Documentation of Existing Facade Condtions in the Field
A Comparison of Two Methods
(The following is an excerpt from a presentation made by Kent Diebolt at
the American Institute of Architects' National Convention in San Diego,
CA in May, 2003).
Starting in 1997, Vertical Access began incorporating hand-written field
notes into AutoCAD attribute tags or data blocks. These attribute tags
are database records contained in the CAD file that appear as graphics
on the drawing but, as distinguished from mere notes on paper, may be
exported to a spreadsheet for sorting, tallying and for use as variables
in estimating equations. At that time, this was a two-step process:
First, one would take notes on paper in the field and then enter the
notes as attribute tags in AutoCAD in the office while re-drafting the
final graphical portion of the project deliverables.