Kevin Vaughan

Kevin Vaughan
Kevin Vaughan is the Vice President of TAVCO and heads up Sales, Digital Marketing, and E-Commerce channels. With two decades of experience, he has received various awards from Canon, Océ, and Bluebeam for sales performance and channel growth. When he is not geeking out on new wide-format technologies, or Bluebeam Revu software, you can find him hanging with his wife and kids, playing guitar, or sneaking in a workout.
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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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Best Wide Format Printer for Posters

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, May 04, 2020 @ 04:05 PM

Poster printing used to be a privilege reserved exclusively for high-end commercial print shops. Sure, they do good work, but it is expensive - especially if you are printing signs, book covers or posters on a regular basis.


But, changes in technology have not only made poster creation and poster printing much easier, it has made it more accessible to everyone.


Today, if you can click a mouse, you can print some amazing posters with Canon equipment and software. See how.


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What is Bluebeam® Revu® and Who Uses It?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Apr 16, 2020 @ 10:00 AM

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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How to Sketch Floorplans with the Leica BLK3D Imager

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Apr 14, 2020 @ 09:45 AM

Part three of our multi-part series on the Leica BLK3D handheld Imager focuses on using the device for working with construction plans. To to maximize this functionality, users should certainly look into adding the optional Mobile Sketch and Document Software.

 

This upgrade opens up a whole new world of possibilities with the BLK3D. Users can import plans, sketch floor plans, create smart rooms, take point-to-point measurements, and even measure facades. Once you use it, this will become one of your favorite things about the BLK3D.

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How to Laser Measure With a BLK3D Imager

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 @ 10:15 AM

This is part two of our multi-part series regarding the mobile applications of the innovative Leica BLK3D Imager. Last time, we explored capturing reality via photogrammetry - the ability to take measurements from stereo image photos.

 

Now, we detail how to take extremely precise laser measurement distance readings with the BLK3D for general distance, verification, or point-to-point calculations.

 

It is important to point out that the Laser Measure function is included out of the box, in the basic version of the device - no software upgrades are needed. 

 

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Working Remotely with Bluebeam Revu

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Mar 16, 2020 @ 09:34 AM

Due to the significant impact of the novel COVID-19 Coronavirus, businesses around the globe have essentially shut-down overnight. Many people are now facing the prospect of working from home as the only way to stay productive.

 

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How to Perform Reality Capture with a Leica BLK3D Imager

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Mar 05, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

Swiss-based imaging manufacturer, Leica, recently introduced the first smartphone-sized device that allows users to instantly get measurable 3D data just be snapping a picture. Contractors are ecstatic about the new Leica BLK3D Imager.

 

This tool is perfect for skilled construction trades that need fast and accurate measurements, but not necessarily full models. It takes immediate and precise 3D measurements from any 2D image it captures.

 

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Map Plotter Solutions With a Graphics Printer

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sat, Feb 22, 2020 @ 12:33 PM

Map Plotter Solutions With a Graphics Printer


As cool as onscreen, interactive maps are, sometimes you just need a high-quality printed one to deliver the "wow factor" to that you need for your presentation. 


But, when it comes to printing maps, many companies often a turn to their standard 4-color CAD plotter for this task. Too bad they don't realize that this is not be the best choice for the job.


This is because printing maps or aerial photos require much more dynamic performance than basic plotters can provide.  


Learn the key points that you should consider when researching a map plotter - here are a few important aspects to keep in mind.

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Compare CCD vs CIS Scanning Technologies

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Feb 17, 2020 @ 10:30 PM

Large format scanning has become instrumental for many AEC (architectural, engineering, & construction) companies.


Powerful CAD programs and other software applications, such as Bluebeam Revu, are changing the way construction documents are handled, viewed, marked up, and shared. But, what about the vast number of archived drawings stored in flat files?


Many business leaders are opting to get a large format scanner to digitize those files, but when considering a purchase, there can be some confusion on selecting the right scanner for large documents.


There are two primary types of wide-format scanning technologies to consider. Both have their merits, but it really is a matter of application regarding which process it right for your situation.


Read on to learn the difference between the two to determine which one is best suited for you - CCD vs CIS scanner technologies.

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Honoring Texas Fallen Warriors Through Art

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Jan 13, 2020 @ 10:30 AM

Today, it is commonplace to overhear someone recognize a member of our Armed Forces by saying, “Thank you for your service,” but one Texas man is doing much more than that.


Ken “The Dauber” Prigeon has spent several years painting hundreds of portraits of Texas Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who have been killed in action.


His work showcases how one person can have a positive impact on the tragic loss experienced by hundreds of Texas families.

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