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BLUEBEAM technology

From design phase through close-out, GH Phipps has found that utilizing Bluebeam editing software offers easy access to project document sets, prevents mistakes, encourages collaboration -- and saves time and money. The bottom line: Bluebeam file-sharing technology delivers efficiency, accountability and accuracy to all phases of the construction process.

The ability to review, modify and correct documents shared electronically through the PDF’s available on Bluebeam means that project requests or Requests for Information that once took hours to research now can be resolved in minutes. Corrections to drawings can be made electronically in a centralized fashion, eliminating the paper needed to replace sheets in up to 30 project document sets. 

Communication between and among the owner, design team, contractor and subcontractors can take place in real-time, saving confusion and money on change orders and holding all members of the project team accountable. Drawings are not lost in transition or made redundant from one version to the next, bringing clarity. And documents can be accessed from any computer or tablet (or on screens set up on the job site), offering ease of use for all stakeholders in a project. It means the end of the renegade drawing, one that has slipped through the cracks or gone missing.

Efficiency is enhanced because the need to print, file and replace large sheets of paper is no longer part of the labor-intensive construction process, saving hours of time and the need for large document storage facilities. This lets GH Phipps spend more time on productive activities and less time on document control.  

For clients, the Bluebeam software is about more than saving money. It’s a simple way to watch project development as it happens. Through the use of tablets or other devices, all stakeholders can observe changes without flipping through bulky document sets or requesting updates.

A review of one recent $23 million project determined that over the course of the construction process, more than $63,000 was saved in terms of filing and replacing project requests, and more than $103,000 saved when addressing Requests for Information.