Basic Blueprint Reading

A Quick-Start Guide to Reading and Understanding Commercial Construction Drawings

March 17 2017 – San Diego  One-day session (Register at ABC San Diego

 April 20 and 27, 2017 – San Diego (two 8-hour sessions )  (Register at AGC San Diego)

Everyone in the construction industry feels more accomplished when they can read and understand construction drawings.  This quick-start approach exposes participants to the fundamental nomenclature of construction drawings and specifications and works systematically through the various disciplines.

Session 1:  General Overview

What do the lines and abbreviations mean and how are they used?

Similarities and differences between various discipline drawings.

How plans and specifications work together.

Explore the “road signs” and get comfortable navigating a set of plans.

Session 2:  Civil

Session 3: Architectural and Structural

Session 4: Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical

This course uses both hard copy and on-screen plans to fully demonstrate the techniques being taught

Learning Objectives / Outcomes

Upon completion participants will:

    • know how to navigate commercial plans and specifications
    • be able to follow the ‘roadmaps’ to find required information
    • know how to read various plan and detail notes
    • understand the various views
    • understand what material schedules are and how to use them
    • perform basic plan takeoff activities
    • know the basic relationship between plans and specs

Session 1:  General Overview

What do the lines and abbreviations mean and how are they used?  Similarities and differences between various discipline drawings.  How plans and specifications work together. Explore the “road signs” and get comfortable navigating a set of plans.

Session 2:  Civil

Session 3: Architectural and Structural

Session 4: Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical