British Columbia

Introduction to Civil Construction Blueprint Reading

Participants will learn how to read a set of civil construction blueprints, drawing specifications, and general notes. Using various samples of civil blueprints, participants will gain experience and practical knowledge for their day-to-day work on construction projects. 


  • Ideal for those who have little or no background in civil blueprint reading. 

Education credits: 

  • The course is eligible for 1 CCA Gold Seal education credit upon completion. 

At the end of the course participants will be able to: 

  • Have an elementary knowledge of civil blueprint reading as it relates to construction projects
  • Understand in general terms the design process and the role of design professionals
  • Understand how building codes and bylaws impact blueprints
  • Understand specifications and the contractual hierarchy
  • Be familiar with civil, architectural, and structural drawings, and how they fit together
  • Understand symbols, notations, abbreviations, and schedules
  • Understand the information shown on the drawings relative to the location of storm, sanitary, water lines, manholes, catch basins, etc. 
  • Know what plan views, sections, elevations, and details are
  • Understand what profiles are and how to interpret the information shown on them
  • Understand civil drawings relative to basic road construction
  • Understand road profiles, cross sections, and standard details
  • Understand and be able to use metric scale rules 
  • Understand how to convert metric and imperial dimensions 
  • Be able to work with the drawings to obtain basic information on dimensions, area calculations, and the ability to do simple material takeoffs. 

Duration: 8 hours

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