Next CAD Standard for 2019:

17 days, 4 hours and 50 minutes after my first year as the CAD MANAGER QA/QC in this Light Train Project the timing is almost perfect for moving to the next CAD Standard. The Design is almost done and the construction phase is gaining momentum.
From now on, it’s RFI’s (Requests for Info) and COR’s (Change Order Requests) time.
We need Sheet Files that are Skinnier, sportive, fast opening and scale-able in means of single sheet revisions and small submissions responding to demands from the field.

Next CAD Standard: what is it all about?

From the beginning of the project, the CAD Files were differed into Sheet Files and Reference Files.
The biggest difference between the old and the new Sheet Files, is that the old ones were Unmanaged Multiple Layout Files and the New ones, are Single Layout Sheet Files Managed through AutoCAD’s Sheet Set Manager.

In the earlier Version of the CAD Standard, the Title Blocks of up to 10 Layouts quoted univalent values for Version/Revision/Revision Date, as well as Project Name, Designer/Checker/ Approv, etc. The Different values in the context of the specific Layout were attributes at a title block of each layout had to be filled up. All the common data was accessible through Custom Properties TAB of the file (DWGPROPS).

Next CAD Standard: Tools

Next CAD Standard: Specific Tools

Next CAD Standard: Tools & Tool Palettes

One of the best ways to comply with CAD Standards in general and move to our Next CAD Standard in particular is to properly exploit AutoCAD Tools & Tool Palettes.
A “TRANSITION” Palette hosting tools for repetitive procedures makes the Process Easy and Fast while – as we speak – we are writing the code for automatic transition to the Next CAD Standard.

Next CAD Standard: True Type Font(s) based Text Styles

Since I had my doubts about a specific True Type Font used in the previous Standard – in the context of copyrights, I spent some time searching for a Windows built-in font with similar width properties and when I found it,I switched to it in the new Template containing the Revised Title Block. 1 Font is now used instead of 3 in the past (our CAD Standard is bilingual). In addition, I created a tool that Switches the existing Text Styles’ font accordingly.

Those are 3 of the visible changes in the New CAD Standard. Of course there are a few dozens – I’ll report on them in the future.

Cheers, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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