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Bluebeam Trick: OCR Kills Two Birds with One Click April 15, 2014

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Many Bluebeamers only have the CAD or Standard versions and these Revu clients don’t know what they’re missing. The Extreme version offers some real time-saving functions and can perform multiple processes in one step. The OCR (Optical Character Recognition) function can deskew and detect the orientation of your document while it converts image content to text.

Bluebeam Revu Extreme Optical CharacterRecognition

Extreme has more great features including:
Scripts – process multiple functions in one click like “Flatten and email”, set security, add header/footer, stamp, reduce file size, etc
Forms Creation – Create fillable forms, stamps and templates
Redaction – Hide sensitive content permanently from prying eyes
Batch Link – Hyperlink all your plan set pages to the sheet index automatically.
Structures – Make multilevel bookmarks for your plans grouped by specialty: architectural, civil, electrical, etc

Watch for upcoming Bluebeam tips on all these features. To save time and improve team productivity with Bluebeam Extreme.
request a quote today to upgrade multiple licenses from CAD or Standard to Extreme.

Data Center Cooling is a Hot Topic April 11, 2014

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Having recently toured the Phoenix NAP data center, the invitation to Arizona IT Women’s Network Luncheon on April 8, 2014 caught my eye with the Data Center Cooling topic, something that contractors building these facilities would be interested in.
Data Center Cooling Technologies

With guest speakers, Adam Green and Travis Becker of SEGI (segisalespros.com), we learned that cooling costs typically account for 38% of the energy consumption in a data center. Heat Loads and Hot Spots are the culprits so control of the air flow is critical for energy efficiency. They explained the advantages and disadvantages of hot air vs cool air containment and that both methods can reduce cooling power consumption by about 50%. More can be saved using a Vertical Exhaust Duct System (VEDS), a CPI passive cooling method used to remove 30kw heat loads. Imagine turning off half of your air handlers and you can extrapolate what your project owner’s savings can be. The VEDS system can be designed into a building or retrofitted afterwards. If you design ahead, you won’t have the extra expense of unnecessary air handlers as your Mechanical Contracting Design professional can attest.

Women in IT at ASU SkySongIt was good to meet other women in IT from the City of Chandler, APS, Amkor Technology, MDI Group, Vistx, Wesco, Berk-Tek Leviton and Enterprise Network Solutions. The Arizona IT Women’s Network meets monthly for lunch at ASU Skysong in Scottsdale. Gigabit Passive Optical Networks, Distributed Antenna Systems and Data Center Infrastructure Management Solutions are planned as topics through July. If you would be interested in attending let me know and I’ll send you an invite.

Architects Build a Rock Solid Reputation with Project Owners April 10, 2014

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An Architects reputation is thought to focus on building design, sustainability, open areas, and aesthetics. As the owner’s supervisor of construction work, what your reputation actually depends upon is your effective communication, coordination and collaboration. Conveying a clear vision, responding timely and controlling project costs while juggling schedules and maintaining quality ensures your success. Your ability to make the entire process appear effortless delights your project owner and creates a rock solid relationship.

Once your design has been selected your next step should pull the construction team together to make the magic happen. Beginning with a system that provides measurable results with analytics and project controls can make the e-procurement process a well coordinated project and set the tone for a collaborative experience that streamlines your project’s procurement process. Here’s an international solution coming soon to the United States that every Architect should know about:

Gaining a reputation for effective and efficienct communication will keep your reputation growing in the right direction. The owner will see his project start sooner, and you’ll be able to track and control costs all the way down to the supplier, all up front. If you’d like more information on ProTenders, please email their sales team, and tell them Carol sent you.

Information Chaos in the Construction Industry April 9, 2014

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Whether you still hold onto paper or not, more construction activity content is reaching you in a digital format. Email, electronic collaboration portals, file sharing, applications for payment, plan set revisions, etc all accumulate into a mountain of digital documents. How you manage your digital documents will determine your success in project management, effective communication, risk management and productivity. Without a strategic plan and integrated solutions to document workflow you are highly susceptible to Information Chaos.

