Faster Steel Estimates with Bluebeam Revu

Faster Steel Estimates with Bluebeam Revu

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Attention Steel Fabricators, Erectors and Estimators.  Let’s see how to perform Faster Steel Estimates with Bluebeam Revu.  Currently using 20 colored highlighters, scratch paper, a calculator, a Planimeter, cheater glasses, and Ibuprofen to complete your takeoffs/estimates?  You’re in luck. I started my career as a Steel Detailer, so I understand the drawings you’re looking through.  Then I worked as a BIM Manager transitioning 70 team members in seven locations into 3D workflows.  Now I teach and I can assure you, there is a better way to do estimates and material takeoffs with Bluebeam Revu.

Here’s how we replace your current tools for Steel Estimating with Bluebeam Revu:

20 Colored Highlighters – Sometimes 20 colors aren’t enough, Revu has an endless number of colors (and our highlighters don’t die). Faster Steel Estimates with Bluebeam Revu require no markers or highlighters.
Scratch Paper – All your highlighter marks will report lengths, no more recording off to the side or investing in stacks of Post-It notes.
Calculator – All the reported lengths are categorized and provide totals. You can leave the calculator in the drawer.
Planimeter – Drawings are to scale, so go ahead and sell that artifact to a museum.
Cheater Glasses – Use your center mouse wheel to zoom in and out of your digital drawings.
Ibuprofen – No more headaches crunching numbers or body aches from lifting rolls upon rolls of drawings onto those storage shelves.

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Faster Steel Estimates with Bluebeam Revu

We’ll even include custom columns for Steel Grade, Pounds + Waste Factor, End Connections, Weights, Studs, Camber, Labor Codes, and Finishes to get an accurately documented project scope.  You could even assign prices to all these variables.  Check out the video below from October 11, 2017  to learn more, and don’t forget to subscribe.


Thinking about how this workflow applies to your business?  Leave us a comment.

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