Coordination and communication
January 29, 2016

Coordination and communication

Kinjal Ajmera | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Bluebeam Revu

We use Bluebeam Revu on all the projects I have worked on so far. It is a great tool for coordination as well as quick mark up tools for consultants, contractors, etc. I create Bluebeam Revu sessions for our entire team and we have the latest drawings from all consultants in there. This makes coordination a lot easier and creates one unified space where all of us can go in and look at documents simultaneously. We also have our own profile for setting status and using it as a QAQC process. We are starting to use sets too as we get into CA. With all the submittals and changes, it gets hard to find the latest drawing without having Revit open, so it is a good way to have the latest and greatest in one place.
  • Look at drawings at the same time and mark them up without disturbing one another.
  • You can even work offline now, so anytime you're commuting or at a cafe without wi-fi, no problem!
  • Compare documents in Bluebeam Revu. Let the software tell you exactly which drawings changed and where.
  • It would be nice to have more flexibility in keyboard shortcuts or continue commands without having to reselect the tool every time. For example, when you draw a line, you draw one line and then if you want to draw another line, you have to re-select line (or press L).
  • More tutorial videos from Bluebeam Revu team. I know the website has some "how-to" tutorials, but it would be helpful to have more detailed versions of it. For example, how to customize your keyboard shortcuts. How to create your own profile to set status.
  • I noticed when you snapshot something and paste it in another document, the quality doesn't stay the same especially with pictures.
  • Bluebeam Revu third party pdf plug-in has a difficult time with big Revit files. I haven't been able to create a 3d pdf of my current project. Everytime I try, the plug-in crashes and is not able to recover.
  • Better relationship between client and architect.
  • Employee efficiency as you can coordinate ahead of time rather than on job site.
  • It does take someone to create protocols and manage the workflow, so it adds some time, but it's very worth it in the long-run.
Bluebeam Revu is very well suited for coordination amongst the AEC industry. 3D pdfs are especially very helpful with clients and contractors who want to see how things will look. It might not be as useful if the team is 2-4 people where you can just get together instead and look at something. However, with engineers, architects, and the contractor, that small of a team is rare I think.