Join Jim Rogers for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Construction Management: Reading Drawings & Specifications.
- [Instructor] The sample construction drawings that I'm going to use throughout this course are the digital versions of what I have here. Now, the digital version of these drawings is in a PDF format and it's located in the Exercise Files folder. Now, depending on your subscription, this file might be available to you for download so you can follow along and work through some of the examples with me. Now, the PDF format's a common open source format and there are many software programs out there that can open this file. So, throughout this course, I'm going to view and point to things in these drawings using a program called Bluebeam Revu.
And that's a PDF program that's commonly used throughout the construction industry. But, you can also open these example files using any number of software programs that you might also already have including Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Reader and even the PDF reader that's built into many versions of Windows. If we look at that here, we see this is called Microsoft Reader and it may already be on your computer or you might be able to go retrieve it from the Windows app store.
Now, the nice thing about these digital drawings and about using a standard open format like the PDF format is that these drawings might have been created using any number of proprietary software programs to create them. But once they get converted to PDF and sent to us, we can all use what we have to open and read them. Now, if you're viewing this course on a device that doesn't allow for downloading the exercise files or you don't have access to them, don't worry you can still follow along with me here on screen as I go through the instructions in this course.
So, with all the introductory things behind us, let's get started.
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