How to Read Blueprints, Construction Plans and Specifications
A Complete Guide for Getting Started Reading Construction Plans and Specifications
About this course:
**IMPORTANT - This course includes access to an online textbook. The process for providing this code is not automated. Please allow 48 to 72 business hours after your course purchase for this code to be issued by one of our team members. Please see below for further explanation.
Start building and improving your skills reading construction prints and specifications.
The construction industry continues to evolve and become more complex. Building codes, insurance requirements and product diversity are constantly expanding. Project designers (architects, engineers and consultants) are developing more and more complex projects in response to these continued forces.
Construction plans and specifications are the primary method that the design community communicates project needs to construction and specialty contractors. They utilize construction plans and specifications to define the vision that they have developed to help the end-user accomplish their goals. Once these plans and specifications are complete, they are used to communicate the project design and goals to the contractors responsible for building the project.
What can you as a contractor do to help prepare yourself and your company? Start by improving your ability to read and interpret construction plans and specifications!
Introduction: How to Read Blueprints, Construction Plans and Specifications provides a firm foundation of skills for those who are required to be able to read construction prints and specifications. Whether you are a company owner, estimator or are working on project sites as part of a larger team, being able to read construction plans is a vital skill.
You are purchasing an online course with Construct-Ed, Inc. This course is taught utilizing the textbook listed below. When you purchase this course, you will receive an email within 48-72 business hours with information on how to access the textbook online. You will have 1 year of access to the textbook as part of the course purchase.
The textbook for this course is:
Print Reading for Construction: Residential and Commercial
Click HERE to review the book on the publisher's web site.
Brown, Walter C., and Daniel P. Dorfmueller. Print Reading for Construction: Residential and Commercial: Write-in Text with 140 Large Prints. The Goodheart-Willcox Company, Inc., 2019.
What Will You Learn?
- How construction drawings are organized.
- Construction math needed to read plans.
- How to use measuring tools.
- The different lines and symbols found on construction plans.
- Basic drawing practices.
- Specifications and building codes.
- Different construction materials and their uses.
- How to review site plans.
- Basics of understanding architectural drawings.
- Reading foundation prints.
- Reading structural prints.
- Reading residential framing prints.
- Reading plumbing prints.
- Reading HVAC prints.
- Reading electrical prints.
- Reading welding prints.
- Basics of estimating construction costs.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will improve your skills and proficiency in reading construction plans and understanding construction specifications.
Construct-Ed, Inc. is an online learning platform for the construction industry. We work with both in-house instructors as well as guest instructors to create high quality learning content. This course was created by our in-house team of instructors to help you build your skills and knowledge for a more successful career in the construction industry and skilled trades.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are interested in working with a hard copy of the textbook for this course, please click HERE. You can order a hard copy directly from the publisher. Please be certain to order 'Print Reading for Construction' written by Walter C. Brown and Daniel P. Dorfmueller and published by Goodheart-Wilcox. No credit will be given for the purchase of the course if you decide to purchase and use the hard-copy in lieu of the digital version being provided with this course.