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Blueprint Reading: Construction Drawings for the Building Trades

Product Code/ISBN: 9780071549868

This book offers a step-by-step guide to reading and interpreting all types of construction drawings. Filled with hundreds of illustrations and study questions, this easy-to-use resource offers a complete overview of construction drawing basics for every aspect of the construction process- from site work, foundations, and structural systems to interior work and finishes.

Covering technological advances, noted architect Sam Kubba offers detailed information on:

  • Blueprint standards -- ANSI, ISO, AWS, and ASME
  • Computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided design and drafting (CADD)
  • Lines, views, elevations, and dimensions
  • Layouts of all construction drawing types-architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical
  • Specifications -- MasterFormat and UniFormat
  • Symbols -- materials, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and others
  • How to avoid costly pitfalls on construction projects

Inside This Skills-Building Guide to Construction Drawing Basics:

  • Blueprint Standards
  • Blueprints and Construction Drawings: A Universal Language
  • Understanding Lines
  • Types of Views
  • Understanding Dimensions
  • Layout of Construction Drawings
  • Understanding Industrial Blueprints
  • The Meaning of Symbols
  • Understanding Schedules
  • Specifications
  • ISO Issues, Codes, and Building Regulations
  • Construction Business Environment

You'll also find a glossary of terms for quick reference, convenient tables and charts for identifying symbols and abbreviations, and much more!