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1. A construction plan. It is called a blueprint because it historically has been printed on blue paper with white lines.

2. In photography, a copy of a periodical printed before final editing in which images are shown on blue paper.

3. Informal, a plan.


A detailed set of plans used as a guide for construction.Because of the economies of a very inexpensive method of creating and copying such plans, they were formerly characterized by white lines on blue paper.

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It has been learnt that Illegal construction, commercial use of residential areas and construction of houses without approval of blue prints is on the rise in the city with the connivance of Cantonment board officers and building inspectors in Rawalpindi.
The Blue Print has a big copper-top bar that seats 30.
The Compass Blue Print Award was recognized at the SCAG 2013 Regional Conference & Assembly Awards held on May 5, 2013 in Palm Desert, CA.
Pakistan's Ambassador Masood Khan, who presides the council in January, said a diplomatic blue print "already exists" and Brahimi had been trying to put it into practice, dpa reported.
To prevail, the Afghan people must believe that our commitment to their future is enduring, because the security of Afghanistan and the United States is shared, the Blue Print assures.
Who is to say that a Higher Power did not write the blue print for the "Big Bang", initiate evolution, and stand by to supervise the ongoing process?
Hobert said the net sheets were similar to blue prints.
Among the array of other services an architect can provide are: field surveying for leasing purposes and area verification; assisting building owners in developing a tenant workletter; and transferring old drawings, blue prints and building department records onto a computerized system, CADD (computer animated drafting and design), for easy retrieval.
Remote Access(TM) provides such detail as building floor plans, blue prints, images/video, hazards information, systems details and contact information, to minimize loss of life and property.
SOA QuickLaunch - tested design patterns, blue prints and best practices that can be fitted into place during the implementation phase of the SOA project, bringing the SOA principle of reuse to bear on the project itself in order to save time and cost.
High-speed transmission of large data files such as blue prints, barricade plans, access to the city's Geographic Information System (GIS) files, aerial photographs, Hansen Information Technologies' (Hansen(R)) Service Request and Work Order modules, and other high bandwidth applications to laptops and PDAs.
In a recent interview, management acknowledged the arduous zoning and permitting process that has been undertaken over the past couple years to ready the property for development stating, "Now, the vision will soon become a beautiful reality and blue prints will be replaced with masterfully architected buildings and land images which blend and accentuate the natural beauty of San Miguel.