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Revu in Action: General Contractor Meyer Najem Leverages Revu’s Digital Signatures Functionality

November 5, 2012

MNI Logo 200 x 200 pixels (3)Meyer Najem is continuously looking for ways to differentiate themselves and lead by example as one of the top construction firms in the Midwest. And being so committed to green building and the adoption of advanced technology, it’s no surprise that Bluebeam Revu would become its go-to tool for taking workflows digital.

With help from their software reseller, 2×4 Technologies, Meyer Najem has fully integrated Bluebeam Revu to digitize a number of processes, including reviewing and marking up project plans as well as creating construction documents that can instantly be distributed to their field teams, and they are continuing to find new ways to expand Revu’s use.

For instance, the firm recently started using Revu to enhance its contract approval process between itself and its sub-contractors, a task that had always proven to be time-consuming and paper-intensive, not to mention costly. To demonstrate this further, here’s a graphical representation of how Meyer Najem used to approach this process step-by-step:

Now with Revu, all contracts are being transmitted electronically. First, Revu is used to print contracts to PDF. Second, the appropriate forms (created in Revu Extreme) and exhibits are added along with digital signature fields. These PDF contracts are then electronically transmitted to sub-contractors, who can complete form fields and digitally sign them by obtaining or creating a Digital ID using Revu, a 30-day trial of Revu or other PDF editing solution with digital signature capabilities. The signed contract is then uploaded to a designated project website or sent via email to Meyer Najem, who then countersigns the PDF and transmits a finalized PDF copy of the contract to the sub-contractor for their records.

PDF contracts can be easily signed using Revu’s digital signatures feature.

By moving to a digital process, Meyer Najem has reduced printing and shipping costs of contracts by 92% while also being able to receive signed contracts on average 75% faster, and that’s only for digitizing this single process. Overall, since integrating Revu into their workflows the company has reduced paper usage and related costs up to 85% – a figure that not only has a positive impact on Meyer Najem’s bottom-line, but the building Owners it serves as well.

What a great example of Revu in action! Thanks for sharing, Meyer Najem! To learn how to put Revu’s digital signature capabilities to work for you, check out the “Security & More” video and related PDF tutorials here on Bluebeam University. And remember to keep on PDFin’.

-Kyle

Bluebeam and Reed Construction Data team up

May 22, 2012

We have some news to share! We are now partnered with Reed Construction Data, a leading North American provider of construction information, to help give you a complete solution for digital bidding.

Click here to learn more about Bluebeam’s latest partner.

Reed Construction Data provides project lead services that enable customers to find new, local projects requesting bids. Many projects also provide direct links to plans and specs, which can be saved in TIF format.

To provide users with a complete solution for quickly identifying local projects and responding to bids electronically, Reed Construction Data is now offering Bluebeam Revu Standard as its plan viewer. Now, users can import project TIFs for automatic conversion to PDF and use Revu’s industry-standard PDF markup tools, including measurements, textboxes, callouts, clouds, leaders and CAD symbols to digitally redline bid documents and perform advanced functions.

Read more about the partnership in this press release. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!

-Karen

 

Vote for Bluebeam in ED+C Magaine’s 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards

August 4, 2011

The polls are open, and it’s time to cast your vote(s)!

Bluebeam PDF Revu, your favorite PDF software for going paperless, is a nominee in this year’s ED+C Reader’s Choice Awards. This contest recognizes the top sustainable building products on the market, and we need your help to win!

It’s easy to vote, in fact you can vote once a day until the contest closes at vote.edcmag.com.  To vote, simply enter your contact information, click on the “Software and Web-based Programs” category, then check the box next to our name. Obviously, the more votes we get the better, so feel free to vote, vote and vote some more.

Thanks so much for all of your support, and remember to keep on PDFin’!

-Jill

Bluebeam to lead Novedge Webinar on Electronic Workflow

July 11, 2011

Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, July 20th, at 11am PDT Bluebeam is leading Novedge’s 24th webinar episode titled “Rethinking Electronic Workflow with Bluebeam PDF Revu.”

During the webinar James Chambers, Bluebeam’s Technical Specialist, will walk through the many features Bluebeam’s implemented to address real challenges faced by firms migrating towards electronic workflows. This webinar is a great way for designers, engineers, architects and construction professionals to learn how to use Bluebeam for everything from basic markup to real-time design collaboration, and beyond.  

 Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn from one of Bluebeam’s best. Click here to register, and remember to keep on PDF’in!

 -Jill

Bluebeam and McCarthy Webcast Now Available On-Demand

May 26, 2011

Earlier this month we hosted a webcast with McCarthy Building Companies, in which they shared how they use Bluebeam to manage their projects digitally. Did you miss it? Don’t worry! We recorded the session, and you can now watch it at your leisure on this page. On this same page, you can also sign up to get a copy of the corresponding white paper.

Feel free to share this link with your coworkers, and remember, to keep on PDFin’!

-Karen

Greenbuild 2010 Recap

December 6, 2010

This year at Greenbuild, Bluebeam Software was on a mission to banish paper from construction projects. Again, we called upon the powers of our superhero, the Mighty Bluebeam, to show green builders the benefits of using PDF versus paper, and to drive home the message that Paperless is Green with the launch of www.paperlessisgreen.com.

The goal of this new microsite and campaign is to help green builders share and celebrate their successes in paperless construction projects. We got a head start at collecting great stories by recording these paperless story videos in our booth. (Tip – Go to www.paperlessisgreen.com to share your own paperless story for a chance to win a Motion Tablet PC with Bluebeam PDF Revu!)

We also had a great time demonstrating Bluebeam PDF Revu’s PDF creation, markup and editing features to Greenbuild attendees. It was so great to see attendees recognize Revu as an end to end solution for digital project communication, for everything from design reviews to RFIs to submittals and punch.

Take a look at our Greenbuild 2010 recap video, and check out some photos on our Facebook page.

Were you at Greenbuild? Tell us about your favorite part of the show. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!

-Karen

Tell Fellow Green Builders that Paperless is Green!

November 10, 2010

Next week Bluebeam is heading to the 2010 Greenbuild Conference and Expo in Chicago, and we’ve got some good times planned in our booth, #273. This year at Greenbuild, we’re reaching out to you to help spread the word that “Paperless is Green.”

You see, even though projects aren’t currently awarded green points for going paperless, we believe that eliminating unnecessary paper usage is something to celebrate! So, we’ve launched a new microsite – PaperlessIsGreen.com – where architects, engineers and contractors can read and share paperless success stories. Check out this video for a glimpse of what you’ll see on this site:

Even better – we’ve teamed up with our friends at Motion Computing to offer a special prize pack for sharing paperless stories. Stop by Bluebeam Software’s booth #273 at Greenbuild to tell us your paperless story and record a quick, YouTube style video. You’ll be automatically entered into a contest for a chance to win a cool Motion Tablet PC and seat of Bluebeam PDF Revu.

Not going to Greenbuild? Not a problem. Go to PaperlessIsGreen.com and type out your story, or make your own video and send us the link. Let me know if you have any questions, and remember to keep on PDFin’!

-Karen

Bluebeam Article on Paperless Workflows in Construction Canada Magazine’s Green Issue

September 22, 2010

How about this for your reading pleasure? This month’s Green issue of Construction Canada magazine features an article on paperless workflows written by Bluebeam’s very own Director of Account Services, Sasha Reed. Check out the piece and read Sasha’s tips for using PDF editor Bluebeam PDF Revu along with cutting edge technology like pen input monitors and tablet PCs to make green building processes paper-free. Read the article here, and remember to keep on PDF’in!

-Karen

Blasting Paper Construction Submittals to PDF

May 28, 2010

In the past month we’ve shared two great case studies from construction firms using Bluebeam PDF Revu to digitize submittals. First up was Turner Construction, who is using Revu on the Cobb County Superior Courthouse Project in Marrietta, GA. They are halfway through the project and so far have saved 63% of printing and shipping fees. Nice!

The second great story came from Balfour Beatty Construction. Using Bluebeam on the Gateway Church Project, this team eliminated all costs associated with printing and shipping submittals with the exception of material samples. Wow!

If you haven’t already checked out these incredible stories then make sure to read them today. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!

-Karen

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How to clear out your document archival room

December 8, 2009

Question:

How did the City of Plano’s Building Inspections Department turn this document archival room:

Into this meeting space?

Answer:

They made digital documents a priority, and implemented an electronic plan review process based on PDF. You can read about their electronic workflow for plan check here. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!

-Karen

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