Bluebeam Partners With Digital Construction Week 2018
Industry-leading solutions provider hosts replica construction site to highlight the power of recent field innovations
As the UK’s largest construction technology conference, Digital Construction Week (DCW) serves as an annual meeting ground for innovation and technology within the build environment. Bluebeam was a Headline Sponsor at this year’s event in London at ExCel, presenting hands-on demonstrations of Bluebeam Revu 2018 and the ground-breaking construction-mapping solution Bluebeam Atlas to over 5,000 attendees at the two-day event. Microsoft supported the effort as a technology provider, furnishing Microsoft Surface Pros, Surface Studios and a Surface Go equipped with Revu for live product demos. NEC Display Solutions provided a 65-inch touch screen table for demo sessions within the Bluebeam booth.
In partnering with DCW 2018, Bluebeam worked with organizers to create a unique experience for the show, which came in the form of a specially designed On-Site Arena that replicated a construction site. The replica site offered a first-hand experience for product demonstrations, particularly the latest innovations in field technology. “Our goal is to empower the people in the field with technology that can help prevent costly mistakes and reduce the time spent looking for current drawings. That way they will have more time to spend on their craft and focus what they enjoy doing,” explained Sr. International Marketing Manager Kristine Stene. “We wanted to partner with DCW to create an end-user experience that would mirror the jobsite, in order to showcase the true value of Bluebeam solutions within the field.” The On-Site Arena was filled with keen interest from attendees across both days. “Companies are beginning to realize that keeping everyone connected in the field is becoming more and more necessary,” said James Chambers, UK Country Manager of Bluebeam. “Digital Construction Week is providing an experience where you can actually test these solutions in the field and know what’s going to work for you.” To create a truly connected jobsite, Enterprise Sales Account Manager Pratik Patel took end-users on a journey through Bluebeam Studio Sessions, which showcased communicating from the office to the field in real time.
One new solution unveiled to the DCW audience for this year’s show was the heavily anticipated demonstration of Bluebeam Atlas, a digital mapping engine that uses geolocation instead of traditional folder structures to organize and visualize 2D plans and construction data. This location-based orientation allows design and construction professionals to create and search a seamless digital map of their project that contains plans, people, material, site photos and drone imagery, all within highly detailed, zoomable layers. “It’s this combination of visualization, collaboration and project documentation that our industry needs to make those last-minute decisions in the field, which are often the most critical and expensive decisions in a project,” explained Bluebeam VP of Business Development and Partnerships Todd Wynne. “It’s basically information by location,” elaborated Bluebeam VP of Product Development Joe Williams. “It’s earning the nickname, ‘Google Maps for Construction.’”
“We have worked over multiple years to bring together a unique and esteemed group of innovators, that are working directly in the built environment, in government, industry associations and tech companies, all of whom are striving to shake up the industry. They are working to improve the way we construct by utilizing technology and are pushing towards a truly digitized industry. They are keen to share their knowledge and real-world experiences to further the industry.” – Oliver Hughes, Director and Co-Founder at DCW
In addition to unveiling Bluebeam Atlas and the On-Site Arena stage, Bluebeam also hosted professional and customer-led and panel discussions, practical learning seminars and interactive exhibitions, including:
- “The New Normal: A Disrupted Built Environment,” Todd Wynne, VP of Business Development and Partnerships, Bluebeam
- “Empowering the Field With Mobile Technology,” Gibbs Burke, Senior Construction Manager (Façades), Ballymore Group
- “From the Office the Field: Improve Communication With Digital Tools,” Omar Sheikh, Enterprise Platform Manager, Bluebeam
- “Skanska: Leading the Way in Field Technology,” Jimmy Forsberg, Development Leader, Digital Hub, Skanska Sweden
- “Break Down Data Silos by Leveraging the Power of Collaboration,” James Chambers, UK Country Manager, Bluebeam
- “Construction Revolution: Sweden Gets Serious About Standardization,” Jimmy Forsberg, Development Leader, Digital Hub, Skanska Sweden
- “Enable Quick Document Navigation With Digital Dashboards,” Anthony Roberts, Account Development Executive, Bluebeam
- “The Connected Jobsite,” Joe Williams, VP of Project Management for Atlas, Bluebeam, and Todd Wynne, VP of Business Development and Partnerships, Bluebeam