A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that early in my career I was a detailer. Well, before that, I was a draftsman. I spent hours and hours drawing elevations and details of aluminum storefront, first by hand and then using a CAD program. When I started doing shop drawings for hollow metal frames, I had a library of elevations drawn on 8 1/2 x 11 sheets, that I would photocopy and add the dimensions to. When I visited that distributor years later, my file cabinet of elevation sheets was still in use.
Someone asked me last week about software for creating shop drawings and drawing elevations and details. It’s been a really long time since I’ve done submittals, so I told him that I’d ask the experts – YOU! If you’re a distributor, what tools are you using to communicate this information to architects? If you’re an architect, how do you like to receive this information? What’s working (or what’s not)?