Personal CAD Standards impact everyone because they are not shared. Each person is doing what they want. This causes files to differ from one person to another. These differences cause production slow downs.
Outdated CAD Standards can do the same thing. Here are a few things that might happen if your CAD Standard is out of date:
1. You don’t use the power of the newest tools. You are stuck complying with a standard that was created 2 or 3 releases back. Missing out on the productivity can be harmful.
2. You have trouble interacting with others. You get files from other firms that use newer features and you have to “dumb them down” so that you can work on them.
3. You force guidelines on people that are no longer valid. Cramping the expansion of your team based on guidelines that do not take into account the changes in the industry.
4. You get a false sense of productivity. You may be faster doing CAD in an older fashion but no one else is.
5. You do not include newer methods of organization that might be available. Not just the tools have advanced, but your users have also. They have found new ways of doing things, but you have not included them in the standard. This fails to share the latest processes with the entire team.
6. You set your standard up for being ignored. People will soon stop using it.