More About Blueprints

How big are blueprints?

Construction blueprints can be considerably different from project to project.  This matters mostly for traditional blueprint processes where the construction plan is printed on paper. Its size could be enormous in projects with increased perplexity. 

Thanks to the rise of digital technologies in the course of the last few years, digital blueprints are also gaining great traction as they allow people both on the field and the office to stay on top of the latest plan changes and communicate them to the other project agents with the click of a button.  Costly mistakes and a series of misunderstandings are avoided and the waiting time from task to task is significantly decreased. 

Nevertheless, regardless of whether you are working on a paper or a digital version of a construction blueprint, it is important that you have the knowledge to read and interpret a construction plan correctly.

Why are blueprints important?

Blueprints and drawings are great resources for planning, maintenance, and troubleshooting.  Construction blueprints are used for cost estimation (both in terms of workforce and materials), construction scheduling, and permit applications.  They allow you to guide needed installations by referencing as-built drawing sets and enable you to track modifications or additions made along the way.

How do you read construction blueprints?

The first thing that anyone should do when they are reading blueprints is to scan the entire plan and then read all the notes and specifications that are included. From there, focus on the specific details.

Scale matters!

Since each plan has a different scale, always be sure you are using the correct scale and that the scale is done correctly on the plans, too. It is quite common for changes to be done off-scale because they are being done quickly to avoid interruptions in the project.

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Last modified: Thursday, 7 May 2020, 3:24 PM