Drafting: A Generational Study

Cory Powers, CPD

According to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), "By definition, construction documentation encompasses the preparation of drawings and specifications that set forth the detailed requirements for the construction of a building project. Drawings thus represent the illustrative dimension of construction documentation, while specifications represent the written. The two are complementary, with neither having precedence over the other." 

Recently at a conference, I was told by a contractor acquaintance that the drawings he sees today pale in comparison to the quality of drawings he saw 30 years ago when he started. I immediately assumed he was talking about the level of engineering or architectural design that was being portrayed in the documents. As we continued to discuss the issues, I realized that his problems had little to do with the engineering or architectural information and more to do with the plotted lines on the paper. In his eyes, the illustration, as the AIA describes it, has been decaying over his career. This idea got me thinking about drafting from a generational perspective.

Are drawings worse today than 30 years ago?  

Find out in Plumbing Engineer.

Topics: Engineering


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