The Joy of Digital Handover

30 December 2019All, Bluebeam



There are a couple of methods for project closeout that general contractors have access to these days. One is “the way we’ve always done it” – rolls of drawings and large notebooks containing warranties, instruction manuals, spec sheets, coffee-stained pages, and sticky notes. Another method is a clean, concise, text-searchable digital handover. This is the kind of handover that can bring joy to the construction project closeout.

Bluebeam® Revu® enables a handover of smart operations and maintenance data that will give facilities managers quick and easy digital access to critical building information. As Richard, an owner whose building was recently completed, can tell you, Bluebeam has the right tools for a successful project handover:

Markup Tools: 2D and 3D PDFs can be redlined with the customizable markup tools in Revu, such as text, clouds, callouts, CAD symbols, images, and stamps. Trackable indepth annotations allow users to more effectively communicate project data with their team and project collaborators, as well as facilities managers after the project is finished.

PDF Editing: PDFs can easily be extracted, combined and organized with essential options for layout, page assembly and collating. Using Revu, a PDF becomes a customizable document that can be edited by adding or deleting sections of text as well as whole pages. The practice of creating organized and customized O&M data for handover can become a promotional selling point and a general contractor’s hallmark.  

Hyperlinks: Revu users can easily add and configure hyperlinks to open websites and network files, or they can jump to specific pages or snapshots within a PDF. The ability to directly access relevant information through hyperlinks decreases the amount of time spent looking for manufacturer-specific records, facts and figures while increasing productivity. When it comes to a digital O&M “manual,” hyperlinks can get crucial data to the building manager when it’s needed. In addition, that data can be accessed on any device, anywhere.  


By using Revu, general contractors are able to hand over digital operations and maintenance information to building owners at the end of a project. This digital capability not only provides a data-rich legacy record, it allows for easier access to documents for maintenance teams in the future. Instead of poring through reams of documentation or pages of drawings when a piece of equipment is malfunctioning, the facilities team can search for information electronically and locate what they need within minutes instead of hours.

Sound good? You don’t need to take our word for it or even Richard’s word for it . . . try Bluebeam Revu for yourself with a full working version on a 30-day free trial. Whether it’s Revu Standard, Revu CAD or Revu eXtreme, you will see firsthand how the streamlined processes of Revu enable a more precise and easier project handover and will help you get more done in less time. When it’s time to convert that 30-day trial to a subscription or perpetual license, contact Applied Software and talk to a Bluebeam expert about your firm’s specific needs.



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