Working with Bluebeam Studio Project

By Jonathan Guibert , Account Manager A.E.C QC , Bluebeam / Laser Scan 3D



Studio Project is a cloud-based light document management system that allows people to centralize and access their project data using Bluebeam Revu Interface. Files within Studio Project can be checked out for editing (ex: revisions) and checked back in to create different version of a single document instead of creating multiple duplicate of the same or, overwriting important data.


1ST STEP – Create a Bluebeam ID

In order to be able to use Bluebeam Studio services, you need to create a Bluebeam ID. It’s free and simple.

Basically, open your Bluebeam Revu, then go in Bluebeam Studio section and click on Sign In

Right after, the following dialog box will appear fill the form and finish by clicking on CREATE AN ACCOUNT button

You will have to review the terms of use and click the I ACCEPT button if you agree with these terms. A confirmation email will be sent after to confirm your Bluebeam ID.

Check your email (and spam box if you don’t see the email in your INBOX after 5 mins) and confirm your Bluebeam ID.

You are now set to start using Bluebeam Studio.



As previously written, Bluebeam Studio Project acts as a single source of truth for all your project documents. So, to maintain this statement, you will need to be able to understand what you can or cannot do with Studio Project. You will also need to know how to set up a project, to configure permissions and to share the information internally or externally.

To create a new project, go to Bluebeam Studio section and click connect. From there, you have 2 options: creating a Session or creating a Project.

Now, select Projects and then, click on the + (add) button (as circle in red) and select New Project as shown in the picture below

After doing so, a dialog box will appear, and you will be asked to name your Project


Now your project is created, you will need to upload all documents needed for your project which need to be shared with your team or your partners in the project.

To do so, select between adding a folder, a file or create a new folder with its own structure

Note: In this part, I strongly recommend using the same folder organization you are using usually in your company. Remember you are creating a copy of your documents where they will be updated. It does not mean it will automatically update the folder on your computer. Only the documents stocked in Project will be.

From now on, you have uploaded your project files and you are ready to collaborate with Project. But before starting, there are some rule you will need to know in order to understand how to work with it.



As you should know now, we are working in a document management context. It means there are a bunch of securities and processes to protect every user. Check in / check out is part of it.

Basically, when you will need to use a document, you will have 3 choices; open it for viewing, open it for working on it, open it to work on it with collaborator.

The first one does not require to check out the document. As you will not change anything, there is no need to create a new version.

The 2 others will require every user to check out the document from project to work on it and, at the end of your work, check in the document as new version in order to quickly sum up what you’ve did.

Checking out a document means you lock the document for edition to other users the moment you are using it until you check in the document in Project.

When you check out the document, it will appear on the right side of Project’s interface as Pending

Click on it and start working.

You will notice a specific icon in your document’s tab. Depending of the status of your document, the icon will change. If you click in this icon while working in a check out document, you will access a menu.

If other users try to open the document when it is checked out, they will only have the possibility to download a copy on their computer, but they will not be able to overwrite your document (unless doing so manually by the administrator of the Project).

If you need to work with other people at the same time on a document hosted in project, it’s quite simple. Just, right click on your file and choose Add to a New Session

Now, Bluebeam will launch the dialog box of Session where you will name your session. You will be able to invite people with email address in the Session interface directly to work with you.

You will run this session like you did so when you create a Session directly (without using Project) and finish it as usual.

But this time, you will need to check in the document once the session is over in order to save the new version of your plan in Project. You have two ways to do this;

Once you finished the session, the icon of your tab will change from a whiteboard  to a Check Out icon .

Click on it and select Check In. Then write a comment to explain what has been done and Check In.

Or, you can go back to your project interface and do the same with your document that will be in the right side of the interface under pending.

You know now how to start and set up a Project with Bluebeam. For sure, there are some advanced options we did not developed in this tutorial (creating group with different rights in the session, make some files viewable by certain user only, synchronizing documents, Managing and supporting Studio Session and Project with Studio Prime, connect Studio Session with BIM 360 …).

But we will see that in a future article depending of your comments and feedbacks

Quick FAQ

What type of document can I upload?

All type of document. Users who would need to access these files will have to own the software required to run / open the file (except for PDF which will open in Bluebeam)

What is the limitation of Studio Sessions and Studio Projects?

