The Bluebeam Guidebook

Game-changing Tips and Stories for Architects, Engineers, and Contractors
Standards Information Network (Verlag)
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  • erschienen am 2. März 2018
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  • 336 Seiten
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978-1-119-39395-5 (ISBN)
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 is 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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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.
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

Chapter 1
Taking the Leap: Switching from Red to Blue

Blue isn't for everyone. To understand if Bluebeam might be the right choice for a group or company, it helps to understand how the increasingly popular PDF tool came into being. As evidenced by the tool's devotion to efficiency, it was the brainchild of a team of engineers seeking to make their own work faster and easier. In the late 1990s, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory was tasked with designing and building the robotic arms for the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity. They only had two years to do it, and with a little fewer than 20 employees, they had to get creative. Although Adobe was running the PDF market at that time, their products didn't meet the specialized needs of the engineering team, specifically, creating accurate PDF files from computer-aided design software such as AutoCAD. Thus, the inception of Bluebeam's first product: Pushbutton PDF. The software continued to evolve and become more popular, and Brett Lindenfield, the director of the robotic arms project, called on his friend Richard Lee to turn what started as a humble innovation into a full-blown company. Pushbutton PDF spun off into its own company in 2002 as Bluebeam Software Inc. The product began to diffuse from the engineering industry into architecture, construction, and oil and gas, and was renamed Bluebeam Revu. Read the full story on NASA Spinoff: Fourteen years later, in 2016, Bluebeam Software Inc. achieved 1,000,000 users in over 100 countries and is used by 98 percent of the world's top 50 design-build firms by revenue.

Products and Feature Comparison

Even with over a million users requesting new features, Bluebeam has stayed true to its initial industry, focusing on solving problems for design reviews, bids and estimates, RFIs (request for information) and submittals, field inspection, site management, punch lists and back checks, project closeout, and facilities management. Bluebeam products are not designed for artistic use in the same way that Adobe Creative Cloud or Photoshop or Illustrator are. They are, however, highly competitive with Adobe's base products, such as Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat. Like Adobe, Bluebeam has a portfolio of products tailored to specific needs. As of the time this book was authored, here are Bluebeam's offerings:

  1. Bluebeam Revu: Bluebeam's flagship product, built for Windows PCs and tablets. Bluebeam Revu is a PDF workhorse. It comes in three flavors: Standard, CAD, and eXtreme, in order of increasing price.
  2. Bluebeam Revu Mac: Most of the functionality of Bluebeam Revu, but for Apple PCs
  3. Bluebeam Vu: Free PDF view-only tool
  4. Bluebeam Revu iPad: Mobile version of Revu
  5. Bluebeam Vu iPad: Free mobile version of Vu

As stated above, although Bluebeam is a fantastic tool, it is only fantastic when it's the right tool for the job. Remember the NASA engineers-they weren't out to create a PDF tool for everyone; they just wanted something to meet their specific needs. To understand which product is the right fit for a given use case, consider the comparison chart of high-level features for Bluebeam and Adobe products (Table 1-1). For a more detailed comparison, see,, and

Table 1-1: Bluebeam and Adobe Features

Bluebeam Revu Standard Bluebeam Revu CAD Bluebeam Revu eXtreme Bluebeam Revu Mac Bluebeam Vu Adobe Acrobat Standard DC Adobe Acrobat Pro DC Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Redline PDFs x x x X In Studio x x Create custom markups x x x X Track annotations x x x X x x x x Online collaboration x x x X x x x x Pin files x x x x SharePoint integration x x x x x x x ProjectWise integration x x x x Markup 3D PDFs x x x In Studio x x Create 3D PDFs x x Create PDFs from Microsoft Office x x x x x Create PDFs from any Windows file x x x x x Create PDFs from AutoCAD x x x x Create PDFs from Revit, SolidWorks x x OCR x x x Form creation x x Redaction x x Scripting x x Measure PDFs x x x X In Studio Flatten markups x x x X x x Markup layers x x x X Markup summary x x x X x x Import markups x x x X Calibrated markups x x x Create hyperlinks x x x X x x Dynamic stamps x x x x x Embed photos and video x x x X In Studio Translate markup language x x x Custom calculations x x x Custom statuses x x x Markup legends x x x Document tags x x x Extract, delete, rotate, insert pages x x x X x x Embed file attachments x x x X x x Overlay pages x x x X Combine PDFs x x x X x x Reduce file size x x x X x x Split document x x x x x Headers and footers x x x X x x Create bookmarks and page labels x x x X x x Text search x x x X x x x x Visual search x x x x Custom...

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