This slide presentation by John Mancini presented at the AIIM conference explains the challenges, how to plan and prepare for Information Chaos in a Digital World

Your construction company has already felt the information chaos pain as you have worked with digital documents. A single source of truth that is easy to navigate, quick to access, and offers flexible search options is what you long for. What construction needs is a digital document workflow that incorporates project management correspondence, BIM collaboration, emails, reporting, human resources and accounting. With workflows the digital documents are stored, tracked, revised, managed and resaved all into a central depository with rules applied for document retention throughout the document lifecycle while maintaining secure access to sensitive data.

The silos of information spread across applications and mobile devices, within departments and held closely by employees is costly and often adds to the chaos. How do you measure the Lost time and missed opportunities these silos have created? They directly affect your bottom line. As a Viewpoint Business Development Partner I’m here to help address your mobile, digital, collaboration, cloud, project management, estimating and construction accounting initiatives. Let’s start a conversation about where you want to be and an IT plan to get there. Simply Email Me Your Contact Info and I’ll get back to you right away!

Bluebeam Revu Tip: Text Box and Callout Markups April 8, 2014

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How to Automatically size your Bluebeam callouts and text box markupsCallouts and text boxes are common markups on construction plans and documents. In Bluebeam Revu 11 you could check the autosize box in the properties tab of your text box or callout tools. This was an often overlooked feature so they improved it in Revu 12 by allowing you to set autosizing as a preference. You can set this as your individual preference so you’ll have perfectly sized boxes and callouts optimized based upon the amount of text you type.

To get to the preferences options click on Settings and selecting Preferences from the dropdown choices or use the shortcut CTL+K. Once there choose Markup and check the box next to “Autosize Text Box and Callout Markups”, then click OK. Bluebeam Revu Preferences to AUtosize Callouts and Text Box Markups

Want to learn more about Bluebeam or need on-site training for your construction team and office staff? I am available and travel the United States providing in-house customized training for your Project Managers, Estimators and supporting office staff. To arrange for Bluebeam Training in your offices, Email Me Your Contact Info.

What Your Construction Firm Needs in an Employee Portal March 25, 2014

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Paystubs and Earnings on an Employee Portal
Employee Portals are a way for construction companies to provide a self-service to their employees, providing access to weekly pay stubs and W-2s. This is especially helpful around tax time and frees up many requests to your Human Resources Department. This eliminates the need to encrypt files that you email to your employees and addresses more than the weekly electronic paystub for employee’s using direct deposit. Let’s look at what your construction firm should look for in an employee portal.

Employee Portal Integration to Your Construction Accounting Software and Intranet
Forget imports and exports, jury-rigging two disparate systems. Your Employee Portal needs seamless integration that delivers an experience where you remain in control. If your employee changes their last name, address, and number of dependents in the employee portal, your HR department should receive a notification to validate and control when an update occurs to an employee record inside your construction accounting software. There should be no rekeying of any data, and the HR department should have options to update payroll records only, update HR records only or both automatically. This should include standard fields as well as all the custom user-defined fields you may want your employees to update.

There should be no need to configure users or SQL accounts if it’s all tied right into your existing Employee Master. If your construction firm has an existing Intranet, you’ll want a solution that also has a web service API.

Access the Employee Portal from Android, iPhone or iPad Portal Access on Smartphones, iPads and tablets
Web-based employee portals are great as your team can access their information from any computer. It’s just as important to offer access in the field for mobile devices. Make sure your employee portal has access on both smartphones and tablets. Your project superintendents and project managers will appreciate the effort and will find it invaluable when on the job site or commuting home from the project on the weekends.

Paperwork Should Flow
If your employee is changing their number of dependents, your portal should generate an email to that employee with the appropriate forms and instructions attached(W-4, etc). Automating forms distribution and notifications can then tie back to the Payroll or HR records. This also applies to Paid Time Off (PTO). Employees should have access to when they have used their PTO including vacation, sick and holiday time. There should also be an automated procedure for them to electronically request time off. Employee requests that require forms streamline the approval process for the field and office. Let your portal improve your employee relations and reduce the mundane tasks in your HR or payroll departments simultaneously.

Ok, by now you’re wondering where can you find such a solution. Since becoming a Viewpoint Business Development Partner I’ve kept abreast of each new software development partner and Keystyle Data Solutions caught my eye. Reach out directly to the Founder, Kevin Fisher (you can email him here) and tell him I sent you.