Description Studio Projects Studio Sessions
License Required Host only Host Only
Bluebeam ID required (free) Yes Yes
Formats supported All types of files PDF Only
Max file Size Unlimited 1 Gb each document
Max files allowed Unlimited 5000
Max space allowed Unlimited Unlimited
Max attendees at the same time Unlimited 500
Scheduled Expiry No Yes


How much time my documents will be hosted on Bluebeam server after finishing and deleting my project?

90 days maximum unless you need more time. The save on Bluebeam Cloud Server are not accessible by anybody else (not even Bluebeam employee) and has been created to let user have a chance to download their document if they forgot to do so.

Why should I put an expiry date in my session?

It’s your choice to do so. It exists to be part of a process and avoid having to bump a limit because you forgot to close a session. Remember you could use Studio with partners outside your organization. Depending of the size of your project, 500 users can be easily reach. So, you better want to organize a process to avoid the situation.

Collaborating with Bluebeam Studio

By Jonathan Guibert , Account Manager A.E.C QC , Bluebeam / Laser Scan 3D


Collaborating with Bluebeam Studio

What is Studio?

Let’s start from here. Most users are not familiar with Bluebeam Studio although it is becoming more and more useful and popular these days. So, let’s dig into to it and take a look at both Studio Session and Studio Project.

Studio Session:

A live collaboration tool that allows you to share and annotate your plan with your team with some restriction.

Studio Project:

A document management system that allows you to host, share and manage your document with an organized process and management tools.


So basically, you host your documents in Studio Project and use them in Studio Session to mark them up with your team. Not that complicated, eh?

Now, let’s jump in to see how to launch a Session and how to set your Project.

Creating a Session:

Go to Studio Icon –> Select Session

Click on + and select New Session or Join Session

If you decide to join an existing session, enter the Studio ID of this session and click OK

If you create a new Session, a dialog box will appear

From there, name your session, and upload one or multiple plans you need to work with.

Then, in Options, select what you allow your user to do with this (these) document(s) or even if you want, allowing them to upload documents. You can even set an expiration date and hour for the session.

Afterwards, your session will launch and this dialog box will appear

It will be here where you will need to invite users to join in your session. You can even add a message to give them a bit of a context.

If you are using Studio Project and already set Users groups, you can use them in Studio Session (even if the document is not hosted within project).

Last option, the Address Book. You can use your own address book to invite people.

Now your session is started, make sure to work on the right document. To check that, you need to have this icon  before the name of your document in the tab like the picture below.

From there, you will be able to annotate and communicate within Studio Session. However, remember Sessions do not allow for changes to a PDF’s “core content ». It means you can place Markups and delete your own notes, but editing other attendee’s Markups is not allowed. You can think of this as, you are allowed to do “Surface Level” (adding a markup, editing a markup you added in the Session) changes to the PDF, but anything that goes deeper (form fields, adding pages) is not allowed. This is all to maintain the integrity of the PDF while multiple users are all collaborating in real time.
Note about sessions: you can be invited or initiate multiple session. To leave a session, click on the icon   and select the session to go back in it.

Finishing the session:

You finalized your revision with your team and are ready to go so now, it’s time to finish your session to.

To do so, click on the icon   (#1) and a Dialog box will open. From there, you can overwrite the existing plan or save as new version of your plan.

Also, don’t forget to generate the report of the session. It will keep all information that have been produced in this session (from markups to messages written in the chat)


-What happens if I have a new version?

Close the actual session, export all markups (or only the ones you want to bring to the next session) and then re-upload the document in the session.

-Can I erase markups of other users?

No. It is part of the process to not be able to erase other user’s markups. Remember, it’s also a tool to help you track every notes and changes on plans.

You will be able to erase markups outside of the session. But there will always be a trace withing the Session log.

Installed fonts don’t appear in Bluebeam Revu | Revu for Windows

This article was originally published by Bluebeam, Inc. in the Knowledge Base.


A font that’s installed on your computer doesn’t appear in Revu.


The font type isn’t compatible with Revu

Revu supports TrueType (.ttf) and OpenType (.otf) fonts; any other font type isn’t compatible.

The font file isn’t saved to the correct location

Revu uses fonts that are saved to the following folder: %SystemRoot%\fonts. If a font doesn’t appear in Revu, it may not be saved to the correct location.


Save the font file to the correct location

Try this solution after confirming the font type is TrueType or OpenType. You may need administrator privileges on your computer to complete these steps.

