Drawings Policy

Policy on the issuing of electronic copies of architectural drawings, including notes on use and copyright.

  • The advantages of Computer Based Architectural Drawings.

    Hibbs & Walsh Associates Limited is a fully computerised architectural practice, and this has a number of advantages for our clients.
    The ability to share digital documents with other consultants, especially other designers, makes our work and theirs much more cost effective, and this benefit is reflected in our fees. Rather than spending time on the mundane task of printing paper copies of drawings, we can give more time to the design process and quickly explore a range of options.
    As architects we can receive and issue drawings in a wide range of electronic formats. The software we use is configured to ensure we can communicate effectively with other users.
    Most planning and Building Regulations applications are made digitally, saving the cost of printing paper copies.

  • Formats for Electronic Drawings

    There are two main drawing formats in which we can provide drawings.

  • Portable Document Format (PDF)

    PDF is a universal document format which allows documents to be shared between users of all computer platforms. Most computers already have a free PDF reader, so you or your clients can view the architectural drawings and documents exactly as they would have been produced if we had printed paper copies. You can also print the drawings out (and all high street print shops can print PDF files for you if you don’t have a printer yourself).
    The fixed content but ready accessibility of PDF files makes them an ideal way for developers to share documents with their purchasers, for example. As the architectural drawings are not editable they contain all the information the originator intended.
    It is important to note that providing a PDF copy of an architectural drawing or document does NOT imply the granting of a licence. Hibbs & Walsh Associates Limited retains copyright in the same way as with a printed version of a drawing. The architectural drawings must not be used without permission by any other person or for any other purpose than that specified.

  • DWG. DRW. and DXF. Files

    These are files in a format which allows professionals to share data between CAD (Computer Aided Design) software platforms. On most projects we can routinely share these files with the other consultants our clients are employing on the project. However, there may be a charge for this service, commensurate with the intellectual property access we are giving. This charge should be absorbed by the consultant who obtains the advantage of an instantly accessible set of data on the project.
    CAD files, unlike PDFs, are not easily accessible by those outside the design and building professions, and are not suitable for general use. The information can become altered slightly by transfer to another format and/or by transmission over the internet. Unlike PDF files, the drawings are not secure and can be edited by others with the right software. For this reason Hibbs & Walsh Associates Limited cannot be held responsible for the content of drawing in CAD format. It is important to note that providing a CAD copy of an architectural drawing or document does NOT imply the granting of a license. Hibbs & Walsh Associates Limited retains copyright in the same way as with any printed version. The drawings must not be used without permission by any other person or for any other purpose than that specified.
    CAD files issued by Hibbs & Walsh Associates Limited will routinely be sent with a screenshot PDF of the drawing to assist the user in translating the file. CAD files issued by Hibbs & Walsh Associates Limited will routinely contain the following disclaimer: This drawing has been produced for the client for the project on the site shown. It was prepared for a purpose agreed with the client and will have a commensurate degree of accuracy. It is not a record “as built”. This drawing is not intended for use by any other person or for any other purpose than that specified here. Hibbs & Walsh Associates Limited accept no liability whatsoever if this drawing is used by any other person or for any other purpose. This disclaimer is a condition of our insurers. Whilst CAD files are useful, they have disadvantages, and in most cases PDF files will be more suitable.