Learn to Read Structural Drawings

Categories: Structural detailing
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About Course

Structural drawing is one of the most important documents needed in construction. The ability of the constructor/site engineer/project manager to understand the structural drawings increase the chance of success of the project. As a graduate seeking employment opportunities, interpreting structural drawings is an important skill to get better in.

This course offers a practical approach to reading structural drawings. We make use of a real-life project to explain the nitty-gritty of structural drawings.

We will show how to read all major structural drawings of elements such as slab, beam, column, staircase, foundation, retaining wall, and shear/lift wall.

The technique of creating a bar bending schedule is also explained in detail in this course. Detailed explanation on placing of reinforcements for each structural element as well as detailing of different types of staircases.

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What Will You Learn?

  • Learn how to interpret and read structural layouts
  • Learn how to interpret and read reinforcement details for all structural elements
  • How to prepare bar bending schedule from structural details
  • A complete building structural drawing will be used as case study
  • Learn how to check and correction structural drawing on site
  • Learn how to synchronize the architectural design with the structural design

Course Content


  • What to learn
  • Course project – The architectural design

Structural Layouts – Foundations and Floors

Structural Elements – Slab

Structural Elements – Beam

Structural Elements – Column

Structural Element – Staircase

Structural Element – Shearwall

Structural Elements – Foundation

Structural Element – Retaining wall

Bar Bending Schedule (BBS)

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