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In the Blue - a Podcast about all things Bluebeam U.S. CAD

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Join U.S. CAD for a podcast about all things Bluebeam. Industry Experts, Real Workflows, Real people, real talk about Bluebeam Revu.

    In the Blue - Cliff Cole of Penta Building Group (Las Vegas, NV)

    In the Blue - Cliff Cole of Penta Building Group (Las Vegas, NV)

    Get to know Cliff Cole
     of Penta Building Group
    (Las Vegas, NV)

    Show Notes:
    Cliff made his way from growing up in Baltimore, MD to earning his degree in Architectural Engineering at North Carolina A&T, to becoming the Director of Virtual Design and Construction with the Penta Building Group. Cliff is in his 16th year at Penta.

    North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is an HBCU and ranked #7 in the country by HBCU Lifestyle. Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community.

    Learn more about North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and the college’s Architectural Engineering program.

    Learn what it’s like to apply, get accepted, and begin studies at a University without ever visiting campus. Cliff’s first visit to campus was when he arrived to begin his studies (sight unseen). And it worked out well.

    Cliff offers advice to high school students considering Construction Management as a career.

    What a comfort zone and the mindset to leave that comfort zone can do for a career. 

    About the Penta Building Group:

    The Penta Building Group timeline from its inception in 2000 to now.

    The company employees approximately 350 (Salary and Hourly Employees)

    Approximately 50% of Penta’s interns are female 

    Check for available internships and jobs - https://www.pentabldggroup.com/recruit.php

    Autodesk articles on Cliff:

    Blacks and Minorities in AEC: Perspective of Diversity and Inclusion

    “We’ve definitely progressed. I wouldn’t have the opportunity to sit here and be able to tell my story and engage in these conversations 50, 60 years ago. We need to continue that progress. Ultimately, if we as an industry can make each other better, it will also make the world better.  This is a marathon, a journey.” – Cliff Cole

    Redshift by Autodesk The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion in Construction Is Paramount

    Autodesk Construction Blog – “40 under 40”

    Lean Construction - https://www.leanconstruction.org/

    Meet our co-host and in-house Bluebeam Support expert Natalie Delacruz

    ACC Digital Builder - Top 50 Construction Influencers

    Not using Bluebeam Revu? Get a 30-day trial here.






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    In the Blue - James Gammon of Cook and Boardman

    In the Blue - James Gammon of Cook and Boardman

    Show Notes: Episode 9

    James Gammon is an Iraq War Veteran who found his way to Cook and Boardman. The Cook & Boardman family of companies is the largest distributor of commercial doors, frames & hardware, electronic access control equipment and specialty (Division 10) products in the U.S. They also provides full systems integration services through its A3 Communications division - including physical security, access control, wireless networking, low voltage cabling, audio/visual and managed information technology products.

    James’ LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-gammon-3829258b/

    Learn more about Cook and Boardman at https://www.cookandboardman.com/

    Open Positions at the company https://jobs.jobvite.com/cookandboardman

    Learn how James ended up as the Corporate Technology manager.

    In addition to Bluebeam Revu, the company uses Comsense – Software for Architectural Opening Distribution https://www.comsenseinc.com/

    Entire branches going paperless.  The branches were Incentivized with 55” monitors for their workstations.

    Find out more about Division 8 (Door frames and hardware) , Division 10 (bathroom accessories) touchless systems, as well as Division 27 and 29 (Access controls)

    James talks about how Covid changed their product offerings.

    They’ve taken “one stop shop” to the extreme by covering everything in their bids. 


    James answers some questions about the immediate future.
    What tech is going to exist in commercial establishment in 3 years that may not exist now?  What’s going away due to technology advances and Covid concerns?

    How will working from home affect Tenant Improvement opportunities for construction professionals? 

    The number of employees working from home has tripled demand for the Bluebeam Revu inside the Company. 

    Given that we recorded this episode right at lunch time, we discuss the finer points of Memphis vs Carolina Style BBQ. 

    We wrap up this episode with Natalie’s Tech Corner as Natalie Delacruz gives us her take on Bluebeam Revu 20. New Features, enhancement, fixes, and more.

    If you’d like to see what Bluebeam Revu and Bluebeam Studio can do for you, let us know. We can be reached at podcast@uscad.com

    Do you have a compelling story to tell about Bluebeam Revu? Let us know.

