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BIMcloud — Frequently Asked Questions

BIMcloud — Frequently Asked Questions

What is the BIMcloud?

BIMcloud allows a BIM workflow on any network, hardware or software configuration, connecting teams and projects of any size or setup 24/7.

Is BIMcloud a solution or a service?

BIMcloud is a fully-fledged cloud-based collaboration solution that can be deployed in any public or private network environment.
Cloud Services vs. Cloud Soltuion

Is BIMcloud only compatible with ARCHICAD?

Currently, only GRAPHISOFT products such as ARCHICAD and BIMx can be directly connected to BIMcloud. However full BIM projects can be aggregated and coordinated in BIMcloud using the IFC connection and the MEP Modeler functionality of ARCHICAD.

What are the basic components of BIMcloud?

The GRAPHISOFT BIMcloud Solution consists of one central BIMcloud Manager, any number of BIMcloud Servers and any number of BIMcloud Clients (ARCHICAD, BIMx etc.) connected through the BIMcloud Manager. BIMcloud can be deployed on premise or in any private or public cloud platforms, and can be integrated with centrally managed company IT systems (e.g. “Active Directory”).

What basic components does the BIMcloud contain?

The BIMcloud Manager is the central component of the GRAPHISOFT BIMcloud Solutions that takes care of connecting all other components regardless of location (i.e. across the office, across town or around the world). BIMcloud Manager itself is free of BIM data. It contains only a single integrated list of all BIMcloud Servers, BIMcloud Projects and BIMcloud users with their defined roles and permissions.

The BIMcloud Servers store and serve the BIM projects for ARCHICAD, BIMx (and the future other) clients.

  • BIM projects can be freely moved between BIMcloud Servers within the same BIMcloud.
  • BIMcloud Server hardware can be freely altered without any interruption to the workflow of clients.
  • BIM project data is exclusively stored and managed by the particular BIMcloud Server where the shared project is located.

The BIMcloud Clients can access and manipulate the BIM project data from the BIMcloud Servers through the BIMcloud Manager’s interface. BIMcloud Clients can be computers in the office, mobile computers or mobile devices (i.e. tablets or smartphones, etc.) in any location.

How is the BIMcloud Licensed?

BIMcloud’s licensing scheme is based on the number of concurrent users accessing BIMcloud at the same time. Each connected user requires a BIMcloud User License. These BIMcloud User Licenses will behave the same way as ARCHICAD floating licenses: If the user closes ARCHICAD or BIMx the BIMcloud User License will be released on the server.

BIMcloud is freely scalable without any limitation by installing additional BIMcloud Servers on additional computers.

Can I use my existing ARCHICAD protection keys with my new BIMcloud licenses?

No, BIMcloud User Licenses require a separate key.

Can BIMcloud be deployed on Public/Private clouds?

Yes, BIMcloud can be deployed on both public as well as on private clouds. You can even install BIMcloud on any server computers kept in-house (on-premise).

How Secure is BIMcloud?

All BIMcloud components use standard http/https protocols to enable safe, secure access and communication between and among users regardless of their location. Use of http/https standards also helps manage total cost of ownership and avoid additional network infrastructure without any additional hardware or software componenets to be purchased.

Does BIMcloud require VPN connection?

No. BIMcloud works on any standard HTTP/HTTPS network connection with or without VPN from any remote location as well. For more information about the BIMcloud’s network setup, please visit our Help Center where new articles dedicated to BIMcloud appear on a regular basis.

Does BIMcloud require hardware accelerators for remote access?

No. The BIMcloud is purpose built to tolerate virtually infinite levels fo network latency and therefore eliminate the need and expense of special hardware or software to maintain “real-time” connectivity.

Will the BIMcloud be sold in every market where ARCHICAD is sold?

BIMcloud will be rolled out in many markets where ARCHICAD is being sold. However it does not automatically ship in every single one at the same time — so please contact your local GRAPHISOFT provider to find out availability in your market.

Is the BIMcloud available for Education/Trial purposes?

The GRAPHISOFT BIMcloud is only available for commercial uses. For Education purposes please use the GRAPHISOFT BIM Server.

What are the differences between the BIM Server and BIMcloud?

GRAPHISOFT’s BIM Server has been on the market since 2009 and is recognized as the world’s leading BIM collaboration solution. Its single-server architecture is an advantage (simplicity) as well as a limitation (lack of scalability). GRAPHISOFT’s brand new BIMcloud Solution provides the ideal solution for complex company/project requirements where scaling, data security and advanced team and project management are mission critical.

Are BIM Server Projects compatible with the BIMcloud?

BIM Server projects can be migrated to the BIMcloud however they cannot be reverted back to BIM Server projects after the migration (the only way going from BIMcloud to BIM Server requires saving the model as a solo-project first).

Will the BIM Server remain a free product for every ARCHICAD installation?

Yes, BIM Server will remain a free product for ARCHICAD users. At the same time, starting with ARCHICAD 18 every BIM Server needs to be activated by GRAPHISOFT. This is a simple and free one-step process where BIM Server users need to authenticate themselves with their GRAPHISOFT ID (GS-ID).

Should I switch from BIM Server to BIMcloud?

The BIM Server support will be maintained by GRAPHISOFT in parallel with the BIMcloud. Yet if the number of your active projects or active users are pushing the limits of BIM Server, or your company maintains offices at different geographies requiring the setup of more BIMservers you wish to centrally manage, you may well benefit from BIMcloud’s scalability and features. Please take our survey to determine whether BIMcloud is meant for you here.

What are the system requirements for BIMcloud?