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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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 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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Bluebeam® Revu® 2019 Officially Released

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Oct 29, 2019 @ 08:45 AM

The latest version of Bluebeam® Revu®, version 2019 has been released and AEC users have a lot to smile about. On the surface, you may not think much has changed, but under the hood, Revu 2019 is completely rebuilt.


The result is the fastest and most convenience version of Bluebeam ever. Check out the improvements.

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Bluebeam Revu Announced Drawings at XCON

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Sep 04, 2019 @ 09:42 AM

As technology in the construction industry advances, access to digital files, both in the office and the field, is becoming paramount. After all, this type of functionality promotes better communication across all partner channels. Keeping everyone on the same page makes jobs run more smoothly and earns companies more money.

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Why Should You Print BIM Files in Full Color?

Posted by Donnie Schopp on Thu, May 30, 2019 @ 09:30 AM

Architectural design is something that is constantly evolving. One ever-changing aspect, that has completely redefined the design-build process, is BIM software (Building Information Modeling).


This is achieved through a variety of different software applications, all of which promote the absence of paper.


But, there are still plenty of opportunities where companies need to print construction plans - and color is absolutely crucial when printing 3D images from BIM. 

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How to Determine the Best Wide Format Color Scanners

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 @ 01:02 PM

What is the best wide format color scanner? The answer lies more with the scanning technology rather than by the brand alone.

Finding the best large format scanner is truly contingent upon what type of files you are trying to scan.

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Compare Plan Revisions with Blubeam Revu

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Aug 16, 2018 @ 01:07 PM

When it comes to dealing with construction plan revisions, speed is certainly a factor. Given the current construction labor shortage, more key people are expected to do more work, make less errors, and still finish projects on time.

So, whenever a speed hack is discovered, it doesn’t take long for others to jump on board. This is why Bluebeam Revu software might just be the best kept secret for companies that utilize it for the purpose of comparing documents.

See why Revu could be one of your most powerful weapons in your arsenal when it comes to finding changes in document revisions quickly.

 

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2018 Central Texas Infrastructure Design + Construction Symposium

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 @ 08:48 AM

Join us for the Austin Contractors and Engineer’s Association’s (ACEA) annual signature event, the 2018 Symposium. This gathering connects industry experts with engineers and contractors to discuss the pressing issues affecting Austin infrastructure. Join over 600 central Texans for a day of education, impact and networking.

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Plotter Technology Comparison – Toner vs Inkjet

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 @ 02:20 PM

Plotter Technology Comparison – Toner vs Inkjet


The comparison between which wide-format plotter technology is better, toner or ink jet, has been questioned within AEC companies for years.


Historically, this has been relatively easy to examine. The cost of ink jet printing is higher, but the price of the toner-based equipment was more expensive than their ink jet counterparts.


In the past, the break-even point was when the printing output reached 2,000 square feet per month. However, the playing field has changed.


Ink prices have dropped, ink jet systems have gotten faster with the introduction of new single-pass ink jet systems. So, how do the two plotter technologies compare now? 


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Top 5 Benefits of Using a Photo-Realistic 3D Architectural Rendering

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 @ 09:50 AM

Article contributed by Renate Jones at Anderson Canyon, LLC - Architecture Firm in Houston, TX.

 

At Anderson Canyon, LLC, we recommend the use of photo-realistic, 3D architectural renderings for the majority of our clients. Here are the top five reasons why these images are helpful throughout the design process.

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Using Technology to Ease the Texas Construction Labor Shortage

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Sep 21, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

Throughout Texas, many companies related to construction are experiencing a severe labor shortage. They just can’t find skilled people to fill needed positions. In fact, one of my Central Texas clients told me that he needs to hire at least fifteen new people just to meet current demands. Unfortunately, this issue will not be resolved quickly. While there is no substitute for warm bodies, there are some things that companies can do to use technology to ease the strains of the Texas construction labor shortage.

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Color Construction Documents: An Easy Way to Increase Productivity

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 @ 02:30 PM


Despite incredible advances in technology, the construction industry remains one of the most inefficient enterprises in the nation concerning labor productivity. (Source: Census Bureau, BLS). The primary reason for this is because many mistakes are made as a result of information not being communicated clearly. So, how can one improve both communication and efficiency? One simple change is to shift the company’s workflow from black/white plans to color construction documents.

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Cad Plotters Help Reduce Construction Costs

Posted by Donnie Schopp on Fri, Mar 06, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

According to the Wall Street Journal construction costs are on the rise due to an improving economy. Labor and material costs have been increasing close to 3.5 % a year. This means that companies need to find ways to make up for those rising costs, whether it’s looking for cheaper material vendors or letting some employees go. Therefore, it’s important to look at the areas where you can save without losing the integrity of the project.  Believe it or not, one way that construction companies can cut costs is to simply print color plans with a color-capable CAD plotter.

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