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AutoCAD: Developing CAD Standards

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Learn how to use AutoCAD to develop CAD standards quickly and effectively.

AutoCAD is the leader in CAD drafting. In this course, author Shaun Bryant takes you through the various CAD standards available that are used by professionals worldwide. Learn how to work with the AutoCAD standard DWS file format, leverage industry standards (including US NCS and BIMuk), and use AutoCAD standards to audit and check against your work. Shaun also shows you how to develop standard AutoCAD templates—complete with title blocks and viewports—to apply your internal CAD standards.


  • Welcome
  • What you should know before watching this course
  • Using the exercise files
1. Introduction: Using CAD Standards
  • The purpose of standards in AutoCAD
  • Using standards in AutoCAD
  • Setting up standards in AutoCAD
2. Various Standards in AutoCAD
  • Using layer standards in AutoCAD
  • Using text style standards in AutoCAD
  • Using dimension style standards in AutoCAD
  • Using multileader style standards in AutoCAD
  • Documenting standards for internal use
3. Industry Standards in AutoCAD
  • United States National CAD Standard (US NCS)
  • US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  • AEC (UK) CAD and BIM Standards
  • BIMuk BS1192:2007
4. Using the AutoCAD Drawing Standards File (DWS)
  • Named objects for standards checking
  • Creating a standards file (DWS)
  • Running a standards audit
  • Using standards plugins
  • Changing standards settings
5. Creating a Standard AutoCAD Metric Template (Model)
  • Setting up standard layers
  • Setting up standard units
  • Setting up standard text styles
  • Setting up a standard dimension style
  • Setting up a standard multileader style
6. Creating a Standard AutoCAD Metric Template (Layout)
  • Setting up a standard title block
  • Setting a page setup
  • Setting up a default viewport
  • Saving the DWG file as a template file (DWT)
7. Developing an AutoCAD Drawing from the DWT File
  • Opening a new drawing from a DWT file
  • Using the standardized settings to create drawing content
  • Annotating to standardized settings
  • Dimensioning to standardized settings
  • Using annotative scaling
8. Using a Standards File (DWS) to Audit the Drawing
  • Checking all standardized settings
  • Configuring the standards in the DWS file
  • Checking the DWG against the DWS file
  • Checking standards violations
  • Using the Layer Translator to set standardized layers
  • Finding the layer translation log file
9. Publishing the Checked DWG
  • Working with the page setup
  • Using the Publish command (batch plotting)
  • Using the eTransmit command
  • Publishing out to a PDF file
  • Publishing out to a DWF file
  • Next steps

Taught by

Shaun Bryant

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