Interpreting Blueprints & Specifications

Using an example three-story commercial project, this practical course will teach you how to read and apply material schedules in construction drawings, cross reference plans, and scan/evaluate drawings for potential errors and omissions. You will also cover the basics of the three-part National Master Specification (NMS) and, by the end of the course, learn how to create specification sections based on ARCAT website software. *Students will need a calculator and be prepared to complete some basic math exercises

This course is worth 2 Gold Seal Credits

Interpreting Blueprints & Specifications will help you:

Interpret Drawings:

  • Understand what constitutes a “complete” set of drawings used in contract documents
  • Be able to scan an entire set of drawings (A, C, S, M, E, L disciplines) and evaluate the degree of errors and omissions
  • Learn how to cross reference plans, to building sections, to wall sections, to elevations, to details
  • Be able to read and apply material schedules found in drawings
  • Understand how tagging works to coordinate the information between material schedules and drawings

3-Part Specifications:

  • Understand the components of a 3-part MASTERFORMAT specification, Division 1 General Conditions, and Division 2-49 of Technical Specifications
  • Learn how to use the practical applications of ARCAT for specification editing
  • Be able to develop specification sections and apply correct formatting


CCA Member $649 (+GST) Non-Member $849 (+GST)

November 29 & 30, December 1 & 2, 2022 - 9:30am - 12:30pm

4 Virtual 1/2 Day Sessions