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How to Read Blueprints

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New estimators sometimes wonder “How do I read blueprints efficiently?”. Although On Center Software/ConstructConnect are not in the business of teaching blueprint reading and estimating skills, we want our customers to have some tools to help them do their jobs to their best ability.


Here are some resources that can help you understand the art of reading blueprints like a pro:

Reading (Books)

The de-factor reference for learning how to read blueprint is and has been “Blueprint Reading: Construction Drawings for the Building Trade”. You can get it from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0071549862 

Another great read (also available on Amazon) is Hammer's Blueprint Reading Basics: https://www.amazon.com/Hammers-Blueprint-Reading-Basics-Charles/dp/0831136146

Online Training

Here are some awesome online resources:


(If you're new to construction estimating, ASPE offers comprehensive training: https://www.aspenational.org/BlankCustom.asp?page=EstimatingAcademy)



And if you’re a “gotta watch how it’s done” sort of person, here are some great YouTube videos on the subject:



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