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What’s New in Bluebeam Revu 20?

Bluebeam Revu 20 is here! Keeping your team on the same page has never been more important. That’s why the latest version of Bluebeam Revu makes it easier than ever for your team to instantly collaborate—anytime, anywhere.

Bluebeam Revu 20 is the newest and greatest version of Bluebeam. Setting you up with the smart tools that you need to keep your team in sync. Here are a few things that you can expect to see from this latest version:

Get More Done Together

Bluebeam collaboration-icon Studio allows you to invite team members from anywhere to finish projects faster and collaborate in real-time. You are now able to keep track of who said what and markup at the same time together. The newly enhanced process for setting permissions allows the right people to have access to information from the beginning of any project.

Finish Projects on Time, Every Time

Bluebeam gives you a centralized place to generate, annotate, and share documents. This makes it easier to manage projects. No more wasting time wonder who completed what task. The improved markups list filters allow you to easily see the latest updates and edits.

Simplify Tasks From Start to Finish

Stop juggling multiple platforms! Bluebeam offers a number of measurement tools to improve takeoff speed and accuracy. Keep RFI’s and punch list items organized with smart markup, hyperlinking, and automation tools. Finish your tasks faster with the newly improved PDF markup and measurement tools.

 

For more information about Bluebeam Revu 20, make sure to visit our product page here. You can also download your free 30-day trial license.

Do you want to upgrade or get the latest version of Bluebeam Revu 20?
Contact us at bluebeam@microsolresources.com or (888) 768-7568, and we would be happy to help!

 

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Connecting Design & Construction

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is blurring the lines between digital processing and physical systems, causing the design and build phases of projects to move closer together. Seamless integration of these processes saves time and money. Tools used to connect design and construction include streamlined fabrication technology, prefabrication of materials offsite, modular construction, and 3D printing.

As modeling has matured, an increasing number of contractors and fabricators have embraced BIM for its exceptional value in downstream activities, such as detailing, fabrication, installation, and handover; integrating the complete design and construction workflow as an efficient, collaborative digital effort. The integrated workflow is transforming the design and construction process.

We hosted a five-part webinar series on Connecting Design and Construction as we explore how designers and builders stay connected and working from the same project data  for better collaboration.
Missed it? You can still watch the video recordings of these webinars:  
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Connecting Design & Construction

You will hear from industry analyst, Steve Jones of Dodge Data & Analytics as he presents their report called, Using BIM to Connect Design and Construction which focuses on the architectural, structural, and MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) aspects of the integrated workflow for building projects.

  • Hear the data on how BIM is used to connect design professionals with fabricators and contractors, as well as the current and future value they find in BIM.
  • Explore the frequency of current implementation and the current and future impacts of a fully connected integrated workflow for building projects.

If you are interested in the Dodge Data SmartMarket brief, click here to download.

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Manage Construction Documents  with Autodesk BIM 360 Docs

Nick Marchek of Microsol Resources discussed how BIM 360 connects data and processes from design through construction and operations. It empowers field staff to anticipate and act, and back-office staff to manage all aspects of construction performance.

Tailored for the needs of the AEC industry, BIM 360 Docs delivers tools for publishing, managing, reviewing, and approving all project plans, models and documents from the earliest phase of a project through owner occupancy. A cloud-based service, accessible at the desktop or mobile devices, BIM 360 Docs delivers anywhere, anytime collaborative access to the entire project team.

In this webcast, we will see how BIM 360 Docs:

  • Supports data continuity in a common data platform, allowing easy transfer of information and integration of project workflow from design to construction
  • Connects seamlessly to industry-leading authoring tools such as AutoCAD, Revit and Civil 3Dand supports more than 50 design file formats
  • Is built on the Autodesk Forge development platform that supports integrations with more than 70 third-party applications to connect project information and workflow and extend the value of data

This allows teams to reduce risk and eliminate errors in projects that occur from missing or inaccurate information and provides an ability to increase collaboration with the entire project team via a single source of truth for all project information.

