The Bluebeam Guidebook. Game-changing Tips and Stories for Architects, Engineers, and Contractors

  • ID: 4426471
  • Book
  • 336 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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EXPERT TIPS FOR THE LAST PIECE IN THE PAPERLESS PUZZLE

The Bluebeam Guidebook offers comprehensive coverage of the industry′s leading PDF tool to help AEC professionals adopt a more efficient digital workflow. With desktop, mobile, and server–based products, Bluebeam makes collaboration and document coordination seamless, and provides a perfect complement to BIM software. This book shows you how to push the boundaries and discover the software′s true capabilities.

Written expressly for working AEC professionals, this book offers tips, tricks, and ideas that cater to industry–specific needs. Expert instruction and step–by–step guidance helps you get started quickly, and case studies feature users from firms such as Kiewit, Populus, Sundt Construction, and more to show you how Bluebeam is quickly becoming a critical component of design and construction.

  • Master the industry′s leading PDF software and alternative to Adobe Acrobat
  • Create, edit, and markup documents in a way that suits the architecture and engineering workflow
  • Learn how major AEC firms have transitioned seamlessly to digital workflows
  • Integrate Bluebeam into estimating, quality control, field applications, and more

The days of file boxes and paper reams are quickly coming to a close. The transition to paperless has been a boon for the AEC industry, in which collaboration and document sharing are central to getting the job done. BIM has revolutionized the design process, and Bluebeam offers that same level of functional innovation for the document side of every project. For AEC professionals seeking a better way to get things done, The Bluebeam Guidebook is your ultimate guide to everything Bluebeam can do for you.

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Foreword  ix

Acknowledgments  xi

Introduction   xiii

Chapter 1: Taking the Leap: Switching from Red to Blue   1

Products and Feature Comparison  1

License Pricing  2

Value Proposition   5

For IT   9

Training 11

Conclusion   14

Chapter 2: Doing Red in Blue  15

Changing Preferences  15

Tabs and Toolbars 17

Creating PDFs   19

PDF Document Actions  21

Conclusion   35

Chapter 3: Redlining 37

The User Interface 37

Conclusion   65

Chapter 4: Redlining Together 67

Getting into Studio 69

Sessions 71

Projects 94

Managing Notifi cations  104

Conclusion 104

Chapter 5: Management of Change 105

Digital Slip Sheeting 105

Bluebeam Sets   114

Tags 123

Conclusion 135

Chapter 6: Issuing   137

Stamps  137

Flatten  142

Digital Signatures 143

Document Management Systems  152

Summary  154

Export  156

Conclusion 157

Chapter 7: Measuring and Estimating   159

Calibration 159

Measurement Tools 161

Estimating 174

Conclusion 187

Chapter 8: In the Field 189

Revu App for iPad   189

Mobile Access 208

Field–Generated Documents 210

Conclusion 224

Chapter 9: Go Digital, Document Assembly   225

PDF Forms 225

Functions  233

Batch Functions 238

Document Security   256

Conclusion 258

Chapter 10: Go Digital, Engineering 259

Measuring 259

Sketching 262

Comparing Documents 268

Layers  276

Batch Sign & Seal 284

3D PDFs 288

Conclusion 294

Chapter 11: Possibilities and Potential  295

Recent Bluebeam Trends  295

Recent Industry and Technology Trends 298

Untapped Potential 301

Future Possibilities and Potential Impacts   308

Conclusions and Final Thoughts 310

Index 313

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RACHEL ATTEBERY, PE, ITIL is a Business Technology Analyst with Black & Veatch. She has authored dozens of training documents, videos, and operating procedures on the use of Bluebeam, as well as conducted live trainings for AEC professionals around the world.

JASON HASCALL, PE, SE is a Program Manager and structural engineer at Black & Veatch, where he is a leader within their Bluebeam UserX group, which is devoted to expanding and encouraging the use of Bluebeam at Black & Veatch.

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