Point load / uniform load in actual architectural form

how are point load and uniform load translated to architectural language?
ie. is uniform load coming from the weight of the component itself ?
what is the point load refer to , column , foot , fixed furniture , louver ?

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Hi @xurubi ,

I’ll do my best to help!

A point load is a load acting a small area. So they calculate it as acting on a single point.

A uniform load is a load acting across a span or significant area.

A point load might be where one column sits on a beam. A uniform load might be the load of an entire floor across a horizontal support.

Here’s some free online resources I found on the topic.

Hope this helps!