  1. Close Revu.
  2. Open the font file location in File Explorer.
  3. Right-click the file and select Install for all users.
    This saves the font file to the the correct folder.
  4. Open Revu.

The font should now appear in the Font Toolbar.

AutoCAD and Bluebeam

By Matt Kolberg , Applications Specialist at SolidCAD


AutoCAD and Bluebeam

Many users create PDF files from AutoCAD products as PDF seems to be the standard digital format.  There are three issues you may run into and some settings to consider if you use Bluebeam Revu as well as AutoCAD.


First, you may see this message when opening PDF files using Bluebeam Revu (not the free viewer) which were created from AutoCAD using Autodesk’s DWG to PDF print driver.  These “viewports” are artifacts contained within the PDF file to which Bluebeam Revu alerts you when you open a file containing them.  ALWAYS say yes to removing these artifacts.  If you don’t, they will very likely affect the accuracy of any measurements you make in Revu.  If you skip past this message without selecting Yes, the viewports can be removed from the PDF in Revu’s measurement panel.

Why do they exist in the first place?  It seems to be an issue with Autodesk’s DWG to PDF.pc3 file.  PDF’s created using Bluebeam’s PDF printer do not contain these anomalies.  Here is an Autodesk  discussion group thread discussing these viewports.  Interestingly, it indicates that these viewports can cause an issue when measuring using Adobe Pro, but there appears not to be a solution there, where Revu does indeed catch the existence of them.

Searchable Text and SHX Fonts

The second issue is searchable text.  Many AutoCAD users still use Autodesk SHX fonts.  There are several reasons to avoid using SHX fonts; not the least of which is that when a PDF is created containing them, that text will not be searchable when opened in any PDF reader software.  If you want your recipient to be able to search text, and you very likely should, do not use SHX fonts in AutoCAD.  Use a True Type font, such as Arial instead.  This is with one exception.  With Bluebeam Revu, SHX text is in fact searchable, but you must enable “Search Markups”.  More detail about this I the section below “Odd Markups”.

If you’re a Bluebeam Revu user with the CAD version or better, and you prefer to use its PDF print driver instead of Autodesk’s, there is an option to enable SHX fonts as outlined in this article.  Better, do use a True Type font as mentioned above, but there is one more setting you must enable.  A PC3 file must be created using the Bluebeam print driver and then this option set in the printer properties in AutoCAD.  It defaults to TrueType as graphics and your text will not be searchable if it’s not changed.

Odd Markups in Revu

Lastly, using Bluebeam Revu (not the free viewer) to open a PDF created by AutoCAD using its DWG to PDF printer, you may see “markups” already contained in the PDF.  There will be one markup for each text object in the file, indicated by the AutoCAD SHX Text author.  That adds up to a lot of markups if it’s a file with many text objects.  This can affect the performance of the file within Revu and they will definitely be in the way when creating normal markups.  These markups are only required if you need to search SHX text; they cannot be deleted with Revu tools.  They can be Flattened in Revu prior to adding your own usual markups, or they can simply be filtered out if you don’t wish to see them.  Don’t worry, the text in the PDF will not disappear.  I do not have access to Adobe Pro to see if this is an issue there as well.


These “markups” are created when printing from AutoCAD using the DWG to PDF driver and it is an Autodesk feature.  In AutoCAD, there is a variable named PDFSHX.  Turned on, a value of 1, enables these “markups” in the PDF file which results in searchable text.  Turning it off will result in no “markups” and non-searchable SHX text.  Here is an Autodesk document outlining this feature.  SHX text may or may not be searchable depending on the PDF reader in use.  For example, the Bluebeam Revu free viewer cannot search SHX text, but the paid version can.

This issue does not occur with PDFs created in AutoCAD using Bluebeam’s printer driver.

Working Remote Sessions With Gautam Shenoy and Bluebeam

This story was originally published by Bluebeam, Inc. on the Bluebeam Blog.

In light of many states’ stay at home orders in light of the nationwide COVID-19 pandemic, many professionals in the construction, architecture and engineering world have suddenly transitioned to working from home for the foreseeable future.

Construction is still considered an “essential” business in many states, meaning many field workers are still heading to jobsites each morning. However, industry workers who spend most of their time collaborating with coworkers in an office are now dealing with the new reality of remote collaboration on projects, presenting some new challenges—and advantages.

