​​Bluebeam Webinar Series Unpacks Revu’s Return on Investment


In a recent customer survey, Australia’s leading construction firms revealed which workflows they’ve seen the biggest improvements in since going digital.

Their five most-improved workflows—design review, quantity takeoff, RFI management, drawing management and site logistics—span the entire project lifecycle.


General contractors, sub-contractors, architects, engineers and owners who are in constant collaboration throughout the project have historically relied on paper to get the job done. Those who have transitioned to digital workflows are finding greater efficiencies and consistency, not to mention helping the environment by reducing printed paper.

To demonstrate how easily businesses of any size can achieve the same efficiency gains, Bluebeam hosted a five-part Back to Basics: Revu for Construction webinar series. Here’s what it covered.

Handling and editing PDFs

PDF drawing management may seem like a staple requirement, but not all PDF editing software is created equal. Revu was purpose-built for construction, supporting large-format PDFs and providing industry-specific communication tools.

Reviewing and signing digital documents

This is a game-changer in construction. In this webinar, Bluebeam showed the ins and outs of using Revu to create digital forms and signatures, and make sure all reviewed documents are secure.

For those who need to improve consistency in documentation, Revu enables you to create your own standardised processes.


Standardising tools and processes

In any construction or engineering project there will be multiple workflows happening at once. The good news is that Revu can help you digitise these workflows and standardise processes just as it has for so many customers around the world.

If you’re using Revu, you’re already halfway there. It’s now about using Tool Chests, Custom Columns and Statuses to build a Revu Profile that can be shared.

In this webinar episode, Bluebeam explored digitising construction projects and raising the productivity and efficiency of work across the board with Revu. Consistency is key to running any project effectively.

Streamlining quantity takeoffs

Getting the correct measurements and counts is a crucial and complicated part of any build. Revu streamlines the process by digitising paper workflows and combining spreadsheets into one tool to provide you with accurate quantity takeoffs.

The key to success is the standardisation of Tool Chests, Custom Column creation and consolidating these elements into Revu Profiles, which was discussed in episode 3. In this webinar, Bluebeam looked at how customers are doing this for quantity takeoffs.

This included a painter in South Australia, who was using A2 plan drawings with different coloured highlighter marks and hand-marked-up hatch patterns.

The system was easy to migrate from paper to digital, improving upon the workflow this painter depended on for the past 30 years.

Bluebeam built a Tool Chest, Custom Columns, and Layers as a workflow foundation. So when when updated drawing revisions came in, using Overlays made it easier to pick out unclouded design changes and use the Search and Count tools to count variations.

The painter was able to use the Overlay workflow to discover new ceiling openings, find each one on all levels of a building with Search and then use the Count tool to calculate a quantity. Lastly, we created a PDF report of his variation to the builder—all in Revu.


Managing site logistics

In our final episode, Bluebeam looked at how any building site has a vast number of elements to keep track of at once. Bluebeam Revu can handle the many logistical challenges of a build, saving you time, effort and resources in the long run.

In this webinar, site logistic plans and content was created in Revu Tool Chests and shared Site Logistics Plans across projects so that everyone, on- and off-site, can keep track of current site management.

To find out more about the benefits of adopting digital workflows in construction, view the five-part webinar series on demand.

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