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New ew estimators sometimes wonder “How do I read blueprints efficiently?”

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


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:

Another great read (also available on Amazon) is Hammer's Blueprint Reading Basics:

Online Training

Here are some awesome online resources:

(If you're new to construction estimating, ASPE offers comprehensive training:


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