Drawing Units

  • Drawing Units

    Posted by Doug McLean on March 23, 2021 at 6:40 am

    If you’ve recently upgraded to Revu 20.2.15 then you know about the new ability to have different units of measure on the same drawing. While this is great it also has one odd little side effect that I don’t know if the Bluebeam engineers thought of.

    Make sure your tools are also set up with the correct unit of measure that you want, or they will display the way they are set up. i.e. even if your scale is set to ft’=in” your tool will display in in(ches) if that’s the way the TOOL is saved.

    To change it you have to go to the Properties bar and set the units for the TOOL. Make sure to save your Toolchest and your profile after. 😎

    David Cutler replied 3 years, 3 months ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Roye Arie

    March 23, 2021 at 12:50 pm
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    Out of curiosity, what is the advantage of independently scaling X & Y?

    • Doug McLean

      March 23, 2021 at 1:47 pm
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      most times you don’t need too, however there are times when a drawing has been skewed and the x and y scales are different.
      I’ve also heard that Civil plans can be sent this way.

    • Troy DeGroot

      March 26, 2021 at 2:53 pm
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      @Roro A lot of horizontal construction projects like utilities and roads have a drastically different scale in each direction. Calibrating allows Bluebeam to do the formulas for distance and area based on the two different scales. We used to have to create formulas in custom columns.

      • David Cutler

        March 29, 2021 at 6:10 am
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        A good example of this would be if you wanted to calculate the volume of a variable depth sewer trench from a profile. Typically sewer profiles are drawn with significantly different horizontal and vertical scales as @troy-degroot mentioned. You would create a volume measurement with the “depth” set as the width of the trench. You would then select the area of the trench following the drawn pipe profile as the bottom and the ground surface as the top boundary. Bluebeam does the rest.

        Note that you should think about units when you set these up. If set correctly you can get Cubic Yards directly as opposed to having to convert from Cubic Feet to Cubic Yards in another step.

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