For this week’s Fun Fact Friday, we will focus on one of the more technical aspects of engineering: drafting. Encorus Drafter Doug Acquard gave us some information about what drafting is and why it is important.

Drafting, also known as technical drawing, is the creation of accurate representations of objects, systems, or building structures for technical, architectural, or engineering purposes. Someone who is skilled in drafting is called a drafter, draftsman or draftsperson.

In drafting, objects are drawn to scale, and usually comprised of multiple views of the object or structure. They can be very detailed, and are often used for the construction or assembly of an object. For drafting systems, different colored lines represent a specific discipline, such as electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and structural. Though the lines are shown on architectural plans, they do not accurately represent to final product, but more as a guide for the contractor to utilize.

One might ask “why is this important, can’t I just tell a contractor what to do?” Without drafting, there would be no way to convey the same message to multiple bidders for a project, or accurately maintain a set budget. Drafting helps keep everything organized and projects on schedule.

Encorus Group has multiple experienced drafters on staff. If you require drafting services, please contact Drafting Manager Shannon Vrenna at svrenna@encorus.com or (716) 592-3980 ext. 134.