In this video, Jim explains that a set of construction drawings, plans, or blueprints can contain many different views of the work to be built. The views in a set of construction plans can include two-dimensional plan views, elevation views, cross sections, and three-dimensional isometric views.
- [Instructor] I've used the term used views several times so far and now we're going to take a closer look at what these views really look like and the information that they contain. Including different views in a set of construction drawings is really important to help us visualize what the finished structure is supposed to look like. These views will help us take the information that's presented on a page in two dimensions and imagine what it will look like as we build it in the field. There's also some information that can only be found on one view and not the others.
So, what you need to remember regarding this is that sometimes when you get a new set of construction drawings the first thing you might need to do is flip through them to completely orient yourself to the project. And actually I'm going to say you should probably make this a habit. I think it's pretty common for people to flip right to the page or type of drawing that usually gives them the information they need for their trade and they might be a little confused because they haven't looked at the different views and might not have a complete understanding of how the project actually goes together.
And that's really the main point of this section. That is gaining an understanding that these different views are meant to work together to help present a complete picture of the project. Plan views can help you show the layout of a building and it's floor plan and room configurations but your going to have to see an elevation view to get an idea of what the building looks like from the outside. And, in a multi-story building, you're going to need to find a cross section view to help you understand things like floor to ceiling heights. If the project's really hard to visualize the designer might include an isometric view to give us a three dimensional look at the structure.
Now, let's use our sample digital drawings and we'll take a more detailed look at each of these views.
In this course, learn how to read construction drawings. Jim Rogers helps you acquire this important skillset by taking you through the different components that make up construction plans, and helping you understand the language of construction drawings. He covers types of views, highlights different kinds of construction drawings—including architectural drawings, electrical drawings, and plumbing drawings—explains how to read general notes, and more.
- Deciphering the language of construction drawings
- Understanding line types
- Reviewing plan views, elevation views, section views, and isometric views
- Reviewing architectural drawings, structural drawings, and mechanical drawings
- Drilling down to the details
- Reviewing reference points on drawings
- Understanding schedules
- The future of construction drawings