Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Women in Architecture: Measured Drawing

For the past couple of days, Project C, School M and School K have been moving very slowly.  They are either waiting for the client's approval on a design or waiting on the contractors to bid them at a later date.  In the meantime, I have started a new project, Project F.  For Project F, we are documenting the existing building/site and creating measured drawings.  What are measured drawings?

According to AIA.org:
"Measured drawings are prepared in the process of measuring a building for future renovation or as historic documentation. They are created from on-site measurements."
These type of drawings are usually created when the original drawings are unavailable.  Project F is a three story building that has been abandoned for five years.  You can imagine what type of conditions it is in now, but as a future Architect, I make it work.  This is my fifth project that I had to measure, and the second worst condition.  My first one had cats inside and outside the building, asbestos and people living inside the building.  After that project, I think I can tackle anything, lol.

On Friday, my boss and I prepared for our 4 hour journey inside this building.  Because we were told people like to sneak inside the building, we started on the exterior.  My boss invested in a laser to measure everything and it was AWESOME!  Everything went by so fast and the numbers that the laser gave us was accurate and prevented mishaps (like the measuring tape falling on my head trying to measure a 10' door). 

After we got back to the office, I put the information into our 3D Modeling Software - Revit.  So far the exterior is complete, but we have to go back to the site tomorrow to finish the rest of the interior.

To continue with Wednesday's theme but with just photos, I am linking up with Alex @ Good Girl Gone Wife for Wordless Wednesday...on a Tuesday to show you my favorite details:

Hail Storm and Tornado warning on Monday, so no site visit for us.  I had to drive home in the middle of this.  Thank God I'm safe!
Dentils and Pilasters:
Trying to sketch out the details before I modeled it.


  1. huge hail!!!

    I have a WW if you want to join in...

    1. Yes it was! My husband said it was even larger than this before it melted.

      I joined, thanks for inviting me and I'm glad your day got a lot better. :-)

  2. It's been a long time since I've seen hail (though I imagine it's much more rare down in Atlanta, lol). One time it hailed really big hail, and after, we went out with buckets, collected it, and kept it in the freezer.

    Thanks for linking up :)

    1. I think this is the first time I've seen it in Atlanta. I saw it more when I lived in Virginia. When I was a kid, my neighbors and I did the same thing!

      And no problem! :-)


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