What to study? Passed Building Systems, failed Construction Documentation
I'm retaking PDD in a few weeks and I'm looking for some resources to study. I received my score from the first attempt and I passed the section on "Building Materials & Systems" but I failed the "Construction Documentation" section. I'm wondering if I should keep studying BCI but I've always thought that BCI is great for building systems, not necessarily documentation/putting together a CD set.
Any ideas or suggestions on what to study for the Construction Documentation content area?
I just passed PDD. If documentation was the only week area, I would look closely at your firm's drawings from previous projects, on the detail sheets specifically but also be familiar with plans & RCP graphic standards. Architectural Graphic Standards could be a good resource if your firm doesn't have examples.
Building Construction Illustrated was very helpful for me. I read it backwards (starting with the last chapter). Since PDD is more detail oriented, the general concepts in the first chapters weren't as relevant.
I only studied Ballast, MEEB & BCI. I memorized the major CSI categories. I used Designhacks for practice questions. I also took PPD previously, so I didn't go back to those old resources.
I only scanned MEEB. I had read a lot of it for PPD.
Design Hacks has a strange format to the questions, but it helped me evaluate my weak areas.
I found my firm's vendor Lunch & Learns to be very helpful with acoustics, moisture protection and insulation. Those presentations are available for free on youtube or the vendor's website. USG soudbook is great.
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