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The Basic/Beginner course is geared toward participants who have little or no LBM industry related experience. Basic blueprint reading skills covered will be include; developing an operational understanding of floor plans, elevations, sections and details, as well as the interpretation of construction drawings to develop building material takeoffs.

This Basic/Beginner course is a good foundational course that offers a methodology with templates and checklists to develop a comprehensive estimating procedure including processes that participants can bring back with them to their yard. In addition to building an estimating framework, this course offers hands-on practice of the techniques learned to do takeoffs for smaller projects. Decks, garages, and single story residences with simple roofs are the hands-on practice exercises used for this class. Prerequisites for this course are some basic building knowledge especially rough framing carpentry. Some basic proficiency in computational math using a calculator (+,-, X, / and square root.) as well as an understanding of dimensions and scaling for measurement.

Who should attend:

The Basic/Beginner course is for participants with little or no experience with drawings and takeoffs that want to learn the fundamentals of blueprint reading and estimating material takeoffs.

Course Overview:

An Introduction to construction drawings and developing an estimate or takeoff

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop an operational understanding of drawings and their use
  • Learn to read and interpret the drawings
  • Explore how to use floor plans, elevations, sections and details to figure out a project’s material needs
  • Consider the characteristics of good estimates including consistency and documentation
  • Learn how to create an accurate estimate and the keys to success
  • Develop efficient estimating skills and understand best practices
  • Examine how to avoid the common pitfalls in estimating and quantity takeoffs

All attendees leave with:

A comprehensive workbook with course handouts that include templates, checklists, formulas, estimating forms, construction details, conversion factors, shortcut tables to determine sell lengths, sample house plans with a sample estimate, and an architectural scale.


March 14 & 15, 2016

Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm

Breakfast & Lunch included


Acadia Insurance Company

500 Enterprise Dr., Ste. 2A

Rocky Hill, CT 06067

Assessment Forms:

BPR Assessment Tool Basic_Beginner

Registration Forms:

LDAC Blueprint Beginner