Technical drawings are also known as drafting or draughting. These are created to visualize a design project. The features and functions of a structure are explained through these drawings.
Technical Construction Drawings are significantly different from artistic drawings. Technical drawings convey just one specific meaning while artistic drawings can be interpreted in several ways.
Why Technical Drawings?
- The technical drawings give you a clear picture of structures to be created, modules to be installed and components to be assembled.
- You can edit, modify or transform these drawings on the spot.
- The technical drawing basics are usually completed during the initial design development phase. As the project progresses, these drawings become more specific and detailed.
What kinds of documents are considered as Technical Drawings?
The following documents can be considered technical construction drawings:
- Design intent drawings
- Detail drawings
- Working construction drawings
- Assembly drawings
- Installation drawings
- General arrangement drawings
- Shop drawings
- Component drawings
- Record drawings
- As-built drawings
Technical Drawings Best Practices
You can get the most out of your technical drawings with these tips:
- The scale of the drawings must reflect the detailing which is to be conveyed. Use graphical techniques such as varying thickness of lines and hatching to convey more information in minimum illustration.
- Ensure best practices of documentation and annotation while creating technical drawings. This way, these will be easy to read afterwards and can be converted to renders quickly. Make extensive use of title blocks, notation, symbols and dimensions to keep your design consistent.
- Keep the specification information separately to avoid duplication and contradiction.
- Do not forget the supplier and part number on the drawing wherever hardware installation is required.