Get assurance that your building will be built strong from the ground up once we conduct virtual constructability review on your shop drawings.
Hit the green light on items that are approved and reduce field errors when you are in-the-know for every change request and revision on your shop drawings.
Our experienced engineers thoroughly validate if your shop drawings are at par with first-rate standards, so you can get quality output in faster timeline.
New York Engineers Redefine Shop Drawings
Shop drawings are different from your usual design documents. To lay it all on the ground, these drawings conform to your contract in particular with the construction documents and specifications. Albeit not exhaustive, such package consists of:
Our consultant engineers thoroughly check if the contractors reflected the original design intent and interpreted it correctly. We utilize the available state-of-the-art technology on 2D CAD software and 3D BIM model to correct and review your shop drawings. No more getting lost on before-and-after drawings as all change orders are marked up with revision clouds. Failure to adjust planning in real-time can result in an undesired domino effect. From clients to industry specialists, we aim for communicative collaboration on all parties involved.
How We Work with Project Stakeholders
As you might expect, building projects consist of an interdisciplinary collaboration between industry specialists. To push the project to its success, all stakeholders must work in a multifaceted approach and at the same time, bring to the table their expertise. Common building project stakeholders include:
What we could draw on our experience as an expert in the industry, is that design and construction is never a linear process, especially when you consider the constraints imposed on the project. Whether it would be large-scale or small-scale residential, commercial and mixed-use projects, all project stakeholders must work in a collaborative cycle. When there needs to be a rework, this will be done in a timely fashion. When you ask for a change order, our specialized engineers need to coordinate with the other trades to reduce errors in the shop drawings. But the bottom line of it all, effective communication is the key for success when your project’s at stake.
At New York Engineers, we continuously work on all types of building projects with different contracts. You can bet on our consulting expertise that we can level the playing field when such contract forms are categorized on general contracting or multi-prime contracts. Our highly proficient engineers are engaged with all stakeholders from pre-design to post-construction phase – giving you assurance that your building project will be built strong, beautiful and functional in a reduced project timeline with decreased cost.
Our Unique Approach in Shop Drawings
At NY Engineers, we look at a global context to see how compliant the shop drawings are. We collaborate with the architect, consultants, contractors and construction managers to identify what is the critical path item for the project. Industry standards list structural engineering as the first one, with MEPF disciplines coming up next, and so on and so forth until your building’s fully furnished with interior fit-outs and landscape design.
From global to local viewpoints, attention to detail is a must for every engineer working for our firm. Our master review templates are readily fixed for reference, but can be tailored according to the needs of your project. We continuously prioritize the urgent shop drawings in line with the timeline to ensure that your building is on its road to fast-track, agile construction.
Shop Drawings in Relation to the Project Life Cycle
It's a common misconception in the AEC industry that shop drawings feature late in the game during construction phase. Technically, this could not be further from the truth as this practice has been an industry standard. At NY Engineers, we deviate from the conventional and explore pioneering ideas. Here is our innovative take on shop drawings vis-à-vis the project life cycle.
The earlier we could engage in the initial design phases, the better. Alongside with the feasibility studies, architects usually lay out all the baseline plans and specifications for your building project. From there, we apply our engineering design expertise on mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection. Contractor bidding process can occur at a later point in the project life cycle, but there are instances where stakeholders already decide early on with the most suitable project delivery method. Such methods can include:
As experts in the industry, here’s where NY Engineers can see opportunities for your project advancement: shop drawings can be coordinated as early on between the consultants, contractors and subcontractors even before your construction project breaks ground. Imagine the resources that you can save up on cost, labor, and materials in less time when you overhaul how construction administration works.
However, an effective decision-making matrix with all pros and cons of the project delivery methods should be readily available to you anytime for your comparison, as some projects still require the typical traditional design-tender model depending on its type and needs.
At NY Engineers, here’s our professional advice: shop drawings can entail a rigorous amount of time for review and approval process considering the detailer's competence and reviewer’s level of expertise, and the start date on-site should be incorporated into your project’s timeline to prevent cost overruns and liquidated damages. Might be expensive on the upfront costs, but will surely pay back in scales with focused construction coordination on fewer parties.
Submittal Schedule of Shop Drawings
Depending on your building project’s contract, design documents are now being developed and slowly transitioning to construction documents which will be issued afterwards to your general or multi-prime contractors. On instances where project and construction managers act as the client’s representative, shop drawings should be regularly submitted by contractors and subcontractors on a submittal schedule in relation to your project’s schedule.
