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You've received a PDF plan from the architect, but there isn't quite enough information on the plan. If you're using Bluebeam Revu, you can manage the request for information easily, and ensure that the response is linked to the drawing. This video will give you an overview of just how easy it is to direct the question, and hyperlink the response to the original drawing.



The first step is to open the drawing that's prompted the question. Use the Tool Chest to choose the appropriate markup and place annotations on the PDF.

The next step is to create the RFI document itself. Bluebeam offers the ability to create editable forms, so complete your RFI form and detail the questions you want to ask. As well as the form, why not include a snapshot of the element of the drawing itself? Open the thumbnails tab and insert a blank page into the RFI document. Return to the drawing PDF and take a snapshot of the area in question. Return to the RFI document's blank page and paste the snapshot. Save the document.

The RFI document is now ready to send, and you email it directly from the Revu workspace.


Now we'll look at the other side of the scenario, where the architect or designer receives the RFi. Let's look at how easy it is for them to respond the the RFI.

The RFI is opened in Revu, and is able to complete the form, providing the answer with text. But a picture paints a thousand words, and so, using the 3D editor, the designer is able to drop a 3D PDF model directly into the RFI document. Because it's 3D, the designer can rotate the model to an appropriate view and add further markups to help clarify the response. After signing the form, it's returned to the contractor, again by choosing the email button within the Bluebeam workspace.


Once the RFI has been returned to its initiator, wouldn't it be great to ensure that the information is linked to the original drawing, to ensure there are no errors on site? Open the original drawing PDF in Bluebeam Revu and click the Hyperlink tool. Click and drag over the RFI markup and link to the RFI document. Save, and you're done!

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