In this video, Jim explains the purpose of the cover sheet, which can contain an index to the sheets in a construction drawing set, as well as general project information and contact information for the design team. Jim demonstrates the use of hyperlinks contained in digital construction drawings.
- At the beginning of this course I use the terms "drawing views" and "drawing types." So now that we've covered all the different drawing views in our set of construction drawings, let's look at some of the different drawing types that are contained in this set. And we'll look at some of the kinds of information that we might expect to find on each one of these drawing types. So the first drawing type that I want to talk about is the sheet that I've mostly skipped over up until now. And that's this first page that's on your screen.
It's the first page in our drawing set. And we're going to call this the Cover Sheet or Index Sheet. Now when you look at the Cover Sheet, maybe the first thing that you'll notice is that it's in a little bit different format than all of the other sheets that we've looked at so far. Specifically that you can see the Title Block is horizontally across the bottom of the page, and if you remember on the rest of our sheets the Title Block was vertical across the right side of the page. But again, most of the information that's contained in the Title Block is all there so we still have four construction documents, the date of their issue, who designed it, who the owner is.
The one thing that is generally missing from a Cover Sheet is information on the page number or the Sheet Name. And again, this is just because it's the Cover Sheet, it's the first sheet in the set of drawings. Now sometimes up here in our Drawing List the designer will include the Cover Page as Sheet A-000. In this case you see they haven't, they just start the drawing list on sheet A-001. So, before we jump too far into that drawing list let's just pick a few more pieces of information off of the Cover Sheet.
Again it's not uncommon to have just sort of a, an Overview or a picture of the project and what it's going to look like when it's completed. A short Project Description or Summary, and then generally on the Cover Page you'll find some contact information for the Project Team. So again this just tells you how to get in contact with people if you have questions on these drawings. So from there let's go back to the bulk of the information on the Cover Sheet which is the Drawing List. So again if we were working solely from the paper set of drawings this is the list that I would need to use to find information throughout this project.
So I would have to scroll down this Drawing List and use it as an index. And you can see I have Sheet Numbers and Sheet Names which contain a brief description of the information that we're going to find on each one of those sheets. Now since I'm using digital drawings here on the screen, one of the benefits that I have is that I remember I also have the bookmarks that we've been using throughout this course to help me navigate through the project. So I can use the bookmarks to quickly jump from page to page and from drawing type to drawing type.
Now the other advantage of digital drawings is, besides the bookmarks remember I mentioned earlier that many times there are hyperlinks contained throughout the drawing. And hyperlinks are just a method of clicking right on, in this example the Sheet Number. So I'm going to click on Sheet A-110 and it's going to jump me straight to Sheet A-110. So that's kind of a nice feature to help us navigate through these digital drawings, as opposed to using the paper drawings and just having to flip through pages until I find the sheet that I'm looking for.
So with that we'll use the Cover Sheet here as an Index. And let's go ahead and continue and step through the rest of our drawing types.
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