    • 34 min
    In the Blue - Michael Wright of California Technical Concepts

    In the Blue - Michael Wright of California Technical Concepts

    Michael’s LinkedIn Profile

    “Specifically Speaking with Michael Wright” by Security System News


    Michael explains:

    UL (Underwriters Laboratories) – What is it? Who uses it?

    Bluebeam Revu and why Michael asked himself “Where has this been all my life?”

    How do Hollywood A-Listers and Tech Venture Capitalists approach Security?

    How COVID has affected the way he operates.

    Retina Scanners, why aren’t they everywhere?

    Discussion on security vs privacy. Can we have it both ways?

    His use of Bluebeam Studio Projects

    Retrofitting century old Brownstones with today’s security cameras.


    Natalie Delacruz shows how to embed images (even live video feeds) into PDF Files with Bluebeam Revu.

    U.S. CAD Online University – Online Training on AutoCAD, Civil 3Dm BIM 360 ,and Revit.

    30-day Trial of Bluebeam Revu


    • 49 min
    In the Blue - Greg Dahlstrom of Villaume Industries

    In the Blue - Greg Dahlstrom of Villaume Industries

    Greg sits with us to discuss the story of Villaume. He tells us about the longevity of the family owned company (Villaume has been around since 1882), the longevity of his own tenure with the company, and the timely adoption of Bluebeam Revu, Mitek, and Microsoft Teams.

    Show Notes

    Greg’s Linkedin Profile
    Learn more about Villaume Industries 
    Online University (US CAD’s online Training platform)
    Link to 30-day trial of Revu

    “Real” Blueprints from the Villaume archives. Why are blueprints no longer blue?









    Photos of typical workstations at Villaume 
    4-monitor workstations including 43" Vizio Display


    Upcoming U.S. CAD webinars https://uscad.com/events/category/webinar/
    Natalie Delacruz shows us the Bluebeam Stapler

    • 39 min
    In the Blue - Nathan Wood, Chief Enabling Officer at SpectrumAEC

    In the Blue - Nathan Wood, Chief Enabling Officer at SpectrumAEC

    Show Notes:

    Nathan Wood
    Nathan Wood’s LinkedIn Profile
    Spectrum AEC - http://www.spectrumaec.com/
    Construction Progress Coalition

    BB Academy in Kansas City, Missouri - Register Today


    BB Academy in Honolulu, Hawaii - Register Today


    What is CDX? Common Data Exchange, learn more
    Scholarship for CDX Scholarship Fund by Bluebeam ($20k) – Stay tuned for more information
    PDF Guidelines 1.0 - https://www.constructionprogress.org/pdf.html
    Hyperlinks in Revit in PDF Documents
    Batch Hyperlinking - Bluebeam Revu - AutoMark & Batch Hyperlink
    Podcast - Construction Shared Pains (Twitter Hashtag #Sharedpains)



    Apps mentioned in this episode:
    Bluebeam Studio Prime - https://orangeblade.com/product/bluebeam-studio-prime/

    ePermit Hub - http://epermithub.com/

    Accela - https://www.accela.com/            

    Tyler - https://www.tylertech.com/


    Where to find Nathan in the coming months early 2020:

    Hanson Wade Conferences - Feb 3& 4 in Dallas - https://www.advancing-prefabrication.com/

    MCAA Conference -San Diego - Jan 29-31 - https://www.mcaa.org/events/calendar/construction-technology-conference-2-3/


    Other notable terms from our discussion:

    AGC workflow documents - https://www.agc.org/

    Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_project_delivery

    Building Information Modeling (BIM) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Building_information_modeling


    Natalie’s Tech corner:
    If you are experiencing a Fatal Error when opening Revu and a corrupt Roboto font. Here is where to get the Roboto Font





    • 27 min
    In the Blue - David Rekker of Bluebeam Canada talks about a career path from Construction to Engineering to Software

    In the Blue - David Rekker of Bluebeam Canada talks about a career path from Construction to Engineering to Software

    David Rekker of Bluebeam Canada
    David joins us to talk about a career path that took him from construction to engineering to software and the role that Bluebeam played.

    David Rekker’s LinkedIn Profile

    David Rekker’s Bluebeam eXtreme Conference (now known as XCON) 2013 Slide Deck for his presentation titled “Using Revu to Manage LEED Projects”

    Bluebeam XCON 2020 Call for Presenters and Conference Info - https://www.bluebeamextreme.com/

    MMM Group acquired by WSP

    30-day trial of Bluebeam Revu

    The Orange Blade Consultants - a U.S. CAD Company's Bluebeam Store

    Bluebeam Training Options

    • 51 min

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