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Bluebeam Revu Idea: The Ultimate HomeBuilder As-Built

PDFs embedded on Home Plans using Bluebeam Revu

Once you’ve completed building your customers dream home you hand over the keys and all the documentation.  Warranties, specifications, owner’s manuals, etc – it’s a stack of paper that may need it’s own filing cabinet.  What if you delighted your home owner with an interactive As-built with the appliances, fixtures and all their documentation embedded on the plans?  The ultimate as-built would deliver a remarkable experience.

PDFs embedded on Home Plans using Bluebeam Revu

PDF icons open up underlying documentation for each appliance or fixture

In the above example the PDF icon is shown with the attachment markup function.

This is easy to create using the Attachment option on the Markups Tab

Once you select the file and click to where you want it embedded on your plan set, you can open the Properties Tab on the Markup and change the ICON to PDF, Show File Name, paperclip, Tag, Graph, Attachment “push pin”, etc.  You could also include a Legend to explain what each symbol/icon represents (warranty, spec, photo, energy efficiency, etc).

Interactive As-Builts make the documentation make sense to everyone.  his is also great in the commercial space where a facilities manager might need to review maintenance instructions, etc.

To share these embedded PDFs on the planset with your homeowner, remember to flatten the document markups before sharing so the hyperlinks work using other PDF programs.  Remember it is likely that your homeowner will use a PDF reader that isn’t Bluebeam.  

Tip:  You can add other Icons to the Icon choices like a camera to symbolize embedded photos.

What do you do to make your as-builts pop?  Please share your ideas in the comments with our readers.

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