Here’s how the Texas Department of Transportation (TDOT) “handles” this process:
1. TDOT self-operates an “On-Line” planroom service. Here’s TDOT’s general description of “plans online”:
Plans Online provides engineering plans, informational proposals, addenda, bid tabs and contract plans for TxDOT's bid lettings. Projects include highway construction, maintenance, and aviation. This information is valuable to contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, city and county governments, consultants, planners, design and construction engineers, businesses and the general public.
Plans Online - (View, Search, E-mail, Print) View and search for project plans, proposals, addenda and bid tabs. All are indexed for easy navigation. E-mail, download or print individual plan sheets. (This is a free service.)
Plans Online - FTP Download (Print) Download and print letting plans, proposals, addenda and contract plans, and save them electronically for future reference. This is the best option to use if needing to print multiple pages or the entire plan set. (This is a free service.)
You can access the “main page” for TDOT’s “plans online” at this link:
And, you can see a better picture of how this works at this link (you will notice that TDOT uses a software (document management) product called “Alchemy Web”):
2. TDOT publishes a list of Texas reprographics firms, so that anyone who needs hard-copy prints will quickly be able to identify a reprographer who can fulfill reprographics needs. (Funny, but perhaps some smart-ass reprographer will register a whole bunch of different company names, all beginning with AAAAA or AAAA or AAA.)
The following firms have indicated they will reproduce plans. The listed firm names are provided strictly for informational purposes and inclusion of a firm on this list does not constitute an endorsement of advertisement of the firm or that firm's services by the Texas Department of Transportation.
SO, HOW DOES YOUR STATE’S DOT HANDLE THIS?