Technology has brought about a lot of change in construction. However, when it comes to managing construction documents, paper methods are still the norm.

The industry remains driven by drawings, and there haven’t been many advancements in how all that information is managed, despite huge technology leaps in other aspects of construction (e.g., BIM).

One stumbling block for the industry is the litigious nature of construction projects, often characterized by a complex web of players. Contracts are king and documentation is the key to building what has been agreed upon. Sheets, not models, remain the legal document of record. And those thousands upon thousands of sheets are formed and re-formed as projects progress.

via: Peter Billante, Construction Executive