No access to AutoCAD? Learn how to create high-quality layouts and details that are drawn to scale and easy to markup and share with Bluebeam Revu.
- Hi, my name's Jim Rogers. I've been in the construction industry for many years running various aspects of construction projects, both large and small, and I've taught people in the industry in settings ranging from apprenticeship training programs to university degree programs. Now, my earliest memory of entering this industry was in high school when I took a shop course, and for several weeks they taught us how to do drafting. Now, we learned how to square up a piece of paper and tape it to a drafting table, and of course all the drawing was done in pencil using a T-square and a triangle.
Now, fast forward to today, and we now have many different computer-aided drawing programs available to us, and it's becoming very uncommon to see those final sets of construction plans that are drawn by hand. However, out in the field, I still see examples every week of preliminary details, layouts, and proposal sketches that are all still drawn by hand. In fact, I'm constantly surprised by the pencil drawings that I still see in the field on a regular basis. Now, what I'm gonna show you in this course is how to quickly create professional electronic drawings and details using a piece of software that's already become commonplace in the construction industry.
Bluebeam Revu is starting to be used extensively by construction management teams to manage, distribute, markup and comment on their construction documents, but what you may not realize is that Revu also contains some powerful tool-sets that you can use to quickly create your own electronic drawings. By the end of this course, you should be able to use the features built in to Bluebeam Revu to create high quality layouts and details that are drawn to scale, easy to distribute and markup, and look much more professional than those hand-drawn details.
I'll also show you how to then leverage these electronic drawings to quickly extract quantities that can be used to generate cost estimates. So with that, let's get ready to draw.
Using features contained in Bluebeam Revu, including templates, Sketch Tools, scale calibration, and length and area measurements, we can generate more accurate and professional drawings. In this course, Jim Rogers shows how to generate electronic layouts that can be distributed as PDFs, printed, or sent to a Bluebeam Studio Project folder. The techniques rely on the Sketch Tools markup feature, which allows us to "sketch to scale" and record length and area values as we draw. Jim also shows how to save and share our drawings with clients and colleagues, and extract quantities to generate cost estimates.
- Creating a template or importing an existing template
- Customizing the Bluebeam workspace
- Setting the scale
- Drawing with the Sketch Tools
- Adding dimensions
- Saving and exporting quantity data