This CD-ROM and workbook package provides students with the information needed to understand how construction components are assembled, attached, installed, and built. The material examines both lightframe and commercial construction by discussing the similarities and differences of general occupancies and detailing the structural materials used. Formatted for both Macintosh and PC platforms, this CD-ROM contains animations and audio features that maintain the students' interest while enabling them to understand the visual properties of construction systems. These features also explain each component's relationship to other elements and the project as a whole. Furthermore, links to manufacturers' web sites offer additional information on specific materials used in construction.
The accompanying workbook contains challenging activities that encourage periodical, internet, and hands-on research, including discussion and essay questions and on-site assignments that will require students to illustrate their observations.