Studio workflows, dashboards, mastering markups
Bluebeam User Groups (BUGs) meet regularly to unite regional AEC professionals and discuss industry-related best practices, trends, and tips and tricks. Members include regional users of all levels from companies of all sizes who convene to share information, lead tutorials, explore workflows and drive efficiencies within their organizations via the use of Bluebeam Revu.
- Bluebeam Revu Best Practices and Tips and Tricks
- Dashboards and 3D PDFs
- Mastering the Markups List
- Studio Projects and Sessions
From best practices to tips and tricks
Phoenix BUG and Sydney BUG both focused on some key workflows within Revu, such as navigating the interface, creating custom markups and tool sets, sketch to scale calibration, document processing, and utilizing the Markups List. Dean Hendry of Devenney Group Architects also added document security tips and organizational ideas for the Phoenix attendees, while Deepak Maini of Cadgroup shared his own tips and tricks with Sydney attendees. Equally impactful in Sydney was electrical estimator Paul Xuereb’s moving presentation on how Bluebeam has fundamentally changed his methods of working for the better and helped to maintain his skills in today’s everchanging industry.
Dallas BUG and Kansas City BUG shared best practices and tips and tricks on navigating Revu 2018, as attendees learned new capabilities and discovered existing functionality. “Magical” and “mind blown” were just a few of the reactions when attendees learned about the ability to disable line weights, hide markups, toggle layers, and WebTab.
Dashboards and 3D PDFs
Dashboards have become valuable to many users to organize project documents and information, as they provide a hyperlinked repository with access to project stakeholders and partners. At Denver BUG, Encore Electric’s Brent Gregory touted the use of Revu dashboards for O&M turnover, with a process that expedited a four-hour workflow down to just 14 minutes. Dashboards were also discussed by Kinjal Ajmera at Los Angeles BUG, as her use of them has been extremely beneficial for HNTB in building the new Las Vegas Raiders stadium. Another topic she talked about is 3D PDF and the value it has brought to her team in being able to communicate visual information to all project stakeholders. She also wowed her BUG group with her presentation on a live model that she brought into Revu.
Mastering markups and getting fundamentals
McKinstry set up a great learning exercise for the Seattle’s BUG attendees to master the Markups List by taking shots—at a basketball hoop, of course. Angelica Cantillo, a project coordinator with Howard S. Wright, built a user profile with custom columns and tools, and shared the profile with the rest of the user group in a Studio Session. The group then spent a round of shooting hoops on the McKinstry basketball court, while collecting a large amount of “field data” in the process. Afterwards, Angelica showed the group how to leverage pre-configured settings to report the winners onto template PDFs or raw data.
Bluebeam Studio garnered interest in London as well as Salt Lake City, with both BUGs engaged in presentations designed to showcase the efficiencies gained through improved project communication. Gibbs Burke, senior façade construction manager for Ballymore Construction, explained how his UK team contributes to Studio Sessions for design review and using the Session as a single source of truth. In Salt Lake City, CCI Mechanical Assistant Project Manager Hannah Crawford shared the firm’s XCON 2019 presentation, which details the use of Revu and Studio throughout the lifecycle of one of their design-build projects. She explained the benefits of standardizing these workflows to keep everyone on the same page.
Robin Krantz, Olle Lewenhaupt and Paula Arvas of Hedström & Taube shared how using Revu for document control, markups and Studio Sessions helped their company remove paper from their design review process to go completely digital at Stockholm BUG’s Q2 meeting.
Quyen Thai, a plan examiner for the city of Tacoma spoke at the Government Bluebeam User Group to share how the city uses the markup tools in Revu for plan permitting and then uploads the markups in Accela. Accela is a common permitting software, and Thai’s workaround for using Revu and Accela is a great tip for other government agencies.
Quotes and good vibes
Dallas BUG Quotes:
“Studio is where it gets really fun. I need 15 people to look at this file in a Session, can you imagine 15 different documents? And the person who has to get all those comments together?!”
“The help guide is a treasure trove of information.”
Kudos to the launch of two new BUGs: Milwaukee Bluebeam User Group (MkeBUG), launched May 23, and the Detroit Bluebeam User Group (DetBUG), launched July 17.