How does this work?

How does this work?

Well, depends upon what you need. For conversions we will need the original you wish to be changed into a dwg.

This can be of the following formats: pdf, bmp, png, jpg, gif, tif or even a hard copy mailed to us (as long as it's legible).

If pdf, this is a quick process for simple soft conversion. If you wish items to be layer appropriate, send us a layer list you require and expect the drawing to take a couple hours to complete (depending of course on how busy we are). The harder the conversion, the more lines and thus the more time it takes to do a proper clean-up.

If an image file or hard copy, this will take longer for it will be an in-depth hand drawn conversion. The amount of time will depend upon the amount of information on the drawing. It can be as quick as 30 min or longer to taking several hours or even several days. This can only be determined by actually seeing what you need redrawn and the depth of detail required.

Turn around for these can be as quick as less than an hour to a week depending.

Stages of Conversions

Stage 1

You contact us and explain what you need us to convert. This is where you explain how detailed you want it to be in the end. What you are looking for in an end product and what you have to work with. You would send us over the original scan or pdf or image file you have that you want converted.

Stage 2

We send you our quote and an estimated time of completion. We will tell you how much it will cost in total, how many hours (or partial hour) we estimate it will take us to complete, and the estimated date of delivery to you of the finished product within our schedule. This means you will be guaranteed the delivery by that date or earlier!

Stage 3

If you are happy with the quote, you send us a signed contract with a good-faith 25% deposit for the start up of the work. You only pay the remaining balance upon completion of the conversion and receipt of the documents.

Stage 4

We do the necessary conversions, clean ups, detailing, redrawing, etc.

Stage 5

We send you the final converted document(s) for your use and you send us the remaining balance.

Drafting Process

For drawings like architectural plans, building services, or manufacturing drawings where we will be going by your hand sketched design and not a previously drafted document:

We will need to know the scope of works you require along with the project benchmark timeline (date of construction and date of completion at minimum). This will determine how many drawings you require that we will need to create along with any specific standards. For example, layer names - some companies have a standard layer list of names that they need followed in lieu of the industry standards. Also, we will want to know if there are any special details you require.

  • Do you want an isometric riser diagram?
  • Do you wish to have a rendered 3D model detail of the gear you wish to produce?
  • Do you need to show how the pipework will not clash with the structural steel?
  • Do you wish to have an interior elevation of how the kitchen will look once completed?

Once we have that, we will give you a quote for services with a schedule of works to be completed. The quote can be done either by an hourly rate or by a full quoted sum depending upon the size of the project. Smaller projects tend to be by the hour. If the project is quoted at hourly rates, we will include an estimate of hours. Our schedule of works will tell you when to expect your drawings in five stages. If you approve our quote, simply sign the contract and send it back to us with a 25% start-up deposit. Payment will be done in stages to coincide with the work so you aren't hit with a large sum at start or at finish. We also feel that as our clients, you would want to pay for what you get. So 25% to start, 25% at the 50% complete stage, 25% at the 75% complete stage and final 25% when 100% completed. All additional works outside the scope of initial contract will be billed at an hourly rate. This way, you only pay for what you get with no hidden fees or charges. We will detail this in our initial quote for you to approve prior to beginning work.

Stages of Drafting

Stage 1

Preliminary Drafting Stage. So, you've signed the contract with us and sent us 25% of the quote. We turn on the fires and start working for you! We draft a complete set of drawings per your scope of works and any information at the start that you send us. Word of advice, it is better to send us too much information than not enough. We believe that our clients would prefer us to get on with the job than waste precious time emailing or calling back and forth risking missing you due to holidays, meetings or illnesses for bits of information that is already answered. This can delay the timeline for delivery. So the more you send the less time we waste. If we have to, we will contact you for any clarifications to ensure that we get what you need completed accurately should the need arise (such as "Is that an 'S' or a '5' on your wall section?". After we complete the initial drafting, we move to the next stage.

Stage 2

Review Stage. We shall send you a complete set of pdfs for you to review/comment/make adjustments. Once you finish reviewing, send them back to us with your mark-ups of what you wish changed and we will update the drawings. After we make the changes, we will send pdfs again for your sign-off review. Once the drawings are to your satisfaction, you will sign off on the drawings and we advance to the next stage. The amount of time required at this stage will primarily depend upon how quick a turnaround for review.

Stage 3

Construction Drafting Stage. We will update the drawings to construction status and send them to you in both pdf and dwg formats for your records/use. This shouldn't take long at all to complete and typically is a turnaround of the same day (meaning you get the construction documents same day you sign off on the final review set).

Stage 4

Post Construction Stage. During construction, you may need to send us red-lined marked up changed showing any variances or changes that has occurred on site. Some clients require this stage, some choose to skip it and move to the final stage. If required, we will update the drawings as necessary for each construction phase on a need-only hourly basis. After each status change, we will send you a pdf and dwg file for your records and use.

Stage 5

As Fitted/As Built/As Installed. Upon final completion, you send us your final red-lined marked up drawings showing precisely what was built. We will incorporate the changes and issue a final As Fitted/As Built/As Installed (term to be defined by you) set of drawings in both pdf and dwg format for your records/use.

Turn around for these are dependent upon project complexity and we cannot give a generic estimate for it.