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Construction Management: Reading Drawings & Specifications

Video Introducing this tutorial


What you should know
Using the exercise files

1. Deciphering the Language of Construction Drawings

Plans versus specifications
Types of construction drawings
Title blocks
Understanding the line types
Dimensions and scales

2. Types of Views

Introduction to views
Plan view
Elevation view
Section view
Isometric view

3. Construction Drawings

The cover sheet and index
Civil drawings
Architectural drawings
Structural drawings
Mechanical drawings
Electrical drawings
Plumbing drawings

4. The Details

General notes
Drilling down to the details
Reference points on drawings
Understanding the schedules
Back to the shop drawing


When the plans don't make sense
The future of construction drawings
Next steps