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Policy Statement 290 - Post-Construction Drawings of Civil Engineering Projects


Approved by the Infrastructure and Research Policy Committee on March 15, 2018 
Approved by the Public Policy Committee on May 6, 2018
Adopted by the Board of Direction on July 13, 2018


The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) believes that post-construction drawings of record, often referred to "as-builts", documenting the location and layout of civil engineering projects should be completed by licensed professional engineers and/or professional surveyors. Complete post-construction drawings documenting the location and layout of civil engineering projects are valuable means to verify substantial compliance with the design documents for inventory, asset management, maintenance needs, and for record keeping purposes.  


The health, safety, and welfare of the public can be compromised by the failure to record the constructed location and physical characteristics of civil engineering projects.


Post-construction drawings of record are important sources of data for future alterations or extensions, or for new construction, of civil engineering projects. ASCE recognizes that licensed professional engineers and licensed professional surveyors are the best qualified to prepare these drawings of record.

This policy has worldwide application
ASCE Policy Statement 290 
First Approved in 1983