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Understanding Construction Documents


WMCI Certificate of Completion



$349/1st Attendee | $299/Each Additional Attendee | $75 course textbook

Lead Instructor

Kieth Vandenbergh

Keith has over 38 years of construction experience since graduating from Lake Superior State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology – Construction. He has worked in positions from Field Engineer up to his most recent position as Director of Estimating for Erhardt Construction before retiring. Keith was responsible for estimating activities through all phases of pre-construction and construction from the earliest through the final assembly of the Guaranteed Maximum Price.  Keith’s success has been reinforced by his thorough understanding of the various types of construction documents and their relationships to each other.

Course Information

Who should attend?

This course is structured for the tradesperson who is just entering the field, or for the person that is transitioning into a position that requires a good understanding of how construction documents are related to each other. The class will also demonstrate how the different disciplines correlate with other trades.


Weekly Itinerary

The Understanding Construction Documents program lasts a total of 5 weeks.

  • Week 1: Overview of the Construction Documents, Terminology, Site plans
  • Week 2: Site plans (cont’d), Foundations, Building Framing
  • Week 3: Framing (cont’d), Building Enclosure, Partitioning
  • Week 4: Interior Finishing, Chasing the Details
  • Week 5: Plumbing, Mechanical & Electrical plans, Specifications, Bid Manuals

What you will learn:

  • An understanding of the how to read and understand the various forms of construction documents.
  • Ability to analyze drawings of the various trade disciplines and see how information is referenced throughout a set of Construction Documents.
  • Knowledge of the inter-relationship between the various disciplines included in sets of Construction Documents (blueprints) from a simple duplex through a more complicated school addition.
  • Insight into how inconsistencies are treated and resolved in construction documents.