As your expert engineering consultants, we operate two-way in functionality: we design all your engineering plans and address performance and prescriptive specifications initially, then approve the contractor’s submittals and shop drawings for quality control and conformance to the construction documents. At NY Engineers, we finish what we started.
How New York Engineers Take Constructability into Account
Concepts are just ideas without execution. Beauty is nothing when it can’t be built. Get your buildings straight out of paper or digital software and transform your concepts to reality when you hire our constructability expertise on shop drawings.
Once you employ NY Engineers to conduct a virtual constructability review, you are guaranteed of our quality streamlined process, meticulous eye for detail and critical thinking for quick issue resolutions during the pre-construction phase. Apart from our expert engineering knowledge, we employ state-of-the-art technology such as BIM and Revit Design in identifying clash detections, so we can prioritize all the urgent items that should be modified ahead of time to reduce field problems. See how our highly experienced team of engineers continuously refine our constructability workflow and cross-check the criteria items on your shop drawings:
For your advantage, our specialized MEPF engineers start from the ground up and work their way up until all constructability items are addressed. We implement a unique constructability checklist according to the various engineering disciplines. Field dimensions are verified prior to fabrication, ensuring you that error mitigation is in place. We review, we markup, we compare before-and-after revisions, and we stack up all your shop drawings against performance specifications and construction standards.
In other words, virtual constructability review determines whether your building can be built or not.
Poor design compliance won’t make the cut. Be a cut above the rest and build with confidence with NY Engineers’ virtual constructability review on your shop drawings.
Construction Interfacing and Coordination with Trades
As professional engineers who interface with other disciplines, we only have a single goal: to make all your building components come together.
In typical large complex projects where several consultants are involved, interfacing matrix with other trades proves to be one of the most critical aspects for your success. Extent goes so far as to the responsibility matrix for each discipline where all boundaries and functions from setting-out to testing and commissioning (T&C) are clearly delineated. As you can see with your simple design-build projects, coordination blends seamlessly as less parties are involved.
But such is not the case with large-scale projects, and efficiency of the trade coordination can prove to be a real challenge. From landscape to interior fit-out and façade design, the architect mainly acts as the chief builder and interfaces with all of the disciplines. On the engineering side, our highly-skilled engineers specialize in their own sub-disciplines, where our professional services include some, but not all:
In a typical design bid-build model, contractors are tasked to submit shop drawings for approval before their start on-site. On engineering discipline alone, EPC contractors submit multiple shop drawings on MEPF – further increasing the time needed for review and coordination to eliminate errors in-situ.
How we counteract this high workload with efficiency is left on the accord of our expert engineers. All engineering subsets are modeled in BIM, where clash detection of MEPF shop drawings is our number one priority. Such cases range from gypsum board hanging below its required finished ceiling level and effectively colliding with the plumbing pipelines, to HVAC ducts changing in material to fit in the exacting space.
Our engineers are highly trained with a keen eye to review in detail all of your consolidated MEPF shop drawings from a macro to micro perspective. We know how time-consuming change orders can be, and we always aim for zero disruption on your project’s schedule. At NY Engineers, we are always on the lookout for precision on your building project’s success.
Leverage the Expertise of New York Engineers on Shop Drawings
As your MEPF partner in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, we have long been in the business to know the ins-and-outs of the building project life cycle. Our customary service on shop drawings takes reference from our functionality as your consultant. From that end, we impose your submittals against standards, codes, design plans, specifications, contract documents, testing certifications and any other technical or legal perspective applicable. We see to it that we utilize our resources when it comes to your project’s fruition.
Aside from our usual function as your expert engineering consultant, we also work from the other end and fabricate shop drawings that are guaranteed with first-time approval from authorities. Years of exposure to high level of details needed for approval schemes have rendered us competent and flexible in shop drawing production. That’s what makes us different from the engineering pack in the global industry.
List technical and commercial compliance on your list of benefits when you utilize our shop drawing expertise. You get our value-engineered service in the form of higher quality sans increased cost. Worry no more with ineffective communication between stakeholders as our shop drawings are complete and compliant on quality design, drafting standards, and constructability in context. Schedule a consultation with us and learn more of how our innovative engineering process worked with our top-tiered clients.