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We’ve been experimenting on a couple projects with the following scenario:


  • GC posts the drawings on the project website in pdf format
  • Each entity (arch/SE/GC) makes its corrections on the same file in a different color
  • Once corrections are complete, “marked up” pdf files released to the sub-contractor


This saves time, money and trees.


Funny thing is, some subs actually refuse this option, instead, sending six sets of bluelines; of which

Only one or two are used. The “original” is marked up and the rest are along for the ride.




David L. Fisher SE PE

Senior Director


The Fisher Companies Ltd. - Cayman

372 West Ontario Chicago 60610

75 Fort Street Georgetown Grand Cayman BWI

319 A Street Boston 02210




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From: domdean(--nospam--at) [mailto:domdean(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2008 3:16 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Shop Drawings


I was wondering how people are handling the latest "innovation" where shop drawings are now e-mailed out instead of the normal process where an office may get 3 or 4 (or more) hard copies. Some of the projects can be fairly extensive with shop drawings. My general notes include one indicating that I am to receive a minimum of 3 sets of shop drawings for whatever is applicable (reinforcing steel, structural steel, etc.). There can be a substantial cost (both in time required and paper involved). It seems as though it is one more item that's being forced on the engineer of record.

Domenic DeAngelo P.E.

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