Bluebeam Tip: Show All Measurements in Estimating Take-off March 20, 2014

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How to make area and perimeter measurements display in Bluebeam Revu

With the recent Bluebeam Revu 12 release, all take-off measurements appear in the markups list (See image below). If they don’t, you may need to Manage Columns and check off the fields you are missing. All the measurements, however, may not appear on the markup on your document. This can be adjusted by selecting the Show All Measurements in the properties of the measurement or in your custom measurement item in your tool set.
The example above shows an area markup that includes both the area and perimeter. Note that the perimeter equals the length in an area measurement if you are performing calculations for your estimate.

If you are measuring perimeter. The Show All Measurements will add the “P=” to your perimeter markup. This can be helpful to distinguish visibly between an area markup and a perimeter measurement on a document.

If you use the Diameter measurement, Show All measurements will add Area and Perimeter measurements.

Using the volume measurement with the Show All Measurements selected will include Area, Perimeter and Wall Area with the Volume.

All the above examples and the markups list measurements are shown below:
How to add Area, Perimeter and Wall area to a measurement markup in Bluebeam RevuNote that these additional measurements display in the comments column on the markups list.

Want to learn more about Bluebeam or need on-site training for your construction team and office staff? I am available and travel the United States providing in-house customized training for your Project Managers, Estimators and supporting office staff. To arrange for Bluebeam Training in your offices, Email Me Your Contact Info.

Bluebeam Keyboard Shortcuts March 11, 2014

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Bluebeam Revu Shortcuts

Bluebeam keyboard shortcuts can save you an enormous amount of time and many are worth the effort of memorization. Bluebeam has a Keyboard shortcuts document hidden inside Revu. This PDF document contains all the shortcuts for Markup and Editing, Viewing, Navigation, Page Manipulation, Show Tabs, Advanced Text, File Operations and miscellaneous items. All the function key shortcuts, and keystroke combinations of Alt, Ctrl and Shift are packed into this fabulous resource that most Bluebeamers have overlooked.

The Bluebeam Revu Keyboard Shortcuts is accessed by navigating to the Help Tab and clicking on the down arrow (inverted triangle) next to the Help icon. I find most people who find this document open it and only look at the first few pages. In essence, they only see the mouse navigation buttons. Continue on to the fourth thru sixth pages and you’ve hit the mother lode!

Now go get ‘em Bluebeamers!

How to Upgrade Bluebeam Revu 11 to Revu 12 March 4, 2014

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How to Upgrade Bluebeam Revu 11 to Revu 12

If you have Bluebeam Revu 11 installed on your PC or laptop, there are a few considerations before you upgrade to Revu 12.

Revu 12 is only supported in Windows 7 and Windows 8.x so if you have Windows XP or Vista, you’ll need a Microsoft Update (and possibly may want to upgrade to a new computer). You can read all the Bluebeam Full Specs and hardware requirements here. Check with your IT department, or follow these instructions from Microsoft to upgrade your Operating System:

Upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7
Microsoft reacts to XP upgrade critics with free file transfer tool
Upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7Upgrade to Windows 8.1 from XP, Vista or Windows 7

If you’re already using Windows 7 or 8.x you will need the Serial Number and Product Key which you received from Bluebeam when you purchased the software (The serial number and product key were sent in the license certificate that you received in an email message from registration@bluebeam.com – This may have been directed to your IT department if you have multiple licenses).
If you cannot find the email with your License Certificate, you can request that your License Certificate be resent to you:
•Open Bluebeam PDF Revu
•From the Help menu, click on About Bluebeam PDF Revu
•You will need to obtain both the Version and Serial Number that is listed in the top portion of the window.
•Send an email to registration@bluebeam.com and request that a new copy of the License Certificate be emailed to you. Please include the Serial Number, your name, company name, email address and phone number in the email.

To Upgrade from Revu 11 to Revu 12
If you have annual maintenance, visit the Upgrade Page (Shown above)

If you purchased Bluebeam Revu 11 on or after January 1, 2014 and on or before February 25, 2014 visit Upgrade Page (Shown Above)

If you do not have Annual Maintenance you may contact Bluebeam, your Bluebeam Authorized Reseller or email me and I’ll get your upgrade to Revu 12 processed promptly.

