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Go Paperless with Bluebeam
BY DEBRA WOOD
USING AN IPAD AND Bluebeam Revu software, contractors can
leave paper documents back in the office and expedite construction with all the information they need and the ability to comment
on or mark up those drawings on the mobile device.
"It opens the door for collaborative effort, to create a cohesive group and to deliver a project on a unique and tech-driven
basis," says Brett Ivey, senior project manager for C.W. Driver
of Pasadena, California, an AGC of California member, on the
paperless Bloomingdale's department store renovation project
in Glendale, California.
Ivey explains that the Bloomingdale project entailed a considerable amount of coordination among vendor shops.
"We created a set of documents that everyone had real-time
access to," Ivey says. "It really sped things up, by allowing the
opportunity to annotate our PDF documents with the iPad in
the field. We could take photos and incorporate those into the
informational exchange among all disciplines."
Revu's tools are designed for construction, something important to C.W. Driver. Companies can customize the mark-up tools,
such as pens or highlighters. They also can annotate the document using the iPad's voice-to-text feature. Revu supports PDF
form filling and video sessions. It offers built-in measurement
tools to take length, area, perimeter, diameter, volume and
"Project managers can pull in the drawings from Dropbox or
Bluebeam Studio or connect with Sharepoint and other services
using WebDAV," says Patrick Keller, director of product management at Bluebeam Software in Pasadena. Revu offers the opportunity to place thousands of notes on the drawing, if necessary.
The software clearly identifies who has marked up the drawings.
It also will create a critical-items log to reference areas needing
clarification or changes. The entire team can track the information electronically.
"There's real-time collaboration with multiple users all over
the globe," Keller says.
Users on a Windows desktop can search for keywords or
symbols within the PDF documents or markups to make finding
information quick and easy. Revu will scale and align two drawing revisions and highlight the difference, making comparisons a
breeze to see. With overlaying pages, users can assign different
colors to each page to visually check the differences.
"The overlay feature highlights the drawings in a way that
clearly identifies the changes and discrepancies for all parties
to see," Ivey says. "The project team in the field can pull up the
information on the iPad."
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Team members in the field can add multiple photos to any
markup using the iPad camera or iPad photo library and view all
photos easily in a convenient pop-up viewer.
James Gentile, a field superintendent with C.W. Driver, estimates using Bluebeam on an iPad eliminates up to 40 hours
a month, by streamlining the exchange of information about
"To eliminate the back and forth to the office and pull up our
documents at the drop of a hat was great," Ivey says.
Revu for the iPad costs $9.99. It is a full-featured application
and can be used alone, without Bluebeam's desktop applications.
Revu will work online or offline, with the document changes
syncing when the iPad can access the Internet again.
The general contractor, typically, purchases Revu for collaboration and invites subcontractors to participate using Vu software
at no cost. Everyone can mark up the documents. Ivey found the
subcontractor community eager to learn the new technology.
Some even purchased iPads for their foremen to facilitate communication with C.W. Driver.
"We've pushed it out companywide," Ivey says. "It streamlines
response time and gets us information faster on a scheduledriven project."
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - September/October 2014
All for One and One for All
The Construction Advocacy Fund: Funding the Fight
New Revenue Recognition Standard Developed With Construction Industry Input
Enhancing the Design and Impact of Company Websites
Construction’s Crystal Ball
AGC in Action
Squeaky Clean Construction
Spray Polyurethane Foam: A Candid Look
Legislative and Regulatory News
Member and Chapter News
2014 Insurance Directory
Index to Advertisers
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