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The Benefits of Bluebeam
Godden | Sudik Architects - January 28, 2020

When it comes to the process of designing a new house or community, the collaboration between the architect, owner, and engineers is essential. More frequently, digital documentation is taking the place of printed sets during the design phases. Bluebeam software grants the user the ability to review, compare, and red-line the drawing sets all within one file. Although many PDF viewers share many common features, Bluebeam proves to be a comprehensive competitor for digital documentation.

Bluebeam Studio

After marking up a set of drawings, Bluebeam allows for the user to invite others to join a live session where drawings can be imported and red-lined by the users. They can then make comments and mark changes as completed, accepted, or rejected.

Three Dimensional PDF’s

Bluebeam also boasts the ability to print 3D PDFs. Whether from Revit, SketchUp, or another 3D program, Bluebeam has the ability to generate a three-dimensional document that anyone can view without the need of a modeling program. The 3D PDF can be marked up as easily as a regular document, but it has the added benefit of allowing the user to fly through the model in three dimensions. It also contains information about the modeled elements within each project — clicking on a component displays information from materials to sizing of structure.

Comparing Documents

When reviewing architectural, MEP, and structural documents it can be difficult to compare plans to ensure coordination between files. With Bluebeam software, drawings can be easily overlaid to ensure the plans match up.

Whatever the design or phase of the project, coordination between your architect, builder, engineer, or systems is essential. Bluebeam’s capabilities take out guesswork and allows for an efficient and productive workflow.