In an effort to share and highlight how industry professionals are making this transition, the Bluebeam Blog will be publishing a series of video interviews with individuals to see how their work-from-home transitions have gone so far.

In this first installment, we talked with Gautam Shenoy of Steinberg Hart. Here are the highlights from our conversation, along with time stamps of those parts of the video in case you want to skip ahead.

[00:30] Is the construction industry still working as “normal”?

“The industry is definitely humming along. … We haven’t seen a slowdown on projects that are in construction; we have seen a little bit of a change in the pace of projects that are ongoing but on the drawing board, so to speak.”

[01:15] What has changed most since working from home started?

“I think what’s changed the most is the way we communicate. We were so used to being in an office and emailing each other. I feel like it has really changed. I feel like working remotely has sparked video conferencing and teleconferencing and taken it to a new level. People are now wanting to constantly keep in touch with people even though there’s no physical presence.”

[02:07] How has working from home changed some job tasks?

“One of the things that I wanted to point out is that Bluebeam has always been ahead of the curve, and I say that as even before the idea of cloud-based collaboration was so mainstream as it is today. Regardless of where you are, with Bluebeam Studio you are able to keep working on a project. On a day-to-day standpoint, not only are we using Bluebeam as we always have, but we’re also using other platforms like Microsoft Teams to plan and track our goals.” 

[04:21] “Designers have a completely different way of communicating. You have to understand that in the design realm, the way people communicate in the design phase is so different than when people are marking up drawings and tracking benchmarks. So, Bluebeam has become sort of a preferred methodology of communicating even in the design phase.”

Working Remote Sessions

Working From Home with HIVE – CTC

This article was created by CTC Software


So, you need to work remote from the office and you have discovered it is a bit of a pain for production. Or, perhaps you have yet to discover the pains of extended remote work and you want to be prepared? CTC Software has tools to make all aspects of production more efficient, including the remote workforce.

The biggest delay when working remotely in Revit, after the project model access, is getting and loading content. The project model has been properly solved by Autodesk’s BIM360 eco system. Sadly, that system is not very efficient at holding the content and allowing it to be loaded into project models. This content loading process typically involves someone using a VPN connection to remotely access the office network, then browsing across that VPN connection. When the time comes to load family content it is rather slow, but even worse is when system families or typical detail views must be accessed. These pieces of content are stored in project models, and these models can be rather large. Opening and transferring settings from these models is extremely slow across VPN.

CTC has heard it said, “Well, I’ll just use Google docs, or Dropbox then…” Well, this may work, but keep in mind, small company libraries are about 1GB of content per Revit version so this could easily mean storing and syncing 4GB of Revit content, and this is estimating conservatively. Most firms have way more than that.

So, what is the solution? CTC Has a toolset called HIVE. It is tuned to manage Revit’s custom libraries but can also be used for any kind of content. Since we are discussing Revit here, understand this, HIVE allows easy google-like searching of the regular loadable families, System families, typical drafting views, Schedules, and even fully assembled sheets. This all can be done with very minimal setup, and users get the content they need on-demand. All they need is an internet connection. This would not require any VPN for the content stored in HIVE.

CTC has run demonstrations of HIVE from conferences like Autodesk University and BiLT. These conferences often have acceptable but certainly not speedy internet, and sometimes the internet at these events can be very unstable. While there, CTC often conducts HIVE demonstrations, browsing for any needed content with no perceptible delay.

What does this mean for you? Well, your BIM Management team can easily configure HIVE to host all needed Revit Content, and your workforce can access it from any workstation connected to the internet. They will need the internet anyway to work on BIM360, so the system requirements and connections are already in place for them to use HIVE almost instantly.

Contact your local CTC representative to get your trial of HIVE and understand how you can purchase this perfectly tailored solution for times just like the ones we currently find ourselves in.


Mughees Altaf

Account Manager — AEC Productivity Tools 

Manage drawings more efficiently with Batch Link | Revu 2019

This article was originally published by Bluebeam, Inc. in the Knowledge Base.


The Batch Link® feature automatically creates hyperlinks for a group of PDFs, like when you’re working with a multi-drawings set or details on drawing sheets. You can specify the criteria used to create these hyperlinks or automate the process using filenames, page labels or the AutoMark function.

You can also use Batch Link to:
  • Create a navigational link on your title block that takes you to the sheet index.
  • Add Studio Project files to the Batch Link wizard.

