Brianna so kindly reminded me that I’ve already done a blog about redlines, but I’ve transitioned from the person receiving the redlines to the person creating the redlines. Let me tell you – it’s a whole new world y’all!
Since Scott basically taught me how to redline, I create my own similar to his. Red, then, is for the overall corrections to be made. Blue is for general notes made to the person that will be receiving the redlines. Blue, then, is typically a more “teaching” color used to explain or question a particular item. I also use blue when it no longer makes sense to use red. For instance, in a wall section or other detail where the information is very dense, I’ll use blue to note the air/vapor barrier because that dashed line can be easily lost in the other information. There are all also different kinds of redlines a person might receive ranging from the typical construction document redlines to snarky ones.
Schematic Design Redlines
These are loose and sketchy. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t.
Construction Document Redlines
These are more refined and technical in nature. This type is the most typical and, in my opinion, the most time consuming to create. They come in several forms – notes directly on drawing, trace paper over the drawing, graph paper drawing, and details or text from previous projects.
Redlines for Redlines
This type is when I’ve already completed a sheet, but then realize something needs to change so I have to go back to the previous sheet and redline my own redline.
These generally come when you’ve just started redlining or after you’re so tired that everything is funny.
These typically occur midway through redlining a construction set when you’re past being funny and starting to become a bit edgy.
This type will occur once you’ve been redlining a set for a while and you see things that shouldn’t need to redlined or you intended to be silly, but it came out like this:
In the end, redlines are a system of checks and balances. They ensure that the drawings are coordinated and correct. Redlines of any type are a valuable learning tool, not only for the person receiving them, but also for the person creating them. As I improve in my redlining abilities, I learn better how to communicate my ideas with my peers and I gain a more thorough understanding of the products and methods of construction that we use everyday. All of this means a better building for you.