Architectural Measured Drawings of Existing Conditions
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As-built Drawings
Line drawings that follow standard drafting conventions to portray in two dimensions a three dimensional structure after completion of construction to show the comparability of the finished project with the proposed plan, incorporating changes that were made during construction.

Measured Drawings
Line drawings that follow standard drafting conventions to portray in two dimensions a three dimensional structure at any time of documentation, showing any accretions, alterations, and deletions having taken place up to that point in time.


Asbuilt Surveyor Suite
Asbuilt Service' patented RODS™ Technology (a system for creating laser floor plans and measured drawings) inputs Bluetooth wireless measurements directly into a 3D database. This makes it possible to quickly collect accurate architectural data and to verify these measurements onsite.  Our Windows compatible Asbuilt Surveyor™ software then automatically translates the field measurements with push button DataDraw™ into CAD drawings.  This software bundle is more commonly know as the Asbuilt Surveyor Suite.

Bosch Electronic Protractor
A versatile measuring tool used to measure angles which includes a digital readout and a level for accurate measurements.

Leica Point-to-Point Laser
A highly accurate laser measuring device which transmits information wirelessly with Bluetooth technology.


BOMA is an acronym for Building Owners and Managers Association. This group has established widely accepted methods of establishing rentable and usable square footage in buildings.  BOMA reports are typically used to assign communal building areas to individual leases in a fair and legal way.

Electrical & Lighting Plan
Plan view drawings that depict the location of all switches, fixtures, and controls for electrical distribution along with all lighting fixtures.

Element Details
Drawings which zoom in to annotate and dimension specific client identified areas in plan view, elevation view or structural areas.

Equipment Plan
Plan view drawings which show boilers, furnaces, pumps, valves, control systems, compressors, etc; however, an equipment plan can be easily modified to show any details determined necessary.

Exterior Elevations
Orthographic drawings of the front, sides, or rear face of a building which shows the design, materials, dimensions, and final appearance of the exterior of a building.

Finish Schedule
A list of the rooms in a building and their corresponding finishes typically identified in a plan view drawing and reported in a schedule.  The finish schedule typically includes interior walls, trim, casing, base, flooring, ceiling and moulding finishes.

Fire Protection Plan
A plan view drawing which shows where all exit signs, sprinkler heads, and system equipment is located.  This drawings definition may be extended to include all sprinkler feed pipes and valves.

Foundation Plan
Plan drawings that represent a section-cut through the foundation just below the top of the foundation showing sills, columns, piers, posts and girders, with size and frequency annotated.

Floor Plans
Top view diagrams of a building level (or part thereof) showing all interior and exterior walls and partitions, including items permanently attached, which would be evidenced by a horizontal section at approximately 4’ from the finished floor. The amount shown in a floor plan is determined by the level of detail required for whatever purpose the floor plans were created, varying from the most basic only showing walls and openings, to those locating everything form kitchen cabinets to HVAC registers and overhead beams.

HABS/HAER Drawings
(Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record)

Accurate, detailed, and scaled drawings that portray and interpret the significant features of the recorded structure on a standardized format of archival stability: namely, either 19” by 24” or 24” by 36” 4 mil polyester film, referred to as Mylar (Vellum is commonly used), that has a performance standard of 500 years.  Measured Drawings and field documentation by Asbuilt Services meet or exceed HABS/HAER specifications.

Interior Elevations
A detailed wall view drawing showing the wall with windows, doors, trim detail, and all built-in elements, such as fireplaces, bookcases, cabinetry, etc.

Landscape Survey
A plan, prepared to scale, of all structures, key surfaces and major landscaping elements relative to each other. Also, the power drop, exposed utilities, and roof plans for reference only. Our landscape surveys do not include topography elevation lines or property lines. This is not a Land Survey. These drawings are to be used for landscaping planning only.

Mechanical Plan
Plan view drawings which detail the visible elements in an HVAC system, including equipment, ducting and venting.  Asbuilt Services’ Basic Mechanical Plans show only equipment and registers, but our Detailed Mechanical Plans include all visible ducting.

MEP is an acronym for Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Plan, MEP Plans are plan view drawings that depict the location of all switches, fixtures, and controls for electrical distribution along with all lighting fixtures, detail the visible elements in an HVAC system, including equipment, ducting and venting, and  represent plumbing supply and waste lines, fixtures, and valves.

Plumbing Plan
A plumbing plan is a drawing that represents plumbing supply and waste lines, fixtures, and valves in plan view.

Reflected Ceiling Plan
Plan view drawings which show all elements attached to the ceiling evidenced by a horizontal section at approximately 1” from the finished ceiling looking upward.

Roof Framing Plan
A plan view from above the building ignoring all roofing materials and showing the sizes and spacing of major roof framing members including plate, ridge, rafters, posts, purlins, etc… with details annotated.

Roof Plan
A plan view from above the building showing the roof outline with valleys, ridges, hips, slope, drainage, parapet walls, chimneys, major vents, skylights, penetrations and equipment shown.

Sash and Door Schedule/ Finish Schedule
A list of all of the differing sashes, windows and door in a building including type, height, width, material, quantity and notes.  Typically identified in plan view and reported in tabular form.

Horizontal view diagrams showing vertical cuts through a building, either longitudinal (Long) or transverse (Cross) which reveal the internal construction of a building within the same outline as the elevation view, showing only those structural elements actually bisected, along with major penetrations such as windows and doors for location.  


Paper is a high quality, durable writing paper with a weight greater that 50 g/m² similar to common printing paper and easy to write on.

Digital Photo Report
Digital photos of the site or structure, delivered via printed and/or digital media.

Vellum is a thin cotton paper that is somewhat opaque when it is held off a surface and becomes translucent when you set it against a surface, commonly used in drafting for ease of reproduction.


CAC (Certified Asbestos Consultant)
State Certified Consultant who is familiar with the proper handling and identification of dangerous asbestos conditions.

HABS/HAER (Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record)
HABS/HAER is an integral component of the federal government's commitment to historic preservation. The program documents important architectural, engineering and industrial sites throughout the United States and its territories.  A complete set of HABS/HAER documentation, consisting of measured drawings, large-format photographs, and written history, plays a key role in accomplishing the mission of creating an archive of American architecture and engineering and in better understanding what historic resources tell us about America's diverse ethnic and cultural heritage.

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
A federal organization whose purpose is to save lives, prevent injuries, and protect the health of the workers of America. OSHA's mission is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.

PCM analysis method (Phase Contrast Microscopy)
A method sanctioned by OSHA for determining the airborne asbestos particles in a workplace. The results are then used to determine the health risks associated with the airborne asbestos. One shortcoming of this analytical method is the inability of the test to differentiate between asbestos and non-asbestos particles.