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AutoCAD WS Essential Training
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Taking measurements


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AutoCAD WS Essential Training

with Jeff Bartels

Video: Taking measurements

With its AutoCAD inspired toolset and workflows, AutoCAD WS makes it easy to access and verify CAD drawings. In this lesson we're going to take some measurements. On my screen I have a partial floor plan drawing that I'm reviewing. To measure this geometry, I'm going to open the Measure panel and select the Distance command. As a courtesy, WS is letting me know I can also launch Distance by typing DI at the command line. After launching the command, I can use the built-in object snaps to select points on screen.

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AutoCAD WS Essential Training
2h 23m Beginner Nov 19, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Creating an AutoCAD WS account
  • Organizing files and folders
  • Viewing and editing drawings
  • Taking measurements
  • Redlining desired changes
  • Accessing and sharing drawings remotely
  • Editing annotations
  • Creating and inserting blocks
  • Plotting drawings to PDF or DWF
  • Incorporating aerial underlays
  • Practicing real-time collaboration
Subjects:
Architecture CAD
Software:
AutoCAD WS
Author:
Jeff Bartels

Taking measurements

With its AutoCAD inspired toolset and workflows, AutoCAD WS makes it easy to access and verify CAD drawings. In this lesson we're going to take some measurements. On my screen I have a partial floor plan drawing that I'm reviewing. To measure this geometry, I'm going to open the Measure panel and select the Distance command. As a courtesy, WS is letting me know I can also launch Distance by typing DI at the command line. After launching the command, I can use the built-in object snaps to select points on screen.

For an overall length, I can select the endpoints at these outside corners, and we can see that distance measures 40 feet exactly. If I press Enter now, I can repeat the Distance command. I'm going to find the length of Bedroom 2 this time. After reviewing the measurements, I can click the X to close the pop-up. Another way to re-launch a previous command is by right-clicking and selecting the Repeat option from the menu. Let's measure the width of Bedroom 2 this time.

I'm going to roll the mouse wheel forward to zoom in and make the object snaps selection a little bit easier. I will also hold the wheel down to pan, and I'll select this endpoint here at the closet, looks like that wall measures 10 feet 7 and a quarter inches. Once again, I will close the pop-up, and then I'll click the icon at the bottom of the screen to do a Zoom Extents. So the Distance tool will provide a nice point to point measurement. Another way to take measurements is by using the dimensioning tools. As an example, I'm going to pan the drawing over, I will then use the Zoom Window tool, and I'll focus our attention here on the bay window area.

Let's center this a little bit more. To find the width of this bay window, I'll visit the Annotate tab, and then I'll open dimension menu and select the Linear tool. I will then select the endpoints at the top inside edge of the window, and then I'll click to place the dimension. To measure the angle of the bay window, I'll go back to the Dimension menu, I'll select Angular, and then I'll click three object snaps. I'll click one snap on the first line, I'll click an object snap that defines the vertex, and then I'll click an object snap on the second line.

Let's do one more. I'll find the diameter of this small table. In the Dimension menu, I'll select the Diameter option, I will then click on the table and pull out the measurement. Now, since these measurements were created for reference only, I'm going to select each of these, and I'll press Delete to remove them from the drawing. I will then do another Zoom Extents. At present time AutoCAD WS supports four object snaps: endpoint, midpoint, center, and intersection.

This means that some measurements may require a little ingenuity. Let's pan in the drawing down, and then I will create a Zoom Window to focus in on the countertop here in the bathroom. Let's say I'd like to find the amount of countertop I have between these two basins. Typically, I would measure the distance between these quadrants. Since I don't have a quadrant object snap, I'm going to go to the Home tab, and I'll launch the Line command. I will then a draw line from the center of this basin to the center of this one.

Now at this point, you might think we could launch the Distance command and find the distance between these two intersections. Notice that the intersection cannot be found. That is because the browser-based version of AutoCAD WS only supports straight-line intersections, so this isn't going to work. I'm going to press the Escape to cancel the Command. Instead, I'm going to click twice and create a crossing window to select these two basins. I will then visit the Draw tab, select the Trim Command, and I'll click to remove the outer ends of this line, I'll press Escape when finished.

Now I can re-launch the Distance command and measure the distance between these two endpoints. I'm going to close the pop-up, we'll pan the drawing over, and we'll do one more. I'd like to find out how much space I have between the basin and the front edge of this countertop. Since I don't have a perpendicular snap, I'm going to select this wall. This wall is perpendicular to the counter. I will then launch the Copy command, I'll copy the wall from the midpoint to the center of the basin.

I'll press the Escape when finished. I will then select the basin, I'll go back to the Draw tab and launch the Trim command, and I'll click to remove the line on the inside of the Ellipse. When I'm finished, I'll press Escape. I will then roll my mouse wheel forward to zoom in, we'll go back to the Distance command, and I'll measure the distance from the endpoint of this line to the intersection at the countertop. Notice the straight-line intersections work great. And it looks like that distance measures two and a half inches.

At this point, I'd like to clean up after myself, I'll pan the drawing down, and I'm going to select each of these sketch lines, these are no longer needed, and I'll press Delete to remove them from the drawing. When I'm finished, I'll do another Zoom Extents. In addition to finding linear measurements, AutoCAD WS also allows us to calculate areas. As an example, I'm going to find the square footage of Bedroom 1. I will do that by opening the Measure panel, and I'll launch the Area command.

I will then select the object snaps that define the shape of that room. I'm going to zoom in a little bit to make these easier to select. When I'm finished selecting snaps, I will press the Enter key. And it looks like Bedroom 1 measures slightly more than 173 square feet. So from this point on, the members of your project team no longer need expensive software to review drawings. Having only an Internet connection, AutoCAD WS is the perfect tool for accessing, viewing, and verifying your CAD drawings.

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