Representation In Text

A picture is worth a thousand words, unless it isn’t. My early training was that every single piece of, for example, a connection had to be shown in a section and if that meant three or four sections for a single connection, then we drew three or four sections. (Language nit-picking clarification: all drawings are …

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Representation In Lines

Continuing yesterday’s topic, here’s an example of the difficulty in extending the standard drafting language used for structural drawings. I’m going to draw on two sources – my possibly inaccurate memory of the standard line types at my first engineering job in the late 1980s, and release 2.1 of the A/E/C Graphics Standard of the …

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Representation On Drawings

I’ve been thinking about this topic a lot lately. There is a standard language for structural drawings – actually there are several, but that doesn’t really change the argument – and I’m wondering if we should drift from it a bit. The basics for structural drawings are framing plans everywhere, elevations where needed, and details …

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Showing The Unshowable

That’s a fantastic picture on the cover of Scientific American, showing a proposed two-level subway below Broadway. In 1905, the first subway, the IRT, had just opened, and the stretch of Broadway shown did not yet have service. The combination of a section through the street sub-grade and a perspective of the buildings and street …

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