An Insight into Drafting Techniques: Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Sessions 4 - 7

Architectural Draftsman Peter Brookland is working with three senior students in a Workshop designed to introduce them

to the basic skills and conventions involved in drafting. Tim and Thomas already have skills in drawing meticulous detail

and Mike has a strong interest in building architecture and design.

Session 1: An Overview:

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Click TECHNOLOGY STUDENT.COM for a basic

overview of drafting techniques: drawing equipment,

how to draw different perspectives, exploded views

and projections and line and lettering conventions.

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Peter gave a brief overview of computer-aided design

software (CAD). Even though the drafting task is now

largely automated, he pointed out that manual drafting

develops in students an intuitive sense of space,

precision and perspective.

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Designing a staircase?

Hmmm... so many things to consider...

Step height, tread depth, overall gradient, user safety,

construction material, a workable exit point, aesthetic design,

building codes, Council consents...

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Discussing a drafted staircase plan.

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Peter's Polytechnic Project portfolio, illustrating a wide

range of drafting conventions: site plans, scale drawings,

floor plans, projections, elevations, sections,line, lettering

and symbol conventions...

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Click the photo to browse through a Student Handbook:

Basic Drafting Standards and Symbols

Make sense of all the different line types and weights.

Untangle all the graphic symbols.

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Click on the photo to learn to discover some common

architectural blueprint symbols.