In this video, Shaun Bryant discusses how to communicate your design intent with AutoCAD.
- [Instructor] So we're starting a new chapter now in our AutoCAD Construction Drawings course. And we're basically going to look at why construction drawings? Why do we use construction drawings? Well, I've got a drawing open for you, you may recognize it from the introduction, it's the industrialbuilding.dwg file. Now, you can download that from the website and use it to follow along with the videos in this chapter. What I'm going to show you here is just the design intent.
Now, design intent is basically the idea, the conception, the concept design that you might be showing to somebody so that they can then, obviously, take it to construction. In this case it's a building. As you can see, there's some brick, there's some doors, windows, glass, steel work and so on. Your design intent is basically created in the Model Space in the Model tab in AutoCAD. So if I zoom out a little bit, you'll see that this particular designer has created a number of different views in the Model Space.
So if I zoom in there, you can see, look, there's one elevation, there's another elevation. If I zoom out a bit and pan down, there's the elevation we first started with, and then if I come over here, there's another elevation here as well. Now, you'll see that you've got corresponding grid lines everywhere, and there's no actual dimensioning, or annotation, or text at the moment. Now that's the sort of information that you would add to communicate your design intent. But you wouldn't actually send out the drawings like this. Your construction drawings would come out by way of using the Layout tabs in AutoCAD.
So what I'll do, I'll just go back to the zoom de view of the elevation where we were before, this one here. And I've just used an undo there on the keyboard just to drop back into that view. If you look at the bottom left corner, you'll see that we've got a Mono and Color Layout tab. So if I go to Mono, there's a nice black and white Layout tab, and it's showing you now the front elevation, the rear elevation, south and north elevations as well with all the corresponding grid lines. Now, as soon as you look at that on a sheet, you can see in the layout there, that it's all laid out nice and neatly, and somebody can actually understand your design intent.
And that's the whole idea of an AutoCAD construction drawing, is people can understand your design intent, but more importantly, take that design intent and make it reality. In this case, they should be able to take these drawings and, obviously, go off and build the building. Now, they can't at the moment, there's no dimensions, there's no detail views, there's no sections or anything like that. But the idea being is that as you work through your project, you send these drawings out to the stakeholders in the project, and they understand your design.
They also, then, can suggest improvements to your design, and that's where you start getting revisions to the drawing, they go out for preliminary viewing, and then they go out for construction right at the end, once all the revisions have been applied. So the idea with that design intent is that you're working through the design to, obviously, communicate what you want to be constructed. In this case, our building. Now, if I jump into the Color tab, you'll see you get a nice color view of that as well. It's the same elevations, but they're in nice colors.
So, again, you can communicate your design intent by way of color in AutoCAD as well, utilizing the colors in AutoCAD and putting that onto your sheet, your Layout tab instead.
- Communicating your design intent
- Drawing sizes in AutoCAD
- Deciding on the appropriate drawing size
- Using page setups to maintain drawing size
- Developing a suitable title block
- Setting up your layers to industry standards
- Creating plans and elevations
- Developing sections in the Model tab
- Setting up viewports and scales
- Creating standard layouts
- Printing out layouts