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Complete CAD Standards

Denver Water CAD standards are in place to support our core values: integrity, vision, passion, excellence and respect. The enforcement of CAD standards results in clear, accurate drawings that helps Denver Water maintain integrity within the system and to continue to provide reliable service.  Consistent drawings help our field crews identify water features during inspection and construction; increases efficiencies within the office to quickly post work to the GIS (Geographic Information System); and improves the as-built plans creating a more complete, accurate and identifiable set.

CAD standards are just one more way Denver Water can accomplish its goal of becoming the best water utility in the nation. We strive to help our customers and consultants by maintaining a very clear and simple CAD standard for drawing creation. We remain open to questions, comments and concerns regarding the CAD standards and always take suggestions into consideration. 

Denver Water's CAD standards are mandatory procedures for internal and external CAD drafters to follow to create and deliver all CAD drawings. Accurate and error-free CAD drawings support Denver Water’s GIS/E-map system, which is used by nearly every division of Denver Water. Having a standard set of drawings ensures that less costly mistakes are made in the field, in turn saving time, money and sometimes lives. Denver Water maintains safety, reliability and consistency within the system by communicating, clear, accurate information.

Other examples of local municipalities that have and enforce CAD standards are CDOT, Metro Wastewater, Greenwood Village, and City and County of Denver.

Complete CAD Standards Manual (3rd Edition, effective Nov. 1, 2016)


When do I use Main Extensions?

Distribution Engineering is responsible for the design of proposed projects and the “as built” drawings required for all main installations by Denver Water that are 24 inches and smaller.

Work done within Distribution Engineering is comparable to the Main Extensions submittals, Engineering Standards 14th Edition, Chapter 2.

When do I use Easements and Licenses?

Property Management is responsible for easement acquisitions, plan reviews, land sales and exchanges and license agreements on Denver Water’s operating properties and nonoperating properties. They also oversee recreation activities for operating and nonoperating property, including leases, agreements and studies. Work done within Property Management is comparable to the Easements and Licenses submittals, Engineering Standards 14th Edition, Chapter 4.

When do I use Capital Projects?

Programs and Projects/Design Drafting is responsible for providing Engineering services related to new and existing Denver Water facilities. These services include Capital Projects, scheduling, budgeting, the control of assigned projects, and coordination with other divisions and sections as well as outside agencies.

Please visit the Capital Projects Procedures Manual for CAD Standards compliance on work related to Capital Projects.