Because as-built drawings reflect the final version of the project deliverables, they take time to develop. But since they are at the end of the project, there is often a temptation to begin developing such drawings before the total effort is com-plete—and that's not an unreasonable or inappropriate temptation. The key, however, is to accept the level of rework that will invariably be associated with initiating the work early.

A similar problem occurs when trying to build new as-built drawings, using the old version as the primary reference. A classic episode occurred at one U.S. Pentagon project where the team went to a set of as-built drawings in the 1990s and found that they had not been updated since shortly after World War II. As a result, many of the references in the drawings were completely out of date, and a significant level of effort was invested in retracing what should have been updated with every modification over the years.

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Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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