Category: CAD/BIM Production

The Evolution of Drafting 

The Evolution of Drafting – Blueprints to Modern Day CAD

From The Earliest Blueprints To Modern CAD

The evolution of drafting has come a long way since its traceable beginnings in 2000 BC. We have discovered fossils showing aerial plans for Babylonian castles, structures and other buildings dating back to thousands of years ago. In 1905 the first modern drafting table was patented, and while the technology and process of drafting have changed significantly, the principles and techniques have remained the same throughout the years. 

Modern CAD (Computer Aided Drawing) software was popularized in the 1960s for its ability to simplify the drafting process. Architects and designers appreciate CADs ability to create blueprints that are more detailed and editable. Digital technologies such as CAD allow architects to collaborate remotely and to make edits to plans in process much easier. 

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The Basics of BIM: Building Information Modeling Explained

What is BIM modeling?

Building Information Modeling has several definitions, but in the most simple terms, it is the process of creating and managing information for a constructed asset, whether it be a building, bridge, dam, or any of a wide range of structures.  It is a digital representation of the project’s functional properties and characteristics.  It is a comprehensive process for creating, managing, and using the entirety of the data about a specific project.  It provides the architect, designer, or builder with the ability to manage every component—physical properties, graphic look, and functional properties—that goes into a project.

BIM services involve the development of an advanced 3D model for a proposed project and includes all structural, architectural, and mechanical/electrical/plumbing components.

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What Is the Typical Cost to Outsource Drafting Services?

Outsourcing your architectural drafting services can increase your productivity by moving drafting and 3D modeling off your plate and enabling you to concentrate on the core tasks of construction and overall planning. If you’re thinking about doing so, you’re likely wondering how much do drafting services cost.

So, what is the typical cost to outsource drafting services? You can expect to pay $100-$130/hr. So, for an A0 drawing of a house that takes 8 hours to complete, for example, outsourcing drafting services could cost between $800-$1,040. However, the cost for drawings and graphs can vary depending on the services you need, the scope of your project, and your project deadlines.

Read further to learn more about our drafting services and why it may help your project by taking it “out of house.”

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