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We are often asked to release our CAD floor plans to sub-contractors for
their shop drawing/layout use.

After giving these files away "gratis" for years, I fell that it is high
time we make these guys cough up
Some green as we are making their lives IMMENSELY easier.

Plus, they make a lot more on the project than we do.

Do you guys/gals charge for your files and if so, how much?


David L. Fisher SE PE

Senior Director

Cape Cod Grand Cayman Holdings Ltd. - Cayman

Fisher+Partners Structural Engineers Ltd. - Cayman

372 West Ontario Chicago 60610

75 Fort Street Georgetown Grand Cayman BWI

319 A Street Boston 02210


Our firm charges $50 per sheet for CAD files. You would be surprised by how many people decide against it when that price is mentioned. However, I still usually end up doing it for the rebar and structural steel detailer on most projects.


Adam Vakiener, P.E.
Structural Engineer
Southern A&E, LLC

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