Historically, color print output was an expensive option
for A/E/C firms. At times, color printing costs exceeded 20x
the cost of monochrome printing. This is no longer the case.
Although color printing is still a little more expensive than
monochrome, the gap is closing. In today's A/E/C print
environment, the value of color exceeds the price.
A study performed in the USA by The Economist discloses that
costs related to mistakes, delays, and rework is somewhere in the
range of 30% of project costs. Color print output vastly
improves the communication in the field, and reduces these types of
unnecessary construction expenses (Quantifying the Benefits of
One way to immediately quantify the benefit of color is to refer
to scanned drawings that have been marked-up. There are often
times on-site alterations that are simply recorded by red lines.
Additionally, details or changes may be called out using
color codes. Scanning and reproducing marked-up drawings can
quickly communicate these clarifications without assuming too much
Here are some links that detail other areas of benefit when
printing construction drawings in color:
Reduce construction costs
Yield project savings
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