08 July 2015

Just another day... sheep's ladder


  1. Hi
    Do you happen to know why arent drawings concidered part of the contract manual?
    Or the difference between contract manual and the bidding documents. What distinguishes their purpuse ?

  2. Hi, Gisel; good questions!

    Bidding documents are issued so bidders can determine how much it will cost to complete a project and then submit a bid. Contract documents are used to build the project.

    Bidding documents and contract documents are similar, and typically include a "project manual" and drawings. The most obvious difference between these two types of documents is their size; drawings are usually large, while the project manual is formatted for 8-1/2 by 11 paper. Briefly, drawings are used to show dimensions, relationships, and quantities of materials, products, and spaces; specifications define requirements for properties and performance, procedural requirements, and standards.

    For a long time, the term "project manual" was defined by AIA as "a volume assembled for the Work which may include the bidding requirements, sample forms, Conditions of the Contract and Specifications." That definition was removed from the AIA A201 in 2007, but "project manual" still is commonly used for the 8-1/2 by 11 book that contains those items. It also is often referred to as the "the spec book" or "the specs."

    Both drawings and specifications are part of the bidding documents and part of the contract documents, and both are used for bidding and for construction of a project.

    If you'd like to discuss this further, please let me know.

    1. Sheldon thanks for answering my question
      Now im understanding the contract manual as a tool to gather requirements for a project.
      It contains requirement for bidding, requirements for contractual relitionships, and requirements for the project itself (specs).

      The bidding documents - include all that is necessary to get a price and a person that is qualified to do the work. Hence you would need quantity and materials described by drawings and specs in order to get a price. The rest of bidding documents is comprised of what is need to verify the GC will do the work.

      Now for further discussion:
      In small projects where specs are inveded in the construction documents,how do you include specs in the contract manual ??

      Your reply and writtings have helped me furher understand the core purpuse of these parts of the project. Thanks for sharing looking foward to your comments.

  3. Gisel, while going through old email I discovered I did not reply to your last question. If you're still interested, please restate your question, as I'm not sure what you mean. Apologies!