When developing and sharing TPAS-generated reports, we often create PDF documents to allow report users without AutoCAD to view and print annotated drawings. Until recently, the process of “printing” an AutoCAD layout to a pdf resulted in a “flat” document. In other words, all AutoCAD layers were flattened, losing an incredibly powerful interpretation tool in the process.
Not anymore. We can now create TPAS PDFs that retain the valuable layer information when viewed using Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Pro or higher, so that layers can be toggled on and off directly in the PDF. An incredibly powerful new feature.
Over lunch on November 8th, TPAS partner Kelly Streeter and Charlie Kramer from Beyer Blinder Belle talked to a group of 18 Chinese building professionals. The topic of conversation was about the role of technology in BBB’s architecture practice and the role of TPAS for the organized and efficient collection and usable reporting of site data.
A part of a BIMET (BIM Executive Training) group, the professionals hail from private and public industry all over China, representing, in part, China Academy of Building Research, SMARTCHINA Technology Group, and the Shanghai Construction Group.
Led by industry leader Jerry Laiserin, the group is spending two jam-packed weeks touring design and technology facilities throughout the US. Their first stop was in New York, and one of their first meetings was their introduction to TPAS.