Bluebeam unites with BIM software to improve project reviews and approvals

reviews and approvals

Leading BIM Software, Vectorworks will join forces with Bluebeam studios for the first time, to develop an online review and approval process for digital construction drawings and 3D models

The global design and BIM software developer, Vectorworks will lend its cloud services to Bluebeam Studio, to host real-time, online markups and review and approval sessions.

The collaborative service will allow many designers, architects, contractors and owners to contribute to drawings and models, regardless of their location.

Vectorworks users can publish drawing sets as data-rich 2D PDFs or models as 3D PDFs to Vectorworks Cloud Services, where they can launch a Bluebeam Studio Session and then invite participants to compare, mark up and collaborate in real time using the tools in Bluebeam Revu. Marked-up PDFs can then be saved back to Vectorworks Cloud Services for easy storage and file management.

On the partnership, Daniel Monaghan, Vice President of marketing at Vectorworks said:

“In a traditional drawing review process, PDF files are typically exchanged by email, then printed and manually marked up.

By moving to a cloud-based review workflow, collaboration among project team members becomes easier and helps avoid mistakes, and ultimately allows projects to run more smoothly by reducing review time and costs. By making it easy to share and review files digitally, we’re helping to connect design and construction workflows in ways no other BIM program can offer.”

Vectorworks has optimized its PDF publishing to better support Bluebeam’s workflow. For example, Vectorworks can batch publish PDF drawing sets, map layers or classes to PDF layers and maintain Vectorworks hyperlinks in exported PDFs. Most recently, Vectorworks Architect’s space object was updated so room data defined in Vectorworks can be mapped to native spaces in Bluebeam Revu, saving time in the review and estimating process.

Bluebeam is excited to have Vectorworks bring this integration between Vectorworks Cloud Services and Bluebeam Studio to the industry,” said Bluebeam Chief Technical Officer Don Jacob. “Platform integrations like the one announced today, based on open standards such as PDF, create powerful workflows for project teams and are a big step forward in creating seamless exchanges between design and construction solutions.”

The service is now available to all Vectorworks Service Select maintenance program members.

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