Bluebeam Tip: Creating a Multicolored Legend Tool February 28, 2014

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Multi-colored Legend Tool in Bluebeam
Markedup plans and documents are easier to collaborate on and convey information when the markups are color coded. Colors speed our brain’s ability to consume content. If you have created color coded Tool Chests for those you collaborate with, you’ll immediately know who added which markups. This is especially useful when working with multiple disciplines like the Architect, Structural Engineer and General Contractor. Creating a Legend Tool to place on all the document pages is easy and saves you time. Here’s how:

1. Place a Text Box on a document and enter Architect
2. Change the Properties of the text in the text box to the color your Architect will use.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the Structural Engineer and General Contractor (and for any other disciplines you want in your legend).
4. Line Up all your text boxes tightly together on your document. (You may want to turn on the Grid to line these up)
5. Lasso or multi-select all the text boxes you added in the above steps on your markups list, right click and select Group to group these markups.
6. Add the Grouped markups to your tool chest by dragging it from the Recents to your My tools

Now you have your multicolored Legend tool to reuse and place on all the pages you need to.

Another way to do this would be to create a custom stamp. Then you could use the Batch Stamp function to place your legend on all the pages.

What other tools or stamps have you created that arebig time savers? Share your ideas in the comments section and help all my readers become efficent Bluebeamers!

The New Photo Capture Feature in Bluebeam Revu 12 February 25, 2014

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When adding photos to PDFs, you can quick run out of real estate on your document. Bluebeam has addressed this limitation with their Photo gallery capture feature now available in Revu 12.

Your photo gallery can attach to any markup so use it with Punch symbols, cloud existing jobsite conditions, callouts of project milestones inside walls before you drywall, etc. It even lets PDF receipients view and download photos if they want to. Watch and learn:

If you haven’t tried Bluebeam Revu in your contracting firm, you can now by downloading a 30 day free trial now.

If you already own Bluebeam but don’t have annual maintenance let me help. Email Me Your Contact Info and we’ll get you upgraded and enrolled today.

Bluebeam Tips and Shortcuts for Estimators February 21, 2014

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These handy Bluebeam Keyboard shortcuts will help Estimators get their work done a bit faster:

Bluebeam Revu Keyboard Shortcuts for construction estimating

If you aren’t likely to commit these to memory, you can still work more efficiently with these helpful toolchest estimating tool tips.

Publc works Color Codes for Underground Utilities A Markup and its layer can be defined in the toolchest. To add a layer to a markup, right click on your toolchest markup tool and choose layer. Common uses of layers for estimators is to name each layer by trade or specialty. This way you can toggle them off and on, which is especially helpful when you have many measurements in a small area.

Color coding by specialty or discipline is also popular for custom estimating markup tools. My suggestion would be to follow industry standards like the American Public Works Association (APWA) uniform color code for underground utilites:

This also makes for a great “Legend” custom markup tool you can place on your estimating take-off plan set. Not sure how to make this color coded legend as one tool? Tune in for next week’s Bluebeam tip and I’ll cover how to group markups.

Bluebeam Tip:How to Close Multiple Files Quickly February 12, 2014

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Close multiple files in Bluebeam QuicklyIt’s very common to have multiple files open in Bluebeam Revu at one time. We all know that you can click the “X” to close one file at a time but that’s not very efficient when you have many files opened. When you’re in a hurry, you’ve probably closed Bluebeam completely and relaunched it, rather than clicking that “X” a dozen times or more. Do you know there’s another option?

If you want to close all your files but one quickly, just right click on the file tab you want to keep open and you’ll see the option “Close Other Tabs” in the drop-down list. Simple and fast, that’s what I like about Bluebeam.

If you have time, here are more right click tips:

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Bluebeam Tip: How to Make AutoCAD Text Searchable in PDFs February 5, 2014

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SHX Fonts make AutoCAD Text Searchable in PDFsBluebeam Revu is used by many Architects and General Contractors that also use AutoCAD. When you convert AutoCAD files to PDF, there’s a setting that you’ll want to check if you want to make the text searchable in your PDF. It’s called SHX Fonts and is an option at the time of the file transfer found under the General Settings > Transfer Data Tab as shown above.
By turning SHX Fonts on, all of the fonts in AutoCAD will be transferred as searchable text. If you are receiving files from an Architectural firm you’ll want to request that they check the SHX Fonts option. Feel free to share this blog post with those you know using AutoCAD.

