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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The most current information on architectural drawing and residential design, delineation, detailing and specification writing, residential planning, and light-frame construction is covered in this thorough revision. From clear, concise explanations of drafting and design fundamentals to the latest equipment and techniques--the material is continuously bolstered with troubleshooting tips, illustrations, and guidelines. The fourth edition retains many of the original hand illustrations to express the quality and character possible in architectural drawing techniques. To keep pace with current trends, computer-aided design and drafting have been introduced for the first time.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
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 drawing exercises 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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