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Seamless Design Collaboration with Autodesk BIM 360 Design

John Semel of Microsol Resources discusses why a successful project outcome depends on consistent communication with the team throughout every project phase. Connect teams and information in a central project location in the cloud to improve productivity, reduce rework, and accelerate project delivery.

BIM 360 Design connects design teams to improve project outcomes. Integrated access to Revit, Civil 3D, and AutoCAD Plant 3D files, and design collaboration on a single cloud-based platform will help teams boost productivity, improve efficiency, and accelerate project delivery.

In this webcast, we will see how BIM 360 Design:

  • Boost productivity. Teams can work on the same project, which helps them avoid time wasted on uploading, syncing, transferring, or waiting on large files.
  • Improve project efficiency. See how new design information could impact ongoing work to help reduce rework and downstream construction delays.
  • Accelerate project delivery. Project information in a single cloud-based repository helps streamline approvals. Expedite review cycles with trackable coordination activity recorded for all teams.

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Accelerate Constructability Review with Autodesk BIM 360 Coordinate

Joseph Freund of Microsol Resources discussed how BIM 360 connects data and processes from design through construction and operations. It empowers field staff to anticipate and act, and back-office staff to manage all aspects of construction performance.

BIM 360 Coordinate gives users access to a connected cloud platform that improves VDC & BIM collaboration throughout preconstruction. It offers the ability for preconstruction teams a collaborate across a single platform on all constructability reviews and simplify trade coordination.

In this webcast, we will see how BIM 360 Coordinate:

  • Automate clash resolutions to avoid costly issues onsite.
  • Encourage multi-disciplinary teams to collaborate and quickly identify issues.
  • Access 3D models anytime, anywhere, without downloading robust software.
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Integration of Assemble Systems & Autodesk BIM 360

How do you extract BIM data, add intelligence, and collaborate in real-time? Nathaniel Coombs of Autodesk shares how the integration between Assemble Systems and Autodesk BIM 360 is enabling more communication and collaboration between project teams. He will walk through the latest issue tracking workflow that helps our clients identify and resolve issues in a faster, more traceable way.

With this integration, project teams can make more informed decisions with access to specifications and documents from BIM 360 directly in the Assemble model. The integration provides a holistic view of the project to increase collaboration, transparency, and accountability at every step of the project from design to construction.

Assemble is the web-based 3D solution that lets you extract metadata, add coding, collaborate, and connect. This allows project personnel to make better decisions and deliver projects on time and in the budget.

Learn how to unlock the power of BIM to create intelligent building information for use across the entire project lifecycle. You will also learn how to:

  • Create a complete data inventory of your models in minutes. Assemble extracts model information from authoring tools and sends it to the cloud so your team can access and use BIM data in a web browser. Publish models in minutes, using the Assemble Add-in for AutoCAD or Revit, to quickly visualize the model, it’s quantities, and other mission-critical information without being a BIM expert.
  • Easily access, condition, and sync your data to leverage your BIM software investment. Assemble provides advanced data management capabilities to streamline BIM activities with greater efficiency and accuracy. Access, organize, edit, and manage design and construction data sets throughout the project lifecycle. Using Assemble, your entire project team will be able to access the model data, add intelligence, and condition BIM data into actionable information.
  • Share your BIM data with the entire project team. Assemble is a cloud-based solution giving all project stakeholders access to the BIM data they need, when they need it, from wherever they are working. Versioning ensures that your project team is working from the same information. Define and share specific data sets in common file formats.
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Work Anywhere with Bluebeam Revu

Architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) are fast-moving industries. An era of rapid digitalization is upon us, and it’s more important than ever in this globalized economy to leverage that technology toward smarter, easier collaboration. Here are some tips to get the most out of collaboration and communication so you can work anywhere with Bluebeam Revu and be more efficient and productive—allowing you to focus on what really matters: getting the job done.

A blueprint for better collaboration

Bluebeam - Communication

90% of construction professionals surveyed say it’s important to collaborate digitally.

Collaboration can be an intimidating word. But really, it all boils down to communication. The construction industry is changing at a rapid pace and, along with it, the technology we use to build our world. But don’t let the abundance of options out there bog you down. What you really need are tools that make communication easier. That’s especially true in a global economy, where architects, engineers, and builders often work together on one project across continents and time zones.

