The Best Use of Bluebeam’s Compare Documents Tool for Civil Engineers

How many times have you reviewed documents on a project to find that a building has moved or been given a completely different footprint than what was shown in previous plans? Do you have a headache just thinking about it?

Bluebeam Revu’s Compare Documents and Overlay Pages tools provide two easy ways for civil engineers or designers to identify and markup changes that have occurred between different iterations of a plan, like a building that is suddenly cutting into a basin area.

Check out this video where I demonstrate these tools in action on a sample grading plan!

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About the Tools

Compare Documents

Select two documents that you want to compare in the Compare Documents dialog box. In the Other Options section, you’ll find that Split-screen view (synchronize) is on by default. This option allows you to zoom and pan around one document and have the other document mirror your movements. When you click OK, Bluebeam Revu will compare the documents and cloud everything in the modified document that is different from the original document. You also have the option to save the clouded document as a new PDF.

Overlay Pages

Select two or more documents that you want to overlay on each other in the Overlay Pages dialog box and select a color for each layer. Click OK, and Revu will compare the documents and layer them over each other. You’ll find that anything still in black hasn’t changed. Any differences between your documents will be shown in the color that you selected for each layer which lets you look at the differences right on top of each other.

If you’re not using Bluebeam Revu yet, but you want to try out these features, you’re in luck! You can start a free, 30-trial today.

Are you heading to Bluebeam eXtreme in August?

I’ll be there presenting a session about how civil engineers/designers can benefit from using Bluebeam Revu. If you haven’t signed up, don’t worry; it’s not too late!

Have you been able to use the Compare Documents or Overlay Pages tools in one of your projects? Share your experience in the comments!

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