Event Recap: The 2013 Bluebeam eXtreme Conference


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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