Archive for September, 2011

Greenbuild starts in 3, 2, 1…

September 26, 2011

Get excited… Greenbuild starts next week! If you’re headed to Toronto for the show, which is taking place October 4th – 6th, we hope that you’ll stop by our booth – #4142S – to say “hello!” AND participate in one or both of the “Ask the Expert” events we’re holding. Here are the details:

  • Wednesday, October 5th, DPR Construction will be joining us to discuss how they use Bluebeam Studio to collaboration in real-time and keep their submittal process lean and green.
  • Thursday, October 6th, McCarthy Building Companies will be joining us to discuss how they use Revu to manage documents throughout the life of a project.

Representatives from each company will be available for one-on-one conversations throughout the day, and will be giving various group presentations.

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to meet with some of the industry’s leading building companies, and of course some of your favorite Bluebeamers in the flesh.

For more information about this year’s Greenbuild show, check out their official show website, and remember to keep on PDFin’!

-Jill

It’s Steel Day 2011!

September 23, 2011

In honor of Steel Day 2011, we wanted to highlight one of our newest cases studies from Rowecord Engineering, a major steel contractor in the UK that provides first-class design, engineering manufacture, treatment and erection services for steel structures.

Prior to finding Bluebeam, Rowecord had been using Adobe Distiller for high-volume PDF creation and Adobe Acrobat for end user PDF editing and markup. However, this solution was proving to be too costly to maintain, so Rowecord’s Project Leader decided to begin the search for a new PDF solution. His main search criteria included a solution that provided end users with easy-to-use PDF annotation and editing tools, the ability to covert high volumes of Windows files to PDF, and affordable pricing. Enter Bluebeam.

Rowecord now uses Bluebeam Q, Bluebeam’s server-based solution, to automatically create a high volume of PDFs from BIM applications, mainly Tekla Structures, and Bluebeam PDF Revu for marking up PDFs electronically with comments, highlights, shapes and symbols.

Click here to learn more about how Rowecord is using Bluebeam Q and Bluebeam PDF Revu, and remember to keep on PDFin’!

Happy Steel Day!

-Jill

Bluebeam and McCarthy win Gold!

September 20, 2011

Last Wednesday, September 14th, we attended the Constructech Vision Awards with McCarthy Building Companies at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace, IL. And, we’re happy to report that we came out winners!

The Constructech Vision Awards ‘honor companies that have realized the advantages of applying innovative technologies to their everyday businesses as well as the technology enablers that have helped them achieve their goal.’ McCarthy and Bluebeam were up for an award in the Builder/GC Commercial +$500 million category. The award entry focused on how project record drawings can be updated, maintained and distributed electronically in PDF in lieu of traditional hand posting methods, which are labor intensive, inefficient and difficult to duplicate. McCarthy used Revu to hyperlink PDF documents for better access to information such as drawing details, specifications and RFIs.  Well, McCarthy’s efforts (and Bluebeam’s technology) paid off, because we tied for Gold – the highest achievable honor!

McCarthy's Mike Oster and Kris Montgomery accepting their gold Vision award.

Bluebeam, McCarthy and Constructech representative smile for the camera with their Vision awards.

Team Bluebeam celebrating their win!

Here is a quick interview that we recorded after we received the award with McCarthy’s Vice President, Information Technology, and Bluebeam’s Senior Account Manager:

Click here for the full list of winners, and remember to keep on PDFin’!

-Jill

Webinar: FutureTech for the Jobsite

September 19, 2011

Join Todd Sutton, Business Unit Manager – Project Controls from Zachry Construction, on Thursday, September 22nd at 11:00am (PDT) for a webinar sponsored by ENR and Microsoft Dynamics. In this webinar, “three forward-leaning, hands-on experts from construction will tell us about their deployments of tools for information innovation on jobsites today, and what they are planning for tomorrow.” Todd will be among the three panelists, and he will discuss how Zachry uses Bluebeam PDF Revu on the jobsite.

In case this feels like déjà vu to you— Todd was the same Bluebeam user who presented Fiatech’s webinar from a couple of weeks ago. He will once again discuss the punch process but will include additional information about real-time field reporting.

Register today and remember to keep on PDFin’!

-Jill

 

Bluebeam User Places First in OMR SCCA Rally Race

September 13, 2011

Last month during the 2011 Tekla User Meeting, Patrick, our Product Manager, met one of our users Doug, a Steel Detailer. Interestingly enough, Doug also happens to be an amateur rally racer. For those of you who don’t know, Bluebeam has been a big supporter of rally racing since the beginning of 2010. In fact, we have our very own Bluebeam Rally Team. Doug knew about our involvement in rally, and asked if we’d like to support him in his next race. Of course, our answer was “YES!”

