IT Solutions For Architecture Firms

Architecture is an art form, but it’s also an information-intensive field that requires reliable file storage, steadfast backups, and seamless collaboration. You depend on technology – such as Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) – to generate and share designs. If that technology fails, you could lose hours of work, money or clients.

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What Does Highway 99 Technology Solutions Offer?

We want to help you succeed without the stress associated with IT risk and downtime. Located in downtown Vancouver, we deliver right-sized IT solutions and support to firms such as yours throughout Metro Vancouver.

Our services include:

  • Workstation and server support including remote monitoring and management – we are available weekdays 7am to 6pm and after hours 24/7 for emergencies
  • Management of your email services (internal or hosted)
  • Networking infrastructure
  • Cyber-security defences
  • Managed backup systems
  • Proactive software updates
  • Asset and license management
  • General IT consulting

Why Highway 99?

Our principal consultant has a background in design, project management and construction and therefore we are familiar with the leading design, collaboration and scheduling tools (e.g. AutoCAD, Revit, Bluebeam, Aconex, Procore, Project, Primavera, among many others) and the demands they have on your IT infrastructure.

We want to give your firm the competitive edge it needs to thrive.

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Fully Cloud Based?

You still need an IT expert by your side!

Cloud services are not immune to misconfiguration, cyberattacks or data loss due to human error. We ensure your cloud services are configured correctly, your accounts are secure and your data is safely backed up.

Helpful IT Advice For Architecture Firms

Data Backups

A data backup and disaster recovery system is your last line of defence against threats to data: if your data is no longer accessible, you can simply restore the backup copy and keep the business running as normal.
An effective and secure backup system follows the 3-2-1 rule:

Keep 3 copies of data

on at least 2 different media

with at least 1 copy off-site.

Most importantly, make sure you test your backups – the worst time to find out that your backups are failing is when you try to recover from a disaster!

Cybersecurity Tips

Back up your data

Keep devices and apps up-to-date

Beware of suspicious websites, emails and phone calls – always think twice before divulging passwords or personal information

Choose strong, unique passwords – consider using a secure password manager

Enable two-factor authentication (2FA)

Never leave devices unattended

Limit the number of devices that store or process sensitive data

Ensure anti-virus/anti-malware is enabled and updated regularly

Remember: Cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility

CAD Workstations

Don’t waste otherwise billable design time working on old, slow workstations!

Reasonable minimum requirements as of Q1 2023 for a CAD workstation that should last 3 years or more:

Processor: 8 cores, 3.2GHz base clock (e.g. Intel i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 series)

Memory: 32GB, fastest available

Storage: 1TB NVMe SSD (with DRAM)

Graphics: DirectX 12 compliant GPU with 8GB video RAM (e.g. NVIDIA T1000 8GB)

Of course, minimum specs will vary based on your exact use case. We custom-build workstations that match architecture needs.

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Phone: 604-262-2999

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