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We do not limit how many times we change it.  We will sometimes hold off inserting the new background if we have a suspicion further changes are coming.  It is a definite annoyance considering how often they change sometimes.
Something I would like to hear is how people do their backgrounds?  We typically take the file the architect sends us, freeze layers we don't want, copy the remaining to a new file where the contents are exploded multiple times.  Then we change all the layers to a lite color and to a single layer (or 2 layers- one for floor plan and one for roof plan) then we insert them as a block to our "master" drawing on their respective layers.  All framing, foundations, etc are drawn in the master file which is then xrefed to sheets.  We are discussing the process of xrefing the background file but one of our old timer draftsmen is fighting that one hard.
-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Allen [mailto:T.W.Allen(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, December 15, 2005 12:40 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Informal Poll

I’m curious what the expectations of others are with regards to updated backgrounds received from architectural clients.


How many updates do you consider is reasonable in your basic scope of services before you think additional services are in order?




T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E.


Consulting Structural Engineers