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About the Author: Sasha Reed has 10 years of experience working directly in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) market, with over 15 years of experience in Customer Relations. As the Director of Strategic Alliances at Bluebeam Software, Sasha interacts with AEC industry leaders to better understand the long range goals of the industry and to help guide Bluebeam’s technology development. Drawing on this real world experience, Sasha has spoken at numerous industry events including the American Institute of Architects’ DesignDC Conference, American Institute of Architects California Council’s Monterey Design Conference, Construct Canada, NTI Danish BIM Conference and the Associated Builders & Contractors EdCon & Expo, the International Highway Engineering Exchange Program and the International Facilities Maintenance Association Conference.  Before Bluebeam, Sasha was a Project Manager for M3, a Herman Miller dealer, where she learned firsthand the everyday challenges that the AEC industry faces, 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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