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AutoCAD WS Essential Training

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Video: Taking measurements

Using the WS Mobile App, you can easily verify drawing measurements without the need for printed plans. In this lesson, we'll explore how to take some measurements. On my screen is a drawing that represents a portion of a floor plan. I'm going to start by zooming in on the bathroom area, and I'll measure the width of this room. To do that, I'll tap to open the Draw Tools, and I'll select distance. I will then tab the endpoint in the upper-left corner and the one in the upper-right.

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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

Using the WS Mobile App, you can easily verify drawing measurements without the need for printed plans. In this lesson, we'll explore how to take some measurements. On my screen is a drawing that represents a portion of a floor plan. I'm going to start by zooming in on the bathroom area, and I'll measure the width of this room. To do that, I'll tap to open the Draw Tools, and I'll select distance. I will then tab the endpoint in the upper-left corner and the one in the upper-right.

The measurement is then listed below. Touching the screen again will close the measure tool. Let's take another measurement. Maybe I would like to find the width of the shelf. Once again, I'll launch the distance command. This time, since there's a lot of geometry in the space, I'm going to tap and hold in an open area. This will bring up a magnifying glass, making it easier to select a specific object snap. I'm going to select the end point in the lower-right corner of the closet, and then I'll tap and hold again and select the end point of the shelf.

I will then review the measurement and touch the screen to close the tool. It's important to note that the WS Mobile Apps supports three object snaps: end point, center, and intersection. Any of these snaps can be used for taking measurements. Now at this point, I'm sure you've noticed that distances can only be taken one at a time, and that's true when you're using the Distance command. If you use the Line command, however, you are able to take several measurements from a common point. For example, let's say that I'd like to find the distance from this lower-left corner to several of the endpoints along this wall.

To do that, I'll open the Drawer Tools and select the Line command. I will then tap and hold and select the end point behind the door, and then momentarily I'm going to tap and hold in the middle of the room. Notice that in addition to the line segment, we are also seeing the distance. Knowing this, I can easily slide down and find the distance to this door frame, and this one and this one. When finished, I'll tap the Undo button to remove the unnecessary line.

In addition to measuring linear distances, the WS Mobile App also allows us to calculate areas. As an example, I'm going to zoom out, pan the drawing over, and we'll find the area of Bedroom #1. I'll start by opening the Draw Tools, and I'll select Area. I will then tap the upper-left corner, the lower-left, I'll tap and hold to make it easier to select the lower-right corner, and then I'll tap the upper-right corner to finish, and it looks like this room measures just less than 174 square feet.

Now that I know the area, I'll tab Done to close the tool. Using the WS Mobile App, you never have to worry about having an outdated set of printed drawings. Even when visiting the job site, you can easily access your CAD files and quickly review and measure geometry.

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