Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Revit's Worksharing Update Frequency Gotcha!

Well, when I saw this feature, I thought how cool is this! BUT... I did wonder if this would cause a performance hit. Think about it, it's communicating with the central file every 5 seconds!

Well, it turns out that it doesn't seem to get used that much by our staff and now it's causing issues between our two offices - UGH...

The problem is this; we have a Milwaukee office and a Madison office with all our servers (and projects) located in Milwaukee. When we have a Madison team member working on a project along with Milwaukee team members, the Madison staff will get this error a lot! I mean a lot...

I ran across a few threads on the issue, but in our case it's related to the Workset Update Frequency. The solution was to move the slider to the extreme other side (Manual Updates).

All users working on project must make this change, not just the Madison staff.

If you so choose, you can also make the change in your Revit.ini using the WorksharingUpdateFrequency line in the [Partitions] section. The values you can set go from 5 (every 5 seconds) to 61 (off). 
   I hope this helps!