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Autocad Structural Detailing Standards

Nov 09, 2014




AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards Standards and Template DevelopmentSpeaker(s) Name Adam Sheather


This course will guide you through the setup and incorporation of your current AutoCAD Standards in the AutoCAD Structural Detailing Templates. Each "flavor" of AutoCAD Structural Detailing (Formwork, Reinforcement and Steel) will be looked at from a settings point of view. You'll learn about creating templates, layers, and linetypes consistent with your current AutoCAD Standards. The course will also look at Autodesk Revit and Robot integration techniques and de development of user-defined defined objects that can be created for use with AutoCAD Structural Detailing.

About the Speaker:Adam Sheather has several years experience as a structural/civil draftsman using Autodesk Revit. He has worked on many international projects projects from the Middle East region, Asia, the UK, and Australia. Some of the largest works were Marina settlements for over 280,000 people. Adam joined KarelCAD as an applications specialist and now spends most of his time working as a project technical consultant co with the largest firms in Australia using all versions of Revit, Navisworks, 3ds Max, Inventor and various AutoCAD verticals in the AEC and MSD fields for solving current issues on integrated project deliverables as they emerge into the market and become more commonplace. [email protected]

AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

IntroductionThe following information is for the development of standards for the 3 modules of AutoCAD Structural Detailing. The following i information nformation is only related to the setup and does not incorporate the use of commands or workflows.

General Settings. The general settings ettings are from the options dialog dialog in AutoCAD there will be an additional tab.

These general settings contain information regarding what template files are used in creation of an ASD project. The top selection option refers to the template template file itself, which can be modified or created to company standards if required. The bottom option is the workspace setup for each of the options allowing users to redefine thei their workspaces as required when first creatio creation a project. Workspaces can still be defined in a project, this is only used in project file creation. 2

AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

FORMWORK SETTINGSThe formwork settings occupy to main setting options. Those for the actual creation and management of the 3D objects, while another set allows us to manipulate description styles or tags with different configurations to suit drawing Standards.

Job Preference Settings Job preferences is created from a template file, The breakdown of a formwork project is a combination of model del elements, positioning (naming the objects i.e. for a concrete column the designation might be CC1.1)

UNITS: This allows the defilement of the unit type to be used for definition and creation of objects and the dimensioning of those objects. It gives the user the ability to round up to various overall values and for different t dimension sizes for different views. Also allows the ability to associate the cost and volumes for tender and pricing purposes.


AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

Databases:Databases allow the user to create and modify model objects for use in the project. These are broken down into 6 categories however each option is vastly different in terms of function, creation and projection for view creation.

Sections: Sections refers to any columns, beams and faming members required for your project. You can access the list to add or remove remove sections from each project as is needed or you can have a set of predefined options saved in the template.

The sections that are available are from the standard set of database templates ASD comes with. Database information can be accessed, manipulated or created from scratch. T These 4

AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

databases store parameter information, engineering data, naming conventions and much more. They are stored as Microsoft Access databases. Be aware for those using Office 2007 that if you choose to manipulate the data not to update the database.

Like most ost standard practices if you are planning to make modifications then save a copy of the original and alter the copy. The profile databases are found in this location. C:\Program Files\Common Common Files\Autodesk Files Shared\Structural\Common Common Data\Data\Prof Data These databases bases are created by region or local area so pick the database accordingly to the standards being used. Once the database is selected we can then add additional members to our project.

Creation of items can also be done instead of using the database. This will open up a dialog that allows definition of the member and will stored the ne new configuration in the project to be used. This allows the user to pick a shape option which is important and then use the new object in the project.


AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

MaterialsThe materials options bring up the current list of the materials that can be used in a project. The material itself allows the defilement of the modeling information, hatching information as well as cost and other engineering g data. You can create as many materials as you need for your project.

In the materials creation dialog you can specify basic database ase information to the material. This is done by clicking on the material database link option and selecting an a database file from the following folder. Common Files\Autodesk Files Shared\Structural\Common Common Data\Data\Mate Data C:\Program Files\Common


AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

After Database attributes are added you can then create new and manipulate the hatching and color of the hatch as well as the type of material. Be aware you have only four options for material type you may wish to create.

The other option we have if we wish to apply it, is the pricing pricing for the material, as seen below you can specify both the formwork and material type for each material you create for a pricing table to help in tendering and instant pricing information.


AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development


Openings are similar to section objects in which can define various penetrations through our objects. There are 3 opening types you can use; Windows, doors and other openings. Each one can then be defined according to the size of the opening. Openings Openings are hosted into walls and will remove the information tion instantly from the building model.

SPREAD FOOTINGS. Footings, stairs and Prefabricated elements are items used to define non typical objects. Footings options are useful for creating our foundation plans for documentation. Stairs and prefabricated elements are separate items you can create. There are two options for creating these types of objects.

First is by using any 3D modeling information that can n be brought into AutoCAD and saved. This level allows the user to quickly select a 3D model object and convert it into an ASD formwork object that will recognize the item when it comes to documentation.


AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

The other option for certain items is the ability to have parametric items. This gives the user some discretion in creating different configurations of sizes without having to recreate a separate model for each item. The option for either simply depends upon the item type you are trying to create.

Options Options allow for different configurations for how objects are cut by slabs, either in the 3D model or whether this cut is shown when creating your drawing files. file Elements Priorities Prioritizing elements is the way in which ASD interprets interprets the importance of an item when it conflicts with another object. The system is based upon how high the priority is. For instance in the case shown below a Beam would cut out the geometry of a wall due to the fact it has a priority rating. When items share the same priority then it depends upon which items where created first. Refer to the help file for more detail on this.


AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

Dimension Lines Dimension options give the user the ability to t specify the dimension style, what items need to be dimensioned and how the dimensions will be created when many items need to be dimensioned, as well as openings and AutoCAD objects that may have been drawn into the project.

DRAWINGS The ability to define a standard for different drawings is very important. In ASD when a view is created it takes a 2D snap shot of the model and creates this as a new drawing that can then be detailed. The options shown below are the controls for what linetypes and colours lines will be associated with when created as a drawing. You can also define hidden line information on your drawings. Each option has differences in how the drawing is created based upon the view type. 10

AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

These configurations in the job preferences can be changed and then saved under a new definition set by hitting save once you have applied the changes you need to the drawing. All template changes will be saved in the dwg file, which can then be saved a .dwt . for a company template. Graphic Representation of Elements. The graphic options refer to how the model is d