If a picture can speak a thousand words, in a project, as built drawings can speak a thousand construction processes. But in all seriousness, with the hundreds and thousands of steps and documents needed to complete just one project, as builts might be overlooked for their importance. Nonetheless, as built drawings remain an essential process in a project.
Despite this, as builts are often not included, or are only addressed right at the end when an accurate product is far less achievable because of a failure to record changes to the project along the way. The good news is that new technology—for instance, hyperlinked as builts—is enabling an easier as built process.
More good news: Probably the biggest problem with as built drawings is not that they are insurmountably meticulous to create, but that too few contractors truly understand their importance or how to properly execute. Below, we’re here to remedy that with a thorough look at what as built drawings are, who creates them and why they’re important. We’ll also offer a roundup of the most critical items to include in each as built drawing.
While creating as builts might still present a less-than-appealing step in any construction project, at least now you’ll know how to do them correctly. Or, rather, how to offload them on a capable, but junior member of the design department
Also known as record drawings and red-line drawings, as builts drawings are documents that allow a compare and contrast between the designed versus final specifications, and provide a detailed blueprint of the building and the land around it as actually constructed in the end.
The final as built drawings include any and all of the following, as well as every other change made during the construction phase of a project:
- Field changes
- Shop drawing changes
- Design changes
- Extra works
As built drawings go hand-in-hand with as built surveys, also called as built maps. These are used during the construction phase to continually track how the land and building is changing as work progresses. Dedicated as built surveys make as built drawings much easier to construct in the end, because of the greater level of detail recorded from every stage of the project.