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Staffi ng for BIM

As you rethink the process of design and documentation, one of the fundamental changes you will need to address is staffi ng. A common misconception of project management when teams are fi rst moving from CAD to BIM is that staffi ng the project will be the same in both workfl ows. …

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Visualize Archite

Creating documentation using BIM gives you the added advantage of being able to visualize the project in 3D. Although this was initially conceived as one of the “low-hanging fruits” of a BIM workfl ow, this benefi t has led to an explosion of 3D graphics—perspectives, wire frames, renderings, and animations—within the industry …

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Understanding a BIM Workflow

According to the National Institute of Building Sciences (www.nibs.org), a BIM is defi ned as“a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility” that serves as a “shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life cycle from inception onward.” While this …

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Opening New Files

You can open new or existing files by using the New or Open button in the Quick Access toolbar. Existing drawings can also be opened by dragging them from a Windows Explorer window to the AutoCAD title bar NOT E AutoCAD 2015 uses the AutoCAD 2013 drawing (DWG) file format. This means that …

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Using the Application Menu Autocad

The Application menu contains the tools for opening, saving, and printing (plotting) your drawings, similar to the options found under the File dropdown menu in AutoCAD and many other programs. When the Application menu is open, the menus for these tools project from the upper-left corner of the AutoCAD window …

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Understanding the Status Bar Autocad

The status bar is located below the command line (see Figure 1.21), and docked in the lower-right corner of the Application window. F igu re 1 . 2 1 : The default status bar configuration By default, the status bar includes 18 buttons, but it can be customized to include as …

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When in Doubt, Keep Calm and Look at the Command Line Autocad

The command line will play a critical role in nearly every task you perform in AutoCAD. One especially challenging aspect of AutoCAD is learning its often abstract and unique vocabulary. The synonym suggestion feature makes this challenge a little more manageable by proposing an appropriate AutoCAD term from a more common term. For …

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Working in the Command-Line Interface Autocad

The command-line interface, which is docked by default along the bottom edge of the drawing area, serves as your primary method of interacting with AutoCAD. You use this interface to tell the software what you would like it to do for you, and the software uses this interface to communicate the …

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Using File Tabs to Manage Drawings Autocad

As in many programs, you can have multiple drawings open in the same session of AutoCAD. When multiple drawings are open, each drawing window is stacked behind the drawings in front of it. The File Tab feature helps streamline the management of these drawings by adding a tab for each drawing just below …

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Using the Ribbon Autocad

Perhaps one of the most prominent elements of the AutoCAD interface is the Ribbon (see Figure 1.7). By default, it extends across the top of the AutoCAD window, but it can be repositioned. Depending on the size of your AutoCAD window(or current screen resolution), the Ribbon may look a little …

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