Archive for May, 2013

More Bluebeam Webinars Are on the Way!

May 30, 2013

Mark your calendars! Bluebeam has some great webinars scheduled for June that will take a closer look at how you can utilize Bluebeam Revu’s core functionality and advanced features to digitize your workflows and enhance communication. From administrative workflows to takeoffs and estimation –we’ve got it covered. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Go Paperless on a Government budget with Bluebeam® Revu® by Managed Design
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT
Learn how Bluebeam Revu helps government agencies go paperless at a price point they can justify.

Digitizing Takeoffs & Estimates with Bluebeam Revu
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT
Find out how you can prepare your next bid faster using Bluebeam Revu for digital takeoffs.

Digitizing Administrative Workflows with Bluebeam Revu
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT
Join this one-hour session to find out how to enhance project communication by managing and organizing your documents in PDF using Revu’s core functionality.

These webinars will be a great learning opportunity both for new users still getting familiar with Revu, and for experienced users looking for a refresher. So, what are you waiting for? Sign up today.



Catch Bluebeam at the ENR Global Construction Summit

May 28, 2013


Next week, Bluebeam will be heading to the Big Apple for the ENR Global Construction Summit on June 6th and 7th. During this two-day summit, we’ll be showcasing Revu 11’s newest features to construction professionals from around the world. The summit, which will take place at the McGraw-Hill Companies Headquarters, will provide all attendees a chance to explore growth opportunities and investigate solutions to the most pressing challenges impacting the construction industry on a global level.

For more information on the ENR Global Construction Summit, click here. If you’re interested in learning about other upcoming Bluebeam events, visit our events page.



Bluebeam Announces Customer Speakers for Bluebeam eXtreme Conference

May 24, 2013

Hey everyone! If you haven’t already registered for this year’s Bluebeam eXtreme Conference, you might want to do so now because earlier today we announced our incredible line up of customer speakers. That’s right! In addition to three tracks of Bluebeam-led educational sessions, this year’s conference will include customer presentations from Ryan Companies and Enermodal, as well as a Bluebeam Revu power user panel featuring representatives from Gensler, Balfour Beatty and Stiles Corporation. So, if you haven’t already signed up, make sure you do so before our early bird registration ends on July 4th.

To read today’s official press release about the Bluebeam eXtreme Conference, click here. You can also go to for complete conference details.



Revu’s Enhanced VisualSearch Enables Estimator to Finish Project Three Days Ahead of Schedule

May 24, 2013

From time to time, Bluebeam customers will reach out to us to share their experience using Bluebeam Revu and how it has helped them gain better results. Recently, Michael, who leads a team of estimators at a major construction and engineering firm, shared how one of his electrical estimators was able to complete a bid in just one day using Revu’s enhanced VisualSearch tool – a project that would have originally taken him four days to complete without Revu.


Revu’s enhanced VisualSearch technology now performs more robust searches regardless of size, color, rotation, or even another intersecting object.

Using Revu’s VisualSearch tool, the estimator was easily able to generate a count of lighting fixtures and outlets by searching for specific symbols and text. Even more, the tool enabled him to refine his search to include multiple rotations of the symbols and remove unrelated vector data, allowing him to not only increase the speed of his counts, but also the accuracy by as much as 99 percent.

How has Revu improved your workflow?



Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority Digitizes its Plan Review Process with Bluebeam Revu

May 22, 2013

We have another great customer story to share. This one comes all the way from Centennial, Colorado, where the Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority (SEMSWA) has found a way to capitalize on the benefits of the city’s electronic submittal system by using Bluebeam Revu to digitize its plan review process.

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Click here to read how helping SEMSWA is improving staff efficiency and customer service by redlining drawings digitally with Revu’s customizable markups.



Bluebeam Webinar: Learn How to Digitize Oil & Gas Work Processes Using Bluebeam Revu

May 20, 2013

Join us on Thursday, May 23rd at 10 AM PDT for our first webinar geared toward Oil & Gas professionals, during which we’ll take a closer look as how Bluebeam Revu digitizes processes including multidisciplinary P&ID reviews, valve status tracking, and test packs creation and inspections. This webinar is a great opportunity to learn best practices for using Revu’s customizable markup tools to go paperless, instantly share process feedback and work more efficiently. Click here for more information or to sign up today.



