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Overview

This new edition of Architectural Drawing and Light Construction, a classic in the field, has been updated to include new methods, materials, and media. This text serves as an excellent introduction to the fields of architectural drawing and construction. It covers drafting and drawing principles, light frame construction principles, and the building design documentation process. The text covers both manual drawing techniques and the use of computer-aided design and drafting software to create drawings.

The text presents the concepts with easy-to-follow text and numerous illustrations to highlight and provide examples of key concepts.

Other features of this text include:

  • Review questions and exercises that allow students to apply both the theory and the skills presented in the text.
  • CADD boxes that highlight the use of design and drafting software to create drawings.
  • Updates of examples, standards, and methods that reflect current industry standards and practices.
  • Examples and drawings from the field to reinforce the application of the concepts to real-world situations.
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New edition of an introductory textbook on architectural drawing and construction. Coverage includes drafting equipment and its uses, computer-aided drafting, lettering, perspective drawings, principles of light construction, basic residential planning, building models, and residential mechanical and electrical systems. The book is filled with drawings, diagrams, and examples of blueprints. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780135205297
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 8/17/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 776
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 11.23 (h) x 1.29 (d)

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The seventh edition of Architectural Drawing and Light Construction updates material from the previous editions with no major changes to the basic organization. Chapters have been updated to include information from the latest building codes and material suppliers. I have also included information on the safe use of drafting and other equipment in the lab.

The text retains its basic approach to teaching drafting based on concepts taught for years in manual drafting courses, even though the use of CAD is now widespread in all drafting fields. In an attempt to provide more consistency, I have standardized fonts in graphics wherever possible and updated many graphics as CAD files where appropriate. My goal has been to combine the best of the existing manually drafted graphics with new computer-generated graphics.

Instructors are strongly encouraged to use the Instructor's Manual developed in conjunction with this text. This manual has been updated to address areas of student safety in the lab and student behavior as it relates to safety and cooperation. I have included examples of some of the strategies I use in my program to deal with these issues. The manual retains solutions for all the exercises in the text along with a discussion of how the text can be used in a two-year associate degree program of study. Outlines of course syllabi are included to show how lab lectures and assignments correlate with textbook chapters. In addition, there are a number of items instructors may find useful as student handouts or as masters for overhead transparencies.

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Table of Contents

Prefaces
1 Drafting Equipment and Its Uses 1
2 Lettering 24
3 Basic Technical Drawing 42
4 Axonometric and Oblique Pictorial Drawings 64
5 Freehand Sketching 84
6 Basic Residential Planning 106
7 Light Construction Principles 150
8 Structural Member Selection 222
9 Drafting Expression 248
10 Typical Architectural Details 276
11 Working Drawings of Small Homes 308
12 Residential Mechanical and Electrical Systems 334
13 Perspective Drawings, Shades, and Shadows 374
14 Presentation Drawings and Rendering 416
15 Drawing a Small Commercial Building 446
16 Building Models 478
17 Writing Specifications 492
18 Computer-Aided Drafting and Design 504
Appendices 525
A: Glossary of Construction Terms 526
B: Abbreviations Used in Architectural Drawing 535
C: Modular Vertical Brick Coursing 539
D: Heat-Loss Calculations 540
E: Metric Chart 542
F: Set of Residential Working Drawings 544
Index 551
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Preface

The sixth edition of Architectural Drawing and Light Construction updates material found in the previous editions. No major changes in the organization have been made and suggestions by many users have been incorporated wherever possible.

The chapter on CADD has been updated to represent current state-of-the-art practices. Reference tables have been updated and code information has been revised to reflect provisions of the latest codes.

One addition has been the information and examples of CADD lineweight standardization based on the A/E/C CARD Standard Manual adopted by the United States Army, Navy, Air Force and Corps of Engineers in an attempt to standardize the components of construction documentation and information management. Abbreviations have been revised to reflect those contained in the Uniform Drawing System, which is part of the United States National CAD Standard.

A new feature on green building design has been added with a review of a very useful design and research software program called the Green Building Advisor, provided by CREST Another new feature addresses computerized specification writing using the BSD Speclink Program. This copyrighted material is owned by Building Systems Design, Inc. and is used with their permission.

The text retains its basic approach to teaching drafting based on concepts taught for years in manual drafting courses even though the use of CAD is now widespread in all drafting fields. For many beginning technicians, basic manual drafting skills such as control of a pen or pencil must be mastered before one is able to progress with sketching and rendering skills. Most of the drawingexercises can be assigned as either manual or computer drafting exercises, or both, depending on the program focus and time available.

Instructors are strongly encouraged to use the Instructor's Manual developed in conjunction with this text.

The manual has solutions for the exercises in the text along with a discussion of how the text can be used in a two-year Associate Degree program of study. In addition, there are a number of items instructors may find useful as student handouts or as masters for overhead transparencies.

Again I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the organizations that have contributed material for this edition, especially Building Systems Design, Inc., CREST, and the International Council of Building Officials. I would also like to recognize the work done by the people at Prentice Hall in producing this edition: Ed Francis, Executive Editor, and Michelle Churma, Media Development Editor. In addition to the people at Prentice Hall Lisa Garboski, Production Editor at bookworks, and Patricia Wilson, copy editor, must be thanked. As always, a great debt is owed to my students who keep me up to date. Finally, my wife Janet and son Peter have provided the support needed to focus on my work.

Philip A. Grau III
NCARB, ALA, CSI

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2000

    Had an Older Edition

    I had an older edition of this book from 1988. I loved that book while I was a student drafter. Now I am a teacher and it was lifted, unfortunately or lost in a classroom move. The Drafting Expression section is good reading. All you want to know about dimensioning. I have only found one other book which rivals it and it is the standard high school text, 'Architecture' published by Goodheart Wilcox. But 'Architecture' doesn't have as much dimensioning information as 'Architectural Drawing & Light Construction'.

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