7 Terms that you’ll encounter when exploring Bluebeam Revu
Admittedly, these aren’t terms exclusive to Bluebeam Revu. They’re referenced enough in marketing material, webinars, and blogs posts to warrant an explanation to anyone unfamiliar with their meanings. For those who work in the medical or Legal professions, how are you supposed to know what BIM is?
- BIM – As a noun, Building Information Model. As a verb,Building Information Modeling. BIM is a process that involves creating and using an intelligent 3D model to inform and communicate project decisions. Several design applications create or analyze BIM Models. Revit, Navisworks, ArchiCAD, Sketchup, and others.
- AEC – If we were engaged in Asian Business, it would mean ASEAN Economic Community. But for what we do, it means Architecture, Engineering, and Construction. These are the 3 cornerstones in the Construction Industry. The 3 units don’t work very well when 1 is missing. Without the Architect, who will design the building? Without the Engineer, who will confirm that the building can withstand certain forces without failing? And without Construction, who takes the plans and calculations, and erect the building?
- DWG – aka “The AutoCad file format”. The DWG is a binary file format used for storing two- and three- dimensional design data and metadata. AutoCAD (and some other applications) read and writes this file format. Hundreds of millions of DWG files exist today…..and they’ve been around since 1982. That’s when the first version of AutoCAD was released. It’s the grand-daddy of the CAD world. More on the history of the DWG file here.
- PDF – Portable Document Format, is a file format used to present documents in a manner independent of application software, hardware, and operating systems. Each PDF file encapsulates a complete description of a fixed-layout flat document, including the text, fonts, graphics, and other information needed to display it. Adobe Systems made the PDF specification available free of charge in 1993, PDF was a proprietary format, controlled by Adobe, until it was officially released as an open standard on July 1, 2008. Now though……in our opinion, Bluebeam PDF Revu is the best tool available for creating, viewing, marking up, and sharing PDF files.
- Punch – Used often in the context of “Punch List”, “Closeout”, or “Back Check”. It’s a term used on a construction project in which the contractor is bound by the contract to complete a punch list of uncompleted contract items in order to receive final payment from the owner. When the punch process is in process…..the end of the project is near (hopefully). When it comes to the punch process, Bluebeam Revu makes it easier, particularly when you are in the field performing your Punch Walk thorough the project. You have punch symbols available in your Revu Tool Chest and you have a vehicle for transmitting & sharing your punch data with your other team members by using the Bluebeam Studio feature.
- RFI – Request for Information. An RFI is a standard business process whose purpose is to collect written information. In construction though, an RFI is mostly used to gather information to help make a decision on what steps to take next. RFIs are therefore seldom the final stage and are instead often used in combination with the following: (RFP) request for proposal, (RFT) request for tender, and (RFQ) request for quotation. In addition to gathering basic information, an RFI is often used as a solicitation sent to a broad base of potential suppliers for the purpose of conditioning suppliers’ minds, developing strategy, building a database, and preparing for an RFP, RFT, or RFQ.
VDC – Virtual Design and Construction is the management of integrated multi-disciplinary performance models of design-construction projects, including the product (facilties), work processes and organization of the design – construction – operation team in order to support explicit and public business objectives. VDC, when used as a verb, is a visual management methodology using BIM as part of our proven construction analysis and work processes. It’s safe to say VDC and BIM go hand in hand.