Customer Driven Innovation

May 15, 2013

Richard Lee (2)Earlier this year, I was at CES to support the unveiling of Panasonic’s 4K tablet and took a few moments to check out the latest and greatest technology on display.  I have to say, there were some pretty cool innovations on the show floor.  But, what was more interesting was the response, or lack of a clear response, when I asked, “what market is this product designed to address?”  Most met that question with some generally ambiguous description that boiled down to, “It’s for everyone.”  Huh, Okay.  Well, I believe that a product “designed for everyone” is really a product designed for none.

I have spoken with many entrepreneurs over the years and you would be surprised how many of them rush to be first to market with a great idea, saying, “I had a light bulb moment and built this revolutionary product.”  Well, that’s great, but who is it intended for?  More importantly, who would actually buy it (as in, pay money for it)?  Is this a solution to a problem or is this a solution looking for a problem?

What’s typical with many startups is their desire to build a solution for a problem they believe exists or in some cases, to a problem they don’t even know exists.  They figure it must be out there somewhere.    This isn’t necessarily wrong because after all, it’s hard to be on the bleeding edge of technology if you did nothing but solve known problems, right?  Let me add another layer to this dilemma. Even if you identify a problem to solve, how do you know it actually needs to be solved?

At Bluebeam, we started with a problem and built a solution to solve it for aerospace engineers, allowing them to easily create high quality PDFs from CAD files so they could quickly share designs electronically.  We threw that solution out into that industry and continued to develop related solutions for other technical professionals, like architects and engineers.  What happened next has defined who we are as a company. The adoption rate from architects was an order of magnitude greater than aerospace engineers.  Why?

Maybe it’s possible the equation of innovation is more than solving problems.  Maybe the equation is solving problems for the right customer with the implied variable of the right time.  Aerospace engineers had a problem they wanted solved, but did not believe it needed to be solved (need here is equated to value).  On the other hand, architects had a similar problem. They saw the value of a solution, and were willing to pay for it.  So, I would argue that innovation is less about what and more about whom.

Now, answering the question about who to solve a problem for is also perplexing.  When you interview customers or conduct focus groups most people put themselves in the shoes of the inventor, stepping out of their own shoes and proceeding to tell you what they would do if they were you.  Others manage to stay in their shoes, but provide a laundry list of everything they would like without prioritization or relative value.  Frankly, who really has time to take a thousand ideas and prioritize them with relative value to an overall system?  I’ll leave that question for the product managers of the world.

At Bluebeam, we look at context – the workflow, the user, the problem to measure the value of a solution within a system.  We do our best to understand the context of the user, who they are and what they do with a simple goal to help them do what they do better.  This is not rocket science, but has worked quite well for us over the last decade.  After all, solving the “what” question will only get you so far if you don’t know who will benefit from it.  Bottom line – know your customer.

Remember – Anything IS Possible


Bluebeam’s Rallycross Driver Looks to Take Gold at the Barcelona X Games

May 15, 2013

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Bluebeam’s Global RallyCross driver Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen is gearing up for another big race at this weekend’s X Games in Barcelona, Spain. After claiming the silver medal at the X Games Brazil, Topi is looking for nothing less than a gold medal victory lap. For complete details, check out the official press release here or go to for continuous updates on the 2013 Global Rallycross season. You can also get live updates this weekend by following @topicrossLIVE on Twitter.



Bluebeam to Participate in the Bentley LEARNing Conference

May 13, 2013


Team Bluebeam is hitting the road again. From May 13th through May 16th, we will be exhibiting at the Bentley LEARNing Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. Stop by booth #9 to see Revu 11’s newest features, and for a demonstration of how Revu integrates with Projectwise® by allowing users to retrieve, markup and check-in documents directly from Revu’s interface. For complete details on what to expect at this year’s conference, click here.



Bluebeam Heads Down Under for DesignBUILD Australia

May 8, 2013


G’day, mates! Today through May 10th Bluebeam is exhibiting at the DesignBUILD Australia Conference at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre Darling Harbour in Sydney.

DesignBUILD is Australia’s premiere building and construction event that brings together the Asia Pacific design community for a series of educational seminars and a look at the latest product innovations. For the first time, attendees will get a firsthand look at Revu 11 and how it addresses key digital project management and collaboration needs within Australia’s construction industry by enabling project teams to digitize traditionally paper-based workflows such as drawing reviews, estimates and inspections. For more details, click here to read our press release.

If you’ll be attending this year’s show, make sure you stop by stand #C24 to say hello and see what’s new.



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