From Blueprints to Digital Drawings

From Blueprints to Digital Drawings

They have many different names: construction plans, drawings approved for construction, design drawings, CAD drawings, etc.

But what is a blueprint?

Blueprints are the construction plans that contain all the details of a construction project. They contain important information that sets the schedule, permit requirements, and the actual project itself.

Engineering drawings were usually drawn by hand on large pieces of paper. That was great and all but there are a lot of people involved in a construction project who also needed a  copy.[/vc_column_text]

Before there were computers, large format printers, and copiers science found a way to reproduce engineering documents for all parties working on a construction project. It involved photosensitive chemicals that turned the paper blue while leaving the drawing lines white.

But as with anything, technology brought about changes to how drawings were produced. With the invention of copiers and large format printers, blueprints could be printed in any color and size. Eventually, the term “blueprint” became synonymous floorplans, and drawings more acceptable.

Hard-copy drawings today are very costly to print and are constantly getting outdated with revisions.

With technology today we can mobilize and digitize construction drawings and have them at our fingertips with a click of a mouse. Updates to drawings can be sent to teams in the field avoiding costly rework from working with the wrong document version.


Draw-IT™, ATSER’s online Drawing Management System gives your team the ability to design, monitor, and update your project’s design drawings in real-time.


Some of the key features it includes:

  • Downloads Immediately
  • Real-Time Access to the Latest Version of the Drawings
  • Use of Standard PDF Formats
  • Historical View of All Plans
  • Ease of Collaboration of RFI’s and Submittals from Field
  • Notations Saved with Drawing
  • Helps Workmanship Inspection
  • Assists Contract Compliance
  • Use for As-Builts Verification
  • Allows Quick Decision-Making
  • Ease of Change Order Review

By using Draw-IT you take the pen and paper part out of design drawings and reduce costly mistakes and better control the entire process.

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