This week I wanted to highlight another Bluebeam user within the design & construction industry actively changing the landscape through custom workflows. Today my guest…
This week I wanted to highlight another Bluebeam user within the design & construction industry actively changing the landscape through custom workflows. Today my guest post is by Nicholas Heim, PE a Project Engineer with THP Limited in the Cleveland Ohio area, and an active member of the Detroit Bluebeam User Group. Nicholas is going to tell us about the process they use for concrete construction field reports in Bluebeam Revu.
THP Limited’s innovation groups are always looking for ways to drive gains in productivity and efficiency in our daily operations. Several Bluebeam workflows we have developed in-house save us significant amounts of time and effort, particularly in the field. The workflow I would like to share today is THP’s concrete construction field report. Before we get begin, let us touch on some background that will help to make sense of it.
Our primary objective as any project’s structural engineer of record is to ensure that the structure is being constructed per the design intent – communicated through structural drawings and specifications. As such, we perform regular site visits to review the contractor’s progress. For concrete construction, these site visits happen shortly after all reinforcing is installed, typically the day before a pour. By reviewing the contractor’s work before the pour commences, we help to avoid issues that would otherwise be difficult to correct and help keep the project moving.
As part of our innovation groups, we welcome all employees to bring feedback to our meetings regarding what frustrates them about their day-to-day processes and procedures. On concrete design team did so and, based on their feedback, our innovation team boiled the solution down to the following:
Understanding the above, we developed the THP Concrete Construction Field Report using Bluebeam Revu and Microsoft Word. The new workflow allows our engineers to streamline their reporting process with less ambiguity – the reported issues are clearly located on plan. This also allows our contractor partners to complete their “punch listing” more efficiently, helping them to keep the project on schedule. In short, the new workflow is:
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