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  • I would always advise users to store DGW (AutoCAD) files locally and only upload when they are done as these projects are usually done individually, shared only when completed for inspection or works to be carried out when the drawing(s) completed. These files can be anything from 10MB to 2GB which takes a long time to download, worse if working off the shared resources or VPN.

    For interim inspections or reviewing, they should save a smaller version in PDF into the shared locations. 

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  • Working Revit directly on files in OneDrive is going to blow chunks. Definitely local is better. OneDrive can be used to move files.

    Edit: one other thing is if your users are working collaboratively, making sure they don't overwrite each other's changes will be critical.

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  • Autodesk has a solution for this called BIM360.

    OneDrive (or any sync util) is not going to work very well, if at all, especially for AutoCAD which relies on lock files.

    Revit, at least, creates a local cache so working on a remote file won't be too bad until they go to commit the chances back to the central model on the network.

    Edit: BIM360 is geared more toward construction, but it relies on the Autodesk Desktop Connector to distribute and sync the files. I am not sure if it can be used in a stand-alone method though. https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/desktop-connector/learn-explore/caas/CloudHelp/cloudhelp/ENU/... Opens a new window.

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  • I would work on the workstation locally and then upload to a shared file service once done with the project, whether that is at the main office on a file share or in something like SharePoint Online. For instant collaboration, as mentioned you might want to check out BIM360.

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  • For emphasis, never use Onedrive (or similar) for AutoCAD or REVIT.  Speed isn't the only problem you will have.  Stick with a solution from a company which specializes in Autodesk products.

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  • Thank you for all the replies. Very helpful. In the office there is no issue. When they are at home on VPN, i will have them download the files they need from sharepoint and use it locally.

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  • Local files are pretty much the only supported method for AutoCAD. Even BIM360 is iffy.

    You can set OneDrive to local sync entire folders (by default, it does "Files on Demand" and only downloads them locally when you open them). 

    We used Dropbox for this. It had it's problems but worked well enough.

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