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  1. Looking for some suggestions/ideas for showing what has been changed in a "live" as-built drawing so it is easier to QC the change and easier for construction to identify and construct per the new design. Currently: Asbuilt system maps of a telecommunications system are in continual flux of build/change. When new design is proposed, the system map is edited, white construction cloud notes are added with instructions, change circles in the color white (recently changed from the color green) are added and white leader lines from the cloud note to the circles are placed. Cloud Notes ALWAYS include the project job #. 1. Not all designers are clear in their cloud notes. 2. Not all designers are circling ALL NEW equipment/cables, but maybe only the CHANGED from the existing. 3. Cloud Notes are placed in very busy maps making them difficult to read, not necessarily near the change. 4. Some changes in addition to the project area can be thousands of feet away in a different part of the map, making finding the Construction Cloud Notes more difficult. *These notes currently remain in the asbuilt until they too are "as-built" edited so the notes, leaders, circles can be removed and since they are many times placed on top of other areas of information (addresses/streets/equipment), the cloud notes cannot have a wipeout behind)...or can they? If the as-builts are all DWFs with layers and the users can view the notes & freeze to see what's behind? Hmm... Suggested change that was recently implemented: After design, for the Project Drawing ONLY...ALL layers are changed to color white, then the designer picks the individual pieces of cable and equipment that are NEW or CHANGED and change those only to the color RED - including the Construction Cloud Notes, leader lines, and change circles. Problems: Some Design QCers are color-blind making the RED & BLACK very difficult for them to view; Some QCers simply find the color scheme contrast too difficult to view; any Visual QC has potential to miss wrongly drafted equipment (e.g. equipment that should be color green if chosen correctly, but red if incorrectly - since all colors are RED there's no way to determine if the equipment was chosen correctly without accessing the CAD file); QCers get trained to only QC by the color RED and if the designer failed to change ALL equipment to RED, it may be missed. However, not all QCers have a problem with the colors and many of the Construction Techs like the "pop" the RED & BLACK project maps provide - hoping to eliminate missed changes in another area of the map that didn't stand out. Maybe the current way of doing things is not broken but needs fine tuning? Definitely the Black & X color project drawing is going to be an issue for those QCers who are color-blind and/or those who have contrast sensitivity. I, and several others, are working to provide alternatives, suggestions, ideas and I wondered how others may be depicting changes to drawings. Thank you for any feedback/suggestions the forum may have.
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