5 Bluebeam Trends to Prevent Disaster on Your Jobs

8 March 2021All, Bluebeambluebeam revu, Trends

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Technology in this day and age is not slowing down to let us catch our breath. But there are trends shaping up that can help you reduce exposure and avert major problems on your projects.

  1. Risk.  The trend toward idea sharing and co-authoring project designs is an important evolution in the way the industry functions. More complicated projects with shorter delivery times increase risk of disaster, and new project delivery options – like top-down joint efforts and integrated project teams – are needed to minimize that risk. Companies that were once competitors may now find themselves working together to efficiently deliver complex, resource-intensive projects. The building information modeling (BIM) process and mobile technologies are gaining traction, enabling new perspectives for problem-solving. Bluebeam Studio Projects and Sessions allow multiple stakeholders to review and mark up drawings concurrently in the cloud. Teams can work on designs and collaborate on changes in real time with date and time tracking and data reports that provide full accountability.
  • Data.  The patterns, trends, associations, and small details of a project are the building blocks of “big data” in the AEC industry. Information has always been collected from the different stages of projects, but historically it has been filed away and lost in a process that has not been collaborative. Now, with technology developments, more companies can use that information in a structured way to avoid disaster. Even though each project is unique in design, location and infrastructure, there are aspects that every project has in common, and that data can be standardized for use on future projects. Bluebeam Revu helps in this process with advanced administrative functionality that provides more visibility into project data.

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  • Culture.  The newest tools of the design and construction trade are mobile phones with cameras, laptop computers, drones, surfaces, iPads, thumb drives, emails, 3D printers, virtual and augmented reality, and the cloud. Bluebeam Revu can be a positive force in this culture shift. Each of these technology tools generates its own proprietary data that must be accessible to the design team to avert major problems. As these platforms and sources pull in and store information, it’s most useful when accessed in forms that everyone can use – often a PDF. Revu allows you to deliver the right information to the right person with PDF management that enables information to be delivered to the stakeholders who need it.
  • Integration.  AEC companies are beginning to take advantage of customized software to make their particular work style more efficient. With a variety of operating systems, hardware manufacturers, mobile devices, and cloud options, teams need to rely on collaboration and cross-platform integrations, from Apple to Linux to PC. Streamlining this process allows engineers, architects and construction teams to do what they do best: design and build for maximum safety and minimum hazards. Bluebeam simply uses a PDF format, so diverse teams can always access the information inside. Documents created with Bluebeam can be shared with anyone.
  • Training.  Historically, the strategy for rolling out new technology in many AEC firms was on a shoestring budget, leaving staff to figure it out and get back to productive work – a risky and sometimes perilous practice. Some companies still consider structured training to be a luxury that costs extra money and shuts down production. Fortunately, Revu is not difficult to learn, and staff can get up to speed and back to production quickly. The user interface can be standardized or tailored to specific teams or departments.

Since the advent of new technology is not slowing down, it’s up to us to keep up. If it’s time for your firm to see how Bluebeam can improve your design/build process, contact Applied Software for a demo of Bluebeam. Or you can arrange a 30-day free trial of Revu. Make Bluebeam part of your process today.

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