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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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Video blog: Setting guidelines for construction PDF documents across the AEC industry

August 08, 2014

For the last year and a half, a grassroots effort has been underway to define the new Guidelines for Construction PDF Documents. Jointly created by the Construction PDF Coalition, the aim of the guidelines is to better leverage digital information being shared among designers, constructors and all project team members. This group is now reaching out to you to ask for your feedback.

Though PDFs are the de facto format for digital construction documentation, national design standards haven’t yet been defined. This coalition aims to define standards to be implemented at project onset by the project team. 

Without standardization, professionals experience major inefficiencies as inconsistent construction plans require revisions, workarounds and recreation. Overall, valuable time is being lost, despite advances in digital communication.

 

 

With standardization among digital plan sets and PDFs, team members downstream can use technologies to leverage information embedded within a PDF.  Crucial building and design information can be accessed with a click or tap, by any project member, from anywhere. Revised drawings can be updated and slip-sheeted in seconds instead of minutes.  

The benefits of standardization quickly add up to savings in project time and budget. Consensus upfront will bring significant benefits downstream. If you want to add your voice to the discussion, take this survey and give them your feedback.

If you agree with this effort, the coalition members encourage you to share this survey, stating, “Your opinion counts!”

Editor's note: This is sponsored content. The text, video, and image were provided by the sponsor company.

         
 

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