What is a Cornerstone Report?
We have chosen the term Cornerstone to name the report after for its symbolic importance in the creation of a building. The cornerstone (or foundation stone) concept is derived from the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation, important since all other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure. Over time a cornerstone became a ceremonial masonry stone, or replica, set in a prominent location on the outside of a building, with an inscription on the stone indicating the construction dates of the building and the names of architect, builder and other significant individuals. The rite of laying a cornerstone is an important cultural component of eastern architecture and metaphorically in sacred architecture generally.
Much like the way a building cornerstone serves as a reference for determining the position of the entire structure, the Cornerstone Report will serve as a reference for those in the building documentation industry to help identify where the industry is positioned and where it is heading. The Cornerstone Report will be a periodic review of select aspects of the building documentation industry based on responses and opinions from service providers and consumers. The information and analysis presented in these reports is derived from data we gather through industry surveys that are open to all stakeholder groups to participate in. It is our desire to provide unbiased information, on relevant topics of interest to the building documentation community.