Vectorworks, Inc., and Bluebeam, Inc., both leading AEC industry software providers, today announced a new integration between Vectorworks Cloud Services and Bluebeam Studio that supports a modern, online review and approval process for digital construction drawings and 3D models.
An Industry First
Vectorworks is the first BIM software company to connect its cloud services via the Bluebeam Studio API, allowing project team members to host, real-time, online markups and review sessions.
“In a traditional drawing review process, PDF files are typically exchanged by email, then printed and manually marked up,” said Daniel Monaghan, VP of marketing at Vectorworks. “By moving to a cloud-based review workflow, collaboration among project team members becomes easier and helps avoid mistakes, and ultimately allows projects to run more smoothly by reducing review time and costs. By making it easy to share and review files digitally, we’re helping to connect design and construction workflows in ways no other BIM program can offer.”
Vectorworks Cloud is now linked to Bluebeam Studio and this allows users to push PDF sets to the Vectorworks Cloud and then to initiate hosted Bluebeam Studio sessions. Bluebeam Revu session markups come back to PDF files hosted on Vectorworks Cloud. This workflow streamlines and automates the process of getting PDF files from Vectorworks into Bluebeam Revu for collaborative markup sessions.
The new integration enables a streamlined, cloud-based collaboration process on PDF drawings and models. Vectorworks users can publish drawing sets as data-rich 2D PDFs or models as 3D PDFs to Vectorworks Cloud Services, where they can launch a Bluebeam Studio Session and then invite participants to compare, mark up and collaborate in real time using the tools in Bluebeam Revu. Marked-up PDFs can then be saved back to Vectorworks Cloud Services for easy storage and file management.
Vectorworks Updates PDF Publishing for Better Bluebeam Support
Vectorworks has tweaked its already solid PDF publishing feature-set to better support Bluebeam’s specific workflow. It can now map layers and classes to specific PDF layers and maintain Vectorworks hyperlinks in exported PDFs. Vectorworks could previously batch PDF sets as well.
Importantly, Vectorworks Architect’s space object was updated to work in tandem with Bluebeam Revu’s native spaces (a similar element defining spaces in a building), so room data can be mapped accordingly. This saves time in the review and estimating process.
“Bluebeam is excited to have Vectorworks bring this integration between Vectorworks Cloud Services and Bluebeam Studio to the industry,” said Bluebeam Chief Technical Officer Don Jacob. “Platform integrations like the one announced today, based on open standards such as PDF, create powerful workflows for project teams and are a big step forward in creating seamless exchanges between design and construction solutions.”
To learn more about the integration of Bluebeam Studio and Vectorworks Cloud Services, click here.
This new integration is available at no charge to all Vectorworks Service Select maintenance program members. A Bluebeam Studio Prime subscription is required to enable the integration with Bluebeam Studio.
To see this in action see the video below.