Jim describes the process of collecting safety data sheets from all of the trade contractors on a construction project and explains that this process can be as simple as collecting these submittals for internal review or as complex as requiring that the submittals be reviewed by the owner or facility manager. Bluebeam REVU can be used to manage and facilitate this process.
- Before we start it's important that you have a general understanding of Bluebeam Revu and how it works. At it's core Bluebeam is just PDF software, but it contains extensive features and tools that allow to markup two dimensional and three dimensional PDF documents the way we're used to doing it in the architecture, engineering, and construction professions. Because of these powerful markup and tracking features the industry is increasingly turning to this software to manage construction drawings in electronic format, but it can be just as useful to apply all these capabilities to help us manage all types of document submittals.
On virtually every construction project these days we go through a process where the general contractor collects safety data sheets from every subcontractor who will work on the project. Now these might be reviewed by the project safety manager or pre-construction team, but when the construction work's being done in an existing facility these may also have to be submitted to the owner and their team for review and approval. Now eventually the general contractor has to approve these submittals and then maintain all of them in a safety data sheet book on the job site so that anyone working on the site can find and reference them.
Now, you know the ones I'm talking about. These used to be called the MSDS books or the Right To Stations, and in many countries this is required by law. It's a part of every project and it can involve tracking hundreds of products and submittals. So that really make it perfect for demonstrating how to use this software to facilitate the process. What also makes this demonstration a little unique is that the collaboration tools built into Bluebeam Revu are set up really well for reviewing, commenting, and publishing a single document, like a set of plans or a single shop drawing submittal.
But there are a few tricks to making it work for this example of reviewing and publishing multiple documents as one single package. I'll start this course assuming that you already have an understanding of how to open and markup files in Revu, and how to track and view these markups in the software's markup log. Now if you find that you could benefit from some additional instruction on how to find and view some of these specific tools and features you may wanna start by completing our Bluebeam Basics course before you progress through this course.
The end result is an easily accessible electronic package, with a hyperlinked chemical list that acts as a clickable table of contents—all with considerably less effort. Jim Rogers shows how to set up a project, start a studio session for collaboration, invite collaborators to the review process, set up an approval workflow, and combine all the submitted sheets into a single PDF file that can be searched and shared. Plus, learn how to keep a session open for additional submittals or archive it when a project is over.
- Setting up a project
- Initiating a session
- Involving the project team in reviews and approvals
- Finalizing the PDF
- Sharing the electronic documents
- Closing the sessions