For other file types, converting to searchable text can often be accomplished by using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) which is available in Bluebeam Extreme.

Stay tuned as Bluebeam releases Revu 12 in late February 2014. You’re sure to be delighted. I’ll be sharing sneak peeks soon!

Bluebeam Tip: Improving Estimating (Take-off) Measurement Accuracy January 23, 2014

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Improve Take-off Accuracy Disable Line WeightsBluebeam Revu provides measurement tools ideally suited for construction estimating take-off.  You can use the snap to content for your estimating department to work with plan sets and “hit” the exact corner or inside wall for a perfect measurement but the line weight might may impact your measurement accuracy.

The problem comes in with the varying line weights on drawings.  It can be difficult to tell if there are two lines close together and a one inch measurement differential will adversely affect your accuracy.  Many plans do not have layers activated so toggling the layers off/on doesn’t improve the drawing lines.  Estimators will make it a best practice to Disable Line Weights .  This feature is hidden but can be added to any toolbar.  Follow these steps:

  1. Right click in a black space next to any tool barBluebeam Toolbar choices on your profile and select Customize from the list (right)
  2. Change the Categories choice to “All” and scroll down and select “Disable Line Weights”
  3. Select which toolbar you want to add it to, or click the plus to create a new toolbar that you can drop onto your profile.
  4. Click on the arrow to add it to your toolbar.  I added mine to the right navigation and it appears in the lower right on my screenshot at the top of this post.

I suggest you add Disable Line Weights before your next bid.  As a professional construction estimator you’ll be more productive and accurate with your measurements.

BONUS: Remember to have your snap to content activated so your clicks will attach themselves to the nearest underlying content.

McGraw-Hill: Arizona Construction Economic Outlook Highlights January 9, 2014

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Employment Rates Nov 2013

Today’s Dodge 2014 Construction Outlook drew 150+ people from the Arizona Builders Alliance, Construction Financial Management Association and the Construction Specifications Institute . The presenter, Cliff Brewis, Senior Director Operations at McGraw-Hill delivered an uplifting economic message for most of the Arizona Construction Industry.

While the unemployment rates for Arizona remain high, their forecast is for unquestionable improvement of 25.5% for 2014. Almost every construction market sector should expect positive growth with Health, Hotel and Single family homes leading the way. Construction Forecast for Arizona Education SectorWhile the education market is growing it is primarily in research facilities rather than higher education or public school districts. The only sluggish markets forecasted with negative growth are highway and multi-residential.

The 2013 construction numbers totaled $10,363,555 and are expected to reach $13,010,293 in 2014. While this remains well off the highs of 2006 with over $24 million the forecast brought smiles to the audience with a promise of recovery in Arizona dramatically outpacing the United States as a whole. Sunny days are here again!

How to Combine Photos into One PDF using Bluebeam January 9, 2014

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Ever had a bunch of images that you wanted to combine into a single PDF? It’s easy with Bluebeam Revu!

Step 1: Just drag all your photos or images into Revu that you need

Step 2: Select the File | Combine and check add all open files.

Better at learning while watching a video? Here you go:

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E-Discovery in Construction Litigation January 8, 2014

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Construction E-Discovery Tips

As a panelist for the Arizona Bar Association luncheon yesterday along with Kathy Kozen, Esq, Director of Discovery Services for D4 E-Discovery and Russell Yurk, Esq, Jennings Haug and Cunningham, a crowd of 80+ lawyers filled the room at the Phoenix Country Club. They asked me to give them an overview of what Enterprise Content Management (ECM) was and what technology construction firms were using to manage their documents. There were cases sited involving email, metadata, and search terms that they asked us to comment on as well.

Here are a few highlights of what I shared that could prove helpful to contractors (and lawyers) to improve their construction document management and avoid unnecessary e-discovery litigation expenses in their future.

In an e-discovery process many documents are extracted for review and the delivered results are something like an ECM system – searchable, sortable, accessible and deliverable.

