Companies, schools and individuals use designairspace for a wide variety of scenarios. Here are the 7 most common uses for our cloud-based CAD and BIM virtual desktops.
designairspace makes remote working a breeze for designers
Remote working is now a normal part of business life. However, most architecture, engineering and design (AED) professionals cannot do remote working in the same way as other workers. This is because CAD and BIM software requires high-powered desktop computers with 3D graphics cards - this means that AED teams are chained to desktop PCs.
designairspace is built to enable remote working for CAD and BIM users. Our technology allows you to use any laptop or desktop to connect to our powerful virtual desktops in the cloud. You can then work with your preferred BIM and CAD software.
Read our blog on the top 4 benefits of CAD remote working.
designairspace supports your single-firm, multi-office (SFMO) strategy
When architecture, engineering and design firms expand beyond a single office, collaboration becomes increasingly difficult. If your employees are using CAD or BIM technology on their desktop machines it becomes challenging to collaborate on 3D designs when colleagues are thousands of miles away.
designairspace allows your company to use virtual machines (also known as virtual desktop infrastructure), making collaboration seamless. 3D renderings of your models can be created in the cloud by your teams wherever they are, allowing them to instantly work on designs and collaborate.
Read our blog to learn how BIM firms can use the cloud for collaboration.
Training and education
designairspace revolutionises CAD and BIM training and education
Training courses for CAD and BIM software have traditionally required students to attend classroom education centres to learn the technology. This can be expensive because students must travel to a central location to learn, while the education provider must frequently purchase and update expensive workstations with the latest technology.
With designairspace, education providers and students can utilise virtual machines that offer best in class graphics cards regardless of their location. Whether students log in to learn remotely or at your premises, they have access to the most powerful virtual machines to support their training and coursework.
Read about your options for online CAD and BIM learning in our blog
Freelancers, contractors and interns
designairspace makes it easy to work with external employees
More businesses than ever are using freelancers, contractors and interns to support projects and access unique skills for the short term. However, this is challenging for architecture, engineering and design firms since external employees introduce security issues as well as onboarding costs.
designairspace makes it safe and easy to onboard external employees to your CAD and BIM projects. You can quickly ‘spin up’ a virtual machine where the freelancer, contractor or intern can collaborate on your projects, while you retain complete control over access and company IP
Read our blog for tips on starting out as a freelance CAD designer.
Options for casual, part-time and power CAD/BIM software users
designairspace gives you options for different user needs
Architecture, engineering and design companies have different kinds of users who use BIM and CAD software in a varying degree. Usage patterns range from an occasional review and edit of 3D models, to power usage, working on intricate design details all day long. All these users have in common that they need high-end machines with powerful graphics cards. to work with CAD and BIM applications., This means ‘casual’, ‘part-time’ and ‘heavy’ users all need powerful machines, even if they rarely use them at all time, all day.
designairspace allows you to provide high power virtual machines on a sliding scale subscription model. This means that occasional users, who only need to edit 3D models from time to time, get access for a lower number of hours (and cost) per month. On the other hand, ‘power’ full time users get unlimited access.
View our plans to choose the right options for you
Testing, Trials, Demo’s and SaaS
designairspace revolutionizes sales and marketing for 3D modelling software
Demos, trials and free tests are essential steps in the sales and marketing funnel when customers consider purchasing your 3D modelling software. However, this has traditionally been a clunky and uninspiring experience. Sales demo’s must be made on laptops which may not offer the powerful graphics cards needed. Meanwhile free trials and tests may take hours to download, or not work properly on your target’s machine.
designairspace offers CAD and BIM software sales and marketing teams a powerful new tool for promoting your products and winning new customers. Our virtual desktops use the latest AMD graphics cards which means they can run even the ‘heaviest’ modelling software with ease. You can then connect your sales teams or prospective customers to an online test environment which allows them instant access to your software anywhere on earth. Most exciting, vendors of 3D application can now package a SaaS offering and deliver this on designairspace’s virtual desktops.
Read more about the business need for cloud-based CAD software
designairspace enables your CAD/BIM business continuity plan
From weather events to political instability to power outages and pandemics, there are countless potential disruptions to design work. Design professionals normally depend on high powered workstations at the office, but if they cannot get there during a disruptive event, your business loses days of productivity.
designairspace provides virtual desktops that can be accessed anywhere in the world. This means that even if designers cannot get to the office, they can continue working remotely. Our virtual desktops are provisioned via highly secure cloud servers located in multiple locations across the world, which further minimises your risk of disruption.