Course Title: Prepare reinforced concrete drawings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: CIVE5662

Course Title: Prepare reinforced concrete drawings

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6093 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Manager - Tony Skinner
Contact Phone: 9925 4444

Teacher- Chris Sanos
Contact Phone: 9925 8342

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

EDX060 – Prepare basic mechanical and civil engineering drawings to AS 1100

MEM30001A - Use computer aided drafting systems to produce basic engineering drawings

Course Description

This unit covers the competency to interpret and use relevant concrete standards and codes to produce drawings for the detailing of reinforced concrete elements of buildings in accordance with accepted practices as outlined in AS 1100.501 and AS 3600.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EDC070B Prepare reinforced concrete drawings


1. Use relevant codes and current local practice in the production of reinforced concrete drawing related to the proper placement of reinforcement.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Given relevant data, use relevant codes to determine correct concrete cover requirements and placement of reinforcement in various reinforced concrete structural elements.


10. Consider other design and drafting disciplines involved in a structural design project.

Performance Criteria:

10.1 The types of design and drafting activities that make up a major structural design project are understood and used to inform personal work practices.
10.2 The interaction required between disciplines to ensure that all aspects of the project are considered prior to commencing detailed drafting is understood and used to inform personal work practices.
10.3 Drawings from other major disciplines involved in a major design project which need to be interpreted in order to avoid unnecessary construction clashes is understood and used to inform personal work practices.


2. Draw concrete outlines using plans, sections, views and details.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Given relevant data, plans, sections, views and details are drawn to show the concrete outline of various reinforced concrete elements.


3. Identify, label and dimension reinforcement

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Given basic design information, steel reinforcement used in various reinforced concrete applications is drawn, labelled and dimensioned employing appropriate symbols, terminology, linework and lettering.


4. Draw bar types and shapes, hooks, cogs, bends

Performance Criteria:

4.1 The various bar types, shapes, hooks, cogs and bends are correctly drawn.


5. Display bars and fabric with reference to other reinforcement, other elements, requirements of appropriate cover

Performance Criteria:

5.1 The location of bars and fabric is correctly shown on the drawing with reference to other reinforcement, structural elements and cover requirements.


6. Use appropriate system of bar markings to identify reinforcement

Performance Criteria:

6.1 An appropriate bar marking system is employed to correctly identify different reinforcement.


7. Prepare bar schedules and calculation of steel quantities.

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Given relevant data, steel reinforcement schedules are prepared and shown on the drawing.


8. Determine appropriate splice length and anchorage lengths to satisfy various conditions.

Performance Criteria:

8.1 Relevant data is extracted from the SAA Concrete Structure Code and applied to determine correct splice and anchorage length.


9. Detail construction and expansion joints

Performance Criteria:

9.1 Given relevant data construction and expansion joints are correctly detailed.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the Learning Package on the Learning Hub.

Details of Learning Activities

Teacher Directed:

Teacher led face to face and one on one instruction using overheads and notes covering the concepts of preparing concrete engineering drawings to the appropriate standards. This will cover each element in the designated areas of underpinning knowledge and include:

  • Correct interpretation and application of AS 3600: Concrete Structures Code, AS 2807.1: Residential
    Reinforced Concrete Code and CIA Reinforced Concrete Detailing Manual and current local practice in the
    placement of reinforcement. 
  • Correct drawing of Concrete Outline using plans, sections, views and details. 
  • Correct identification, labelling and dimensioning of reinforcement. 
  • Correct drawing of bar types and shapes, hooks, cogs and bends. 
  • Correct display of bars and fabric with reference to other reinforcement and elements of the structure and
    requirements of adequate cover. 
  • Correct use of appropriate system of bar marking to identify reinforcement. 
  • Preparation of bar schedules and calculation of steel quantities. 
  • Extraction of appropriate data from AS 3600 to determine splice and anchorage lengths for various
  • Correct application of AS 1100 and interpretation and

 Simulated Workplace activities:

In a computer lab using Computer Aided Drafting software, students will prepare structural engineering drawings of the following;

  • Footing plan, ground and floor plans of a concrete building
  • Reinforcement layout within floor plans of concrete building
  • Wall and footing details and placement of reinforcement within
  • Concrete beam details with reinforcement
  • Retaining wall setout plan and retaining wall detail
  • Details of concrete building with reinforcement
  • Expansion joint details

 Student Self Directed:

Using the internet students will research AS1100, S 3600: Concrete Structures Code, AS 2807.1: Residential
Reinforced Concrete Code and CIA Reinforced Concrete Detailing Manual and current local practice to further their knowledge of concrete construction and drafting. Students are encouraged to view and analyse a variety of real life projects to help them understand their drawings and put their theory into context.

Teaching Schedule

1 Footing Plan
 2 Ground Floor Plan
 3 First Floor Plan
 4 Column and Footing Detail and Schedules
 6 Beam elevation details
 8 Retaining Wall Layout and Detail
 9 Construction Joint Details
10 Working with other disiplines on an engineering project

 See also Assessment matrix for further information on assessment tasks and expectations

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


AS1100.101- Technical Drawing - General Principles  

AS1100.501- Technical Drawing - Structural Engineering Drawing

AS3600- Concrete Structures Code

AS2870- Residential Slabs and Footings- Construction

HB 2.2 Australian Standards for Civil Engineering students Part 2: Structural Engineering

Reinforced and Pressed Concrete by P.LeP. Darvall. Publisher: The MacMillan Company of Australia Pty. Ltd.

Concrete Structures by R.F. Warner, B.V. Rangan, A.S. Hall and K.A. Faulkes. Publisher: Addison, Wesley, Longman Australia. Pty Ltd.

Reinforcement Detailing Handbook for Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete. Publisher: Concrete Institute of Australia

Design Handbook for Reinforced Concrete Elements by A.S. Beletich and P.J. Uno. Publisher: University of NSW Press Ltd.

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment are conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set out in the National Training Package. Students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under the Assessment Task Section.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table:

NYC (<50%) Not Yet Competent

CAG (50-59%) Competent - Pass

CC (60-69%) Competent - Credit

CDI (70-79%) Competent - Distinction

CHD (80-100%) Competent - High Distinction

Assessment Tasks

See Assessment Matrix below

Assessment Matrix

WeekAssessment% of AssessmentDue DateElement of Competency

 Footing Plan 
 10%End of Week 1 1-3
 2  Ground Floor Plan 20% End of Week 2
 3  First Floor Plan 20%End of Week 3 1-3
 4 Column and Footing Detail and Schedules  20%End of Week 5
 6  Beam elevation details 10%End of Week 7
 8 Retaining Wall Layout and Detail  10%End of Week 8
 9 Construction Joint Details  5%End of Week 9
10Disciplines involved in an engineering project5%Week 1010

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