On Monday, September 5th, Doug got behind the wheel of his 89 BMW 325i (of course outfitted in some cool Bluebeam Rally decals!) for the Ozark Mountain Region Sport Car Club of America (OMR SCCA) Labor Day RallyCross Race. Doug ended up finishing first in his class, and we couldn’t be more excited for him!

Here are some pictures that Doug sent us from his race:

Doug prepping for his race.

Doug's ride. Lookin' good!

Doug lining up for the race.

Doug speeding across the finish line to take first place!

Doug's #1 fan, aside from Bluebeam that is.

 

Way to go Doug! Check out Doug’s stats here, and remember to keep on PDFin’!

-Jill

We’ve been nominated. Now we need your votes!

September 9, 2011

Bluebeam’s been nominated as a finalist for two, yep two (!), 2011 Construction Computing Hammer Awards. Our nomination categories include: One to Watch – Company and One to Watch – Product. (Insert round of applause here.)

Each year the Construction Computing Awards “showcase and reward the technology, tools and solutions for the effective design, construction, maintenance and modification of commercial buildings, residential and social housing and civil engineering projects of all sizes.” Each category has an average of 6 finalists, and boy do we want to win this year!

To vote, just follow these few simple steps:

You have until November 2nd to cast your vote, and as always, every vote helps. Thanks for all of your support, and remember to keep on PDFin’!

-Jill

Ready, set, Greenbuild.

September 6, 2011

Here at Bluebeam HQ we are busy getting ready for this year’s Greenbuild Expo, and I’m happy to report that we have some exciting things planned. Before I get to that, let’s go over the 5 “W’s” (and “How”) of this year’s show.

Who should attend? Greenbuild attracts professionals from ALL aspects of the building industry.

What is it? Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building.

Where is it? This year’s show is being held in Toronto, Ontario at the Metro Toronto Convention Center.

When is it? The Expo Hall will be open from October 4-6 during the following hours:
– Tuesday, Oct. 4:  5:30pm – 8pm
– Wednesday, Oct. 5:  9am – 5:30pm
– Thursday, Oct. 6:  9am – 5:30pm

Why should you visit? Bluebeam will be exhibiting in the South hall in booth #4142. Be sure to stop by for one of our special “Ask the Experts” presentations (more details below), a live demo of the new Bluebeam PDF Revu 9 and Revu eXtreme, and to pick up a free 30-day trial CD.

How do you get tickets? If you live in the Toronto area, or still need to purchase your Exhibit Hall passes you can do so at NO cost to you.  Just click here, enter blue-5024_289 into the box that says registration code, and then fill in all of your required contact information. Registering for this pass will allow you to enter the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday and Thursday only.

Now more on the special “Ask the Experts” events that I mentioned earlier….

Two of our top customers, DPR Construction and McCarthy Building Companies, will be joining us in our booth during Greenbuild. On Wednesday, October 5th, DPR Construction will be joining us to discuss how they use Bluebeam Studio to help keep their projects lean and green.  Then, on Thursday, October 6th, McCarthy Building Companies will share how they use Revu throughout the life of a project. Representatives from each company will be available for one-on-one conversations throughout the day, and will be giving various group presentations. Be sure to stop by our booth for more information on presentation times.

To find out more about Greenbuild, check out their official show website. We hope to see you there, and in the meantime, remember to keep on PDFin’!

-Jill

Webinar – Zachry uses Bluebeam Studio for punch

September 1, 2011

Are you curious to see how Zachry Construction implemented Bluebeam Studio in their punch list process? Now’s your chance! Attend Fiatech’s Technology Tuesday Webinar: 123 Punch List Process on Tuesday, September 6 at 11:00am EDT (8:00am PDT).

This webinar will be presented by Todd Sutton, Zachry’s Business Unit Manager – Project Controls.

“What’s the story here?” you ask. I like your curiosity. Well, once upon a time, Todd’s project team wanted a more efficient way to track and manage punch list items for a hotel they were building. (Listing the items in notebooks, which eventually needed to be re-entered electronically, just wasn’t cutting it anymore.) They searched all the land to find a great new digital process. They found Dropbox, and they were happy.

Happy enough.

But then, along came Bluebeam Studio. Studio let them collaborate on the same punch list in real-time.

…Now that’s a fairy-tale ending, if I do say so myself.

So come one, come all and register for this webinar. And remember to keep on PDFin’!

-Samantha (Sorry, not Jill. She’s away and will be back shortly!)


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