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AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Standards Template Development

Speaker(s) Name Adam Sheather


This course will guide you through the setup and incorporation of your current AutoCAD Standards in the AutoCAD Structural Detailing Templates. Each "flavor" of AutoCAD Structural Detailing (Formwork, Reinforcement and Steel) will be looked at from a settings point of view. You'll learn about creating templates, layers, and linetypes consistent with your current AutoCAD Standards. The course will also look at Autodesk Revit and Robot integration techniques and de development of user-defined objects that can be created for use with AutoCAD defined Structural Detailing.

About the Speaker:

Adam Sheather has several years experience as a structural/civil draftsman using Autodesk Revit. He has worked on many international projects from the Middle East region, Asia, the UK, and Australia. projects Some of the largest works were Marina settlements for over 280,000 people. Adam joined KarelCAD as an applications specialist and now spends most of his time working as a project technical consultant with co the largest firms in Australia using all versions of Revit, Navisworks, 3ds Max, Inventor and various AutoCAD verticals in the AEC and MSD fields for solving current issues on integrated project deliverables as they emerge into the market and become more commonplace.

AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

The following information is for the development of standards for the 3 modules of AutoCAD Structural Detailing. The following information is only related to the setup and does not information incorporate the use of commands or workflows.

General Settings. The general settings are from the options dialog in AutoCAD there will be an additional tab. ettings dialog

These general settings contain information regarding what template files are used in creation of an ASD project. The top selection option refers to the template file itself, which can be modified template or created to company standards if required. The bottom option is the workspace setup for each of the options allowing users to redefine thei workspaces as required when first creatio a their creation project. Workspaces can still be defined in a project, this is only used in project file creation. 2

AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

The formwork settings occupy to main setting options. Those for the actual creation and management of the 3D objects, while another set allows us to manipulate description styles or tags with different configurations to suit drawing Standards.

Job Preference Settings Job preferences is created from a template file, The breakdown of a formwork project is a combination of model elements, positioning (naming the objects i.e. for a concrete column the del designation might be CC1.1)

UNITS: This allows the defilement of the unit type to be used for definition and creation of objects and the dimensioning of those objects. It gives the user the ability to round up to various overall values and for different dimension sizes for different views. Also allows the ability to associate t the cost and volumes for tender and pricing purposes.

AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

Databases allow the user to create and modify model objects for use in the project. These are broken down into 6 categories however each option is vastly different in terms of function, creation and projection for view creation.

Sections: Sections refers to any columns, beams and faming members required for your project. You can access the list to add or remove sections from each project as is needed or you can have a set remove of predefined options saved in the template.

The sections that are available are from the standard set of database templates ASD comes with. Database information can be accessed, manipulated or created from scratch. T These 4

AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

databases store parameter information, engineering data, naming conventions and much more. They are stored as Microsoft Access databases. Be aware for those using Office 2007 that if you choose to manipulate the data not to update the database.

Like most standard practices if you are planning to make modifications then save a copy of the ost original and alter the copy. The profile databases are found in this location. C:\Program Files\Common Files Common Files\Autodesk Shared\Structural\Common Data\Data\Prof Common Data These databases are created by region or local area so pick the database accordingly to the bases standards being used. Once the database is selected we can then add additional members to our project.

Creation of items can also be done instead of using the database. This will open up a dialog that allows definition of the member and will stored the ne configuration in the project to be used. new This allows the user to pick a shape option which is important and then use the new object in the project.

AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

The materials options bring up the current list of the materials that can be used in a project. The material itself allows the defilement of the modeling information, hatching information as well as cost and other engineering data. g You can create as many materials as you need for your project.

In the materials creation dialog you can specify basic database information to the material. This ase is done by clicking on the material database link option and selecting an a database file from the following folder. Common Files\Autodesk Shared\Structural\Common Data Common Data\Data\Mate C:\Program Files\Common Files

AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

After Database attributes are added you can then create new and manipulate the hatching and color of the hatch as well as the type of material. Be aware you have only four options for material type you may wish to create.

The other option we have if we wish to apply it, is the pricing for the material, as seen below you pricing can specify both the formwork and material type for each material you create for a pricing table to help in tendering and instant pricing information.

AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development


Openings are similar to section objects in which can define various penetrations through our objects. There are 3 opening types you can use; Windows, doors and other openings. Each one can then be defined according to the size of the opening. Openings are hosted into walls and Openings will remove the information instantly from the building model. tion

SPREAD FOOTINGS. Footings, stairs and Prefabricated elements are items used to define non typical objects. Footings options are useful for creating our foundation plans for documentation. Stairs and prefabricated elements are separate items you can create. There are two options for creating these types of objects.

