Last week we started to take a look at DCRA new online system Projectdox giving you an over view of what it is and if you need to use it. This week we will be discussing more technical issues regarding the system. In order to use Project Dox you must be invited use the system. When an application receives a project dox invitation email it will contain a temporary password and log in. The applicant must change the temporary password to a permanent one. The applicant is only allowed to view projects with their identity to it. The system also has safeguards set up in it so that a client cannot either accidently or on purpose delete, add or change anything during the review process that would adversely affect the file. The client will be notified via email from projectdox when the review process requires their attention.
In order to use projectdox you must have an internet explorer version 8 and 9 or IE10 following the support bulletin running on a windows operating system. A browser is all that is required, but projectdox does have pop-ups. If you are having any issues accessing it make sure you have the pop ups disabled. If your pop-ups are disabled and you are still having issues try turning off the UAC from the control panel. You will also be required to install ActiveX Controls onto your system if you don’t already have it. In order to property view and perform all the necessary task in projectdox ActiveX Controls is necessity.
Projectdox is a safe and secure web application. It uses the same web browser security deployed by online banking sites. When combined with network and application security best practices, projectdox eplan technology will provide a secure collaboration environment between customer and DCRA.
There are a few things to keep in mind as you are gathering your plans to submit to DCRA project docs. First it is important that a 5 x 5 area MUST be reserved on the TOP RIGHT corner of ALL drawings for DCRA approval and stamps. If this is not done they will be rejected and you will need to start over so it’s best to take the time to do it right the first time. Secondly each page of the drawings you will be submitting must be in a single file. Multiple page drawing for submitting will be rejected. DCRA will only accept multiple page files for supporting documents. Only searchable PDF files are accepted for calculation, reports and other supporting documentation. If drawings are electrical, mechanical or plumbing/gas confirm that only trade lines are dark by changing the background to grayscale prior to saving as a vector pdf file. Files must also be monochrome with white background print- ready.
Now that you have all your files ready to upload your one step closer to submitting through projectdoxs. Next week we will take a closer look at how to upload your documents naming documents, tips and tricks to using the system, discipline headers, sheet numbers and submitting your file.
If you have an upcoming project that you would like a free proposal for please give our team at DC Permit Solutions a call.