How to measure a site plan when you don’t have an engineering scale. [Monday Minute]

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September 12, 2022 edition of the AIBD’s Monday Minute weekly newsletter.
How to measure a site plan when you don’t have an engineering scale.
All building designers have their architectural scales closely at hand.


Many designers keep one with them at all times.

But how about an engineering scale?

Steve found himself at a drawing competition without one.

Here’s how he solved the problem:

Quickly make your own engineering scale
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