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PFC 101 - Introduction to Blueprint Reading

$150.00
4 Clock Hours 18 Days 4 AIA CEUs

Location

Online Dates

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Overview

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.


Learning Objectives

  • 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.

Intended Audience

Understanding how to read a set of construction documents is important to all people working in the construction industry.


Grading

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:

Discussion Forums 10%
Hands-on Assessments 90%

Final grades are determined using the following scale:

Letter GradePercentGrade 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

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 learn@cadteacher.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):

ANNOTATIONS

  • Work with Text

CREATING BASIC DRAWINGS

  • Use Draw commands to create geometry

DIMENSIONING

  • Create Dimensions

DRAWING ORGANIZATION AND INQUIRY COMMANDS

  • Use Layers

MANIPULATING OBJECTS

  • Copy, Move, Mirror and Rotate Objects

HATCHING OBJECTS

  • Use Hatching

LAYOUTS AND VISIBILITY

  • Create and Manage Layers

REUSABLE CONTENT

  • 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).

Materials Required

Software

  • AutoCAD

Books:

  • Mastering AutoCAD 2015
  • AutoCAD LT 2015

Prerequisites

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.

Downloads

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.

Syllabus

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.

Discussion Forums

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.

Course Lessons

Students will receive a detailed syllabus once they are enrolled in the course.

Lesson 1
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

Lesson 2
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.

Schedule

ONLINE

cadteacher / vdci online course – ALL COURSES

YearScheduleLocation
2018 Quarter 1
Jan 26 - Feb 12, 2018 ONLINE
Feb 16 - Mar 05, 2018 ONLINE
Mar 09 - Mar 26, 2018 ONLINE
Quarter 2
Mar 30 - Apr 16, 2018 ONLINE
Apr 20 - May 07, 2018 ONLINE
May 11 - May 28, 2018 ONLINE
Jun 01 - Jun 18, 2018 ONLINE
Jun 22 - Jul 09, 2018 ONLINE
Quarter 3
Jul 13 - Jul 30, 2018 ONLINE
Aug 03 - Aug 20, 2018 ONLINE
Aug 24 - Sep 10, 2018 ONLINE
Sep 14 - Oct 01, 2018 ONLINE
Quarter 4
Oct 05 - Oct 22, 2018 ONLINE
Oct 26 - Nov 12, 2018 ONLINE
Nov 16 - Dec 03, 2018 ONLINE
Dec 07 - Dec 24, 2018 ONLINE
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