What is an As-Built Survey?
The Most Critical Part of your Remodel That You’ve Never Heard Of.
It happens all the time, even after 16+ years in business. Someone asks me “What do you do for work?”, and I tell them that PPM provides As-Built surveys to architects and other design and construction professionals. Unless I’m talking to someone in the industry, the next question is almost always “What is an As-Built survey?” Now I get a chance to once again practice the response that I have carefully refined over hundreds of conversations: “We measure the inside and outside of a building with very accurate lasers, and then create a drawing which shows the exact dimensions and layout of the building. That’s an As-Built survey.” At this point when I have finished this basic explanation, I have found there is an approximate 50/50 chance that the person will either want to ask more questions about the lasers, or change the subject.
“I Have These Old Drawings of my Building – Are They As-Builts?”
Most people have seen blueprints of a building at one time or another. A typical blueprint is a design drawing, which shows the intended or proposed layout of the building. An As-Built drawing, as the name suggests, shows the current layout of the building “as it was built”. As-Builts do not deal with the hypothetical but instead with the actual. This is a critical distinction, because a constructed building almost never corresponds exactly to the original design drawings. For this reason, when starting a new remodel project on a residential or commercial building, the architect will almost always create or commission an As-Built survey, rather than trying to rely on existing building plans. Discovering an error on the plans that can result in additional costs or delays to the project is just too big of a risk to take.
An As-Built By Any Other Name Is Still An As-Built
The architectural and construction industries are continuing to settle on the term “As-Built” to describe the process and the resulting plans that come from measuring an existing building. But at PPM we have found that there are still several different terms and spellings used when referring to As-Built drawings. These include:
- Site Survey
- Existing Conditions Drawings
- Record Drawings
- Measured Drawings
- Asbuilt (Asbuilt Drawings, Asbuilt Plans, Asbuilt Survey, etc..)
- As-Build or Asbuild (Drawings, Plans, Survey, etc…)
What Is An As-Built Survey? It’s What We Do!
16 years ago, I was probably one of those people that would have changed the subject if someone starting talking about As-Built surveys. Now, they are how I and the other 25 people here at PPM make our living. Helping our clients, and their clients, to have a Worry Free renovation experience using PPM’s As-Built plans is the Purpose that drives us each day. To me, the value of good As-Built drawings is self-evident: It’s why architects and other industry professionals keep calling PPM to help them get a great start on their remodel projects.
Give us a call today if you are interested in A Better Plan for your As-Builts.