First is by using any 3D modeling information that can be brought into AutoCAD and saved. This n level allows the user to quickly select a 3D model object and convert it into an ASD formwork object that will recognize the item when it comes to documentation.

AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

The other option for certain items is the ability to have parametric items. This gives the user some discretion in creating different configurations of sizes without having to recreate a separate model for each item. The option for either simply depends upon the item type you are trying to create.

Options Options allow for different configurations for how objects are cut by slabs, either in the 3D model or whether this cut is shown when creating your drawing files. file Elements Priorities Prioritizing elements is the way in which ASD interprets the importance of an item when it interprets conflicts with another object. The system is based upon how high the priority is. For instance in the case shown below a Beam would cut out the geometry of a wall due to the fact it has a priority rating. When items share the same priority then it depends upon which items where created first. Refer to the help file for more detail on this.

AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

Dimension Lines Dimension options give the user the ability to specify the dimension style, what items need to be t dimensioned and how the dimensions will be created when many items need to be dimensioned, as well as openings and AutoCAD objects that may have been drawn into the project.

DRAWINGS The ability to define a standard for different drawings is very important. In ASD when a view is created it takes a 2D snap shot of the model and creates this as a new drawing that can then be detailed. The options shown below are the controls for what linetypes and colours lines will be associated with when created as a drawing. You can also define hidden line information on your drawings. Each option has differences in how the drawing is created based upon the view type. 10

AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

These configurations in the job preferences can be changed and then saved under a new definition set by hitting save once you have applied the changes you need to the drawing. All template changes will be saved in the dwg file, which can then be saved a .dwt for a company . template. Graphic Representation of Elements. The graphic options refer to how the model is depicted in 3D. Each element type can be configured according to the graphical representation settings, as well as showing symbolic representation for items such as steel framing.


AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

DRAWING TEMPLATE MANAGER This tool allows us to define our template settings from our job preferences as well as specify our drawing component information, so when we produce drawings it will rely on the template from our job preferences in conjunction with the other options under drawing components. rom

ADJOINING ELEMENTS: Is used to define the surroundings of a selected element type s GRAPHIC PRESENTATION: determine parameters of graphic presentation of views and sections SECTION/VIEW PARAMETERS used to determine parameters of section symbols and PARAMETERS: descriptions. DRAWING LAYOUT: used to determine a drawing layout. layout


The options we have explored so far are directly related to the modeling information and presentation in both the 3D views and when we create our plans and sections. The following options are for the description styles or the tags for each of the members. This gives the user styles the ability to tag all the elements (Using positioning) and track them to provide automated tag creation on the drawings.


AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

Drawings Description Styles

This refers to the tagging and setup of the building model objects in the project. Once opened the different elements can have different tags, text styles, color and linetype information so when elements are tagged there is no need for layer management. There are two tabs one for the appearance of the element tag and the other to define how you wish the item to be tagged and whether by individual numbering or material name if required.


AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

Styles Graphic Symbols. The options that appear are the current setup for section symbols, grid lines faming m marks, opening and callouts. Once open you can modify an existing element to suit or create a new option for your project.

The items have definable parameters to suit your company standards. At this point in time most of the shape symbols are fixed and cannot be rebuilt.

The formwork section is very complex when first looking at the elements but once broken down is logical in the development of the template. By creating different definitions of items and tying them to specific drawing standards this opens up the file for users to create as many definitions this as they need to support specific company standards based upon different project types and nt what you are doing on the project.


AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development


Reinforcement Settings: The reinforcement tools in AutoCAD Structural Detailing are for the two dimensional creation of are reinforcement drawings and details taken from profiles of items. You can either create a series of elements from the profile creation tool in the reinforcement area, or you can extract objects from ASD Formwork to send straight into the Reinforcement module for detailing. The tools available have less options but there is alot more depth in the actual creation tools which we will not be covering.

Job Preferences
Units: Similar to the ASD Formwork Settings allowing you to define your measuring system. Codes/Materials

The Codes/Materials option all allows the user to specify the code for RC structure design and drawing code (drawings of reinforcement). A selected drawing code imposes the appropriate symbols of designation, hatching, etc. valid in a given country wh e code is currently in use. whose There is only a limited number of local codes at this stage though for those more proficient you can manipulate the database to suit your local standards if they are not available. The Reinforcement code files can be found here. C:\Program Files\Common Files Common Files\Autodesk Shared\Structural\Common Data Common Data\Data\Reinf


AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

This is also applies to the Wire fabrics database. The steel profiles refer to the steel members in your project and the materials assigned to them. Steel profiles can be found here. C:\Program Files\Common Files Common Files\Autodesk Shared\Structural\Common Data Common Data\Data\Prof

me OPTIONS: Has some options for how bar bends are produced when creating drawings.

