Bluebeam Revu for the Accessibility Pro

We chose to sponsor the Accessibility Professionals Association (APA) Annual Conference not just because it's right here in our neighborhood in Austin, Texas :) but because we believe that Bluebeam Revu offers an amazing way for folks in this profession to work smarter and faster.

We'll walk you through the hows and whys in just a moment, but first let's look at some of the pain points and inefficiencies a Registered Accessibility Specialist might encounter on any given project.

 

Plan Reviews

This might look like the start of a typical plan review...

Blueprint rolls

but wouldn't you rather...

 Revu file access

Paper-based reviews can be time consuming and expensive.  Comments and redlines are made one at a time.  Paper sets have to be delivered or mailed back to the client or state agency.  Revisions needed?  Repeat the process all over again.

Professional Digital PDF Markups - Just a few clicks PDF Markups

Bluebeam Revu includes industry-standard markup tools, such as clouds and callouts, to redline the drawings and document code violations. Plan reviewers also find Bluebeam's copy/paste tool to be extremely useful. This feature allows users to copy the same markups from floor to floor on high-rise buildings, thereby reducing repetitive markups.

Save commonly used markups in Revu's exclusive Tool Chest, where they are saved across sessions of the program and reapplied with just one click.

"Using Bluebeam's markup tools to electronically redline drawings provided us with a better, more visual way to explain code requirements to architects designing in our City."
-Anthony Han, City of Plano Plan Review Services Supervisor

Plan reviewers can also leverage Bluebeam's Stamp Revu Stamp Icon feature to paste code notations onto project drawings to more clearly explain violations. You can even use the editor to create custom stamps.

 

Bluebeam Studio - All are welcome Bluebeam Studio

Bluebeam Studio Sessions

 What is Studio?  Studio is Bluebeam's cloud based collaboration tool, allowing you to host online sessions with your document sets for real-time, concurrent markup and review.  Studio has helped other clients speed up project communication by 60%.  Every edition of Revu (Standard, CAD, and Extreme) comes with Studio free. There's no separate software to install, it all runs within Revu.

The wonderful thing about Studio is that everyone on the project team can access your documents from the cloud, and they don't even need to own Bluebeam software to do so! They can join your existing Studio Sessions or Projects using Bluebeam's free PDF viewer (Vu) and have full markup/collaboration capabilities absolutely free.

"The combination of Revu and Studio helped HKS significantly improve the clarity and speed of project communication and reduce our printing and shipping costs. We have already begun using Revu on other projects, and our clients are amazed at how quickly we can document items and send updates."
-John Niziolek, HKS Sr. Vice President and Associate Principal

 

For more information on Studio, see our tutorial here.

 

Site Inspections

 Accessibility site inspection

As the construction project nears completion, the clock starts ticking to complete site inspections, reports, and repairs.  In Texas, the inspection is scheduled within 30 days of project completion, repairs are due 90 days after the final report, and the Texas Dept. of Licenses and Regulations (TDLR) will be looking to follow up on all corrections in 180 days.  In this phase, good communication is imperative to ensure any violations are identified in a timely manner, thereby avoiding costly re-works later down the line.  Don't let paper slow you down at the finish line!

Revu for Tablets or iPads - The PDF Swiss Army Knife  Revu iPad logo

Revu IPad Sync Revu IPad Markup

 

What if instead of lugging your checklists and blueprints out to a job site you could simply carry your tablet?  Enter Revu for iPad (available on the App store).  The desktop version of Revu is also compatible with most tablets running Windows.  Revu lets you work without limits, whether you're at the office or in the field.  Sync files and entire project folders, and once they're done you can work on your PDFs wherever you go, regardless of Internet access.

Capture - Don't rely on 1000 words Revu Capture icon

Embedding photos, and even videos, on the fly is simple with Revu's capture markup tool.  Create a call out to note a code violation, then capture a photo of it on the spot.  Best of all, captured photos are displayed in your PDF report summary for clear visibility to the built conditions.

 Revu Capture tool screenshot

 

The Markups List - Instant reporting Revu Markups List

That brings us to the Markups List.  When it's time to prepare the inspection report, leverage the power of Revu's built-in markup and annotation tracking to create a PDF summary report with 1 click.  All comments are hyperlinked back to the document for traceability.

You can also assign a custom status (pending, in review, past due) to any individual markup or group of markups to clearly track when repairs are being made.  You'll be feeling like a project superhero in no time! 

 Revu Markup Summary

 

The Bottom Line

"Bluebeam Revu is one of those products that may seem novel today, but it will quickly push the boundary so that it is the expectation of our clients tomorrow."
-Steve Mincey, CEO, DES Architects + Engineers

 

At Bohdee, our mission is simple.  We want to be the best Bluebeam provider by serving our customers with technical expertise, simple procurement, and competitive discounts.  So why wait?  Purchase new licenses of Revu now to lock in your pricing and get a free upgrade to Revu 2016 this year!

What's the Difference Between Bluebeam Studio Projects and Studio Sessions?

All versions of Bluebeam Revu (Standard, CAD, eXtreme) come with unlimited free access to their cloud collaboration platform, Bluebeam Studio. The beauty of Studio is not only that all of the project team can access your documents from the cloud, but they don't even need to own Bluebeam licenses to do so! They can join existing Studio Sessions or Projects using Bluebeam's free PDF viewer and have full markup/collaboration capabilities. 

There are two ways of working in Studio; Projects and Sessions. So what's the difference?

 

Studio Projects is essentially a lightweight document management system. You can upload your project folders and files into cloud storage so that everyone on the project team can have access to these files, and you can maintain a single master set of documents. Users can make changes to these documents, but it will be on a check out/check in basis, similar to SharePoint.

  • You can upload any file type, not just PDFs
  • You have unlimited storage space
  • You can invite an unlimited number of users to the Project
  • Invite users that don't own Bluebeam
  • Control attendee access rights (saving, printing, making changes, etc.)

 

Studio Sessions is Bluebeam's real-time collaboration platform, allowing you to have multiple users marking up the same document at the same time. For example, if you want your plumbing, electrical, and structural consultants to add their notes on your design, rather than sending them all separate copies simply invite them all to a Studio Session. This saves you time by allowing them to collaborate simultaneously, and provides the benefit of all parties seeing what the others are doing.

  • You can invite up to 500 users to join a Session
  • Up to 5000 PDF files per session, 1 GB per file
  • Invite users that don't own Bluebeam
  • Control attendee access rights (saving, printing, making changes, etc.)

 

To see Studio in action, check out the video below: 

 

Bluebeam's Studio feature is a tremendously powerful collaboration tool. Hopefully this article helps you to determine how your company can leverage it for your needs. Best of all, it's totally free!