Blueprint Reading Construction Drawings for the Building Trades

Blueprint Reading Construction Drawings for the Building Trades

In the construction industry the term blueprint generally refers to a composite of several plans, such as
the foundation plan, the floor plan, elevations, sections, mechanical plans and details, etc., that are assembled
into an organized set of drawings to transmit as much information about a project as can be
placed on paper in one- or two-dimensional views. The completed set of drawings represents a pictorial
description of a construction project prepared by the architect/designer and/or engineering consultant.
Blueprint reading is therefore basically finding and interpreting the information placed on prints. The
information is displayed in the form of lines, notes, symbols, and schedules. At first glance, there is a
welter of information that can appear intimidating. This innovative textbook clearly explains how blueprints
and construction drawings are used to implement the construction process. It offers a comprehensive
overview of construction drawing basics and covers standard construction sequence, including site
work, foundations, structural systems, and interior work and finishes. A typical set of blueprints for a
building project usually includes a number of drawing types in order to see the project to completion.
Users of blueprints must be able to interpret the information on the drawings and must also be able to
communicate that information to others.

This manual covers and explains the use of lines, dimensions, schedules, specifications, symbols,
code requirements, construction drawing types, and methods of drawing organization, including CADD.
Comprehensive in its coverage, this book provides updated information to reflect the most recent developments
in the construction industry, enabling readers to further improve their communication skills when
dealing with the technical information found in blueprint documents. This book introduces concepts essential
to a basic, introductory understanding of residential and light construction, while providing handson
experience in reading architectural working drawings. It is intended to serve as a valuable textbook
and reference manual for building trade professionals as well as students with a career or interest in architectural
drawing/design, residential design, construction, and contracting, and also those who are required
to read and interpret information found in blueprint documents.


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