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  Bluebeam Software Saves Time, Money and Paper for AEC Industry

“Going Green” by saving resources is a major part of doing business for most organizations today, and this is especially true for the AEC industry which is striving to reduce the massive amounts of paper used on a project. To help the AEC industry reduce its paper usage, Bluebeam Software, Inc., offers powerful PDF technology that allows electronic sharing of information. Bluebeam’s PDF program can be used to mark-up and edit plans during the design review process, submit RFIs, send out bid documents, perform on-screen take-offs for estimating, and archive files.

The Paperless Alternative
Bluebeam PDF Revu® is a simple and more affordable alternative to current PDF editing tools, which are difficult to use and prohibit an electronic workflow. It has a simple interface that allows the user to view large format PDF drawings. Key benefits include reduced paper costs, time savings, clear communication (leading to less confusion and fewer mistakes), and more efficient workflow.

Key features include PDF creation, viewing, mark-up, text editing, page editing, measurements (takeoffs), customized toolsets for AEC, tool chest for storing customized mark-up tools that can be shared with project teams, automatic document comparison that scans two PDF drawings and highlights the differences, text stamps, and security.

“As more and more projects seek LEED® certification, Bluebeam has continued to develop products and features that support going green,” said Richard Lee, President and CEO of Bluebeam Software. “As a result, projects are awarded a LEED point for the innovative use of technology due to what amounts to tons of paper removed from the system in addition to a reduction in fuel and energy consumed from the distribution of paper.”

Upon installation, Bluebeam users are provided with:

• Toolbar buttons in MS Office, AutoCAD and SolidWorks applications for one button PDF creation
• A PDF printer for creating PDFs from any other Windows application
• Bluebeam PDF Revu for PDF viewing, editing and mark-up
• Bluebeam Stapler for combining various file types into one PDF booklet.

Bluebeam PDF Revu offers real cost-savings particularly for companies looking to convert from traditional paper-intensive systems to a more efficient, electronic and paperless process. KTGY Group, Inc., an architecture and planning firm headquartered in Irvine, Calif., made the switch from paper to PDF using Bluebeam PDF Revu – saving time, money and paper.

A $400,000 Savings
KTGY’s designers create more than 30,000 architectural drawings for over 1,000 projects every year. Before implementing Bluebeam, KTGY relied on printing CAD drawings on large plotters and distributing project information through shipping, faxing and scanning. This process was not only time-consuming, but was costly due to high printing, shipping and scanning costs.

BlueBeam PDF Revu® allows users to mark-up and edit plans during the design review process, submit RFIs, send out bid documents, perform on-screen take-offs for estimating and archive files resulting in a real cost-savings for companies converting to an electronic and paperless process.After switching to Bluebeam PDF Revu CAD Edition, KTGY saved $400,000 in the first eight months. For KTGY, a major benefit of Bluebeam’s system is the ability to communicate with design data more quickly, easily and reliably. The increased speed, high conversion accuracy and simplicity of the program have resulted in fewer hours spent converting, printing, scanning, and shipping documents. This time shift has given KTGY architects more time to focus on value-added activities that directly benefit their clients and the bottom line.

Clear Communications
Mounds of paper documents were also problems for Lease Crutcher Lewis, a general contractor in the Northwest and Canada. During the building process, the company relies on paper documents of architectural drawings and specifications. When team members needed clarification, they submitted RFIs by marking up the documents by hand and then shipping, faxing, or scanning and emailing them to architects and engineers. Responses, returned in paper format, resulted in hundreds of paper documents transmitted back and forth. Not only was this process time-consuming and expensive, it also led to confusion and error, as photocopies of handwritten notes were often difficult to read.

Implementing Bluebeam PDF Revu allowed Lease’s project teams to send and mark-up drawings electronically in PDF, resulting in clear communication, more efficient workflow and reduced costs. The company was especially pleased with how easy it was to transition to an electronic system, even for users who were accustomed to marking up drawings by hand. The reason – Bluebeam is intuitive, designed to replicate the way one would normally work with a pen and paper. The transition from paper to PDF went so well that Lease Crutcher Lewis is now helping its clients make the switch to an electronic workflow using Bluebeam PDF Revu.

The Bluebeam product portfolio includes a desktop application, Bluebeam PDF Revu (Standard and CAD edition), and Bluebeam Conversion Server for server-based automated PDF creation.

For more information on Bluebeam PDF technology, visit www.bluebeam.com or call 1-866-496-2140.

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