When COVID-19 first appeared, BDP had to shut off its studios in Shanghai and Singapore for some time. This led BDP to consider several options for remote access and prepare ahead of time before all their offices were forced to close.
“From a staff base of approximately 1,350 in 16 locations around the world, we already had 650 laptop users who could all connect into the BDP network using Microsoft Direct Access, allowing day-to-day working from any location,” said Alistair Kell, Principal and Head of Information Technology and Processes at BDP.
While this system worked successfully for most of the software BDP employees used, it did not work for Revit, a software that helps architects and professionals work together. Revit did not work well with multiple connected users: low performance, high latency and lag in 3D interactions.
In addition to Revit, BDP had over 400 separate software titles that needed to be installed on each user’s machine if they were to use them to work remotely. “It would have been an impossible task to install all these natively as many did not work at all when off LANs,” said Kell.