The boring details
Details. Yurgh! Maybe there are some strange draftees love doing these.
What irritates me about architectural drafting is the endless details to be done.
Not only done, but cross referenced back to a plan/elevation or section. Seems like the same
ones come up time after time, but each drawing is different.
How about details that are always on the same sheet every time?
So,then I had the usual rush of blood to the head: what if you kept a strict numbering system?
Such that you would always know that for instance, a concrete rib raft foundation with bricks is ALWAYS on tab 51?
How to get a drawing set up so it is ready to go?
Then, just to really amp things up, have a VB program that offers the person starting a drawing a series of choices: 1 storey or 2? Brick or Weatherboard? and so on, which would be used to generate an Autocad Script.
You start with a base drawing that has 0-Cover Sheet (list of all the drawings) 1-Site (because all drawings have a site plan) 2-Site notes (You always should have these!).
The VB program generates an Autocad script (we use LT here), to consult the godzilla drawing file that has around 60 tabs on it, and insert the relevant tab into the base drawing.
So there you have it:
1. Run the program, the user clicks on radio buttons, choosing what is relevant to the building he wants to draw.
2. Drag this script into a drawing that has only 3 tabs in it.
As an added bonus, the drawing list shown below is generated automatically.
Not only that, but I have done proof of principle for the idea that if you choose say a concrete foundation with a brick wall, then the reference bubble is automatically put into the foundation plan, referencing the detail.
For simplicity, this goes in paperspace.
To do all the rest of the reference bubbles might take a while. Depends if my work wants to use the idea. Or if anyone reading this wants to part with some dosh!
This is the simple, single screen where the user gets to choose what he wants:
This is the listing of the template drawing that has all the possible tabs on it, (excuse the lousy formatting). It looks like there is room for more details, but I may be getting near the limit for the number of tabs.
|7||Existing Site Plan|
|9||Existing Ground Floor Plan|
|10||Existing First Floor Plan|
|15||Ground Floor Plan|
|16||First Floor Plan|
|25||First Floor Framing Plan|
|27||Ground Floor Roof Plan|
|28||First Floor Roof Plan|
|31||Foundation Detail-Rib Raft + Brick|
|32||Foundation Detail-Rib Raft + Weatherboard|
|33||Foundation Detail-Rib Raft + Shiplap WB|
|34||Foundation Detail-Rib Raft + Rusticated WB|
|35||Foundation Detail-Rib Raft + Brick/Weatherboard|
|36||Foundation Detail-Slab + Brick|
|37||Foundation Detail-Slab +Weatherboard|
|38||Foundation Detail-Slab + Shiplap WB|
|39||Foundation Detail-Slab + Rusticated WB|
|40||Foundation Detail-Slab + Brick/Weatherboard|
|41||Foundation Detail-Timber + Weatherboard|
|42||Foundation Detail-Timber + Shiplap WB|
|43||Foundation Detail-Timber + Rusticated WB|
|54||Window Detail-Bevel Backed WB+Corners|
|55||Window Detail-Shiplap WB|
|56||Window Detail-Rusticated WB|
|58||Window Detail-Brick/Bevel Backed WB|
|59||Eave/Verge Detail-Concrete Tile with Brick|
|60||Eave/Verge Detail-Concrete Tile with Bevel Backed WB|
|61||Eave/Verge Detail-Concrete Tile with Shiplap WB|
|62||Eave/Verge Detail-Concrete Tile with Rusticated WB|
|63||Eave/Verge Detail-Concrete Tile with Brick/ Bevel Backed WB|
|64||Eave/Verge Detail-Trapeziodal Tin with Brick|
|65||Eave/Verge Detail-Trapeziodal Tin with Bevel Backed WB|
|66||Eave/Verge Detail-Trapeziodal Tin with Shiplap WB|
|67||Eave/Verge Detail-Trapeziodal Tin with Rusticated WB|
|68||Eave/Verge Detail-Trapeziodal Tin with Brick/ Bevel Backed WB|
|69||Eave/Verge Detail-Metal Tile with Brick|
|70||Eave/Verge Detail-Metal Tile with Bevel Backed WB|
|71||Eave/Verge Detail-Metal Tile with Shiplap WB|
|72||Eave/Verge Detail-Metal Tile with Rusticated WB|
|73||Eave/Verge Detail-Metal Tile with Brick/ Bevel Backed WB|
|74||Eave/Verge Detail-Shingles with Brick|
|75||Eave/Verge Detail-Shingles with Bevel Backed WB|
|76||Eave/Verge Detail-Shingles with Shiplap WB|
|77||Eave/Verge Detail-Shingles with Rusticated WB|
|78||Eave/Verge Detail-Shingles with Brick/ Bevel Backed WB|
|79||Eave/Verge Detail-Flat Roof with Bevel Backed WB|
|80||Concrete Tile Detail - Ridge and Valley|
|81||Trapeziodal Roof Detail - Ridge and Valley|
|82||Metal Tile Detail - Ridge and Valley|
|83||Timber Floor Details|
|101||Lumberlok Details 1|
|102||Lumberlok Details 2|
|103||GIB shower-Tiled Walls and Base/Bath Tiled Upstand|
|104||GIB shower-Acrylic Shower|