Archives: Engineering

Shop Detail Drawings

A shop detail drawing is a graphic representation in some form of a part or the whole of a structure member like a beam or a column, that gives enough information to fabricate of the parts shown. Detail drawings should include, but aren’t limited to: Sufficient accurate illustrations of the member to be manufactured, giving • Read More »


How I was able to get Chief Architect 8 to run in Windows 7

Chief Architect, bless their hearts, is telling everyone that has license to their older versions that they must update to a later version of their software with the newer operating systems like Windows 7, 8, and 10. Hey, that just makes good business sense if you are a big software developer. You don’t want folks • Read More »


What is a CAD Program

The acronym CAD stands for Computer Aided Drafting or CADD which is Computer Aided Drafting and Design. Simply put, a CAD program is a drafting board built into a computer program. But it’s even more than that! The accuracy obtained in these programs can be measured to 1/1000 of an inch, even though this can • Read More »


Vintage House Plans Download

Designing a home that’s truly classic in nature seems to be a lost art in most architectural circles. Middle to late 19th and early 20th century homes represented a true beauty that’s been lost in a modern society, yet many prospective homeowners would love the idea of having such a classic styled home designed for • Read More »


Reading Dimensions On A Floor Plan

A dimension is the measurement of one point to another. In the case of an architectural floor plan, it’s what guides a framer to build the building. So in fact, dimensions are one of the most important elements of a floor plan drawing. Without them there would be no way to determine the geometry of • Read More »


Steps Involved in HVAC Training

Heating, air conditioning, and ventilation technician job opportunities are growing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the demand for workers will expand by 34 percent over the next several years, making it one of the fastest growing industrial job fields. To get into this field, however, you need HVAC training and certification. What Does • Read More »


Career in Engineering

A career in engineering is a rewarding career. There are many fields in an engineering career. Some of the engineers design products. Others are involved in manufacturing and construction industry. The petrol chemical is also a popular field in engineering career. Altogether, there are more than 25 major specialties in engineering that is recognized. Some • Read More »


Old Colonial Architecture

Colonial architecture was and is the architecture of rectangles. On the floor plan, these rectangles intersected each other much the same as they would in a game of dominoes. In the elevations the parallelogram was used almost exclusively, with its looks enhanced by a great deal of horizontal lines. Arches, curves and oblique shapes were • Read More »


Tips on Editing Spline Curves with ZWCAD

At the beginning of 2010, an article in a newsletter caught my eye. It was about the ZWCAD Design Contest 2010, and the topic for the contest was on designing the future. Winners would receive an iPod Touch or iPod Nano music player, and a license of the new ZWCAD 2010 software. The way I • Read More »


Economic Home Design and House Keeping

There is a definite relation between the work of the house keeper and that of the architectural designer. It is a part of the business of the designers to do what he can to make housekeeping easy. He or she can do a great deal. They should understand the principles and practice of good housekeeping. • Read More »