Competition remains incredibly fierce. AEC firms, whether big, small, new, or established, seek to increase efficiencies and productivity. Here are three trends that are doing just that:
After BIM became the standard used by architects and engineers to produce construction documents, the use of paper didn’t really decline. In fact, there are still a lot of paper document workflows used for document review, construction estimating, and construction review.
Needless to say, paper workflows come with efficiency, accuracy, and productivity problems, and companies that still rely on them miss out on technological advances that drastically reduce those problems. As paper-dependent companies watch their competitors move toward digitization, they see the need to do so as well.
PDFs have replaced paper as a standard in the AEC industry. Instead of passing around hardcopies of documents and having people mark their edits with colored pencils, companies now leverage technology to mark edits and comments on PDFs and keep track of who did what when. Bluebeam Revu is the best-in-class software for PDF viewing, markup, and collaboration.
With architects, engineers, designers, owners, contractors, and trade partners all involved in a building project and each with a need to review specific aspects and communicate with internal and external team members, things can get complicated very quickly. Complications often lead to misunderstandings and errors. Having a common source of data that is easily accessible and that tracks accountability will save time and money, reduce risk, and increase predictability.
Companies that leverage Bluebeam Revu can ensure teams always work with the current information. For example:
Actually, with a bit of direction, it is very easy to learn and use by everyone on the project team, from architects/designers to construction site personnel.