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August 12, 2019

What is the Difference Between 2D & 3D Construction Drawings?

estimating_4-1Having accurate construction drawings is an essential part of effective estimating. Most companies rely on either 2D or 3D construction drawings, but what are the differences and when should you use each type?

Let’s take a closer look at distinctions between 2D and 3D construction drawings and the benefits associated with each.

What Are 2D Construction Drawings?

2D construction drawings are also known as PDF drawings. They are created using black ink on white paper, often by drawing horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines to create a 3D look, but the image itself remains flat.

By using software to create 2D construction drawings, companies can easily make corrections when they find errors in the sketches rather than having to start from scratch each time when drawn by hand.

The biggest downside to using traditional 2D paper drawings is that these do not contain intelligent information. That is, they exist on paper rather than in a digital format, and they are limited to whatever is on paper.

What Are 3D Construction Drawings?

As the name implies, 3D construction drawings are computer generated images that give clients and construction companies a better idea of what a project will look like in real life. Designs come to life and can have a positive impact on marketing and project approvals. They look more professional and modern than their 2D counterparts. In short, they are fully rendered versions of what a project will look like when it’s finished.

Similarities of 2D and 3D Construction Drawings

Because 2D and 3D construction drawings remain in digital format, you can easily send them to clients or other parties for review. You can edit them simply and swiftly rather than starting from scratch. And, you can organize and color code specific layers or features to strengthen your presentation. If you wanted to create a few different mockups of the same project, you can save and edit multiple copies rather than having to create each one by hand.

Best of all, by using 2D and 3D modeling software, you can let the program handle all your measurements giving you the most accurate measurements.

You don’t need paper plans and all the required gear when you’re able to produce digital copies of 2D and 3D drawings. You can perform all your takeoffs within the software to save you time, resources, and more than a few headaches.

Getting the Best of Both 2D and 3D Construction Drawings in a Single Solution

Though many companies are beginning to incorporate 3D modeling in their construction drawing, 2D drawings are still far from obsolete.

Sage Estimating gives you the best of both 2D and 3D construction drawings in eTakeoff, a powerful electronic quantity takeoff software. This software was designed to improve estimating productivity as you transition from takeoff to building your estimate.

Take a free tour of eTakeoff and the 2D and 3D construction drawing features to see how you can make your bids stronger and more profitable.

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