Bluebeam is a leader in construction drawing markup, allowing PDF-based annotation and collaboration between contractors, architects, and engineers. Their latest release of their flagship program, Bluebeam Revu 2016, offers several enhanced features for its users.
Before we get into the enhancements, Bluebeam is also making a trial Revu 2016 FREE for students until the end of the day today (February 26), so act fast!
Along with the usual abilities of Revu, 2016 will also include:
Batch Markup Summary:
Allows users to create reports from multiple pages of PDFs, further simplifying communication
Revit Plugin Enhancements:
For those Bluebeam users that also use Revit, you can now create spaces from Revit Rooms when creating PDF sheets and easily export them to Bluebeam. You can also transfer materials information into a 3D PDF.
Legends allows you to place a legend key directly on your PDF, so people who aren’t familiar with Bleambeam notations or the notations that you use can more easily understand. You can choose the level of detail that the legend shows, but it will even tally the number of times you use a certain punchkey.
Tags makes creating, configuring, and managing Sets of PDFs much easier by allowing users to sort all drawings based on certain criteria, including drawing revision, sheet type, discipline, and categories.
As much as I like my smartphone, it’s undeniable that they can be a huge distraction on the job site or in a vehicle. The construction industry is dangerous enough without these added distractions, so at least one US contractor has decided to proactively manage their employee’s smartphone usage.
With temperatures globally trending warmer each year, that heat can take quite a toll on professions that rely heavily on exterior labor, like the construction industry. There are many products available currently to help keep you cool on the jobsite, but the best may still be yet to come.
Drones have been heavily used by the construction industry in recent years for anything from progress photos, to employee tracking, or calculating the volume of on-site stockpiles. Now, a report from EHS Today says that OSHA plans to employ more drones to conduct site inspections of employer facilities.
As part of Autodesk’s late 2018 construction technology acquisition spree, the software giant gobbled up both PlanGrid and BuildingConnected. The two acquired companies now form a large part of Autodesk’s Construction Solutions branch – and are now integrated with each other for a seamless document transition from the pre-construction phase to the construction phase.
Last year at Groundbreak, Procore’s annual technology conference, the company teased a new platform they have been working on for BIM users. At that point referred to as “Design Coordination,” it now has a formal name – and an upcoming release date.
One of the key components of BIM is the ability to detect clashes, which are design coordination issues that result in the inability to construct a building as drawn. The use of 3-dimensional drawings allows contractors –and software- to detect if key building components are intersecting before it’s about to be installed in the field. Autodesk BIM 360 has recently updated its clash detection abilities within its Model Coordination module more easily and efficiently within its platform.
Hot off of the acquisition of Honest Buildings, a project management software aimed at owners and developers, Procore has announced they have acquired yet another tech company to help bolster their offerings.
Construction Management software company, Procore, initially launched their annual technology conference, Groundbreak, back in 2015. Originally hosted at their headquarters in California, the event has grown exponentially from that first year and this year may be its biggest yet.
In 2015, Milwaukee announced the release of their digital tool tracking platform: ONE-KEY. The company has since released dozens of ONE-KEY enabled tools to manage them using Bluetooth, an inventory management system, and tool reporting functionality. Yesterday, the company announced several enhancements to the platforms inventory and reporting interfaces.
In what can be expected to be a continuous trend in the construction industry, construction management software company, Procore, has acquired yet another construction tech company to further bolster their software.