Learn how to take your batch linking to the next level with these tips!

If the set of files you’re going to batch link contains a title block, you can use it to create a navigational link that takes you back to the sheet index, similar to a home button. All you have to do is swap out the search term generated in the Batch Link wizard (usually the sheet number) for your project number. If you don’t have a project number, you may use any text string found on the title block of every page.

  1. Go to Batch > Link  > New. The Batch Link wizard opens.
  2. Add the PDFs to be processed.
  3. Select Next. The second page of the Batch Link wizard opens.
  4. To generate your list of search terms, choose the Page Region option, then click Select.

Next, define a region on the PDF and generate Search Terms

  1. Click and drag to define a region on the PDF. When the region has been defined, the AutoMark dialog box appears. Click OK when finished.
  2. When the correct sheet number displays next to Search Term in the Scan Preview section, click Generate. The Manage Links list is automatically populated.

Lastly, look through the Search Terms and edit destination

  1. Look though the generated list of search terms to ensure they match their correct destination.
  2. Change the search term for your project number (or any text string from the title block).
  3. Select OK, then Run.

Now you have a link on your title block that takes you back to the sheet index.

Have you ever wanted to Batch Link your Studio Project? You can do this by adjusting your Studio Preferences.

To enable Studio Project files for Batch Link:

  1. Go to Revu > Preferences  (Ctrl+K).
  2. From the sidebar, select Studio and then Options.
  3. Clear the Open and save files to Studio from toolbar only check box.
  4. Open the Project file.
  5. Go to Batch > Link  New.
  6. Select Add Files and add your Project files.

Now you can add your Project files to the Batch Link wizard.


By Jonathan Guibert , Account Manager A.E.C QC , Bluebeam / Laser Scan 3D



*scroll down for FR version  – LE REMPLISSAGE DYNAMIQUE

When I sometimes look at some architectural projects, I tell myself that as much as the design is beautiful, the various estimators involved in the project must have pulled their hair out. So, let’s look at this wonderful (but still underused) function of Dynamic Filling.

Before starting with this tool, we are going to create a surface with Area Measurements tool which we will call Ground surface and which we will save in the toolbox (it is important for the continuation).


Once our surface has been created, we will finally use Dynamic Fill. To do this, first go to your menu, then in Tools, go to the Measure section and then go to the last Dynamic Fill icon. Or else, type “j” on your keyboard 😊


It will bring up this menu on your screen

Now, let’s take an area that is hard to calculate on our plan like this one for example

Click on the paint bucket   to select it then point with your mouse at the area that must be measured area and keep pressing the right button and you will see like paint pouring into the room


Once the room is filled, we will choose what we want Bluebeam to calculate by choosing our previously created surface to apply it on the painted area

Finally, we click on Apply and here we go!



Lorsque je regarde parfois certains projets architecturaux, je me dis qu’autant le design est beau, autant les divers estimateurs impliqués dans le projet ont du s’arracher les cheveux. Alors, regardons ensemble cette merveilleuse (mais pourtant trop peu utilisée) fonction qu’est le Remplissage Dynamique.

Avant de commencer avec cet outil, nous allons créer une surface que nous allons appeler Surface de sol et que nous allons enregistrer dans la boite à outils (c’est important pour la suite)

Une fois notre surface créée, nous allons enfin utiliser le remplissage dynamique. pour ce faire, allez d’abord dans votre menu, puis dans Outils, allez dans la section Mesurer puis allez sur la derniere icone Remplissage Dynamique. Ou sinon, tapez « j » sur votre clavier 😊

Ça va vous faire apparaitre ce menu sur votre écran

Maintenant, allons chercher une surface assez fatigante à calculer sur notre plan comme celle-ci par exemple


Cliquez sur le pot de peinture   pour le sélectionner puis pointer avec votre souris la zone à mesure et restez appuyer sur le bouton droit et vous aller voir comme de la peinture qui se déverse dans la salle


Une fois la salle remplie, on va choisir ce qu’on veut que Bluebeam calcule en choisissant notre surface précédemment créée pour l’appliquer sur la zone peinturée

On clique enfin sur Appliquer et VOILÀ


By Jonathan Guibert , Account Manager A.E.C QC , Bluebeam / Laser Scan 3D



*scroll down for FR version  – LES BASES POUR L’ESTIMATION 

A lot of people are still estimating on paper plan to quote their job on a project. So, why should they use Bluebeam for doing it? In fact, we’ve got the answer from the same people; faster, direct export to Excel, more precise than ever with the calibration integrated in the document (from Bluebeam or directly from the drawing software where the plan came from) and finally (maybe the most important) no printing.

