Please join me and other Bentley experts for the 2014 Bentley LEARNing Conference in King of Prussia (Philadelphia area), Pennsylvania, USA, on July 15-16, featuring workshops and presentations to enhance your ProjectWise skills. Hands-on workshops and lectures will include:
ProjectWise Administrators Best Practices
ProjectWise Environments Explored
Advanced ProjectWise Topics
Learn about the ProjectWise and Mobility SDK
Review and Markup Hands-On
ProjectWise for the MicroStation and AutoCAD User
Discover the ProjectWise ToolBox
You’ll also learn about Bentley CONNECT and MANAGEservices, mobility solutions, managing construction workflow, and much more! Check out the full agenda for this event. Best of all, there is no registration fee for Bentley LEARN and Enterprise License Subscribers. If you don’t yet have a subscription, you can purchase one during the registration process. I look forward to seeing you in King of Prussia, PA in July!
I’m doing a study to determine how many Full Time Equivalent (FTE) administrators are needed to run a ProjectWise System. When answering please consider that two half time dedicated people would equal 1 FTE.
The ProjectWise Special Interest Group (SIG) held its first meeting on October 17th. Over 150 ProjectWise Administrators representing more than 75,000 users attending one of two duplicate sessions that day. All those that did attend learned about the future of ProjectWise with a roadmap presentation that lays out the development and new features that we will be seeing over the next year. We also have a presentation on the new Rules Engine that is now included in the ProjectWise Integration Server. I presented a tool that is free to all those who attended the session for deleting the empty folders out of a project inside of ProjectWise. This is a great tool for pruning folders after a project is complete but before an archive is created or the project is set to final status. (HINT: Watch the recording of the session to get the download address for the tool.) We discussed the value of the ProjectWise Datasource Statistics and how we can use them to better understand our own datasource(s). I put out a call for all Administrators to send their statistics files to me and I will compile a list of Average, Minimum, and Maximum to present at our next meeting which is scheduled for November 21st. Same times at 10:00am and 8:00pm EST (New York Time) duplicate sessions. We will also be giving away an iPAD Mini to one lucky attendee.
We are starting up a ProjectWise Special Interest Group (SIG) for all who are interested in advancing their knowledge of ProjectWise. I’ve scheduled the first two for October 17th and November 21st. The sessions will be repeated twice on these days at 10:00AM EST and 8:00PM EST to cover as much of the ProjectWise world as possible. We will try and do a quick presentation of some technology as well as have Bentley representatives from our software group and technical support group available to answer questions or relay valuable information that can’t be found elsewhere.
Date: October 17th Time: 10:00AM EST and 8:00PM EST Duration: 1 Hour each Trainer: Eddie Anderson Session Description: This is the inaugural ProjectWise Special Interest Group session. During this session we will discuss issues important to every ProjectWise Administrator and User. This session will include information relating to the ProjectWise Development Roadmap, a quick demonstration on the new Rules Engine, advanced guided topics and an open Question & Answer in which representatives from Bentley Professional Services, Bentley Software and our Technical Support Group can hear and comment on your topics.
Date: November 21th Time: 10:00AM EST and 8:00PM EST Duration: 1 Hour each Trainer: Eddie Anderson Session Description: This is the second ProjectWise Special Interest Group session. During this session we will discuss issues important to every ProjectWise Administrator and User. This session will include a discussion and presentation on Bentley CONNECT and how it affects your company, advanced guided topics and an open Question & Answer in which representatives from Bentley Professional Services, Bentley Software and our Technical Support Group can hear and comment on your topics.
Several people have asked about the hardware needed for a Caching Server, or more specifically what specs need are required for the virtual machine. I would typically break a remote office down into a few categories before making a recommendation.
You can classify remote offices in one of three categories (Small, Medium, & Large) based on number of ProjectWise users in that office. The amount of storage however may change from office to office based on the amount of files stored plus the amount of files cached from other offices. In addition, if you are adding the Point Cloud Streaming to the server you will not want to cut corners as this adds more processing.
On just about ever new deployment of ProjectWise I get the same question about Caching Servers. “How do I know if I need a Caching Server in an office or not?” Well, first we need to understand what a caching server does and a little more about how it will be used.
The ProjectWise Caching Server has a dual purpose. The first is to store files that are managed by the ProjectWise system and the second is to cache files that are stored in remote offices. A Caching Server generally would need the same processing power as a local file server and is not processor intensive. However, the addition of a Point Cloud Service can increase the need for processing power. The Point Cloud Service is only needed on a ProjectWise Caching Server that is also the storage area for the point clouds.
For medium to larger installs, it is highly recommended that a ProjectWise Caching Server be at the same location as the ProjectWise Integration Server for performance reasons. Having ProjectWise Caching Servers in a remote office is one of the largest decisions when determining the system architecture. General rules for determining if an office needs a ProjectWise Caching Server include the following:
10 or more users in an office that will utilize ProjectWise
Five or more users in an office that work on the same projects and files
Offices that have higher latency
Offices with limited bandwidth
Use of large files
When distributed storage is desired
When better performance is needed
In many offices that are right on the fence one way or another you may start with no Caching Server with the understanding if performance is an issue a Caching Server should be added.
I wanted to follow up on a previous blog about the Point Cloud Streaming that is now available with ProjectWise. To start off with, the streaming is available for ProjectWise Clients running MicroStation, MicroStation based applications, Navigator, Descartes. A future release will also include a connector for AutoCAD.
To give you a good feel for expected performance we ran some test on two Point Clouds. One, a relatively small 50 MB and the other was a 1.5 GB Point Cloud. Not that our testing should represent the performance that you would experience, but it should give you a feel for what to expect. Here are the results that we experienced:
Take a look at the new Navigator Mobile app for the iPad. In it I discuss the navigation tools and features of the app. Also, in this case I use a Revit model that was converted using our dgndb format which is really fast even on an iPad. Enjoy!
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