Anyone using a BIM Box computer

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  • Anyone using a BIM Box computer

    Posted by David Cutler on January 27, 2023 at 11:10 am

    Hi Everyone!

    So, I know we’ve had some discussions about hardware in the past, but thought I’d ask the more pointed question – are any of you using a “Bim Box” brand computer?

    If yes, what do you like about it?

    Does it do everything that you expect it to?

    Does it work better that what you replaced?

    Does the additional performance justify the premium cost?

    Is it necessary to have this much power for what you do in Revu?

    Bruce Anderson replied 1 year, 4 months ago 4 Members · 7 Replies
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  • Vince

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    January 27, 2023 at 2:32 pm
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    Good questions @David Cutler ! My HP laptop is now over 7 years old so I’m think that I’m going to have to buy a new one sooner or later. I’m not sure what will need more power though – Revu or my spreadsheets! 😅

    • David Cutler

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      January 28, 2023 at 9:12 am
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      Good point @Vince ! Your spreadsheets and Power Queries would bring my computer to its knees!

  • Doug McLean

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    January 27, 2023 at 4:55 pm
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    @mechave would be your best source on this one

    • David Cutler

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      January 28, 2023 at 9:19 am
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      I know @mechave and Jason speak very highly of their Bim Box machines @Doug McLean , but I don’t know that they work them as hard as some of the folks on here would. I had a call with my ATG rep and a couple of their Bim Box product specialists yesterday. I’m sure I’d love having the Ferrari of computers, but at the end of the day is it worth the extra $$$ over a tried and true F-150?

  • Doug McLean

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    January 28, 2023 at 9:54 am
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    That’s going to depend on what you’re doing.

    Are you going to be using something like Revit or viewing 3D PDF’s?

    If you are, is the lack of productivity worth the lesser machine?

    There are many times the F150 is the right choice, but sometimes you need the Ferrari.

    • David Cutler

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      January 30, 2023 at 8:02 am
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      At this point I don’t see Revit or 3D PDF’s on the horizon here.

      I’ve had this discussion in the past with IT folks at my previous employers. Waiting for your computer to “catch up” with what you are asking it to do is a complete waste of time. If the controls on our excavator responded as slow as our office equipment we would have mechanics all over the machine until they were able to restore the responsiveness, yet at those same companies they have dozens of people working on computers that they wait on all day!

      Ultimately it is a question of return on investment. Don’t need to have the estimators in Ferraris if they can win work in a Ford. But then again, how much more work could they win???? 😎

  • Bruce Anderson

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    February 14, 2023 at 12:28 pm
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    We bought a couple. I found an alternative that works really well. At the time, they were significantly less and same hardware. Have not had any problems and we push them.

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