How to Read Structural Drawing – A Step by Step Guide

by Asad Ali Khan


The first step toward the preparation of the bar bending schedule is to consult, arrange and organize the drawings.


Discussed the importance of a bar bending schedule in this article.


The principal purpose of drawings is to provide accurate detail and measurement of each component of the finished product. This blueprint is a key document that enables contractors to execute any activity on site. Nowadays, the three most common types of structures built are steel structure, concrete frame structure and wooden structure. In this article, we will discuss concrete frame structure.


Key Plan/ General Arrangement Plan

It comprises a key plan that identifies the site location the outlines of the building works in relation to the wider context of the area where construction work will carry out.


How to Read Structural Drawing – A Step by Step Guide
Key Plan

Site/Location plan


This is a zoom image of the key plan that locate the position of the building and the general layout of the site works. This further identifies the adjoining roads, existing buildings structures and highlights areas of the site where work shall be carried out.


How to Read Structural Drawing – A Step by Step Guide
Site plan