Use AI to Reduce High Construction Insurance Costs

Posted by Brian Kennard on Tue, Oct 13, 2020 @ 08:45 AM

Over the past several years, the insurance industry has collectively suffered financial loss. Premiums paid by the insured have not been substantial enough to drive profitability. The insurance industry refers to this as a ‘hard market.’

 

Unfortunately, when insurers experience losses, the policy holders are the ones who ultimately pay the price in the form of higher premiums. While all consumers and business ventures are subject to increases, the construction industry has certainly seen a huge increase in insurance costs.


The fact is that you now pay more and get less coverage to insure your construction operations. This impacts overall project cost and cuts into profits. Luckily, new emerging technologies, like Smartvid.io are helping AEC companies build a defense against rising construction insurance rates.

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What Are Top Requirements for Map Plotters for Printing GIS Maps

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Oct 09, 2020 @ 09:45 AM

In 1597 Sir Francis Bacon declared that "knowledge is power."  Back then, the known world was a lot smaller, and he was only armed with a handful of books.


Today, anyone with an internet connection can get a mountain of knowledge, with a single mouse click.


This is easily showcased by the amazing amount of geographical information instantly available through Google Maps or Google Earth.


Both of these applications operate as web-based conglomerations of data sourced from both data and images, sourced from satellite imagery, aerial photography, and GIS


But, if you need a way to actually print this data in the form of GIS maps, aerials, or images, you need a printer that is fully capable of handling the task. 


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Using Laser Scanning in Construction

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Sep 17, 2020 @ 08:15 AM

Wouldn't it be great to have accurate, as-built information at the start of a new construction project or renovation? Good news, you can. And, it is much easier than you think.

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Speed Up Construction Submittals with Bluebeam Revu

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sat, Sep 12, 2020 @ 06:45 PM

It’s no secret that government (city, county, state, and federal) agencies do not run like well-oiled machines. Likewise, many people would rather take a beating than make the trip to a local government office to take care of business. But, why does this continue to be such a problem?

 

In pre-COVID-19 times, old school pen and paper workflow in largely to blame. This system is classically inefficient and could certainly use a refresh to simply things to get stuff done faster. Take for instance the activity of submitting building permits.

 

In this case, a powerful and easy to use PDF solution would be game changer. Check out how Bluebeam Revu software is improving the ways agencies handle their final plan submittals.

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How to Highlight in Bluebeam Revu

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sun, Sep 06, 2020 @ 09:25 AM

 

How to Highlight in Bluebeam Revu
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What's New in Bluebeam Revu 20?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Aug 27, 2020 @ 08:45 AM

Bluebeam® Revu® 20 is the latest iteration of the popular PDF workflow software for AEC construction professionals. It gives you the smart tools that you need to keep your team in sync – communicating and collaborating better to get your jobs done right, on time, and on budget.

 

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What is Bluebeam Revu and Who Uses It?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Aug 17, 2020 @ 11:59 PM

Chances are if you work in construction, you have probably heard of Bluebeam® Revu®. Although it is now a construction industry standard, there are plenty of people who just don’t know what it is or what it does.


Bluebeam Revu is a software application that allows users to markup, takeoff, organize, and collaborate with PDF files like never before. Here's how. 


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What Does It Cost to Lease a Plotter?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sun, Aug 16, 2020 @ 09:30 PM

Despite months of COVID quarantines and shutdowns, businesses are coming back online, and construction continues at a fever pace. No doubt, digital workflows have become more commonplace amongst AEC firms and project partners, yet there is still a need for producing and using large paper construction plans.

 

This means that many small to medium size AEC companies will soon entertain the idea of upgrading their wide-format tech for a variety of reasons – upgrades, end of lease trade ups, expansion, etc.

 

Fortunately for them, equipment costs have come down, so it can make sense to acquire new equipment by cash or even credit card. However, equipment leasing remains a very viable option for many businesses.

