Frequently Asked Questions

We invite you to find out more about Drafting Solutions and our work. Click on our most frequently asked questions below, and if you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
What is BIM Design?

Building Information Modelling, or BIM, is an emerging technology that gives advanced capacity to create 3D models using the most comprehensive data available. The data through a BIM design is a valuable asset when planning and executing a construction project – ensuring that it runs efficiently and with smooth collaboration on site. Drafting Solutions is one of the leaders in BIM design in Australia, allowing us to harness the power of this new technology to achieve the best outcomes for projects across Australia.

What are Shop Drawings?

Upon completion of the modelling process, Drafting Solutions provide a set of shop drawings, which contain vital information and can be submitted to clients / engineers prior to installation for their review & approval. 

These shop drawings also contain critical information for the installation of the service, including sizes, dimensions, setouts etc… 

Shop Drawings are tailored to fit each client and trade. 

What is the difference between ‘as built’ drawings and shop drawings?

As-built drawings are made after the building has been constructed; they can also be referred to as the completion documents. As-built drawings reflect the actual structure or the build not as it was initially planned, but actually how it stands completed. Most final structures may vary somewhat or drastically than the initial plan, this will all be reflected in as-built drawings.

After the building has been constructed, the as-built drawings can then be referenced as shop drawings as they have in-depth information about the whole structure. As-built drawings assist with the final certification of a project. In conjunction, the as-built drawings are critical for undertaking any repair or renovation works in and around the building.

What is the difference between design drawings and shop drawings?

Shop drawings and design drawings both form integral parts of a construction project. Although the two are key building blocks of a successful project, they have different functions.

Design drawings are produced at the design phase of the project. They bring together the vision of the client and the designer, with input from engineers, architects and other contractors. Design drawings incorporate floor plans, site plans, 3D renderings, elevations, aesthetic features and more.

Shop drawings are more detailed plans that can be used during the fabrication stage of the project. They are translated from the design drawings before construction commences. Shop drawings will include in-depth information on dimensions, connections, materials, and much more.

While design drawings have a broader function, shop drawings must be precise and accurate to ensure effective assembly and installation. 

What is the difference between construction drawings and shop drawings?

There are a number of important drawings that are created as part of a construction project. Each has their distinct function.

Construction drawings, otherwise known as working drawings, track every evolution of the design of the project from start to finish. These drawings plot the architectural elements prior to construction, including all revisions. Construction drawings are therefore essential to ensure effective communication between designers and contractors as the project progresses prior to the fabrication stage. 

On the other hand, shop drawings refer to the original designs that provide an accurate and detailed picture of how components are to be fabricated, assembled and installed. This includes materials, dimensions, elevations and more. Shop drawings contain a greater level of detail than construction drawings.

What is Mechanical Drawing?

Mechanical drawing is the process of drafting mechanical or architectural structures with the aid of precision instruments or computer software. A scale drawing is created to represent the dimensions of these structures. Drafting Solutions provides a superior mechanical drawing service Australia wide. Let our experience in mechanical drawing benefit your project.

What is Mechanical Drafting?

Mechanical drafting utilises computer-aided design (CAD) software to prepare technical drawings. Drawings can then be used as blueprints for the execution of architectural, engineering and manufacturing projects. Mechanical drafting is one of the major areas of expertise at Drafting Solutions. We offer 3D modelling and BIM modelling services, as well as service coordination for your project.

What are Technical Drawings?

Technical drawings are the visual communication of how something is constructed or how it functions. Technical drawings are rendered to scale and can be created as two- or three-dimensional representations. Drafting Solutions excels in providing technical drawings for the building and construction industry. Our comprehensive technical drawing services help to streamline building and installation for a wide range of projects.

How long has Drafting Solutions been in business?

Drafting Solutions was established by Clinton Packham back in 2010 after he identified a gap in the market with a lack of drafters servicing the plumbing, electrical and air-conditioning sectors. We now consult on projects Australia wide and pride ourselves on bringing clients together with architects, engineers, builders and all trades to facilitate a great outcome for a wide range of projects.

What does Drafting Solutions specialise in?

Drafting Solutions is a South Australian based 3D Modelling and CAD Drafting coordination specialist organisation providing services to the building and construction industry throughout Australia.

Drafting Solutions is your solution to a clear, streamlined service coordinated installation. We offer a number of services including 3D modelling and BIM modelling, service coordination to streamline your build and mechanical and technical drawings.

Drafting Solutions is also a leader in providing shop drawings Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Australia-wide. Contact us today to see how you can outsource shop drawings and outsource CAD drafting services. 

Does Drafting Solutions consult nationwide or only in Adelaide?

Drafting Solutions works with clients from all over Australia. Our team of highly dedicated and experienced professionals are committed to providing excellent service to our clients whether they be based in Adelaide or from anywhere in Australia.

View the Project Map here to see the range of locations where we have provided our services.

One project where we provided Drafting services in NSW is the Clarence Correctional Facility. We assisted with the detailing of the security systems within the facility, including the buildings as well as the site. Drafting Solutions also provided an onsite drafter to ensure the project ran smoothly.

Why outsource CAD drafting services?

At Drafting Solutions our experienced team is committed to producing quality work to agreed deadlines. We collaborate and consult with you throughout the entire CAD drafting process.

The benefits of outsourcing CAD drafting services with Drafting Solutions include:

  • transparent communication with our team
  • extensive knowledge and practical experience with CAD drafting services
  • strong attention to detail
  • ability to listen to client’s concerns and problem solve
  • access to dedicated software like Revit Navisworks to produce 3D models.
Why outsource shop drawings?

At Drafting Solutions our experienced team is committed to producing quality work to agreed deadlines. We collaborate with you and keep you in the loop throughout the entire shop drawing process.

The benefits of outsourcing shop drawings with Drafting Solutions include:

  • transparent communication with our team
  • extensive knowledge and practical experience with shop drawings
  • strong attention to detail
  • ability to listen to clients concerns and problem solve
  • shop drawings are produced using specialist software.
Why is it important to have effective services coordination?

In any construction project, there are a number of services that must be delivered in order to complete the project. These may be delivered by any number of individual contractors or suppliers. Effective management of these interdependent functions is fundamental to the success of every construction project. This is known as services coordination.

The aim of services coordination is to reduce conflicts and delays, and to facilitate a seamless process that allows the project to be completed on budget, on time and to the highest standard of quality.

Successful services coordination begins at the design stage, in order to understand and coordinate the interdependencies between trades and processes. It also involves hands-on intervention to ensure adherence to the agreed approach at every stage, and to address issues as they arise.