As an architectural and engineering firm many times first priority is given to satisfying new client duties and handling multiple in-house projects. The use and creation of as-built drawings can be mistakenly overlooked and relegated to the back burner. Yet there are two scenarios where utilizing as built drawing services is essential to a successful project; documenting current field conditions at the beginning of a project and creating finalized as-built documentation at the end of a project.
Documentation of Current Field Conditions
When doing additions to residential or commercial projects or when a facility is being renovated, establishing the current field conditions is necessary to coordinate the new work to be completed. Many times, retail and commercial buildings have added tenants which have resulted in changes to floor plans and power distribution. It is good practice to document the current conditions of a facility in order to properly bid, design and construct drawings for enhancements. If accurate drawings do not exist, utilizing as built drawing services to convert field verified conditions into accurate working drawings should be the first phase of your project.
Documentation of Project Completion
Changes that are made in the field which modify the original architectural and engineering plans must be documented to reflect an accurate representation of the project. These drawings will be used as a permanent record for future facility changes or systems installation troubleshooting. The accurate drafting of engineering change notices (ECN), contractor field changes and modifications requested by the owner all merge to produce a final project set of drawings. In many cases, a certain portion of the contract funds are withheld until this final set of drawings are handed over to the owner’s representative.
Our firm specializes in the drafting of current field conditions and final as-built drawings. Contact us to discuss the process of as-built drawing services.