A schedule as applied to construction working drawings is an organized method of presenting general notes or lists of materials, building components (doors, windows, etc.), equipment, and so forth in a drawing in tabulated form. The main purpose of incorporating schedules into a set of construction documents is to provide clarity, location, sizing, materials, and information on the designation of doors, windows, roof finishes, equipment, plumbing, and electrical fixtures. Properly done, schedules help keep drawings from becoming cluttered with too much printed information or notes and have proven to be great time-saving devices for the person preparing the drawing as well as the architect, engineer, contractor, and workers on the site. This chapter is intended to assist the reader in interpreting tabulated information on blueprint drawings. It should be understood that schedules and specifications give specific details about actual items, while drawings generally show the size and location of the item.

Schedules are generally organized in a drawing set such that they are near the discipline to which they are related. There are several different approaches to setting up a schedule; it may include all or some of the following information about the product:

• Rough opening size

Many different items or features may be described in schedules: some examples are, doors, windows, lintels, columns, beams, electrical equipment or fixtures, plumbing and mechanical equipment, room finish information, and appliances. These schedules are essentially tables (i.e., a box of columns and rows) that list information about specific items. Schedules allow you to quickly refer to a specific item. On large commercial projects schedules may require several sheets. The exact method of representation depends upon individual company standards. While schedules are usually presented in tabulated form, they are often accompanied by pictorial schedules for additional clarity. This feature is discussed below.

There are many software systems today that allow you to make schedules easily and quickly. For example, in Architectural Desktop schedules are constructed of tabulated data that are extracted from the individual objects in your drawings. To simplify matters, Autodesk has built into ADT2 a good number of schedules that can be used as is or as a basis for customizing. VectorWorks Architect is another excellent program for generating door and window schedules. Figure 9.1 illustrates some of the procedures used to generate door and window schedules using VectorWorks CAD software.

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Figure 9.1A An example of a door schedule generated using VectorWorks CAD software (source: VectorWiki).

Figure 9.1A An example of a door schedule generated using VectorWorks CAD software (source: VectorWiki).

Figure 9.1B An example of a door schedule generated using VectorWorks CAD software (source: VectorWiki).

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