Archive for August, 2013

Clark and McCarthy Save Time in the Field Using Revu on a $438 Million Project at LAX

August 29, 2013


The joint venture team of Clark-McCarthy were featured in an ENR article that highlights their use of Bluebeam Revu on a new central utilities plant project for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). This $438 million replacement plant is a key component of the Los Angeles World Airports’ $4.1 billion capital improvement plan. Working on iPads in the field, the team used Revu to provide hyperlinked plans to design information, saving them about 10 hours per week! Read the full story on ENR California to learn more.

Congratulations to McCarthy for Another Successful Project with Bluebeam!

August 22, 2013

A big “congratulations” goes out to our friends at McCarthy for completing the new St. Joseph’s Hospital Campus in Highland, IL. This new $63 Million project, which opens to the public today, includes a single-floor hospital and 3-story Medical Office Building that totals over 125,000 square feet.

The team, which included Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, used Bluebeam Revu for collaborative document management, with mobile kiosks in the field. All changes were tracked and implemented in real time helping to ensure a smooth, efficient process and an on-time completion. We’re so glad Bluebeam could be a part of this successful project team! To learn more about the project, check out these articles in Medical Construction & Design and the local community news.

August 20, 2013

Virtual Green Expo

Bluebeam will be participating in the Virtual Green Expo, which starts tomorrow and runs through Thursday. This free online event leverages the power of a virtual trade show to present the latest trends on greening existing buildings, no travel required. Earn CEUs and hear from industry experts, including a keynote speech from the USGBC’s Doug Gatlin. We’ll be exhibiting in our virtual booth and would love to chat with you, so stop by and say hi! Oh, and did I mention it’s free? Register today.

Introducing Revu iPad 2.0

August 8, 2013

We’re excited to announce the release of Revu iPad 2.0! This new version includes lots of amazing updates, taking your mobile workflows to an even higher level. We’ve got some handy new features we know you’ll love. Need to verify measurements in the field? Our new Calibration, Length, Area, Perimeter, Volume and Count tools are there to help. Filling out Acroforms is now supported too! Just tap on a field and type. We’ve also upgraded the Pen tool for smoother responsiveness, even with a stylus. No time to handwrite those markups? No problem!  Revu iPad 2.0 includes a speech-to-text feature allowing you to quickly create markups hands-free. Learn more about these as well as all the other new features available on our website . And if that’s not enough, Vu iPad also now supports fillable Acroforms and field measurement tools to quickly check dimensions.

Revu 11.5 is Here!

August 6, 2013

Just when you thought Revu couldn’t get any better, we decided to blow your minds even more! Introducing Revu 11.5, loaded with updates and features that make this release the best yet. We’ve added enhancements to Bluebeam Studio Projects that make it easier than ever to search for local files and restore previous revisions, and updated permission settings for Studio Sessions so that full control can be handed off to designated team members.

We’ve also added greater functionality to tablet PCs by including the new Camera Tool so you can add images to your PDF in a flash. Touch and Pen inputs are now recognized simultaneously on your Windows 8 tablet, meaning you can pan and zoom with your fingers and use the Pen tool to create markups at the same time! Additional improvements include upgrades to Digital Signatures and LinkSaver™, which allows you to preserve hyperlink functionality when combining and separating PDFs. Read more about all the updates included in this release on our website.

Event Recap: The 2013 Bluebeam eXtreme Conference

August 5, 2013

Wow, what a day! Last Friday, Bluebeam held the 2013 Bluebeam eXtreme Conference at the Regal Cinemas at LA LIVE. I arrived bright and early for set up, and I must say it was pretty cool to see the Bluebeam name light up the theatre marquee.


Soon after the finishing details were complete, Bluebeam users from as far away as New Zealand, Denmark and Hawaii began showing up to enjoy the day’s festivities. 


After breakfast, attendees made their way to the main theatre for a customer presentation from Ryan Companies, which detailed how the firm has deployed Revu for several workflows in just one year. Along the way, attendees were treated to a few Easter eggs – “movie posters” promoting some of the day’s Bluebeam-led sessions.


Throughout the morning, users attended various sessions on hot Bluebeam topics including mobility, creating dynamic document sets, advanced automation, takeoffs and best practices for digital signatures. After these sessions, attendees flooded the main theatre for a keynote presentation by Bluebeam President and CEO Richard Lee, which focused on Bluebeam’s recent success and plans to continue developing solutions to meet the ever-changing needs of its users. In fact, the keynote announced new features now available in Revu 11.5, and gave a sneak peek at technology that will soon be available on Revu iPad – including measurement tools for field verification!


But before things got too serious, the keynote kicked off with a movie trailer spoof featuring some quirky Bluebeam employees.


Bluebeam’s Chris and Anthony hold a riveting conversation in the “rain” during the keynote movie trailer spoof.

After the keynote, it was time for the Bluebeam eXtreme Awards luncheon, during which we honored top users for the incredible ways they have deployed Revu. Our Award of Excellence Winners were:

  • Beck Group, for using Revu to digitally manage contract drawings during construction of the Southern Methodist University Residential Dorm Complex in Dallas, Texas.
  • Kiewit, for using Bluebeam to create a virtual plan room table for the Central Mesa Light Rail Expansion Project in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • McCarthy, for using Revu to create an electronic plan room for the Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center.

The coveted Bluebeam eXtreme Awards were bestowed in three categories:

  • JE Dunn won the Collaboration Award for the OHSU/OUS Collaborative Life Sciences Building in Portland Oregon. By communicating faster and more efficiently with Revu and Studio, the project team achieved a time savings worth an estimated $8.5 million!
  • Barton Malow won the Paperless Award for the Emory University Cox Hall Kitchen Renovation. By mandating that everyone use Revu and providing access to digital documents via Studio Projects, Barton Malow achieved a completely paperless jobsite.
  • C.W. Driver won the Mobility award for the Glendale Galleria Bloomindale’s renovation project. According to the project Superintendent, using Revu on tablets and iPads for Punch has saved them about 40 hours in the past month alone. 

After lunch, attendees were treated to another round of Bluebeam-led sessions, a customer presentation from Enermodal about using Revu for LEED projects, and a Revu Power User Panel featuring Gensler, Balfour Beatty Construction, Stiles Corporation and Herman Miller.


Enermodal shares tips and tricks for managing LEED projects with Revu.


The Power User Panel talks about digital collaboration – Bluebeam style.

The day wrapped up with a cocktail reception atop LA Live’s Target Terrace, which gave a spectacular view of downtown LA and X Games Los Angeles. Bluebeam’s rallycross driver and the 2013 Global Rallycross leader, Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen, even stopped by to sign autographs, take photos and pick raffle winners to attend the X Games Los Angeles rallycross event.


All in all, the 2013 Bluebeam eXtreme Conference was an incredible day of eXtreme learning and eXtreme fun. If you missed the event but want to join in on future festivities, check out registration details for our upcoming Bluebeam International Rally Conference in Stockholm, Sweden. You can also sign up for the Bluebeam Insider email list to stay up-to-date on future Bluebeam events.


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