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About the Author: Sasha Reed has over 12 years of experience working directly in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) market. As VP of Strategic Alliances at Bluebeam Software, Sasha interacts directly with AEC leaders to better understand the long-range goals of the industry and help align Bluebeam’s technology partnerships. In addition, Sasha is acting Chair of the Construction PDF Coalition.  The purpose of the Coalition is to establish Guidelines to provide Architects, Engineers, Constructors and Owners (AECO) with a common framework in which to create and maintain Construction PDF Documents. Sasha has been featured as the keynote speaker at the 2014 Bentley Florida User Group and spoken at numerous industry events including the American Institute of Architects’ DesignDC Conference, NTI Danish BIM Conference, the International Highway Engineering Exchange Program and the International Facilities Management Association Conference. Sasha has also contributed articles to numerous national publications and authors the Digital Com blog for Building Design + Construction magazine. Before Bluebeam, Sasha was a Project Manager for M3, a Herman Miller dealer, where she learned firsthand the challenges faced by the AEC industry from project conception to completion. 

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I don’t wear a cape or anything, but my trusty iPad app kind of saved the day

June 26, 2013

Editor's note: This is a sponsored article. All text and images were provided by the sponsor company.

Have you ever had this happen to you? You’re in the middle of a trade show/sitting in a conference/at the gate in the airport/sitting in your child’s recital and an urgent email comes in, requesting your signature. But there are no printers, much less scanners or fax machines, to be found.  What do you do?
Well if you’re lucky, you tell the stranger sitting next to you that you need access to a printer so you can sign off on the submittal you just received and they whip out an iPad app designed to do just that. This is precisely what happened to me last week while attending AIA in Denver. I briefly sat down at a table to jot down some notes on my interactions with a few manufacturers and this question was asked of me.  Not knowing who I am or who I work for, I chuckled as his question couldn’t have been posed to a better person.
“Although I don’t have a printer, I just so happen to have an app on my iPad that will let you sign and email the submittal back again.”  He didn’t believe me at first, but after I opened the submittal he emailed me and showed him how to sign the PDF with his fingertips, he was a believer. The guy sitting across from us asked if we had planned the whole interaction, as he was in disbelief that a random interaction could be timed so perfectly.
It’s times like this I see the reality that technology really is changing the way we work. Digital communication tools are revolutionizing project review cycles, allowing real-time collaboration like never before. Being able to review, comment, and reply to critical, time-sensitive issues in a timely manner is key to the success of many projects today. That got me wondering, what jams have you been in which technology totally saved the day? Or are there specific areas you see in which the tools for digital communication need to improve?

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