As Built Drawings

As Built Drawings

The final As Built drawings have always been a critical part and it has always been clear that these need to be the final version of the drawings, which by convention are marked as 'As Built'. But now that we are increasingly using digital manuals and choice of file format is important; should these drawings be provided as PDF files or DWG files?

We take the view that best practice be maintained as a live and active document that can be modified to reflect changes that occur in the future, as well as being a fixed record of the work that was undertaken in the project. This does imply, however, that full DWG files need to be included in the manual so that they can be amended in the future.

PDF file format:The advantage is that they have a relatively small file size, the PDF reader is readily available which most people already have on their computer, and it is quite accurate.

DWG file format:The advantage is that the CAD drawing allow modifications to the drawings in the future.

Due to contractual liabilities some architects and M&E contractors do not like providing the DWG files because it may require them to undertake significant work in stripping out hidden layers that might contain information that is proprietary to them. It is also possible that leaving these hidden layers in place would leave them at increased risk of a legal challenge at some point in the future.

Geninfo offers you a “quick and accurate “ service to return your construction document set with “as built” markups in a clean and sharp PDF & DWG format files.

Please contact us for a quote or for more information.