Vol. 5 Issue 11 --- November,  2005
BAD CAD - It affects us all

This month I start a series on what I call BAD CAD...

We have all seen it.  Those files that we get from others.  Those files that do not work well.  The ones that crash. 

We will look into how to find the flaws and get them fixed

Mark W. Kiker, Editor

In This Journal


Finding the Flaws

CSI - CAD Standards Investigator

Beyond the CAD Standards

Oct. Survey Says!

On the Website

Take our latest Survey - Where do you go for help?

On the Blog
AutoCAD 2006 - Layer Merge

AutoCAD 2006 Express Tool - SYSVDLG

AutoCAD 2006 Exploding Blocks - Has my watch stopped?



Latest CAD News

Quick Tip - ADT 2006 Palette View Options


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Then select View Options

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BAD CAD - an Overview

I had an opportunity (nice way to put it) to investigate some CAD files that were not in optimal shape recently.  They had a checkered history of creation, so I was weary of the files and knew they needed to be checked out.

They were created with a combination of data that included client files, prior architects files and my in-house crew.  They we opening very slow and sometimes failing altogether. 

I started looking into the files and followed a process that I have used over the years to finding out the problems.  

Keep reading if you want to know more...

BAD CAD - finding the flaws in Files

Take the time to make a progressive investigation.  Take notes.  Be methodical.    

Step One: Interview the Users

I start talking with the users to see what is wrong.  What are the complaints?  I talk with several users to get as much info as I can.  I categorize the results...  Plotting, Opening, Saving, Referencing files, Layers, functions not working right.  After I have my categories I know what to start looking for.

More on the web...

CSI - CAD Standards Investigator

Many of you are called on to maintain and enforce the CAD Standards (part of the job for us CM's).  So I know that you have to find out where the mistakes are and correct them.

I like to think of it as CSI work.  CSI as the name implies is when you have to look for the non-standard parts of your files and get them fixed.

A CSI is involved in many levels.  They have to make sure they have the right layers and colors and linetypes.  Here are a few tips for when to put this hat on and take it off.

more on the web...

Beyond the CAD Standards

There are many areas that fall outside of CAD Standards proper that you may have to keep track of.  Here is my list of what you may need to keep a sharp eye on...   

More on the web...

October 2005 - Survey Says

We asked about you use of 2D and 3D and got some interesting results.  

Only 8% said they we not using 2D at all.  So 92% of us are still using 2D for some or all of our work.

61% were still heavily into 2D and 27% are heavily in 3D.  I wonder what Autodesk thinks about that?

 Oct. Results

November Survey - Where do you go for Help?  Let us know what you are doing.

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Editor: Mark W. Kiker 2005 by CTG.