Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Using spaces, part of AutoCAD Architecture Essential Training.
In this movie we're going to add spaces to our project. Now, adding spaces is actually the first step of a multi step process that we'll use to start accessing the data that's in our model. Many of the tasks that we have done so far have been concerned pretty much exclusively with graphics. How do things look, what kind of drawings do we want? But all of this drawing information, all of these model elements that we've been creating, the walls, the doors, the windows, they all have information in them that we can access. And so a big part of using AutoCAD Architecture is actually getting at that information that's stored in those objects.
The industry term for this kind of thing is, building information modeling. So, built into that term BIM, that building information modeling is both the concept of model and the concept of information. And, so, in this chapter we're going to be focusing almost exclusively on information to kind of show you the different ways that you can access the information that is in your AutoCAD Architecture model. So, we're going to start with spaces. So, I'm in a project called Add Spaces and I've got the main level construct open on screen.
Now, which construct you put the spaces in is really up to you. Sometimes, it makes sense to put them with the walls, like I'm going to do here. Sometimes, it makes sense to make a whole new construct just exclusively for spaces. So, there are pros and cons to both approaches. But in this case, I'm going to keep it simple, and just put them with the walls. What is important to understand is the spaces belong in constructs. So, even though graphically we're not really interested in displaying the spaces so much, we need that data to be available at the construct level, so that it will feed into all the other parts of the project.
So, I'm going to come over here to my Tool palettes. And you want to make sure that you're on the Design Tool palette group and then, on the Design Tool palette group, there's actually a Spaces tab and what we've got here is several different space styles that are already available for us to use. So, many of these suit the kinds of spaces that i already have here in my model. So, for example, I've got a conference room right here in the center of the space. And so I'm going to click this conference room space object right here. Now, when I bring this in, you'll see it comes in as this sort of shaded rectangle.
Now, let me look at Properties before I place it. Just like other AutoCAD Architecture objects, other AEC objects, there are some creation parameters at the time of creation for spaces. And they have these little asterisks next to them. The Create Type for this space is one such property. And there are four possibilities. We can insert it, which is what it defaulted to. We can draw a rectangle or a polygon. Or we can use the generate option. Now, if you just do Insert, it clicks a point and then asks you to rotate it, but it comes in at a standard size.
If you do the Rectangle or Polygon, then you're going to be able to make an irregular shape to it, either using a rectangular form or a polygon form. But Generate is probably the most useful of the four choices. And the reason for that is if I now move my mouse into the drawing area, notice that there's this red line going around the various spaces in my model. So, using the Generate option, it goes out and it sees the boundaries of the walls that you already have in your model and now with the single click, I can create a conference room that fills that space.
So, I am just going to go through my Tool pallets here and choose Other Types, like a mechanical room for this space and an Electrical room for this space. I'll do restrooms, here, and here. And I'll do a small office, here and here. And then I'll do a corridor, here. And now, the corridor is the first place where I have a little bit of a problem. It's only from here to here that I want to be a corridor.
This area down here I want to be a reception area. So, let me Esc out of the command. I'm going to delete this stray space that I have over here. I don't need that one. And let me zoom in on this area here. Now, you could come in and draw a new wall right there, but I really don't want to change the design of my architecture in order to accommodate my software. That seems a little bit like the tail wagging the dog there. So, we have something called a Space Separator that's available on that same Tool palette. So, if I come over here to the Tool palettes and I scroll down, you've got this Space Separator option.
And what this does is it lets you just draw a line basically. And I'll just draw a line across from here to here. Press Enter. And then, what you'll see is, that actually cut this into two spaces, here and here. Now, I'm going to select this one, go over to my Tool palettes, I'm going to find a reception space right here, right click it and apply the tool properties to that space. So, all I have to do is just add a big space, come in and separate it in half and then I can apply another style.
Now, for this big workshop area here, I don't have a space available, so what I'm going to do is just grab one that I haven't used yet. Like, maybe this work station small, and I'm just going to place that in here. And then I'm going to select that, go to this button up here on the ribbon, which is Copy Style. So that's going to take the style that's currently assigned to this, make a copy of it and allow me to give it a new name. So instead of Workstation small, I'm going to call this, Workshop.
Now, if you wanted to, you could go thru the other tabs, like the Display Properties tab, for example. And if you double-click that, this is where those colors are coming from, so if you don't like the color that it chose for the hatch here, you can click this little color swatch and choose a different color. Right now it's looking for the Pantone Color Book, but I'll just convert it to an RGB. And then, you know, you could choose some other color. So that's really up to you, that's an optional step, it's not really required, but when I'm done, you'll see that I've created this new style that has this greenish color now instead of the color that it had previously, but it's now set to that new name.
So, once I'm done with all of that I've got my spaces. That gives us the basic starting point and then, in the next several movies, we're going to look at ways that we can start adding data to these spaces and configuring that data, tagging it and even making the schedule that reports all that information.
- Adding and offsetting walls
- Working with columns
- Adding stairs and railings
- Working with the display system
- Setting up projects
- Using callouts
- Adding schedules and tags
- Creating documentation
- Printing and exporting