Most engineers find the cloud far too slow for serious design work because of network latency. After all, the cloud is only as fast as its slowest hop, and hard drives, especially SSD devices, are far far faster.
Fortunately bandwidth is getting ever cheaper and faster, making the cloud now feasible for some processor-intensive work.
One architectural consulting firm is already finding this to be the case.
"CL3VER has created a platform for communication and presentation of ideas that is intuitive, immersive and scalable. Their latest Revit plugin helps bring 3D models into the CL3VER platform with a simple one-click solution, making the setup of a presentation as easy as possible," said Jorge Barrero, Senior Associate at Gensler. "Their cloud based platform integrates 2D and 3D data in a seamless presentation providing multiple opportunities to effectively communicate design intent and solutions. The web based interface provides both a secure private and non-secure public environment. We see CL3VER as a great compliment to a designer's toolset and a potential game changer in Design Collaboration."
Gensler has over 4,500 employees spread across 46 countries, and it is this global distribution than can make the cloud so compelling as workers can collaborate regardless of location.
A robotics concern is seeing similar value. "With CL3VER we are able to engage our clients and prospects in any setting," said Steve Rueckhaus, digital marketing specialist, Yaskawa America, Inc., Motoman Robotics Div. "For us, it's a platform for marketing and sales to demonstrate our industrial robots and solutions at industry events, customer sites and around the clock from our website."
Motoman has shipped close to 300,000 robots that can weld, cut, or handle materials.
Finally NBBJ, which helps design communities worldwide, is using CL3VER through the cloud. and like the other early customers, a distributed workforce makes the cloud compelling.
"Our process with CL3VER occurs through a fluid, collaborative interaction that reveals much more about a project than we would normally learn from a more a static approach. The outcome is an immersive experience enabling end users to engage and intuitively understand a project as they would with any other digital technology," says Ryan J. Mullenix, Partner at NBBJ. "The platform combines multiple tools into a single interface that is easily accessible through something as simple as a web site. It's intuitive and scalable, meaning we can use it for conceptual design and even as a means to help clients move into their spaces."