Manual of Engineering Drawing

4th Edition

Technical Product Specification and Documentation to British and International Standards

Authors: Colin Simmons Dennis Maguire
Paperback ISBN: 9780080966526
eBook ISBN: 9780080966533
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 11th May 2012
Page Count: 384
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Manual of Engineering Drawing is a comprehensive guide for experts and novices for producing engineering drawings and annotated 3D models that meet the recent BSI and ISO standards of technical product documentation and specifications. This fourth edition of the text has been updated in line with recent standard revisions and amendments. The book has been prepared for international use, and includes a comprehensive discussion of the fundamental differences between the ISO and ASME standards, as well as recent updates regarding legal components, such as copyright, patents, and other legal considerations.

The text is applicable to CAD and manual drawing, and it covers the recent developments in 3D annotation and surface texture specifications. Its scope also covers the concepts of pictorial and orthographic projections, geometrical, dimensional and surface tolerancing, and the principle of duality. The text also presents numerous examples of hydraulic and electrical diagrams, applications, bearings, adhesives, and welding.

The book can be considered an authoritative design reference for beginners and students in technical product specification courses, engineering, and product designing.

Key Features

  • Expert interpretation of the rules and conventions provided by authoritative authors who regularly lead and contribute to BSI and ISO committees on product standards
  • Combines the latest technical information with clear, readable explanations, numerous diagrams and traditional geometrical construction techniques
  • Includes new material on patents, copyrights and intellectual property, design for manufacture and end-of-life, and surface finishing considerations


Engineering designers (including students and practising designers)

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Drawing Office Management and Organization

Engineering Drawing Practices

Drawing Practice and the Computer (CAD: Computer Aided Draughting and Design)

Why Introduce BS 8888 and Withdraw BS 308?

Chapter 2. Product Development and Computer Aided Design

Computer Aided Draughting and Design

Technical Product Documentation

Access into the Computer Network

Quality Assurance

Chapter 3. Design for Manufacture to End of Life

Chapter 4. Intellectual Property and Engineering Design




Important Points to Remember

Chapter 5. CAD Organization and Applications

Computer and Software Purchase

Project Development

Size of Computer

Parametric Design

Sheet Metalwork Application

Pipework Systems

Communicating Design Concepts

Materials Options

Typical CAD Drawings and 3D Models

Chapter 6. Principles of First and Third Angle Orthographic Projection

First Angle Projection

Third Angle Projection

Projection Symbols

Drawing Procedure

Reading Engineering Drawings

Projection Exercises

Chapter 7. Linework and Lettering

Drawing Paper Sizes


Types of Line and Their Application

Chain Lines

Coinciding Lines


Minimum Character Height for Capital Letters and Numerals

Drawing Modifications

Care and Storage of Original Drawings

Chapter 8. Three-dimensional Illustrations Using Isometric and Oblique Projection

Isometric Projection

Oblique Projection

Chapter 9. Drawing Layouts and Simplified Methods

Single-part Drawing

Collective Single-part Drawings

Assembly Drawings

Collective Assembly Drawing

Design Layout


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About the Author

Colin Simmons

Colin H. Simmons is an international engineering standards consultant and a member of numerous BSI and ISO committees dealing with technical product documentation and specifications. He is a former practising mechanical design engineer and author of many publications on engineering drawing, product specification and standards.

Affiliations and Expertise

Engineering Standards Consultant, UK

Dennis Maguire

Dennis E. Maguire was a design engineer and senior lecturer at Southall College, UK.

Affiliations and Expertise

Former Lecturer, Southall College, UK