What is building information modelling (BIM)?

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 completing the modelling process, Drafting Solutions provide a set of shop drawings containing vital information. They can be submitted to clients/engineers before installation for their review and approval.


These shop drawings also contain critical information for the installation of the service, including sizes, dimensions, setouts and more.


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 building services or the build not as it was initially planned, but actually how it stands completed. Most final building services may vary somewhat or drastically from the initial plan. This will all be reflected in as built drawings.


As built drawings assist with the final certification of a project. In conjunction, the as built drawings are critical for any repair or renovation work 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.

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 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 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 our projects here to see the range of locations where we have provided our services.

Why outsource 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?

Several services must be delivered to complete any construction project. Any number of individual contractors or suppliers may provide these. 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 quality standard.


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