Electronic Plan Review for Modular Construction
Plan Review is the process of examining a buildingâs design to assure compliance with applicable codes, and approving the plan for construction. Thatâs a simple definition for a complex procedure.
It needs to be streamlined and made more efficient to meet the needs of todayâs world. The answer is electronic plan review.
|The online (electronic) plan review process is still new. Currently different states have different requirements, and many states are looking for assistance. NOW is the time to get together and develop standards and procedures that provide the security and convenience the industry and state agencies require.|
PFS Corporation recommends the âcommon senseâ? approach of using readily available âoff the shelfâ? non-proprietary industry standard products and the Internet, i.e., Adobe Acrobat format files and E-mail. Acrobat files are easy to create and can be read by any computer platform , and Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from the Internet free.
The security measures that have been enhanced with Acrobat 6.0 give the electronic documents as much security and authentication as the traditional âwet sealedâ? or embossed documents of the past.
|The benefits of using this common sense approach are numerous:|
The method from concept to final approval â
|The third party agent reviews the digitally sealed document for code compliance. If the design meets applicable codes, the plan reviewer affixes the agencyâs approval stamp and digital signature in the signature box provided, and e-mails the document to the appropriate regulatory agency. The regulatory agency follows its own review requirements. With confidence that the documents have not been altered since the original engineering seal was affixed, the regulator can now add the regulatory agencyâs own approval stamp in the signature box, or notify the manufacturer of approval.|
This efficient method is currently being provided successfully to the manufactured housing industry by PFS. Several modular producers are using electronic plan review as well, giving them the market advantage of achieving speedier and more efficient plan approvals.
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For more information you may contact Dennis Newman at 608.224.5548 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org and request a copy of white paper, Securing the Engineering Workflow for Third Party Review.