Track Changes During the Construction Phase
As-built drawings serve many useful purposes. It shows how the contractor executed the project and tracks all the changes made during the construction phase. The drawings are submitted by a contractor after the completion of a project. They include location, geometry and dimension of all components of the project. One of the most important purposes of as-built drawings is to reflect the changes made during the construction phase.
Transfer of Knowledge
The as-built drawings reveal the existing conditions "as-is" and show how the final construction was executed. The drawings are crucial for owners and operators of buildings as they deal with the finished product. The as-built drawings offer a legacy of what was actually built. Thus, it facilitates the transfer of knowledge of all aspects related to a building or plant.
Facilitates Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Services
As-built drawings form the foundation of Operations and Maintenance (O&M) services. As-built drawings reflect the changes made to the original design and represent the existing framework of a building. They can track any changes made in the field, such as component relocation. The O&M staff can use the drawings to know the exact location of each component and get associated information.
The staff also gets to know about duct and pipe routings, sizes of components, concealed components, location of sensors, terminal units and so on. The information helps them carry out maintenance work without running into problems.
Aids Safety Management and Hazard Analysis Processes
The as-built drawings offer important information for safety management processes, helping us get information of the hazard management process and hazard analysis processes. The drawings portray the possible hazards and safety concerns existing within the facility. The staff can also prepare better for emergencies when they know the location of shutdown keys and switches and the equipment lists.
The as-built drawings, for instance, accurately depict the location of shutoff valves helping to prepare for emergency situations.
Future Renovation and Expansion
As-built drawings serve as a record to facilitate future system changes and renovations. You can ensure efficient and less disruptive future renovation projects when you have all the critical information.
For example, you can get details about duct and pipe routing and sizing, control system locations, and other aspects. The information can ensure that future renovations are completed in a timely and efficient manner. You can also plan confidently and carry out expansions, modifications or additions to your property or plant based on the readily-available information.
Ready, Hands-On Information
As-built drawings offers ready and actionable information. The data is useful for any person who needs to manage the building and its resources. Contractors can also use the information to give shape to their projects. The insights allow architects to plan remodeling or rebuilding projects and give shape to them.
As-built drawings include all the installations of the building which is also valuable. The serve as the record of installations and solves practical problems.
For example, city offices often have under-floor cables for internet and connectivity purposes. When the office changes hands, the next tenant may not use the existing cables. He might use a whole new system without utilizing the existing infrastructure. The cabling system information in as-built drawings helps to avoid such problems and help subsequent offices that rent the property.
As-built drawings help contractors confirm that they have made the installations according to the original drawings. If he makes any changes, he can record it in the as-built drawing for compliance.
Some clients will not approve your payment unless you provide them as-built drawings of the project. Most tenders will have a clause for as-built drawings and you have to provide the service as a part of the project.
Offering as-built survey and documentation based on your construction process is the industry norm today. Save your time and effort. Let us handle the task of carrying out as-built services.