So, what do you need to know about Bluebeam to start estimating?

In this article, we will see tools to be used in order to give you the basic knowledge to begin quoting on your pdf plans within Bluebeam.


  • Calibrate your plan

The first step is to calibrate your plan. In order to be able to quote lengths and areas, you need to make sure your plan has been calibrated correctly and accurately to avoid any mistake (or at least, limit those mistakes)

For this purpose, we will have to set the calibration by selecting Measurements and then, Calibrate.

Then, we will use a measure already indicated in the drawing to calibrate our plan by using the side line as our guide.

Then, we will use a measure already indicated in the drawing to calibrate our plan by using the side line as our guide.

When you finish tracing your calibration line between the 2 extremities of the side line, click again and a Calibrate menu will appear. Now, write the same length as indicated in your side line and you’re done. Your plan has been calibrated. Pretty simple, isn’t it?

You are now ready to start.

Note from the author: I always double check after calibration by measuring another sideline length to be sure the date I used was correct. It could happen a drawer changed manually a length to have a rounded number in place of the real length.

Most user rather use the calibration within Bluebeam instead of the scale indicated on plan because it’s more accurate.


2 ) The Measurement tools and their purpose

Bluebeam has 13 default tools to do measurement. It’s more than what we need to estimate. I am personally selecting 3 of them to create my own tools set for estimating. You are free to choose depending of your need. In addition to those 3 tools, I also often use Dynamic Fill, but we will see that later.

Linear estimates (imperial / metric)

To be able to do precise estimates, we’ve got 2 choices: Length and Polylength.

I prefer to use Polylength  for 2 reasons :

I’ve got more custom choices that I can apply to my length and, above all, I can take of sidelines in extremities to be more readable and smooth (and you can’t do that with the regular Length tool)

Now that we choose our estimating tool for measuring length, we will need to think about what we need to quote. Usually, an estimator doesn’t quote on a single product or job. So we will use our Polylength standard tool to create our different custom tools set of products/jobs we will need to quote on.

On this purpose, trace a standard Polylength  on your plan (picture below).

Then, in the customization quick menu above your drawing, you will be able to change color, width, line type… and finally, give a name to your custom Polylength and save it in a custom Tool Chest (you should have created before, obviously or select an existing one). For example, in steel estimating, people use to call their length as the type of beam they need to quote. This allows them to estimate on measurements AND count them at the same time. MEP sub-contractor are doing the same for HVAC duct or general pipping.


Once you finish customizing, save your custom tools by clicking on Add to Tool Chest and select the one you have been created.

You can now use the same line to create all products / jobs you need to quote and populate your tool chest by changing name, color, type of Polylength and add it to the right Tool Chest. It will not overwrite your first custom tool already created.

Note from the author : This stage can be a bit long but once you’ve created all needed tools, your job will be really more easier than ever. The more developed your tools are, the less time you will spend after to organize your data and get your result. But, if it is your first bunch of tool, don’t overthink it too much. The more time you will use Revu, the more you will know and the more custom your tools will be.


Area Estimate (square feet / square meters)

For this part, we will use exactly the same process than previously done for Ploylength but we will do it by using Area standard tool.

On a similar way, we will create areas to represent what we want to quote and name them. For example: Floor, Concrete Slab…

Then we will customize them with different colors, fills and even being able to include hatch in them. Finally, we will save them in a tool chest the same way you did with Polylength.

This is the conclusion of the first part of Estimating with Bluebeam. In the next post, we will see how to create layers and how to use them smartly and how to create, customize and use columns in Markup List to create quick and easy estimates.




Beaucoup de gens estiment encore sur les plans papiers afin de pouvoir estimer efficacement un travail. Alors pourquoi utiliser Bluebeam? Et bien ce sont ces mêmes gens qui m’en ont donné les raisons ; plus rapide, exportable sur Excell directement, précis par une calibration selon l’échelle des plans qu’on calibre ou sortent calibrés des logiciels de dessins, moins d’impression et enfin un meilleur suivi de l’information (surtout lorsqu’on doit se replonger dans un plan déjà fait mais désormais relâché dans une version différente). Beaucoup de bonnes raisons en somme.

