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RE: DRFT - Dedicated Drafters vs. Engineers Drafting Their Own Stuff

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We have three offices that each use a slightly different variation of the 
choices outlined.  By far the most productive office is the one in which 
the engineers draft their own details.  We've simply replced the old 
pencil, papre, triangle and (most important) eraser with a much faster tool 
that is much more precise.  We do have the need for utility guys who can 
whip together a set of drawings, do the plotting, and generally keep things 
organized.  We find that the engineers who are forced to draw - to scale - 
 their own details tend to have a much better grasp of the engineering 
problems associated with the details.

Our least productive office is the one with PhD's who painstakingly draw 
"not to scale" sketches by hand.  They tend to have the least understanding 
of the engineering associated with their sketches.

-----Original Message-----
From:	Stan Johnson [SMTP:hawneng(--nospam--at)wac.com]
Sent:	Sunday, August 17, 1997 9:56 PM
To:	seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org
Subject:	DRFT - Dedicated Drafters vs. Engineers Drafting Their Own Stuff

We may soon have an 'opportunity' to reorganize
the way that drafting is handled in our office and
we want to take a poll on two approaches.  (We
would greatly appreciate other input-  What do you
use?  Why do you do it that way?  What are the
pro's and con's of various approaches? What do you
advise?

First approach:  IN HOUSE DEDICATED DRAFTING UNIT
(how we usually do things)
A.  Engineering does hand sketches of plans and
details.  Engineer selects standard details to be
included on plans.  At the same time the Engineeer
works out most of the page layout issues (Though
occasionally the drafts persons handle this).
B.  Engineer hands materials over to drafting and
they do the CAD work and then send rough plots to
the Engineer along with the sketches.  Engineering
then checks the drafting for errors.  Sometimes
another Engineer or EIT checks the drafting (also
often keeping an eye out for engineering problems
at the same time).
C.  Changes are sent back to drafting for
corrections.
D.  Final plots are made and sent to Engineer for
final look over.  Prints made signed and sent out.

NOTE:  Very often, the work will go though a few
cycles between Engineer, drafting, and drafting
checker.  We often work on projects where we might
go through a couple of design development cycles,
two or three progress sets (50%,90%), and one
client coordination set before plans are sent to
building department.  Then we do a plan check
corrections set.  Sometimes there are even update
sets issued between building department submission
and receiving plan check comments back.
($#%!(*^#&@^! clients!)


Second Approach:  ENGINEER DOES MOST OF OWN CAD
WORK
A.  The Engineer does most drafting on own
computer.
B.  Engineering either has a dedicated drafts
person handle plotting and misc mundane tasks, or
does this stuff himself.

NOTE:  We are not a networked office (though we
have several modestly equipped Pentium computers
at hand).  We have a signle HP inkjet plotter that
requires hand loading of pages.  We are currently
use a fast (from both computer and drafting
standpoint) but generally network blind drafting
program called Production Lines (Pentium 75's w/
8MB RAM are quite adequate, even when running
Windows95 in the background).  Most of our
Engineers are way out of date when it come to CAD
drafting.  We are not eager make a lot of captial
investment in new equipment.







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