Sometimes builders complain (and sadly, sometimes justifiably so) that an engineer or architect they know can draw pretty pictures, but he doesn't have a clue how to actually build anything. And it's worse when that engineer doesn't know he doesn't know and insists that the builder just "build it how it's drawn."
...and it's even worse if the engineer can only communicate in "engineerese".
On the flip side, it's not uncommon to hear an engineer gripe that the builder on such and such a project needs a lot of "hand holding", or that he fires off dozens of "duh" RFIs which the engineer could answer with, "Did you not even look at the drawings?"
It's a love-hate relationship. Depending on the day, mostly love.
July 2014 Wright eNews
You can't blame the poor guy. He's got his trailer onsite and his crews and equipment ready to go. All he needs now is the construction drawings so he can git 'er dun.
Unfortunately, the design team is still revising the revised version of the last revisions that will now need to be revised once the owner stops changing his mind. ...again.
...and he's got to stay on good terms just in case his new job doesn't work out.
Who can blame him for at least partially mentally checking out after giving notice, but...
April 2014 Wright eNews
...or an architect.
We just can't help ourselves, though - we love to solve problems, even when it's not necessarily in our best interest. It's one of the things I love about design professionals. It's also one of the things that drive me crazy, especially when engineers that work for me (or architects we work for) are so focused on solving the client's problems that they forget a minor little thing like sending out a bill so we can all get paid.
March 2014 Wright eNews
These days, if the computer's down, nothing gets done. Thankfully, there's Etch A Sketch - the pioneer in flat panel monitors. ...and they're sleek and energy efficient! Besides, if you're doing a piping diagram, it looks a lot like Etch A Sketch anyway.
This guy's like the solitaire-playing receptionists who had to "go manual" with actual playing cards since their computers were down.