Is there a good source for construction blueprint symbols?

In summary, there are many different symbols used in architecture, and it can be helpful to consult a book or website that offers a broader overview of the field.
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Where can I find a reliable and comprehensive list of symbols and notations used in construction blueprints?
I've seen quite a few websites but I don't know how far to trust them. Is there a book I could use?

Thanks so much

Joe
 
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Try contacting the American Institute of Architects (AIA) at https://www.aia.org. If you are in the US there is probably a local chapter.

If there is a local school (high school, jr. college, college) try a visit to their bookstore, or an instructor for Drafting.

Also, the local building department may (or may not) be a source for leads.

It has been decades since I was slightly involved in this field, but please realize that there are many hundreds of symbols & standards used in Architecture.

There are symbol groups for detailing Construction (windows, doors, framing, concrete, steel, details for joining beams), Plumbing, Architectural details, Landscaping, Electrical, Appliances, Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning (HVAC)... and the list goes on.

The below were found with:
https://www.google.com/search?q=architectural+drawing+symbols+pdf

Here is a start from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developement website:
https://www.huduser.gov/portal/sites/default/files/pdf/Architectural-Drawing-Part-1.pdf

This one may be too basic for you but it includes tips on what to watch out for in drawings:
https://inar.yasar.edu.tr/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Drawing-Conventions_3.pdf

Here is a symbol group that AutoCAD uses (rather limited):
https://www.g-wlearning.com/cad/7376/resources/data/symbols.pdf

More of an overview of an architectural dwg.
https://www.pearsonhighered.com/assets/samplechapter/0/1/3/2/0132740648.pdf

Cheers,
Tom
 
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Tom.G said:
Try contacting the American Institute of Architects (AIA) at https://www.aia.org. If you are in the US there is probably a local chapter.

If there is a local school (high school, jr. college, college) try a visit to their bookstore, or an instructor for Drafting.

Also, the local building department may (or may not) be a source for leads.

It has been decades since I was slightly involved in this field, but please realize that there are many hundreds of symbols & standards used in Architecture.

There are symbol groups for detailing Construction (windows, doors, framing, concrete, steel, details for joining beams), Plumbing, Architectural details, Landscaping, Electrical, Appliances, Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning (HVAC)... and the list goes on.

The below were found with:
https://www.google.com/search?q=architectural+drawing+symbols+pdf

Here is a start from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developement website:
https://www.huduser.gov/portal/sites/default/files/pdf/Architectural-Drawing-Part-1.pdf

This one may be too basic for you but it includes tips on what to watch out for in drawings:
https://inar.yasar.edu.tr/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Drawing-Conventions_3.pdf

Here is a symbol group that AutoCAD uses (rather limited):
https://www.g-wlearning.com/cad/7376/resources/data/symbols.pdf

More of an overview of an architectural dwg.
https://www.pearsonhighered.com/assets/samplechapter/0/1/3/2/0132740648.pdf

Cheers,
Tom
Thanks,very helpful
 

1. What are construction blueprint symbols used for?

Construction blueprint symbols are used to communicate important information about a building design to architects, engineers, and construction workers. These symbols represent various objects, materials, and measurements that are necessary for constructing a building.

2. Where can I find a comprehensive list of construction blueprint symbols?

There are many resources available online and in textbooks that provide comprehensive lists of construction blueprint symbols. Some common sources include architectural and engineering reference books, construction industry websites, and educational institutions.

3. Are there standard symbols used in construction blueprints?

Yes, there are standard symbols used in construction blueprints that have been established by organizations such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). These standards ensure consistency and accuracy in communication among professionals in the construction industry.

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Reading and interpreting construction blueprint symbols requires some knowledge of architectural and engineering principles. Many colleges and universities offer courses in blueprint reading, and there are also online resources and books available for self-study. It is important to have a thorough understanding of the symbols and their meanings before attempting to interpret a blueprint.

5. Are there any symbols that are specific to a certain country or region?

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