Measured Drawings | Project Summary 12

Measured drawings of multistory buildings and residential spaces are something that I create often. In this post, which I’m publishing as another in my series of project summary posts, I’ll discuss a project of this nature.

Project Background

An NYC Architect, who in the past I did an existing site survey for, contacted me to request an existing site survey of a residential apartment located in a building on the Upper East Side (UES) of Manhattan. An “existing site survey” is another term for “measured drawings”.

He wanted the measured drawings to include:

  • Floor plans.
  • Door widths/heights (to face of jamb).
  • Window widths/heights (to face of jamb), sill height, exterior wall thicknesses.
  • Ceiling heights.
  • Bath fixture locations and sizes, centerlines to sink/toilet/tub/shower plumbing.
  • Radiator locations, radiator sizes, riser locations.
  • Electrical panel locations, size/height.
  • Plumbing/steam riser locations if exposed.
  • A reflected ceiling plan with ceiling beam dimensions/locations.

As I mentioned, I had done work for this Architect before, so I pretty much knew exactly what he wanted. Therefore I submitted a proposal to him, he approved it, and I scheduled a day to access the apartment.

Project Summary
Item Description
Type and Location: A residential apartment located in New York City, NY.
Client: Architect
Scope of Work: Create a measured floor plan and reflected ceiling.
Floor Plan Area: 1,748 sq.ft.
Was the space occupied with tenants?: No.
Access Restrictions: No. Someone met me onsite and unlocked the vacant apartment for me. At the end of the day I merely pulled the door closed behind me when I left, and then as I left the building I let the doorman know that I was finished in the apartment.
Field Setup and Breakdown Time: This time is lumped into my field time. For a project like this it typically only takes me about ten minutes to setup, and then 10 minutes to pack-up at the end of the day.
Field Measuring Time: 11.55 hours
CAD Drafting Time: 9.25 hours
Total Travel Time: I made two visits to the site, each of which took 2.00 hours round trip. Therefore 4.00 hours was my total travel time.
Misc. Time: Approximately 1.00 hour of project coordination.
Crew Size: 1 man
Field Equipment Used: Hand held laser, tape measure, point-and-shoot camera, pens, pencils, eraser, paper and foam board.
Comments: This was a fairly reasonable space to measure and draft. The layout was not complicated, nor dense.
Total Time Spent on Project: 25.80 hours

A project sample of floor plan measured drawings.

A project sample of floor plan measured drawings.


A project sample of reflected ceiling plan measured drawings.

A project sample of reflected ceiling plan measured drawings.



That’s all for this project summary post. Please check back in the future for more such posts!


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2 Responses to Measured Drawings | Project Summary 12

  1. Dunn says:

    Thanks, Brian, I find these Project Summaries very interesting. Breaking down the hours seems like a good idea. This would avoid turning in 25 hours and having a general contractor or other business saying for example, “This looks like about 10 hours drafting,” and not figuring in the measuring, driving, or misc. (From personal experience!)

    I know you don’t post all the dimensions, but from what you have here, I notice two things…

    It seems unusual to me to see 8′-11.5″ — I would use 8′-11 1/2″. Perhaps it’s an east coast / west coast thing.

    Some of the text in your dims of your pdf are in a heavy lineweight. I had this problem and it drove me crazy. I found one cause was if I created the text/dim on a layer with a heavier lineweight and then moved it to the dimension layer. AutoCAD seemed to keep the lineweight from the creation layer. I don’t think that was the only cause though. I cured it by printing my PDFs through a free program called CutePDF (http : // cutepdf .com). All PDFs then printed without the problem and with much smoother text too. I used it for ACAD 2008 and 2010 — I recently upgraded to ACAD 2015 and it prints fine for me without that program.

    • admin says:

      Anytime Dunn. I used to do these posts regularly, but over the years switched to doing short videos.

      Yes, the line weights in the PDFs did not come out well. I don’t know what print driver I was using when I wrote the post. I have tried cute, thanks for the tip anyway. I actually find the native DWG to PDF driver to be the best with my version of 2012.

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