Understanding Construction Documents

Understanding Construction Documents (UCD) will provide you with an overview of the various construction documents and how they work together. The focus of this course will be on understanding how the specifications are organized and why it is important for EVERY trade on the project to review and understand how they impact each trade price.

In this one day course, you will focus on construction drawings and how they are organized, including instruction on symbols, notes, and abbreviations and what they all mean. You will also examine how drawings and specs work together and discuss what is often missed, but must be considered in preparing bids. You will be provided with a set of drawings from a recent project and will work through a series of exercises to understand the process.

This course is ideal for… New estimators, future project coordinators and superintendents working for general or trade contractors, manufacturers and suppliers.



1 Gold Seal Credit


Facilitator: Randy Storoschuk, Sustainable2 Construction Services Ltd.

Randy has over 35 years of experience in construction, fulfilling duties such as a labourer, estimator, chief estimator, project manager and risk manager. He has worked under many contractual IMG_2575arrangements such as lump sum, design/build, unit price and P3 for building, civil and industrial projects. Notable projects that Randy has worked on are the MTS Centre, Manitoba Hydro’s Downtown Office Building, Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Disraeli Bridges Project. In the early stages of his career, Randy estimated and managed lump sum bid and negotiated projects which included all areas of construction. Randy then moved into risk management where the focus was on Request For Proposal responses, preconstruction planning and construction document development while working in a project team environment.

Over the past few years of his “retirement,” Randy has been giving back to the industry by mentoring up-and-coming estimators and sharing his knowledge and experiences in the classroom. Randy facilitates a range of courses for the Winnipeg Construction Association, including Estimating, Understanding Construction Documents and Risk Management.

  • November 6, 2015
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Venue:   Winnipeg Construction Association - Burnell Room

1447 Waverley St., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3T 0P7