Faster Steel Estimates with Bluebeam Revu

Steel Estimates in Bluebeam Revu - Bluebeam Training - Advanced Estimating

Attention Steel Fabricators, Erectors and Estimators.  Are you 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.  I also 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:

20 Colored Highlighters – Sometimes 20 colors isn’t enough, Revu has an endless number of colors (and our highlighters don’t die).

Scratch Paper – All your highlighter marks will report lengths, no more recording off to the side.

Calculator – All the reported lengths are categorized and provide totals.

Planimeter – Drawings are to scale, 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.

Faster Steel Estimates with Bluebeam Revu

We can 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.

Are you thinking about how this workflow applies to your business?  Leave me a comment.

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  1. Curious about the steel tools and if they would be of use to my business. We do some fabrication, but bread and butter is industrial coatings for steel and concrete structures. Just getting started to try to develop way to do our takeoff with bluebeam. Saw you at Xcon!

    1. Thanks for reaching out Stacie. Send me an email at so we can set up a call and look at your goals. Looking forward to connecting!

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