A floating license is a software licensing approach in which a limited number of licenses used to access a software application are shared among a larger number of users over time. When you start a trial with cove.tool, you and your firm will receive full access to cove.tool via a floating license subscription. So for no additional cost, more people can run more powerful building performance simulations as often as they want, thereby reshaping the design process to democratize data driven architecture.
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How it works
No special process is required to login; users only need to have a freed up floating license in order to run the application. Anyone with the team's domain name can create an account and use their firm's credentials to check out a license. Once logged-in users will have access through the end of the day, by which then the license is returned to the unused license pool for another team member to check out. Once the firm has converted to a x-number-of-users subscription plan, the number of purchased floating licenses will determine how many concurrent users can be on the platform at once. Typically, we see cove.tool is best adopted on a firm wide basis. Therefore, we recommend that a firm purchase at least 10% user-to-staff ratio to determine the number of licenses to team will need. Teams with limited concurrent access tend to quickly collide in scheduling and deadlines and will have to wait for the next cycle period to start in order to regain access.
Licensed users can also invite members from outside their company to share projects and information inside cove.tool. For example, owners and contractors can be invited to edit costs or provide feedback on options and evaluate input alternatives. This helps with hitting the Integrative Process credit for LEED. For information about the Integrative Process credit see: LEED IP c1