I was thinking about Layers again and wanted to share a couple of conceptual ideas about layer standards.
When you’re developing your Layer Standards you can use outside influences to define your layers. Being in the AEC market, I let ADT define any layer names that it creates out of the box through Layer Keys. So any layer that the software makes on it’s own, I want to use that as my standard. This simplifies the layer creation and tweaking that I have to do to the software. If ADT makes it, I use it.
AIA has a layer guideline and so does the National CAD Standard. I default to those layer names as much as possible. If they define a layer, I use it.
Layers that I do not like to ever draw on…
Layer Zero (0)
I did not create them, so I do not own them. I should not be using them. I only draw on layers that I can control. If the software does not allow me total control over a layer then I do not want to use it.
ADT does create layers for me, but I could modify them by adjusting the Layer Keys, so that’s okay.