Bar Display This option controls how are bars are displayed for drawing representation purposes. The his options gives users the ability to change colors thicknesses, bar bends and perpendicular bar display options.

Wire fabric Display This option controls how are bars are displayed for drawing representation purposes. The his options gives users the ability to change colors thicknesses, bar bends and perpendicular bar display options for our wire fabric drawings.


AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

Profiles Display These options provide the user the ability to add and control the visibility of steel members for drawing and detail creations.

Symbol Styles
Similar to the Formwork tool custom customization of section symbols, elevation marks is available by selecting an option and clicking modify. This will open up the Graphic Element Styles dialog shown below, and allow the user to customize the markers to company standards. rkers

Graphic Element Styles


AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

Reinforcement Description Styles

The reinforcement Description Style is similar to the formwork tag options. This gives the user the ability to define key tags and marks, as well as manipulating the description syntax or the position information so it will bring up the text and detail information in the style to the standards n set by the user. There are many different bar descriptions depending on the bar detailing you are trying to accomplish, whether it be standard bars or ligatures and other reinforcement options for ligatures detailing. The reinforcement tools are 2 dimensional in nature but the complexity of the tools is for another talk as there is a large difference between setting up this information and creating the drawing standards for these tools.


AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

Steel Settings: The steel module of AutoCAD structural detailing allows the creation of a 3D steel model, including the creation of connections, bracing, bolts etc. This information can then be extracted and the results will be the 2D drawing views of the model drawin which can be used for documentation. In conjunction with this the steel module also contain c tools for interference checking, tolerances and specifying onsite and workshop assembly of fabricated items.

Project Preferences General: The general options are separated into tolerance options for clash detection, automated development of assemblies when connections are added to members and naming conventions. The Families Settings button gives the user access to create additional layers for the 3D model and allows teams the ability to break down models via custom visibility options.


AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

Units: Measurement specifications for the model and the resulting drawings. Materials: Ability to add local database material codes containing engineering data for objects strengths, tonnage and to separate items to the correct material. Users can also define paint types for painting of them members for aesthetic or treatment of the structure purposes.

Profiles: The profiles list is similar to the sections list in the formwork module. Users can specify a country local code for their member sizes then add the members they need to the project they bers are working on.

Styles: Table settings.


AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

Connectors: This area allows users to define by colors what elements are going to be created in onsite or i in the fabrication workplace. Also can be changed to define by materials or sizes for the bolts and welds

Standards: This tool no longer has bearings on projects and other options have taken it place. : its Project Info: Assign project specific data regarding project, client etc. And add these fields to a : nd Titleblock for instant updating of project information. itleblock


AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

Description Styles The Description Styles contains the tag editing dialog options Users can open these elements options. and modify the tags by clicking on the modify option.

Styles of objects have both the physical and detailing representation of the object as well as the tag to be placed. Users can define various tagging information and there is some control over the symbolic representation of the tag itself.


AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

Dimensioning Styles Dimensioning Styles are the tools that ASD use to create automatic connections depending on the type of automated detail you are trying to produce you can add specific setup options to each of the options you may want to create a part for. Many different standard options can be ions created depending on the documentation being undertaken. Clicking on modify will open the dimensioning styles assembly assembly.

Dimensioning Style Settings.

ble The setting available are very extensive and control the dimension styles, view types, tag types, detail level of tags. Text and view title naming. Control over hidden lines, break lines and custom parts can also be created in order to enhance your drawings to suit.


AutoCAD Structural Detailing Standards and Template Development

Once dimension settings are created to company standards users can begin to add these standards to default templates which give access to use the automated drawing tools. Allowing tools very quick development of documentation across a large level of various details, schematics, various plan views and isometrics. The automated drawing creation tools will also load the correct tools th Titleblock needed and the views laid in accordance to the standards being put together. tleblock

The tools for steel are quite simple to setup compared to the other options. The main area really to focus on is the dimension style settings. Good setup of these elements combined with template creation will really speed up the docu documentation process for the steel detailing of any project. I hope the information provided will be of benefit in organization and setup of AutoCAD structural detailing for those just getting into the package and looking to setup local standards. etup 24