Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Drawing units, part of AutoCAD Facilities Management: Space Management.
- [Voiceover] We're starting another chapter now in our AutoCAD Facilities Management 102 Space Management course, and what we need to look at now is getting our FM settings right as well. Now, this is another chapter that you will find also in the other two courses in this series, purely because it needs to be in each course in case you do each course individually. We're looking at getting our FM settings right, and the first thing we're going to look at is our drawing units. Now just before we start, you'll notice I've got a new 00_GND_FM_SETTINGS drawing open, and you can see that the structural plan there has been brought in as a reference file like so.
Now make sure that you reference in, like you did in the previous chapter. If you go to the Insert tab on the ribbon here, and go to the Reference panel and click on the arrow, you should have an external reference file in like that, FP. If I hover over that, you can see that that is 00_GND_GA_SETTINGS, which is also in your lynda.com exercise files to download as well, so you want to reference in the GA drawing, rename the GA drawing as FP, and then as a final sanity check, just make sure in your layers here, in the layer properties that all the layers are showing up as FP, Facilities Plan, for your layer management of your xref layers.
Let's have a look now at our drawing units, very quick and easy. You just type the word units like so, press Enter, and you can see there's our drawing units dialog box. Now, I'm working in metric millimeters in this particular course, so I don't really need, when it comes to length, to measure to four decimal places, it's a little bit extreme, so I will make that one decimal place. It might not even need to be any decimal places if you think about it. If you're measuring to millimeters, you could actually set that to no decimal places if you wanted to.
When it comes to angles though, you might need a little bit of precision, it does depend. I normally set it to one decimal place just to be on the safe side. In case you do need to specify an exact angle. Perhaps if you rotate a building to correct coordinates for example. Direction, make sure that your East is set to zero so that everything by default goes to zero degrees and is horizontal. Click on OK there, click on OK there. You've now set up your units in your FM drawing.
Yes, it's that quick and easy, and it's now done, and again, make sure you save what you've done ready to follow along with the next video.
- Managing spaces with AutoCAD
- Setting up a facilities drawing
- Managing XREF layers
- Adjusting settings such as units, limits, and fills
- Creating polylines
- Defining space areas
- Annotating spaces
- Setting up a space table style
- Exporting space table data