What to study? Passed Building Systems, failed Construction Documentation

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    Alexandra David

    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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    Brian Bishop

    Thanks Alexandra! I’ll look into the AGS book and I’ve already started looking through some CD sets of projects at my firm. I also passed PPD already too, so hopefully I can wrap this up on the next attempt.

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    Derya Diril

    If you have AHPP, study chapter 10 especially 10.6 Construction Drawings. Other than that Ballast or Kaplan's CDS materials if you have those.

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