Du coup, voici un petit article qui sera en deux parties et qui permettra à n’importe qui de commencer à estimer avec Bluebeam. Nous allons voir les outils à utiliser et pourquoi afin de donner une base de connaissance pour commencer à estimer dans Bluebeam


Le calibrage est la première des choses à vérifier. Tenant compte du fait que nous allons estimer des longueurs et des surfaces, il faut que notre plan soit calibrer correctement afin d’éviter tout erreur.

Pour cela, nous allons aller dans Mesure et choisir Calibrer

Par la suite, nous allons calibrer le plan à partir d’une cote du dessin

Marquer le même nombre que sur notre côte et Appliquer l’échelle


Une fois votre plan calibré, vous êtes prêt à commencer.

Par acquis de conscience, je revalide toujours ma mesure de calibrage car si une cote est erronée ou tronquer par le dessinateur, cela va avoir des conséquences fâcheuses.

Pas mal de monde préfère utiliser cette calibration via Bluebeam plutôt que l’échelle des plans qui ne sont pas précises à 100% et nécessitent des re-vérifications après coup. Pour cela, j’utilise simplement une polylongueur et je valide que le résultat affiché corresponde bien à celui de la cote sur laquelle je me suis basé.

Si votre plan sort d’un logiciel de dessins type AutoCAD ou Revit, il conservera l’échelle de votre plan comme indiquée dans les dits logiciels.


Astuce :

Dans la section Vignette, vous pouvez désormais afficher les échelles des pages en dessous du titre. Pratique pour ne pas se tromper


2 ) Les types de mesures et lesquels choisir

Bluebeam dispose de 13 outils standards de mesures en tout et pour tout. C’est plus qu’il n’en faut pour faire nos estimés. J’en privilégie toujours 3 pour faire mes outils d’estimation mais libre à vous d’en choisir plus. En plus de cela, je vais aussi beaucoup me servir du remplissage dynamique mais on n’y reviendra.

Estimés linéaires (impérial / métrique)

Pour ceux là, on a deux choix ; la longueur ou la polylongueur .

Personnellement, je privilégie la polylongueur pour 2 raisons ; plus de choix de modifications de mon trait et surtout je n’ai pas de barre de côtes (qui ne sont pas enlevables avec la longueur).

Maintenant que nous avons notre outil d’estimation de longueur, on va réfléchir sur qu’est ce qu’on estime. En général, un estimateur ne soumission pas que sur un produit quelque soit son métier.  À cet effet, notre polylongueur va nous servir à créer le maximum de produits que nous devons estimé. Pour cela, commencer par tracer une polylongueur sur votre plan.

Dans le menu de personnalisation de votre annotations (en haut de l’écran), donnez lui une couleur et un nom spécifique qui va servir à l’identifier (le nom des poutres d’acier W12x24 par exemple ou encore le nom des tuyaux et des ducts sur lesquels on estime…).

Une fois cela fait, enregistrez votre annotation dans votre boite à outils (créée au préalable) en cliquant sur le bouton Ajouter au Tool Chest  et sélectionnez celle que vous utilisez.

Vous pouvez vous resservir de cette polylongueur pour en créer autant d’itération que vous en aurez besoin (couleurs et noms différents pour les autres produits à estimer). De cette façon, vous allez créer vos propres outils avec les informations qui vous seront nécessaires.


Estimés surfaciques (pied² / m²)

Ici, on va faire le même processus que nous venons d’utiliser pour les polylongueurs mais nous allons l’appliquer à la création de surface

De la même façon, on va créer des surfaces afin de représenter ce qu’on veut estimer et clairement le nommer. Par exemple : Surface de dalle de béton

On va donner à ces surfaces, un nom, une couleur et même des hachures pour bien signifier visuellement ce qu’on estime et enfin l’enregistrer dans notre boite à outils

Voilà qui clot la première partie de notre volet estimation avec Bluebeam. Dans le prochain post, on verra comment utiliser les calques intelligemment, comment créer des colonnes custom et ce que vous pouvez faire avec et enfin, comment exporter vos données.

Bluebeam Revu 2018.6

By Matt Kolberg, Application Specialist at SolidCAD

Bluebeam has released their latest update for their flagship PDF markup tool, Revu.  Please see this link to learn more about how to update your installation.  And then click here to find out which defects have been addressed.