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Re: Level of Detailing

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There is one engineer I always think of that was definitely a 10. EVERYTHING on his drawings was to scale. He would go into AutoCAD behind the drafters and make sure all the bolts and even the nuts were exactly to scale and throw a fit if they were not. He would show every imaginable situation and there was no room left for any text around his details because they were completely filled. Everything had to be lined up perfectly if it was possible. He never made budget and was hard to work with. 
On 8/12/06, erik gibbs <erik.gibbs(--nospam--at) > wrote:
Although I only graduated in January and have been working at a structural eng company since, I do know where you are coming from. At an internship that I had, the SE was a 9 or 10. Very very detailed. I thought that was good until someone explained that not only are you wasting time and money, but also you take on more responsibility the more detailed that you become.
At the company that I work for now, the general acceptance is to produce drawings with a level of detail of about 4 to 5. This is hard for me because I tend to be very meticilious and detailed, but I understand the concept that too much detail may be a bad thing.

On 8/12/06, Will Haynes <gtg740p(--nospam--at)> wrote:
I wanted to get a rough estimate of the level of detailing some of you are putting into your drawings. I have worked at a couple of different places where there was a general acceptance of the level of detailing that should go into our drawings. Some places were kind of low where others were very high. However, there was always at least one person that was on the very low end of the standard and one that would almost drive you to insanity with his/her level of perfection. 
On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the minimal amount of detailing to get by (which also normally results in a lot more RFI's being generated and field problems), and 10 being anal retentive to the max (where it takes twice as long to detail a project), how would you rate yourself or others you work with? Also, what do you feel the goal should be?
I guess that the person that is on the high or low end would actually not see himself as being that way. Right now, I feel like I am about midway. I try to show the critical details on a project and note the structurally important nuances. However, I don't address every possible thought that might come into a contractor's mind during construction, and all of my text does not have to line up perfectly either. I usually make budget too.
I know this is kind of subjective and depends on your client and what the standard is in your area.