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AutoCAD Architecture 2014: Managing Your Drawings

AutoCAD Architecture 2014: Managing Your Drawings


The drawing management environment in AutoCAD
Architecture helps you create, access, organize, and coordinate all your project drawings in
one consolidated interface. The Project Browser, accessed from the streamlined
ribbon user-interface, is where you create new projects and browse for a project to work
on. The Project Browser also offers a customizable
bulletin board to communicate project information, such as project size, type, location, and
client � as well as displaying an interactive DWF of the project. Once you choose which project to make your
active project, closing the project browser displays the Project Navigator palette. When using the Project Navigator palette,
accessing your drawing files is very similar to how you would access them via your Windows
Explorer. However, a key advantage to using the Project
Navigator is that drawing access is integrated directly within AutoCAD Architecture. Meaning – you do not have to leave the application
to load files or search through complicated directories, that could potentially be scattered
throughout your network. There are a few key concepts you should know
when working in a project environment. The Project tab displays basic, identifying
information about the current project, including the number of levels and divisions.
Levels are where you specify the floor elevations for your building, while divisions allow you
to optionally subdivide larger building plans into areas or “wings.” The Constructs tab is where you create and
organize the drawings that contain the basic geometry of your building. These base files can contain AutoCAD Architecture
objects, 2D AutoCAD linework, or a combination of both depending on your needs. If you normally
define base drawings using AutoCAD that you then x-reference together, this workflow should
be familiar. The main difference is that in AutoCAD Architecture, you indicate where the
base drawing resides in the overall building specifically what level it should belong to. In some cases, like the curtain wall facade
of a building the construct drawing might belong to or span several levels. Elements provide a convenient block library
for repeated elements, such as repeated building core or typical office furniture layouts.
Elements can be easily XREFed into your base plans by dragging and dropping from the Project
Navigator. Explore the sample project to see more details
about its use. Notice, how when you click on a drawing, you
not only get a preview of the drawing file but you can also get other important information
such as when the drawing was last modified and by whom. Additionally, if you’re interested in a tool
that will help automate the creation of project drawings such as floor plans, sections, elevations,
and even schedules, the Project Navigator can help here as well. The Views tab allows you to specify, in architectural
terms, which base drawing files or constructs to automatically gather up to create the desired
plan. For example, creating a view of the first
floor is a very easy task � simply specify the desired level and the Project Navigator
will walk you through its creation, automatically filtering out drawings belonging to other
floors. The appropriate base drawings are automatically
x-referenced to the newly created floor plan view � eliminating the traditional method
of attaching these files manually. You�ll see in the �Creating Sections�
movie, how placing a section mark, also automates the process of creating a section view of
your project. With the floor plan created you can now annotate
it with door tags, callouts, and dimensions. Because Project Navigator streamlines the
coordination of drawings, placing drawings on a sheet for plotting couldn’t be easier. If you are familiar with the Sheet Set Manager
in AutoCAD, you should notice that the Sheets tab of the Project Navigator is nearly identical.
Simply create, name, and number a new plot sheet and drag and drop the view onto the
sheet. AutoCAD Architecture’s Project Navigator automatically
creates a viewport, attaches the view drawing at the scale you specify. When using callouts,
notice when a sheet number changes any references are automatically coordinated.

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