Before you begin you can download a free trial of Bluebeam REVU from their web site. All exercises in this course can be completed using the Standard, CAD or Extreme versions of Bluebeam REVU. Jim notes that You should already have a basic understanding of how this software functions. Additional courses are available in the on line library to help you learn the functions in Bluebeam REVU.
- Before we get started, understand that I don't think this program will replace a full-blown CAD program when it comes to creating a full set of construction drawings, but the issue with these CAD programs is that they can be costly, and they have extensive tool-sets and features that can really require a great deal of training and practice before you're able to use them efficiently. In fact, when I ask people why they're still drawing by hand, that does seem to be a part of the answer. Many will also state that all of their final drawings are sent to their CAD department to be drawn on the computer and distributed electronically, but the CAD department's typically so busy that things like proposed details and preliminary layouts are typically done by the sales department or a project manager, and those individuals typically don't have the skills, or maybe even the software to create a CAD drawing.
What I think this program can do for you is to provide you with a tool that's somewhere in between that full-featured CAD program and that Paint program that came with your computer, that seems to be really easy to use but never has the right tools to create a professional layout. Using the features in this program will enable you to efficiently create electronic drawings for things like proposed layouts and details. Now be aware that this course does begin with the assumption that you have a general understanding of how to work with Bluebeam Revu.
Now, I'll show you how to customize some of the markup and drawing tools, but you should already have that general understanding of how these features work. If you feel like you'd benefit from some additional instruction on these basic features before you take this course, try completing our Bluebeam Basics course that's available here in our online library. Also, during this course, all of the demonstrations will be done using the standard version of Bluebeam Revu 2016, and that means that everything I'll show you here can be accomplished in any of the versions of Revu including Standard, CAD, and Extreme.
Now just note that these drawing features are not available in the free version of the program, called Vu.
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