Vcad slots, meaning and considerations

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28 August 2023

The concept of “Slot” holds significant importance in the utilization of Vcad, as well as in determining the licensing cost. Let’s delve into the meaning of “Slot” within each context it is employed.


Slots and files management

Every time a user imports a BIM file into Vcad, it occupies one slot. Each slot is then allocated to a single file, whether it be a Revit file, a .dwg file, or even linked Revit and Navisworks files. Notably, Navisworks allows the merging of several files of varying formats, yet importing an .nwd or .nwc file only consumes one Slot.

Once a Revit file is imported, users have the option to download a template for each view or phase contained within the file. For a comprehensive understanding of this concept, refer to the following articles:

Revit files views selection

Create report using Revit views and sheets

There’s no restriction on the number of Power BI reports that can be generated from a single Slot. Moreover, once a file is no longer required, it can be deleted, freeing up the Slot for a new file.


Slots and Vcad versions

The function of the slots for the different versions of Vcad (Standalone or for ACC) is mostly the same, but there is a substantial difference. In Vcad for Autodesk Construction Cloud© and BIM360©, in addition to the management of views and phases for Revit files, the user can generate Power BI reports from any version for any format managed by Vcad.

When a new version of an existing file is uploaded to the Autodesk CDE, it doesn’t overwrite the old version; instead, a new version is created. In Vcad for ACC, users retain access to all file versions, enabling them to generate reports from each version while utilizing only one Slot. This feature proves invaluable for comparing different file versions, especially in ongoing construction projects.

Additionally, users who’ve created a Power BI report with a specific file version can effortlessly update the report to a new version automatically. Learn how.

It’s worth noting that utilizing runtime federations in Vcad for ACC requires a Slot for each file used. Click here to know more.


Slots and Vcad licence costs

In addition to the duration, the cost of a Vcad license is contingent upon the number of Slots required by the user. The greater the number of Slots included in the license, the lower the price per Slot.

Below are the license costs for the two versions of Vcad, accommodating up to 20 Slots:

Vcad Standalone

Vcad for ACC

For those requiring more than 20 Slots, licenses can be purchased up to an Enterprise solution, for which a quotation must be requested.

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