ANSWER TO REVIEW QUESTION 1
The bill of materials for a given project is organized into a tabulated statement to include item number (parts
and materials); name; description; unit of measure; quantity; and, where called for, the stock size and number; and
sometimes the weight. (para 5-1)
Section II. Reading Bills of Materials
a. Heading. The headings were discussed in
EXAMPLE BILL OF MATERIALS
paragraph 5-2d. Under quantities required in figure
a. Figure 5-1 shows the floor pan and detail
5-2, the types of wall panels are: (1) WPW-window
drawings for a 50-man barracks on a concrete floor.
panel, (2) DPW-door panel, and (3) BPW-blank
This set of construction drawings should be sufficient
panel. The final W after all the abbreviations
to develop a bill of materials.
indicates that wood cladding and felt are to be used to
cover the structure.
b. Figure 5-2 is the bill of materials for the 50-
man barracks. It contains a great deal of information.
b. Body. In the body, each of the major groups
To develop a detailed bill of materials such as this
(frame, cladding, floor, etc.) have been listed
would require experience in construction print
separately. Each major group has been subdivided
reading, construction procedures, and methods of
into groups of common items and under the
subgroups the individual items have been listed and
described in detail. For example, the major group,
FRAME, has been divided into the subgroups,
lumber and nails. Then, under lumber, each size
READING PREPARED BILL OF
board that is needed is listed and described. The
units of measure for each item are abbreviated. You
As stated previously, the bill of materials is
should be familiar with these abbreviations. The
usually made up by the draftsman at the time of
amounts listed under quantities required are those
preparation of the original drawings. It is important
required for the total structure. Figure 5-3 is the
that you be able to read a prepared bill of materials.
construction drawing for a frame for an officer's tent.
Figure 5-4 is a completed bill of materials for figure