Graphical Detailing in Construction

Learners develop knowledge and apply skills to produce graphical information by manual and computer-aided design (CAD) methods.

Introduction to graphical detailing in construction unit

The construction industry is heavily reliant on communicating through the use of graphical information and detailing. Whether you are a designer, builder or planner, an understanding of drawn information and the ability to produce it yourself is an essential part of your work. As such, Information can be produced using manual or CAD methods. Although the industry is fast moving towards CAD, skills in the use of manual methods remain very important, especially those to make freehand sketches.


What’s included in the graphical detailing in construction unit?

In this unit, you will develop an understanding of the range of media, equipment and techniques required to produce drawings manually, and you will learn about CAD techniques and requirements for detailing. You will produce a number of drawings following British Standards using manual and CAD methods. Therefore, this unit will help you develop the skills to produce freehand sketches.


What progression route is there after taking this unit?

The knowledge and skills gained in this unit are essential to prepare you for progression to various roles in architectural and landscape design. An understanding of graphical representation is essential in other roles too, such as site management, site engineering, planning and quantity surveying. As a result, this unit will also help you progress to a higher education programme in construction and related disciplines.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  1. Understand the resources required to produce construction drawings
  2. Develop construction drawings for a given construction brief
  3. Undertake production of two-dimensional and three-dimensional freehand construction sketches.

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Awarding Organisation (AO)

Pearson (Edexcel)








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