Interpreting Construction Drawings & Formatting of Technical & 3-Part Specifications

This 6-hour course is designed to familiarize the learner with the basic elements associated with drawings and specifications used in ICI construction in Canada.

Course Overview

Using a set of drawings for a small commercial office project, the learner is introduced to a complete set of issued for construction drawings including:

Architectural (A Series), Landscape (L Series), Civil (C Series), Structural (S Series), Mechanical (M Series) and Electrical (E Series).

The model project is a 3 storey, 700 square meter addition to an existing 3 storey building.

Critical thinking exercises will train the learner to identify conflict in drawing information, understanding of structural grid systems, dimensioning rules, detailing and cross referencing including elevations, building cross section, wall sections and section details. A basic introduction to steel and concrete design is also incorporated into the architectural drawing learning. The learners will investigate civil design and drawings via grading and topography including underground storm and waste water systems. Building Code Data Matrices as well as design assumptions will also be highlighted along with well-established processes to question irregularities in the drawings and proper format for requesting further information used in everyday construction practice. Mechanical, electrical systems and a brief introduction to landscape drawings will accompany the introduction to common abbreviations, schedules, annotations, and drawing symbols.

Please note the information obtained from or through this course does not constitute legal advice, but is provided as guidelines for using works for educational purposes.

Nov. 3, 4, 10 & 11, 2021
Wed. & Thu. 9am – 12pm ET
Instructor-led Live Webinar
Derek A. Smith
TCA member:
INSTRUCTOR: Derek A. Smith

A trained design professional for over 15 years, Derek has collaborated on over $300 million in built or contemplated ICI and residential projects. As the CEO of the London & District Construction Association (2007-2012) he acted as employer bargaining agent to General Contractors and Civil Contractors in a successful strike free round (2010). He also chaired the Construction Lien Act Task Force for the Council of Ontario Construction Associations, and is the Executive Officer of the Stratford & Area Builders Association, the largest per capital residential builders association in Canada.