If you have an ECM system in place prior to litigation you’ll save money in the gathering phase and can produce native documents and metadata if necessary.

Document Management in accounting and project management systems is often a paperclip function and not all are alike. Some merely point to a file address and the link can be lost if the document is moved on a hard drive or archived.

Email is a terrible way to document a construction project and can be costly to recreate the timelines when older email is involved.

Avoiding the use of email, leading firms are collaborating on documents (marking up, editing and producing auditable records) in project management, cloud based systems and PDF editing solutions then importing the documentation into their ECM systems as part of the workflow. Email in these firms may only be a notification system to alert subcontractors and other project stakeholders of request for input or approval on RFIs, submittals, change orders,etc within the Project management or ECM system.

Photo management is exploding and innovative firms are capturing photos throughout the project from mobilization thru the punch process. On large complex projects like hospitals, many are outsourcing the capture of in progress jobsite photo collection at set milestones.

I sited an ENR article from February of 2012 that stated some firms were writing into their contracts that email would not be used for e-discovery on the project – This received many chuckles from the audience, however, as the trend toward less email use continues, there won’t be much value in email – just a bunch of expense. Some judges will uphold this argument as well if both parties had agreed before the project began.

Having a documented records retention and destruction policy can help avert opposing council’s request for you to pull email from backup tapes. Backups are for catastrophic loss (fire, flood, computer hard drive failue, etc). By having an email records retention policy that is followed (you destroy the emails in a timely fashion per the policy) may save you tens of thousands of dollars in e-discovery costs.

Printing out emails and storing them in a physical job folder while deleting the original email (and it’s metadata) could be a records retention policy breach and null your protection. Smart lawyers will ask you to produce the email with metadata since a printed out email could be produced on a typewriter.

ECM can include Word, Excel, Powerpoint, recorded VOIP messages, audio, photos, video, web content, scanned documents, e-forms, Text messages, email and the attachments in any format including .PDF, .DWG, .DWF, .IFC, etc.

It will be difficult to convert Building Information Modeling (BIM) to .TIF as it is a visual 3D rendering. BIM files are exceedingly large. Laser scanning is also becoming commonplace along with augmented reality which will also be “discoverable” in complex cases.

Much of the e-discovery expense is in exporting documents and converting them to a standard readable and searchable formats like .PDF or .TIF.

Bates numbering can be done with .PDF – Bluebeam Revu offers this feature and also has document conversion capabilities for many standard formats.

There will continue to be an explosion of data volume with smartphones, tablets and mobile device use in construction, therefore e-discovery data collection may also grow exponentially.

Without a plan to eliminate silos and share documents across platforms (Sharepoint servers, ECM systems, accounting, project management, mobile devices and other collaborative systems) a construction company increases its exposure as they collect and retain more data.

If you are looking for ECM solutions to make your plan room and/or your entire company electronic, mobile, collaborative, accessible, and auditable, we consult and market ECM and electronic document management systems to the construction industry. Just Email Me what you’re looking to solve and let’s get you started.

Quick Bluebeam Tip: Pan and Markup January 7, 2014

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Have you ever grabbed a Bluebeam markup tool and realized that your current view of the document was not where you wanted to place the markup?  This often happens during the punch or document review process.  So what do you do?

Non-savvy Bluebeamers hit escape, pan to where they need to be on the document and then select the markup tool again.  There’s a quicker way:

Your mouse scroll wheel streamlines your markup process.  The scroll wheel can also be used to dynamically zoom in/out in single page mode and with a double click will fit and center your document int the available viewing space.

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Making Markups a Snap in Bluebeam Revu January 6, 2014

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Snap to Grid on a PDF with Bluebeam RevuConstruction pros often need to markup their PDF documents to to get clarification or help to explain a solution on the job site.  In Blubeam Revu the most popular markups are the Cloud (C) and the Callout (Q).  [FYI the keyboard shortcuts are in parenthesis if you don't have these already memorized.]  Making it faster to place these markups on a plan can really expedite the markup process.

You can have your cloud markup “snap to the grid” and your callouts snap to your cloud markups. There are of course many other snap features that you probably aren’t even aware of.  This under 2 minute video explains all your options:

http://youtu.be/-aCNTZHJEA8

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