Blueprint Reading: Construction Drawings for the Building Trade

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McGraw Hill Professional, Oct 31, 2008 - Technology & Engineering - 368 pages
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Improve Your Ability to Read and Interpret All Types of Construction Drawings

Blueprint Reading is 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 all the latest 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

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

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
 

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Contents

Blueprint Standards
1
Blueprints and Construction Drawings A Universal Language
9
Understanding Line Types
37
Understanding Dimensions
53
Types of Views
71
Layout of Construction Drawings
111
Understanding Industrial Blueprints
163
The Meaning of Symbols
195
Interpreting Specifications
239
Building Codes and BarrierFree Design
257
Construction Business Environment
281
AcronymsAbbreviations
301
Glossary
315
Common Conversion Factors
337
Test Questions and Answers
345
Index
355

Understanding Schedules
219

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About the author (2008)

Sam A. A. Kubba, Ph.D., is an award-winning architect with more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of construction. His practice includes outstanding projects in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East. He is currently a consultant for the United Nations Office for Project Services. Dr. Kubba's books include Mesopotamian Furniture and McGraw-Hill's Space Planning for Commercial and Residential Interiors, Architectural Forensics

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