Revit collaboration strategies you can follow to make your work easier to manage for all team members.

Virtual Designer Demo in a Virtual Desktop Environment

Hello everyone, this is Chris France with Advance2000.  I wanted to share this short video with you today so that you can see what you would experience should you request your own Virtual Desktop to test your design applications.

  1. First look at local laptop and see how you will connect into your Design Workstation
  2. In this Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), we have our “middle of the road” system with 32gb of RAM, 2gb graphics, and 4 CPU’s. We can add computing resources depending on your application needs.
  3. In my local home office, I have broadband from Time Warner Cable, 50×5 mbps service.  This is plenty of bandwidth to run a VDI from our datacenter.   In the datacenter, the VDI is also connected to the internet.  You’ll see my speedtest in the video that shows I have 200mb down and approx. 320mb upload from my VDI.  Your mileage will vary depending on the bandwidth your business has deployed.
  4. Catia – I have an x-wing fighter sample file that I pan/zoom/orbit in real time.
  5. Navisworks – sample file where I pan/zoom/orbit
  6. Revit – You can imagine how a team of Revit designers, each with their own VDI, can work on a project like they are all sitting in the same room. And they can physically be located anywhere in North America and some International locations.  Some of our current clients used the free demo we provide to test this collaboration themselves.  We supplied two demo workstations so they could test collaboration on a single model from two separate locations.If you’d like to try this out yourself, reach out to us and we’ll get you set up with a FREE DEMO.



Chris France

Regional President


Free Virtual Desktop Demo (blog post CTA)

PennFIRST Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Case Study

PennFIRST has successfully implemented an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Project using Advance2000’s Project Cloud Technology.

Penn Medicine’s newest facility will be delivered through an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) process. IPD is a highly collaborative project process that achieves better outcomes and reduces waste throughout the design and construction phases.

Collaboration is difficult to achieve and essential to project success. A borderless collaborative way to work promotes productivity and innovation. Projects need a way to facilitate work sharing between multiple firms to enhance communication and collaboration for its project.

IPD requires teams to work differently. For an IPD project to be successful the Building Design Team cannot work in isolation any longer. Teams that don’t work together don’t succeed. IPD is teams working together and communicating. How do multiple firms designing a hospital work together?

Advance2000 helps firms collaborate, innovate and promote the use of BIM and IPD. Advance2000’s Project Cloud creates a “Virtual Colocation” that allows real time collaboration with multiple firms. Advance2000’s Private Cloud solution is the engine to drive project collaboration and efficiency.

For more information, download the full CASE STUDY or contact us.

AEC B2B Project Cloud

Facilitating Real-Time Collaboration; Teresa James, Cloud CIO Advance2000

ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) is one of the largest events for the design and construction industry in the country, and the largest regional conference and tradeshow. The building industry varies dramatically from region-to-region due to issues of climate, geography, politics and economics. ABX and the Boston Society of Architects help build long-term relationships around these shared experiences and challenges. ABX offers new ways to work and collaborate, and new tools to help you push the boundaries of design and stay competitive.

Hear from Teresa James- Cloud CIO at Advance2000, about Advance2000 AEC B2B Project Cloud – Facilitating Real-Time Collaboration.


Everyday project teams internally and externally spend time waiting for data to be sent back and forth. Files are passed individual to individual, firm to firm. Large AEC files are resent multiple times due to corruptions or constantly retrieving/ syncing new datasets. Deadlines have to be extended due to technology hiccups or information is delayed and uncoordinated. Come learn how an AEC B2B Project Cloud changes this workflow improving a project team’s productivity, mobility and deliverance on time and under budget.

Teresa James is a Cloud CIO at Advance2000, a full-service IT engineering firm specializing in cloud computing. Her roots started in technology education and progressed to IT leadership.  In her 25+ years in information systems nothing makes her more excited than managing and developing solutions in the AEC industry where her last 17 years have been focused. She utilizes the Advance2000 cloud daily from the Boston area while the heart of the operation resides in Buffalo, NY.  Ms. James can be reached at or on LinkedIn,

Advance2000 BIM and The Cloud

Advance2000 AEC Collaboration Hub

The Advance2000 AEC Collaboration Hub is a network of BIM Clouds that allows every firm on the building design team to collaborate in real-time, as if they were sitting in the same physical office.

Our Private BIM Cloud supercharges a firm’s IT, and provides a way for teams to work together more effectively.  As Advance2000 BIM Cloud users become proficient working in this new environment, they can now include their partners, consultants and owners.  A firm can even invite consultants to work within their own private BIM Cloud.

Advance2000 is rapidly growing an ecosystem of AEC firms working together in our Collaboration Hub.  Any firm with a BIM Cloud within the Advance2000 AEC Collaboration Hub can easily “connect” their Cloud to any other firm to securely and efficiently collaborate on a project.

The Advance2000 AEC Collaboration Hub

LinkedIn Group: “Advance2000 AEC Collaboration Hub”
Advance2000 BIM Cloud clients may join this private LinkedIn Group to connect with one another.  So, when a Dallas Architect is looking for a Structural Engineer that knows Revit and is on our cloud, this forum is where they go to answer that question. This LinkedIn Group is for current Advance2000 private cloud clients. Members of this group are in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. These firms can not only network with each other on LinkedIn, but they can connect their clouds to collaborate in real-time on projects. Any employee from our clients’ firm will be admitted. If you’d like to join this group and you are not currently a client, please call 800-238-2621 or submit a request on to become a private cloud client. Join the LinkedIn Group: Advance2000 AEC Collaboration Hub Today!

AECBytes Article: AEC Collaboration Hub, by Chris France, President, Advance2000 NC
AECbytes is an online publication launched by Dr. Lachmi Khemlani in Nov 2003. It is focused on researching, analyzing, and reviewing technology products and services for the building industry. Every month, it publishes various articles including newsletters covering conferences and shows, reviews of products, feature articles profiling case studies of firms and projects that showcase the use of technology, viewpoint articles featuring contributions from industry leaders, and tips and tricks authored by experts in individual AEC applications. Now that the AEC industry has embraced BIM Cloud Computing, it’s now possible to “join” their BIM Clouds for real-time collaboration.  Check out our AECBYTES “Building the Future” Article (May 15, 2012) for more detailed information.