Before starting a new construction project, you must lay its design. This is where construction documents come in. Working drawings ensure effective coordination between contractors, manufacturers, and suppliers during construction – thus making the actual building impeccable to the one on papers.
Needless to say, it is imperative to have proper and effective construction documents. While most of us know the standard practices, few details get left out during the design phase.
Here is how you can make construction documentation effective:
- Ensuring that the document sets are complete
Construction documentation sets contain several detailed plans, depending on your project.
An ideal construction document is bound to have these common content sheets:
- Construction Sheets which include a cover sheet, index sheet and second sheet border.
- General Sheets which show a general site plan. This shows the existing conditions, staging needs by contractors, construction limits and access, property lines and survey control and other unique construction requirements.
- Civil Engineering Sheets which contain plans on road, parking, site, utilities and storm-water.
- Landscape Architecture Sheets which consider all grubbing and clearing tasks, outdoor lighting, traffic markings and coordinates for site features.
- Electrical Sheets which include plans for telecommunications, power distribution and security systems.
- Mechanical Sheets which encompass the mechanical plans for the site, plumbing needs, HVAC system schematics and fire protection plans.
- Structural Sheets which contain a list of all the abbreviations, codes and standards with lintel details that will be used repeatedly in the building process.
- Architecture sheets that have information on roof and floor plans, floor levels, stairs, elevators, stairs and building elevations along with window openings.
While there may be additions to these, ensure that the above are present in every set for a proper workflow of the construction process. Know more about our Construction Documentation Services
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- Annotating Keywords for better identification
Since the construction process is going to be a longer, your documents will be hefty too and frustratingly, all over the place, even if you work on them digitally. To ensure seamless coordination between all stakeholders and to make sure that everyone is on the same page, use keywords. Utilize these keywords for searching and navigating through the sea of construction drawings easily. This will also make downloading of files easier so that you and your team saves time.
- Logging Revisions Effectively
As you proceed with the development phase, there will be several revisions to your documents. There are a couple of ways to handle these periodic changes to your drawings. One of the recommended ways is to keep a separate folder for all the revisions logged in chronologically. Here, the architect will upload all the recent changes to the documents. However, this can be a little time-consuming. Another recommended measure is the label the revisions. The architecture can upload the revised drawing to the same folder but with a unique label for every revision. The same will be notified to the other team members who can make a note of it. With this, there is only one place to look for to download the most recent file. This makes it easy to refer to the original documents as well. To sum up, it is imperative that one has a disciplined approach to construction documentation creation. However, as simple as this may sound, developing construction documents is not a DIY task. You should always seek the guidance of professional construction documentation services provider to orchestrate quality architectural drawings. BluEntCAD is your trusted partner. With our team of expert designers, you can bank on us to come up with the best construction documents for your project, ensuring minimal reworks with maximum output. Contact us today to know how we can help you and your business!
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