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Project Development & Documentation

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The first ARE® 5.0 Project Development & Documentation (PDD) study materials with the NCARB stamp of approval. Prep with Video Lectures, Practice Exams, Digital Flashcards and Practical Application Videos. Prepare on your own schedule, or with your peers in one of our Virtual Workshops. All materials are designed by ARE veterans and built in alignment with NCARB’s exam objectives.


About Project Development & Documentation

The Project Development & Documentation (PDD) exam builds on the concepts covered in the PPD exam. We’ll go in-depth in determining the sizes of structural and MEP systems, how to coordinate specifications with the drawings, and how to perform a code analysis. We’ll also cover how to document these findings in a clear and concise contract document set. Here’s how NCARB structures the PDD exam:

  • Integration of Building Materials & Systems

    10-16 expected items, 10-16% target percentage

    • Analyzing the integration of architectural systems and technologies to meet project goals
    • Determining the size of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems and components to meet project goals
    • Determining the size of structural systems to meet project goals
    • Integrating specialty systems such as acoustics, lighting, fire suppression, conveying, security, and communications to meet project goals
    • Determining how to detail the integration of multiple building systems and technologies
    • Coordinating mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural, and specialty systems and technologies
  • Project Manual & Specifications

    12-18 expected items, 12-18% target percentage

    • Identifying and prioritizing components required to write, maintain, and refine project manual
    • Identifying and prioritizing components required to write, maintain, and refine project specifications
    • Coordinating specifications with construction documentation
  • Construction Costs & Estimates

    2-8 expected items, 2-8% target percentage

    • Analyzing construction cost estimates to confirm alignment with project design
  • Construction Documentation

    32-38 expected items, 32-38% target percentage

    • Determining appropriate documentation of building design
    • Determining appropriate documentation of site features
    • Determining appropriate documentation of detailed building drawings within individual architectural systems
    • Applying standards required to assemble a set of clear and coordinated construction documentation
    • Determining impact of project changes on documentation requirements and methods to communicate those changes to owner and design team
  • Codes & Regulations

    8-14 expected items, 8-14% target percentage

    • Determining adherence to building regulatory requirements (IBC) at detail level
    • Determining adherence with specialty regulatory requirements at the detail level

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ARE® Overall Practice Management (PcM) Project Management (PjM) Programming & Analysis (P&A) Project Planning & Design (PP&D) Project Dev. & Documenation (PD&D) Construction & Evaluation (C&E) Pass Rate Black Spectacles National Avg. 75% 54%

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