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One of the nice things about working as a Design- Builder is it is easy to get changes out to the subcontractors. Getting the changes out to the field is another thing. I typically send the change to my Construction Project Manager and my Construction Superintendent. My PM sends the change to the Subcontractor who is supposed to send the change to his team in the field. My Superintendent lets the workers in the field know that the change is at their office. Too many times, that change never gets to the workers in the field.
I have heard of other ways to highlight changes such as printing on colored paper, printing with colored binding edge, printing with a bold, colored cloud.
All of these sound like good options, but with most directions being sent digitally, the change does not make it into the field that way.
Unfortunately, it gets down to the last step in any delegation process: "follow up regularly". I now try to make it a point to check everyone's drawings in the field; when I can; and emphasize to my Superintendent to check the Subs drawings also.
Mike Clark, AIA
H&H Design-Build, INC.
135 W. Market St.
New Albany, IN 47150
Having moved over to the Owner side of our profession I amazed at how often revised drawings are issued without updating the revisions title block inclusive of the delta change designation let alone a adding a revision date. Providing a change bubble only with no other identification becomes a hugely frustrating task of keeping changes in the proper sequence of issuance. Although I really like the idea of also including the cover sheet and index identifying sheet revisions, I think that simply making certain that delta identifiers with corresponding dates are included in each issuance would go a long way.
Paul A. Krutulis, ALA, NCARB, ASHE, RSNA
Architect, Office of Facilities Project Management
UIC Facilities Management
Room 125 PPB (MC 270), 1140 South Morgan, Chicago, IL 60607-7143