What is Bluebeam Revu and Who Uses It?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Sep 20, 2019 @ 02:19 PM

What is Bluebeam Revu and Who Uses It?

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


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


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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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Bluebeam Revu Update v.2018.6

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Jul 29, 2019 @ 08:51 AM

Be sure to update to the latest version of Bluebeam Revu. v.2018.6. 

See below for release notes. 

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How to Search Construction Plans with Bluebeam Revu

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Jul 10, 2019 @ 06:23 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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Create a Punch List for Construction Using Bluebeam Revu

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Jun 04, 2019 @ 09:35 AM

When construction projects approach completion, a Punch List is one of the final activities that must be conducted.


Essentially, this is a list of repairs and incomplete work items remaining at the end of a project that must be finished by specialty contractors to address and fix, before the project is completed, plan submittals are completed, and the project is handed over to the building owner.


According to the Business Directory, this is the definition of a Punch List:


A listing of items requiring immediate attention before finalizing a construction project. It is a document listing work that does not conform to contract specifications, usually attached to the certificate of substantial completion. The contractor must correct the punch list work before receiving payment.

The topics of a punch list can be wide-ranging. For example, door adjustments, flooring issues, electrical problems, and damaged wood trim are all potential items in a punch list.


For decades, this has happened via a manual paper/pen process that is slow, tedious, and marred with potential communication problems.


Luckily, now, software applications, like Bluebeam Revu, provide a way to quickly and easily complete a punch list and keep every stakeholder up to speed, in real time.

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PlanGrid vs Bluebeam – Which is Better for Your Project?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sat, May 11, 2019 @ 07:15 AM

Lately, a recurring question has come up with my construction clients regarding the comparison of Bluebeam Revu and PlanGrid.


Since many companies are looking for ways to become more paperless, both of these applications have become quite popular as digital workflow choices with Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC).


But, which one is better? If a company is looking to take their wide-format workflow digital, which one should they choose?


Honestly, this question has a lot of moving parts, so the answer can be a bit dynamic. But, let’s dig in and take a look at the comparison of PlanGrid vs Bluebeam Revu. 

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Bluebeam Revu Update v.2018.5

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sat, May 04, 2019 @ 02:04 PM

Recently users of Bluebeam Revu Version 2018 have experienced some problems with the application rendering images on screen. This has manifested as showing blank pages, scrolling issues, etc.

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3 Reasons Why Baby Boomers Love Bluebeam Revu

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Apr 25, 2019 @ 01:45 PM

Despite the adage, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, people aren’t dogs. Humans are resilient creatures who are capable of constantly learning and changing.

This is evident today in the construction industry. It is a profession that is changing at lightning speed, but many “seasoned” professionals still make up the ranks.

Technology-wise, construction has changed more in the past few years than in the previous fifty. Given the influx of new talent, digital workflows have become both more accepted and commonplace.

Older baby boomers need to keep pace with change and embrace it. And, one of the tools that help them easily transcend paper to digital is Bluebeam Revu. Check out the three things that Baby Boomers love the most about Bluebeam software.

Before diving in to the three specific functions that older users find valuable, let’s go over what Bluebeam is exactly.

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Navigating Multipage PDF Floor Plans with Bluebeam Revu

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Oct 01, 2018 @ 08:12 AM

The PDF file format is now an industry standard for large-size floor plans. The reasons for this are pretty obvious. PDFs are commonly used, they are familiar, they can include embedded meta data, and they can be protected by robust security properties.

These dynamics have made PDF files universally used throughout the construction industry. But, when it comes to dealing with a multipage set of plans, organizing the pages to quickly get to the specific information you need, can be challenging at times.

No worries, Bluebeam Revu software is a perfect cure for your multipage PDF blues.


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Bluebeam XCON 2018 in Austin, TX

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Sep 24, 2018 @ 09:25 AM

Blubeam’s annual Extreme Conference, now called XCON 2018, was recently hosted in the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin, TX, and it was a resounding success. This event is presented every year to bring together Bluebeam users and partners alike to take part in educational sessions to better utilize the software, and discover what to expect in the future. Needless to say, XCON absolutely did not disappoint - in fact, it was awesome!

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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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What's New in Bluebeam Revu 2018 Webinar (Video)

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, May 14, 2018 @ 07:10 AM

The following recorded webinar takes you through an overview of new features in Bluebeam Revu 2018 software. This presentation starts with the the layout of the new interface. A lot has changed, but you’ll see just how intuitive the software is, even for inexperienced users. Learn about the new panels layout, see how profiles have changed, and much more.

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Bluebeam Revu 2018 New Features Webinar

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 @ 08:19 AM

When it comes to large format digital document workflow, Bluebeam Revu is the software used by leading AEC companies across the globe. Today, designing, engineering, bidding and building are more challenging than ever. So Bluebeam Revu is evolving too, to keep you a step ahead of tighter budgets and shorter time lines. The new 2018 version has officially launched and there is a lot of new things to see.

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Cheat Sheet for Bluebeam Shortcuts & Blubeam Symbols

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 @ 08:47 AM

Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Bluebeam Shortcuts

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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Bluebeam Revu 2017 Updates Revit Plugin

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Sep 01, 2017 @ 08:15 AM

Bluebeam Revu 2017 Updates Revit Plugin

 

Recently, Bluebeam Revu 2017 users who also use Revit have experienced some issues with the Revit plug-in (Revu CAD & Revu eXtreme Versions only). Good news! Bluebeam has just released version 2017.0.20 that takes care of these issues and more. See what is updated.

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