 

But, when it comes to leasing, options can be a bit dynamic and a little confusing, so make sure you understand all the factors before you decide which option suits you best.

 

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Reasons Why PRO Series Canon Photo Printers Exceed Expectations

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Aug 03, 2020 @ 09:35 AM

Leave it to Canon to raise the bar when it comes to producing new ultra-high quality wide-format printers.

And the new breed doesn’t disappoint. In fact, the new Canon PRO Series is turning heads with a multitude of new technologies that are completely different from anything else in the competitive field.


Although designed for professional photography and other digital artwork, there are plenty of situations where one of these photo printers would fit nicely.


See 9 reasons why the Canon PRO 2100, 4100, and 6100 printers will exceed your expectations.

 

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How to Search Construction Plans with Bluebeam Revu

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sat, Jul 11, 2020 @ 03:00 PM

Construction documents are full of data, today more than ever. Often contractors or other project partners need to quickly search a set of plans to identify specific, important information.

 

Unfortunately, manually reviewing a set of printed plans is laborious, tedious, and invites mistakes. Luckily, there is a faster and more accurate way - the Search Tool in Blubeam Revu. For those who use it, Bluebeam's Search Tool is a game-changer for working with construction plans.

 

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What is Awesome About Canon LUCIA Pigment Plotter Ink?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Jul 08, 2020 @ 03:35 PM

Do you want your large format prints to really pop, be durable, and resist fading?

 

To achieve the best results, the obvious solution is to make sure to use the right print media for the specific desired result. For instance, use photo paper for a large photo image, vinyl for banners, etc. But, one often overlooked aspect to printing the perfect image is found the ink itself.

 

In fact, the secret to printing awesome large format photos or graphics has just as much to do with the quality of the ink as the print material. This is why Canon has spent so much time researching and developing the best technologies for word class prints. Check out how Canon has elevated the playing field with their LUCIA ink sets for Canon large format printers. 

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Tools for AEC to Work Remotely

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Jul 03, 2020 @ 05:00 PM

No doubt, the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic has completely transformed the landscape of how people live and work. Starting around April 2020, mandatory shutdowns required companies to instantly shift to a remote workforce.

 

This sudden change propelled the office environment in the future, forcing organizations to figure out how to get work done from remote/home offices, not for merely for convenience, but for necessity. Many were able to embrace this change easily but, not without some unique challenges.

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Make Custom COVID 19 Posters with Canon's PosterArtist Software

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 @ 09:30 AM

 

Businesses across the country need ways to clearly communicate the current COVID-19 hygiene and social distancing policies. Custom signs and posters are a great way to do this. Although you can have a print shop or online provider make these for you, there are some constraints to consider. Quality control is out of your hands and turnaround times can be an issue.

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BLK3D - Organizing and Exporting Files

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, May 20, 2020 @ 09:30 AM

Part four of our multi-part series on the Leica BLK3D Imager focuses on organizing and sharing 3D images. Previously, we covered how you can use the Leica BLK3D for taking stereo camera 3D pictures so you can take measurements directly from the image using sophisticated photogrammetry technology.

Besides being a reality capture device, the BLK3D is also a very competent DISTO unit that lets you to take accurate laser measurements. But, once the pictures and data are collected. How do you deal with them? How to you keep them organized and share them with others? 

 

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Cheat Sheet for Bluebeam Shortcuts & Symbols

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, May 13, 2020 @ 08:47 AM

When it comes to marking up and annotating PDF files, there are certainly a wide range of options to consider. Adobe is an obvious choice, but the platform that has skyrocketed in popularity is none other than Bluebeam Revu.


In fact, Bluebeam Revu is the go to software for many Architects, Engineers, Government, and Construction professionals. One of the reasons for this is the incredibly easy to use interface.


It's incredibly intuitive, but learning a few keyboard shortcuts can help speed up your work so that you can crush that looming deadline without breaking a sweat. 


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