This Introduction to Blueprint Reading course is taught by a licensed architect. The course will help you understand how a set of blueprint drawings are put together. Starting at the very beginning, you will learn about drawing types, scale and the interrelationships between drawings and how project information is conveyed throughout a set of construction documents.
Many people in the construction industry can benefit professionally by learning how to read a set of construction documents (CDs).
This class is designed to help trades professionals, journey people, drafters, designers and architectural and engineering interns. By the conclusion of this class, participants will be able to work themselves through a set of construction documents, and understand and apply the inter-connectivity between the drawings.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-relationship between the drawings included in a set of Construction Documents (blueprints).
- Analyze different drawings and see how scale is presented throughout a set of Construction Documents.
- Evaluate the similarities between all sets of construction documents submitted for building permits.
- Recognize the need for consistency in presenting information in all types of Construction Document.
Understanding how to read a set of construction documents is important to all people working in the construction industry.
Class participants will receive a grade based on their competency proven in the assessments (quizzes and tests) and their participation in the discussion forums.
Class grades will be determined by the total number of points achieved in the following categories:
Final grades are determined using the following scale:
|Letter Grade||Percent||Grade Points|
|A+||98 - 100||4.00|
|A||94 - 97||3.67|
|A-||90 - 93||3.50|
|B+||87 - 89||3.33|
|B||83 - 86||3.00|
|B-||80 - 82||2.67|
|C+||77 - 79||2.33|
|C||73 - 76||2.00|
|C-||70 - 72||1.67|
|D+||67 - 69||1.33|
|D||63 - 66||1.00|
|D-||60 - 62||0.67|
|F||0 - 59||0.00|
The weighted values will be summed into total points achieved.
Open labs are available for use in completing homework assignments and for additional "practice time" for all of our students who are within a convenient driving distance of our San Diego campus.
There is an additional cost for technical support setting up your computer system loading the Autodesk software, if you need that additional support. Please contact our Program Manager at 619-758- 9300 or email@example.com to receive that information.
AutoDesk Certification Objectives
Autodesk Certification Objectives are not formally addressed in this course, but the following topics detailed in Autodesk Certification Objectives are covered, as they relate to construction documents (blueprints):
- Work with Text
CREATING BASIC DRAWINGS
- Use Draw commands to create geometry
- Create Dimensions
DRAWING ORGANIZATION AND INQUIRY COMMANDS
- Use Layers
- Copy, Move, Mirror and Rotate Objects
- Use Hatching
LAYOUTS AND VISIBILITY
- Create and Manage Layers
- Create, Insert and Edit Blocks
Certification / Accreditation
- State of California Approval - Our individual courses, training bundles and technology certificate programs are approved by the State of California's Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) for both online and onsite learning..
- National Accreditation - Our individual courses, training bundles and technology certificate programs are nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). All of our courses are regulated and reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
- Mastering AutoCAD 2015
- AutoCAD LT 2015
PFC 101, Introduction to Blueprint Reading, is designed as a detailed overview of Blueprint Reading. All students are expected to have a working ability to read in English and an interest in learning basic drafting procedures, the development of Construction Documents and relevant terminology
Our classes are fast-track, accelerated courses.
If you have ANY CONCERNS about your computer competency, we STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you improve your computer skills before attending the class.
Free Access to the Software
Free Access to the Software While you are a student at VDCI, you will be provided free access to the software needed to participate in your course. The software provided will either be downloaded directly onto your machine or you will access the software on one of our Virtual Servers. Throughout your studies at VDCI, it is very important that you have access to good-quality Internet bandwidth. It is also very important, if you are accessing our Virtual Servers, that you pay special attention to the MP4 and PDF guidance provided regarding saving your project files (datasets) onto your local machine.
Free Access to the Software
While you are a student at VDCI, you will be provided free access to the software needed to participate in your course. The software provided will either be downloaded directly onto your machine or you will access the software on one of our Virtual Servers. Throughout your studies at VDCI, it is very important that you have access to good-quality Internet bandwidth. It is also very important, if you are accessing our Virtual Servers, that you pay special attention to the MP4 and PDF guidance provided regarding saving your project files (datasets) onto your local machine.
There are two discussion forums for the course, the Student Forum and the Graded Forum.
The Student Forum is for you to interact with your fellow classmates, to discuss issues you are having, and get to know one other much like you would in a classroom environment.
The Graded Discussion Forum requires an initial post and a response to another student. These will be part of your final grade. Your initial discussion post is due Monday, one week from the beginning of class, by 11:55pm Pacific Time. Your second discussion post must be a response to another student, and it is due by the end of the course.
Students will receive a detailed syllabus once they are enrolled in the course.
Students become familiar with the architectural drawings for a high-end residential project. Topics covered include: Scales and Scaling; Architectural Scales; Engineering Scales; How sets of Construction Documents are Organized; Cover Sheet; Regulatory Agency Requirements; Sheet Index; Maps; Symbols, Dimensions and How they are Used; Site Plans; Civil Drawings; Floor Plans; Elevations; Building Sections; Enlarged Sections and Details; Structural Drawings
- PROJECT: Blueprints (CDs) for Single Family Residential Project
Students become familiar with drawings included within a set of residential construction documents plus an overview of occupancy loads and egress analysis. Topics covered include: Architectural Drawings - Title Sheet; Floor Plans; Finish Schedules; Roof Plans; Building Sections; Wall Sections; Exterior Elevations; Interior Elevations; Door and Window Schedules; Details
- PROJECT: Blueprints (CDs) for Single Family Residential and an occupancy and egress analysis for a mixed-use project.
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