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)

May 9, 10, 11, & 12, 2023 - 9:30am - 12:30pm

4 Virtual 1/2 Day Sessions

Additional Details

Using an example three-story commercial project, this course will walk you through a complete set of architectural, mechanical, electrical, civil, and structural drawings. You will learn how to read and decipher a set of blueprints, including: plans, sections, elevations, plan details, and drawing conventions (standards, line weights, line types), and more!  In second half of the course, you will learn the components of the three-part National Master Specification (NMS). By the end of the course, you will 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

Derek Smith | Constructionlab

Derek is a design professional with 15+ years of experience teaching at the college level. As a design professional, Derek has collaborated on over $300 million in built or contemplated ICI and residential projects working for clients like Chrysler Corporation, Penske Industries, University of Windsor, Nature Fresh, COCO Paving/Developments and more. In 2007 he became Executive Director of the London & District Construction Association. During his time in this role, he chaired the Construction Lien Act Task Force for the Council of Ontario Construction Associations – which led to the recent prompt payment and adjudication in Ontario. In 2010, Derek also acted as employer bargaining agent to General Contractors and Civil Contractors in a successful strike free round.

Since he founded Constructionlab in 2015, Derek has been trusted by over 1000 small, medium and large construction firms, law firms, design firms and real estate development firms to deliver best-practice advice on labour, procurement, contract administration, and more. He counts 12 mixed-trade and labour relations construction associations as clients. Derek is also the inventor of the JOBSITE boardgame! He recently invented, manufactured and released this series of construction industry and design sector themed board games to raise awareness of construction careers through spirited play and learning.

This course requires full face-to-face interaction and participation from both the instructor and students. In order to attend, you’ll must make sure you have the following:

  • Computer or laptop with webcam (webcams are mandatory): This course will involve on-screen interaction with your instructor and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content like slides or videos, and interacting via typing with questions or responses. For this reason, you must have a webcam and use a full computer/laptop, and we do not permit students to attend using a tablet or cell phone.
  • A quiet space with minimal distractions: Please plan to be fully engaged in the class, and clear your work schedule just as you would for attendance in an in-class program.
  • Live, Online, Instructor-led training.
    • This course is facilitated by the instructor on the Zoom platform. Access information will be provided to you in advance of the training.
    • You will be expected to have your webcam on during the class and participate in group discussions and other activities with your instructor and classmates during the course.
  • This course is delivered in partnership with local construction associations. You will be participating with a cohort of industry peers from multiple regions.

This course is delivered in partnership with local construction associations. You will be participating with a cohort of industry peers from across Canada.

Cancellation Policy:

Payment is non-refundable for cancellations made within 5 business days of the course, or non-attendance on the day. Complimentary substitution of another member of your company is accepted. If CCA has to postpone or cancel courses due to insufficient enrolment, CCA will refund the registration fee or, if possible, the attendee may choose to move to an identical session in the future. Unless otherwise stated, every person able to see, hear, and observe the virtual course sessions must be a paid participant. Non-compliance of this requirement will result in removal from course. Refunds will not be issued to students who are removed from the course for non-compliance of this requirement.

CANADA – ALBERTA JOB GRANT

Did you know!!  Eligible employers can get government funding to help employees access training opportunities. The Canada-Alberta Job Grant will give you up to 2/3 of the registration fee (up to $10,000/employee/fiscal year) for training. Whether taking one course or a combination of courses, the total training must be a minimum of 21 hours and be completed within 52 weeks.

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