Document management, design review and real-time collaboration.
During 2017 the Swedish organisation BEAst established a standard for design review of construction and system documents used in the review process. The purpose is to minimise the extensive manual handling in the review process by using digital methods, an industry standard and system support. Together with the review standard they also released PDF Guidelines, a guide of how PDF documents should be created in order to fulfil quality requirements needed in a digital review process. This new standard and the tools needed to work efficiently with it were immediately incorporated in the solution Bluebeam Revu, a program used by over one million people worldwide.
One Bluebeam Revu user is the Nordic tech consultant company Rejlers, which uses the software to simplify the process of managing paperwork. During the Nordic BIM Summit 2019, we had a chat with Electrical Engineer Johan Hyttinen from Rejlers about the Swedish review standards and how they are profiting from working with Bluebeam Revu, PDF Guidelines and Swedish Design Review Standard in their construction projects.
With the development of new Swedish review standards, Bluebeam Revu has been at the centre of many discussions in the last year. What was Rejlers’s motivation for choosing to work with the software?
- Like most companies in the industry, we can see the many benefits that Bluebeam Revu brings to the market. It has noticeably boosted our productivity, and it is user-friendly and straightforward to use and easy for everyone to understand. It gives a stamp of quality to the information carried through.
How does the Swedish standardisation initiative make a difference to the industry as a whole?
- A standard like this really drives digitalisation. We have clients asking for tools like Bluebeam Revu. I think this is something everyone can benefit from, contractors and clients alike. I believe this is the biggest reason for its impact on the industry.
From a Bluebeam Revu user perspective, what benefits would you say are most valued?
- I would say the fact that there are fewer misunderstandings and more participation at work. Bluebeam Revu makes it easy to review designs and approve changes in real time. The software also makes it easy to invite the client to look at the audit logs and to get his or her opinions at an early stage. Keeping everyone on the same page saves a lot of time and effort in projects.
How do you use Bluebeam Revu today?
- We started small but are now scaling up to more projects. One example of a project in which we use Bluebeam Revu is Karlastaden in Gothenburg. The tool has certainly streamlined the process and helped collaboration between the project partners. The use of hyperlinks also makes it easy to move to other pages or locations in the documents. And with Bluebeam Studio built into Revu, the tool is cloud-based, which means that the information is always up to date, so we can be sure we are working with the latest versions and accessing the latest data.
How has Bluebeam Revu proven its worth at Rejlers?
- We can see the real effects on a daily basis. It is mostly about simplifying our work, and down the line it will save us time, money and mistakes.
What would you say the benefits are from a customer perspective?
- I would say the real benefit is better completion of deliveries. It also improves project visibility by allowing customers to access every decision that has been made and by whom. This also makes it easy to track every decision and to know who is responsible for it.
Last but not least, how would you like to see standards and initiatives like this develop in the future?
- This standard has been developed together with companies from the construction sector, so the industry is really growing with it, which is great. It is about stimulating digitalisation and changing in a fundamental way. I believe it is important to set requirements and continue to support the demand for standards. We must also reinforce the validity of such initiatives and establish best practices. I hope these kinds of tools will continue to develop and become even more compatible with other established software.
Rejlers is a Nordic group offering technical consultancy services and IT solutions to customers in the areas of Energy, Buildings, Industry, Telecom and Infrastructure. Learn more at www.rejlers.com
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