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* Percentages calculated by comparing data collected at halfway point of the 20-month Cobb County Superior Court project against data collected at halfway point of similarly sized and scoped 20-month project that used paper submittals.
While searching for software to digitally share and review submittals, Williams discovered Bluebeam PDF Revu. A PDF editor built specifically for the design and construction industry, Bluebeam creates and views large format PDF drawings and includes industry-standard redlining tools including takeoffs, change clouds and callouts. “When we discovered Bluebeam, we instantly saw opportunity,” adds Williams. “Bluebeam’s markup tools replicate the type of comments we normally make with pen and paper. It’s exactly the type of functionality we were looking for. We knew that by laying out the proper groundwork to gain adoption, Bluebeam would be a winner on this project.”
Williams and his project team members implemented this plan to get the Turner project team, architect and sub-contractors onboard with the new, digital process using Bluebeam PDF Revu.
- Specified in the design-build contract that all submittals be redlined digitally with Bluebeam PDF Revu and distributed by email. Only one hard copy per submittal would be permitted.
- Created training videos on most commonly used Bluebeam features to make it easier for project architects, contractors and sub-contractors to learn the software.
- Purchased large, 27” monitors to make it easier to review and redline drawings onscreen.
For the 30% of drawings that are redlined with paper and pen, often to review details like rebar, Bluebeam helps streamline the document replication process. Rather than photocopy or hand-copy these comments onto multiple sets to distribute to the project architect and sub-contractors, Turner replicates the markups onto a PDF copy in Bluebeam. The redlined PDF is then emailed to all parties.
A little more than halfway through the project, Williams is amazed at the savings Bluebeam has delivered. “The dollars savings in printing and courier fees are only the beginning. Turner and the Owner have saved so much time using Bluebeam,” says Williams.