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You are correct – I don’t see a need for the titles.  Nevertheless, I think that the concepts are helpful in organizing the presentation of a structure.  Starting on the Plan, there are conditions that occur along an extent that are best indicated on the Plan with a Section Cut.  In the Sections, assemblies occur at intervals – construction of those assemblies can be explained in the Details, often requiring more than one view.  In addition, there will be structural assemblies that occur at isolated locations in Plan – often where Sections intersect; these are Details to be called out on the Plan.  The usual flow or sequence for preparing the structural presentation is: Plan to Sections to Details.


Nels Roselund, SE

South San Gabriel, CA


From: John Riley [mailto:jpriley485(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, July 14, 2006 10:38 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Sections or Details


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:



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

From: Sklar, Mitch [mailto:mitch.sklar(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, July 14, 2006 6:01 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Sections or Details




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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