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How Skanska digitises construction workflows with Bluebeam

Bluebeam is helping the fifth-largest global construction company, Skanska, complete a project at Sweden’s European Spallation Source (ESS) that will house a particle accelerator set to become the world’s most powerful neutron source.

ESS’ construction partner Skanska has confirmed that it is able to increase efficiency and save time with the assistance of Bluebeam to digitise workflows on the 800-person, £438m project.

“The company is relying heavily on Bluebeam Revu and Bluebeam Studio for everything from design reviews to on-site changes,” according to Bluebeam.

Feroz Razwan, construction engineer and BIM leader at Skanska, said that drawings used to be physically marked up and then sent to one or more different offices for review. However, Revu’s mobile app allows the team to mark documents up on the jobsite itself as well as send those drawings digitally to other parties.

“In Revu everyone will see who did the markup; I can input some comments. Maybe they are hidden in the beginning, but you can always get that information: that is very important,” Razwan explains.

This not only streamlines communicatons but increases accountability, with changes tracked and updated.

Jimmy Forsberg, Skanska Sweden’s programme owner for Bluebeam and development leader for GoMobile, adds: “We have a lot of co-workers that are out on site, and simple solutions and functionality like the Batch Link helps a lot because we can navigate the drawings a lot quicker, especially on our iPads.”

Staffan McLearnon, production manager at Skanska Sweden, explains: “We use Bluebeam to sketch and draw traffic management plans. We can go out on site and look at what we have just drawn and compare it to reality, and do fix-ups on the spot.”

By using Revu, Skanska can create a set of tools that ensure symbols and calculations are identical across all its documentation. This makes it easier for anyone in the organisation to come onto a project and immediately understand the plans; it also helps build institutional ‘memory’ and learning, as data is more easily extracted and collated when standardised.

Read the detailed case study on Bluebeam’s website.

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