What is a transmittal in construction?
In the construction sector, the transmittal is a document that, among the other construction documents (drawings, specifications, contracts, etc.) to formally show when and to whom these documents were sent.
A transmittal is considered one of the most effective forms of communication in construction projects. It is a detailed recording of information sent from one party to another ensuring that all professionals involved are on the same wavelength and that important details are not overlooked.
For example, a drawing transmittal, can serve the purpose of simplifying the chaotic distribution of typical technical drawings between all the different professionals involved in a given project.
Transmittal documents therefore play an essential role in ensuring that construction projects run smoothly and that all stakeholders are aware of what is happening.
Transmittal vs submittal: what's the difference?
The terms "transmittal" and "submittal" are often used interchangeably but, to be more precise, they refer to two different types of documents:
- a transmittal accompanies another document, its purpose is to formally testify to the sending of documents, files and collateral materials.
- a submittal, is a document that is submitted to designers for approval or review. The documents presented are generally more detailed and may include engineering calculations or drawings. In some cases, a submittal may be required before starting to work on a project.
The difference between these two types of documents therefore lies in the purpose: transmittals are used to provide information, while submittals are used to request approval.
Why digitize the process of transmittals in construction?
There are many reasons why construction companies choose to digitize the transmission process.
Sending paper transmittals not only takes more time and cost, but also creates greater risks.
Forgetting documents and sending incomplete transmittals can compromise the development of the project!
Digitizing transmittals in construction helps to speed up the process, reduce costs and risks because:
- you can automate the creation of the transmittal;
- you can access the documentation to be transmitted from anywhere and anytime;
- you have a secure and up-to-date online archive that eliminates the risk of lost or damaged documents.
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