Managing construction drawings is probably the least preferred jobs, though really important, for project engineers, architectural design firms, contractors, architects, and consultants. It may be the construction project of a residential construction, institutional buildings, mixed-use buildings, industrial complexes and more.
Maintaining a current set of construction drawings has some monotonous steps to be followed including:
- Set of drawings received from the architects
- Send drawings to print shop for paper copies
- Preparing the master plan set
- Send drawings to subcontractors
Conventional methods of managing construction drawings have the potential to bring in immense amount of re-work for any fast-paced project. AEC professionals do not prefer managing construction drawings. However, they can save lots of time and money if drawings are managed appropriately.
Architects and clients seen contractors using outdated drawings to construct walls or pillars. They think what possibly could have changed in a single drawing update but they are wrong. There might be a lot of efforts that were put in deciding the location of that wall or the pillar taking into consideration the layout drawings and MEP coordination. Using outdated construction drawings will make them rearrange and adjust a lot of other elements.
Managing construction drawings is critical to avoiding rework
Research suggests that approx. 55% of rework claims are due to inaccurate field data and construction documentation. Numerous construction firms globally, face this challenge. And it all happens due to the delay in getting the latest information on-site, resulting in increased RFIs and less accurate work.
On the other hand, partnering with architectural drafting companies experts to transform conceptual design sketches to detailed 2D or 3D CAD drawings for any building construction project is a wise decision.
This source of project documentation makes concurrent communication and document exchange easier amongst teams across AEC disciplines. This also ensures that everyone in the project have their hands on to accurate data and correct files, as and when they need, either at client meet or on-site - and that too on hand held devices.
Don’t commit a mistake to learn
Don’t forget that 2D architectural drafting and drawing services are experts and experienced at managing construction drawings and communication, making it all the more easier for on-site workers to be in the loop with of-site AEC professionals. More than often, several construction companies partner these experts, after learning a lesson the hard way.
Construction document management enables teams to:
- Work with all construction document repository
- Avoid multiple systems to access information
- Avoid multiple mediums and processes to distribute documents
- Convenient access and download information – what they need
- Track team activities if they downloaded and viewed the construction documents
Construction firms taking assistance of architectural drafting services can use accurate construction drawings as the single source of truth for developing 3D models which can easily be modified for establishing BIM workflows with contractors for spatial arrangements.
Project engineers and document managers are no more burdened with time consuming and error prone processes of managing incoming construction documents. They are likely to gain confidence as all involved in the construction project are building from the same updated drawings. Engineers will have to spend less time on administrative tasks and will have the privilege to spend more time monitoring quality of work and resolving challenges.