CADDManager on January 29th, 2010

Simplified Upgrade Pricing Begins March 16, 2010 You need to be aware of a change that is coming… From the Autodesk website… Autodesk is introducing a new, streamlined upgrade pricing model on March 16, 2010. Under our current upgrade pricing model, the price of your upgrade depends on which product release you own. After March [...]

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CADDManager on January 17th, 2010

There are two types of archives that I suggest you do. The first is Archiving Submittals.  The second is Archiving Milestones. This post is about archiving Project Submittals.  Those contractual deliverables that come at specific times in the life of your project. Archiving a project is critical to the retention of data for future use. [...]

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CADDManager on January 17th, 2010

Archiving Issues and Submittals should be done as outlined in a previous post. As projects progress, there may be a need to save prior versions. Milestones are reached in the design that are not at a submittal point. Changes in the design cause major reworking of files. Saving the older versions can come in handy [...]

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CADDManager on January 12th, 2010

When plotting to hardcopy you see the results of your efforts instantly. You get a visual product that can quickly be scanned visually. Finding error on hardcopy is often easier than finding them on digital copies. Do you have a method for reviewing the output that is created digitally before it is sent to others? [...]

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CADDManager on January 11th, 2010

Page Setup and Plotting This is an area that is constantly a battle. Getting the output to look consistent is the goal of all CAD Managers and firms. Get it right and no one will complain (or compliment) – but get it wrong and the all of your efforts will be for nothing. Everyone will [...]

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CADDManager on January 7th, 2010

Sheet Numbering and Layout Ideas Many firms have standard ways of numbering sheets in a set – here are my favorites. Details The numbering of the details should be done per the project standard provided by the Project Manager. Details are typically designated “1” “2” “3”, etc. Plans, Elevations and Sections Plans are designated “1” [...]

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CADDManager on January 6th, 2010

I think that Detail Sheets should be created by using the standard sheet divided into standard modules defined by a layout grid (see previous post). The modular grid shall be rendered visible in the sheet and in the final plot. The visibility of the grid on detail sheets is optional, some firms box in their [...]

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CADDManager on January 5th, 2010

Standard Detail Module I suggest that you create a standard box or module that contains the details. This provides modularity and you can drop in a detail to a standard area on your files. The standard drawing module size shall be X inches high by Y inches wide bounding box. The size you use is [...]

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CADDManager on January 4th, 2010

Detail Creation methods How do you create and store details? This has provided a good opening to a healthy conversation over the years. There are so many ways to do this and none of them are really wrong. Do you create them as Blocks? Do you create them as Xrefs? Do you display them through [...]

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