Streamline Project Management with Submittal Annotations 

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In the past, submittals involved a mountain of paperwork and a lot of back and forth between field and back-office teams. These days, construction professionals have more digital tools than ever to manage the submittals. But unfortunately, this doesn’t always mean the process is simplified.   

Today’s professionals rely on project management software to facilitate the submittals process. However, they often don’t have built-in markup capabilities, so teams must use additional PDF editing software to be able to complete the submittal workflow. In these cases, users need to download the PDFs, edit the documents, and then re-upload them back to the software. It's a tedious approach, to say the least, and it leads to wasted time and effort.  

Not to mention, the process of downloading and re-uploading documents creates multiple files and attachments, which adds confusion and increases the likelihood of human error. 

All to say that when you use tools that aren’t built for the submittals process (or worse, when you do things manually), you’re opening yourself and your team to a lot of headaches.  

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Introducing Markups and Cover Pages  

When it comes to streamlining construction submittals, Autodesk Build has got you covered. We’re excited to share new features that enable you to annotate and customize your submittals. With these capabilities, you and your team can: 

  • Markup and annotate submittals within Autodesk Build 
  • Add in or leverage built-in cover pages 
  • Upload or utilize built-in time stamps to complete the submittal review process 

These features, along with other powerful functions of Autodesk Build, will further streamline your project management workflows so you can save time and keep your projects moving.  

Marking Up Submittals 

Reviewing submittals and making sure that they adhere to the project’s guidelines is easier than ever thanks to Autodesk Build. The software allows you to add text, highlight items, insert shapes, and include markup bubbles directly on the submittals. No need to download and re-upload attachments into the software; with Autodesk Build, all markups and annotations are kept in one place. 

Having markups in Autodesk Build streamlines your workflows and ensures that teams have a single source of truth when it comes to submittals. It also makes project information easier to find and helps teams stay aligned. 

Using Cover Pages 

Autodesk Build lets you customize submittals with cover pages. You can insert a blank page, use a built-in cover page, or insert a custom company page. containing a submittal stamp. Regardless of how you handle the process, the software gives you the flexibility to use cover pages that comply with company standards.  

Leveraging Built-in Stamps or Uploading Your Own 

When it comes to adding a stamp to a submittal, Autodesk Build allows you to utilize one of the built-in stamps within the software. And as stamp language may vary from one company to another, you also have the option to upload your own stamps. 

Either way, Autodesk Build makes this step easy, so you can move the submittal to the next reviewer faster.  

Learn How to Customize and Streamline Your Workflows 

When it comes to project management in construction, submittals are just one component of a much larger picture. With so many moving parts and people involved, things can get messy if you don’t have proper processes and tools.  

Autodesk Build enables you to streamline and customize your construction management workflows. Built with collaboration in mind, the software keeps everyone on the same page, so you can get things done faster and with greater accuracy.  

Our upcoming fireside chat on May 5, 10 AM PT/ 1 PM ET will shed light on construction management best practices you can implement in your business. The event will offer strategies and tactics to help you optimize workflows, keep teams aligned, and get things done faster. 

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Christine Acker

Christine has spent over 10 years steeped in the construction industry, garnering deep expertise in lean management and bringing technology to distributed workforces. Currently, a Senior Manager at Autodesk, Christine leads the product marketing team that helps bridge the software company’s industry-leading product to the global construction industry. Christine joined Autodesk through the PlanGrid acquisition. Prior to PlanGrid, Christine was an engagement manager at renowned consulting firm McKinsey & Company, focused on the construction and energy sectors. While at McKinsey, she oversaw the deployment of a lean management system across a 5,000+ employee distributed workforce and created a real estate firm’s IPD strategy to significantly improve productivity on the firm’s construction projects. Christine also spent four years at Clark Construction, in the GC’s Civil and Foundations department, where she proudly designed and managed excavation support for the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture. Christine has her Professional Engineering license and holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Engineering in Engineering Management and a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University.