It’s sometimes impossible to have all the stakeholders sitting down in the same room, which is why it’s critical to take advantage of benefits like the Studio capabilities in Bluebeam® Revu®. Studio allows collaborators across the world to “sit down” in a meeting and talk with each other. All while looking at the very same document on their computer screens, in real-time.

A recent survey by Construction Manager Magazine of nearly 200 AEC professionals found that fewer than 20% of respondents were confident in their company’s ability to collaborate throughout the BIM process. Yet, 90% of the professionals said it’s highly important to collaborate digitally. Studio in Revu helps bridge the gap, allowing firms to enhance project collaboration. Give your people the tools they need to succeed.

Bluebeam - Access Anywhere Anytime

95% of respondents in the Construction Manager survey says it’s important to be able to work whenever, wherever.

It’s vital that team members can access the most accurate data, anywhere, anytime. From the office to the airport, the job site to the hotel room, 95% of construction professionals surveyed in Construction Manager said they need access that fits their schedule, so they and their teams can be efficient and effective. This can be especially important to the new generation of workers, which has grown up surrounded by mobile technology. With the US construction industry facing serious labor shortages, you’ll need to do everything you can to attract the right talent.

Revu makes drawings, documents, and data accessible anywhere, anytime, on tablet or laptop, in the field, or on the fly. Plus, you save money on printing and shipping costs and don’t have to worry about where to store unwieldy drawings or reading an elevation beneath layers of grime, coffee stains, and pencil edits. Being able to work on the go often shaves weeks and even months off of project schedules. One US firm saved 2-3 weeks of design reviews using Bluebeam Studio Sessions, which allowed simultaneous drafting and designing. Using Bluebeam profiles, markups, toolsets, dashboards, and Studio Sessions, the company also provided a much better end
product for owners.

Bluebeam - Single Source of Truth

Rework, on average, accounts for 9% of total construction costs. On a $5 million project, that’s $450,000.

Working from a single, reliable data source means that everybody on your project can access the most current, up-to-date information. Let’s face it: though it’s often a messy process, we’re all used to emailing important information back and forth—whether that’s
project updates or the latest version of a drawing. But it’s all too easy to lose track of things, and that leads to confusion, lost time and, in some cases, rework.

Having a single source of truth, such as a document set edited in Revu where all changes are tracked and logged, means that project partners can access the most up-to-date information without having to fish through long email threads. Building projects that cost millions of dollars are simply too valuable to risk having people on the wrong page, making changes to a floorplan, or estimating takeoffs from an out-of-date document.

Whether you’ve got a staff of two or 200, you know how miscommunication can throw a wrench into schedules and budgets. A Navigant Construction Forum research perspective entitled “The Impact of Rework on Construction & Some Practical Remedies” showed that rework, on average, accounts for 9% of total construction costs. On a $5 million project, that’s $450,000 that didn’t have to be spent. Having a single source of truth helps you find errors before they become costly.

Taking the next step

If you’ve made it this far, you’re on the right track. The future is clear: firms that collaborate effectively will prosper. Those that maintain data siloes will face increasingly smaller profit margins and uncertainty. According to the McKinsey Global Institute Digitization Index, only agriculture and hunting are less digitized than the construction sector, which means digital collaboration in AEC is lagging behind too.

While there’s a lot of room for improvement in the way the AEC industry collaborates, there’s also reason to be optimistic. After all, now you know these essentials for improving collaboration within your organization:

⸺ Access anywhere, anytime
⸺ Single source of truth
⸺ Communication

You also understand that better collaboration can lead to faster project delivery times, reduced rework, and great profits. Are you ready to take the next steps? Revu is the leading technology solution that sets the standard for project efficiency and
collaboration for AEC professionals worldwide.

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Revu offers:

  • An effective solution bridging the gap
    between the job site and the office.
  • Best-in-class markup and editing capabilities.
    Bluebeam Studio for document management
    and real-time collaboration anywhere.
  • Repeatable, customizable processes that make you more efficient.
Go to bluebeam.com/trial/microsolresources to download a free trial today.

 

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