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I guess I'm the only Architect here, so here's my two cents.  In my work, all details, (defined as: any magnified view of a plan, elevation or section) are just that, DETAILS.  However I always try to give the field hints about what they are looking at and try to call out what the detail describes, e.g. "Plan Detail at Footing" or "Section Detail at Roof Framing", etc.. That way, there is, hopefully, instant understanding by those in the field of what they are looking at. 

IMO, we are long past the days of having to be cryptically contrite to minimize hand-drafting time. 


I've often wondered why we have to designate them as details or sections.  I avoid it if they are cut on plan.  And if they are referred to in a note it can say, "See 3/S4", without saying whether its a detail or section.  But if it's a standard detail or section, like through an elevator pit, I label it "Standard Section Through Elevator Pit."

John Riley

Nels Roselund <njineer(--nospam--at)> wrote:                   Mithc,     My Sections show a condition that extends some distance on the Plan, such as the intersection of a roof and a wall.  My Details show how to construct a structural Assembly.       Most Sections will refer to Details; for example, the assembly of components for construction a wall anchor that has been drawn schematically in the Section will be shown in the Detail.     A Section is a single view.  A Detail may have several views in order to clarify how the components are to be assembled.       Nels  Roselund, SE  South San Gabriel, CA  njineer(--nospam--at)            From: Sklar, Mitch [mailto:mitch.sklar(--nospam--at)] 
 Sent: Friday, July 14, 2006 6:01 AM
 To: seaint(--nospam--at)
 Subject: Sections or Details       List,     What is the proper title to be used for structural sections and details sheets? I normally refer to my typical as details and my specific cuts tied into the plan as sections. Opinions?            Mitchell J Sklar, PE, MBA  Structural Engineer              

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