Shop Drawings

Shop drawings can help you avoid major errors.

How can we assist with your Shop Drawing requirements?

Design is one thing, but construction is another. The two however, should be seamless. Our Shop Drawings give those on site a clear, precise picture of the construction process. Surveyors, engineers, builders, trades and any others involved, can clearly see the process and task ahead. To guarantee high quality drawing and efficient project management we liaise with all parties to obtain the latest and relevant information. We will visit site to compare the information on paper to the practical environment. It helps all roles to work efficiently, save time and money.

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, this helps all roles to work efficiently, save time and money.

When should shop drawings be ready?

The shop drawings need to be ready prior to construction. Shop drawings should be in the first phase of your construction project. With the help of shop drawings, the building design, various installed components and their details can be seen. Additionally, the whole team including project managers, contractors, designers and manufacturers can refer to the shop drawings throughout the project. This creates a streamline plan to look back on to minimise mistakes.

What is the difference between Shop Drawings and Construction Drawings?

There is sometimes confusion between shop drawings and construction drawings, there is only a subtle factor to distinguish them from each other. Both are completed before the actual construction commences. The construction drawings include building design and various revisions, whereas shop drawings show how the building was originally designed, internally with MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) components. Therefore, shop drawings can be considered a step-by-step manual of the initial building construction process.

Shop drawings compliment construction drawings as a further detailed development. Using shop drawings, contractors are able to determine the materials required for the MEP components, the dimensions of the installations and timelines. Acting as a bridge to fill the gap between the contractor and contract documents.

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.

Reduce the risk!

With shop drawings, major errors can be avoided. Without the knowledge and information that shop drawings bring, components may be manufactured incorrectly, processes can be neglected, plans might be overlooked and building elements can collide.

Keep your project on track with the best quality shop drawings from Drafting Solutions. Our nation-wide experience ensures precision shop drawings for projects in Melbourne, Sydney and beyond.

For more information on shop drawings, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.