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This course covers the basics of AutoCAD WS, focusing on workflows and collaboration that will help you and your team work more efficiently with this cloud-based CAD application. Author Jeff Bartels explains how to use the mobile and browser versions of the app, how to upload files and folders, and how to access and review drawing content. The course also shows how to perform standard markups, edit geometry and annotations, and plot to both PDF and DWF formats. A dedicated collaboration chapter demonstrates how to share drawings and use the Timeline feature to keep track of a drawing's version history.
When visiting a job site, it's common to bring paper copies of construction drawings. This way if revisions are required, these sheets can be marked up and then used later as a reference when editing CAD files. Using the WS mobile app, markups can be added directly to the AutoCAD drawings, eliminating the need to carry printed sheets. In this lesson we'll add some markups to a drawing. On my screen is a file that represents part of a sanitary sewer design for a small subdivision. I'm going to zoom in on the cul-de-sac area.
Let's say that this sanitary sewer was recently installed. Let's also assume that I'm a surveyor, and I was hired to verify the accuracy at which the sewer was constructed. To do this, I would normally take a set of printed construction drawings out to the field such that as I take measurements, I could write the as built values on the plans. Later, after returning to the office, I would then enter all of that data into a CAD exhibit. Using AutoCAD WS, though, I can eliminate much of the work by simply marking up this CAD drawing directly.
I'll start by zooming in on the callout for sanitary manhole 22. I will then tap to open the Markup tools, and I'll tab the Brush command, and I'm going to tap to select the second-largest brush size. Then I'll drag to line out the designed RIM elevation. To close the Brush tool, I'll press Done. Next, I'll tap the Markup tools again, launch the Text command, and tap on screen next to the RIM, and I'll enter the actual RIM elevation as I measured it, 688.12, I'll press Done when finished.
Let's add the measured elevation for the Northwest invert as well. To do that, I'll go back to the Brush command, I'll line out the Northwest invert, and I'll close the tool. Then I'll return to the Markup tools and launch Text. I'll tap next to the original invert and enter the actual elevation, 683.23. By using the WS mobile app, I am essentially creating my CAD exhibit while I'm out in the field. Let's pan the drawing over and focus on sanitary manhole 23.
Maybe during construction this manhole was damaged, and as a result, we can't open it to take measurements. To document this in the drawing, I'll ensure the Markup tools are open and launch the Text command. I will then tap beneath the callout and enter my note, Damaged - unable to open. When finished, I'll launch the Cloud command and tap and drag to highlight this area of the drawing. Using some of the additional Markup tools, it's also possible to draw rectangular shapes, or I could attach an image from a handheld device.
This means I can use the built-in camera on my Smartphone or tablet to add construction relevant images to an exhibit. In the past, marking up drawings at a job site meant traveling with a carload of rolled-up plan sets. Using the WS mobile app, you may never have to carry printed drawings to the field again.
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