Architect/Engineer (A/E) – An individual or firm offering professional services as both architect and engineer.
As-Built Drawings – Construction hand marked redlined drawings generated in the field reflecting changes made during the construction process or after construction that amend the Contract Drawings to show the exact location, geometry, and dimensions of the constructed project. As-Built Drawings are not the same as Record Drawings.
Bid – A binding offer, usually expressed in dollars to provide specific services within clearly stated requirements.
Building Permit – A written document issued by the appropriate governmental authority permitting construction to begin on a specific project in accordance with drawings and specifications approved by the governmental authority.
Commissioning – The process at or near construction completion when a facility is put into use to see if it functions as designed. Usually applied to manufacturing-type projects.
Consultant – Professional firm and/or individual hired by the owner or client to give professional advice.
Contractor – A properly licensed individual or company that contracts to perform a defined scope of work on a construction project and agrees to furnish labor, materials, equipment and associated services to perform the work as specified for a specified price.
CSI Master Format – The CSI Master Format is a system of numbers and titles for organizing construction information into a regular, standard order or sequence. By establishing a master list of titles and numbers, Master Format promotes standardization and thereby facilitates the retrieval of information and improves construction communication. It provides a uniform system for organizing information in project manuals, for organizing project cost data, and for filing product information and other technical data.
Engineer – A professional firm and/or individual who is professionally engaged in an engineering discipline.