Do you work in building and construction? In the office or on site? If you do, you probably deal with a lot of documents like plans, specification and contracts. You probably carry reams of paper with you, maybe your work truck resembles a mobile filing cabinet!
Why we use Paper
We’re familiar with paper, it’s always on, and has great battery life. It’s a visual medium, that, when coupled with a pen, taps into your human creativity and thinking capabilities in ways a keyboard just cannot reach. The pen, is a thinking tool. And because of the unique connection that a pen has to the human brain, a builders pencil will be ever present on site.
The issue with Paper
Working with paper, while familiar and comfortable causes us many issues. Have you ever looked at your plans and thought; “is this the latest version?” Have you ever lost paper? Have you taken notes and then spent time looking for them? “I know I wrote that here somewhere…”
And when you’ve completed your task on paper, what then? Is it really complete? No – Now the challenge is to turn that into a digital form that can be saved, shared, and actioned.
Paper use could be costing you as much as 20% of your work time by creating disorganization and duplication of effort.
Would you like to wrestle that time back?
Get Productive with Digital Pen
Did you know that you can combine the best of paper and pen with digital tools? In doing so, you can even enhance your creativity, workflow and productivity!
Here at TabletPC, we champion pen based computing with Surface and other Windows devices, including specialized rugged hardware – devices that are ideal for construction sites. In fact, we only focus on devices that enable digital pen input, and for good reason. Without a digital pen, I’m stuck in the world of physical paper and that’s costing me time.
A device with a digital pen is one of the keys to being productive and so is having access to the right software!
If you’re in construction, Bluebeam Revu is one of those key tools! As a PDF editing and mark-up tool, it can deliver you major productivity benefits – even for our office bound team members.
Bluebeam Revu can help you take your pen and paper interactions with building plans and documentation bringing them into the digital realm. It’s is a PDF editing tool that originated in an Aerospace company working with NASA in 1997. The core function was to help share CAD drawings and specifications with people that did not use CAD software. It’s this core workflow solution that makes Bluebeam so valuable to the construction industry.
The majority of the worlds engineering and architectural firms are already using Bluebeam Revu. So how can it help builders and trade contractors?
What can Bluebeam do for you?
Bluebeam allows you to:
- Share and work with anyone on CAD drawings in PDF Format, No matter where they are!
- Use CAD type measuring tools on PDF Drawings – even in 3D!
- Create an accurate estimates and even cost them from a PDF drawing! Or you could export that data to a Spreadsheet or your estimating software.
- Automate repetitive tasks.
- Visually search PDF files for objects, not just text.
- Accurately compare 2 documents and find all changes. Brilliant for comparing plans or specifications.
- When coupled with the right device, lets you work from anywhere on your plans, documents, estimates and quotes.
Go Paperless with Bluebeam Revu
We’ve been using Bluebeam since the early 2000’s, and we’re releasing a mini-series demonstrating to you how it benefits critical workflows for builders, estimators and trade contractors.
And if you would rather watch than read, check out this Bluebeam series on our YouTube Channel!