How new electronic signature laws affect digital drawings.
Modern surveying practically demands the creation and use of digital drawings. We collect data in a field computer, transfer it to a survey or computer-aided design (CAD) program to manipulate, and finally produce a map or plat that appears on a computer screen. This work product is then saved, archived and often transferred to our client in digital form. In practically all cases, however, we also produce a "hard copy" in the form of a paper (or other medium) map which we seal and sign. Why do we produce the paper copy?