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The Risks of Relying on Old Building Drawings: ARC Highlights Key Concerns

Architectural Resource Consultants (ARC) Calls for Modern Documentation Practices to Combat Risks and Ensure Accuracy in Construction Projects

Each time we validate a space through our building documentation services, we’re not just recording details; we’re reducing risk.”

— John Russo

CALIFORNIA, USA, July 10, 2024 / — Architectural Resource Consultants (ARC), a pioneer in building documentation services, recently highlighted the significant risks associated with relying on outdated architectural drawings for construction and renovation projects. As an industry leader in advanced documentation techniques, ARC urges professionals across the building management spectrum—including architects, engineers, real estate developers, historical preservationists, urban planners, and relevant government bodies—to adopt contemporary documentation methods to safeguard accuracy and enhance safety.

Outdated building drawings often fail to reflect modifications and wear over time, leading to inaccuracies that can pose severe risks in construction. These risks include structural failures, unexpected costs, and potential damage to historical elements, which can undermine the integrity of both the project and the building itself.

To combat these issues, ARC employs state-of-the-art technologies such as photogrammetry, 3D laser scanning, and Historic Building Information Models (HBIM). These tools create precise, digital replicas of structures, offering an invaluable resource for any project requiring detailed architectural insight.

“Building documentation captures a snapshot in time, reflecting a structure’s condition at the moment of recording,” explained John Russo, President at Architectural Resource Consultants (ARC). “However, as time progresses, changes occur—sometimes subtly, other times significantly altering a building’s fabric. Relying on outdated drawings can be risky, akin to using an old map to navigate a rapidly changing city.”

The advantages of utilizing modern building documentation extend beyond risk mitigation. They include facilitating regulatory compliance, enhancing the efficiency of renovation processes, and enabling accurate restoration of historic properties. Furthermore, these precise measurements are essential for planning maintenance and operations, ultimately extending the structure’s lifespan.

“Each time we validate a space through our building documentation services, we’re not just recording details; we’re reducing risk,” said Russo “This process acts like an insurance policy, allowing stakeholders to make informed decisions based on accurate, reliable data. When assumptions are made on outdated or inaccurate information, the resulting decisions are fraught with risk.”

ARC’s commitment to excellence is further demonstrated by its adherence to the Level of Accuracy (LOA) standards set forth by the U.S. Institute of Building Documentation, ensuring that all projects meet rigorous quality benchmarks.

For more information about ARC, or to schedule a consultation, please visit

About ARC
Founded in 1997, ARC has established itself as a leader in building documentation, utilizing licensed architects and skilled technicians to serve clients across the United States and beyond. The company employs advanced technologies to ensure highly accurate as-built documentation. With a focus on accuracy and preservation, ARC supports its clients across a broad spectrum of projects, ensuring the highest standards of quality and safety.

Cole Pooler
Architectural Resource Consultants (ARC)
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