CAD-StandardsHave you ever found that you've worked with a company where every piece of work that you have been given is laid out differently? Or has your client complained about the variations within their drawings?

Either way, there is something that can be done about this issue which is as simple as implementing and maintaining CAD standards. Yes I know we live in a world where most businesses are producing their drawings virtually on CAD workstations but we are also in an age where a number of people are on temporary contracts or working as subcontractors.

This has left some of us without the desired consistency in the work we pass onto our clients and in the work we are receiving.

Whilst some companies are still able to manage their CAD standards routinely, there are other companies that may not be strictly as efficient. The introduction of different software or a new employee to your business can sometimes disrupt the system you already have in place but ultimately it is highly important that you figure out what you require sooner rather than later.

However, if you don't know what CAD standards are then you can't implement them within your business. Basically they are unique standards specifically created by a company or engineering department that dictate how things are created and documented.

This can include: naming structures, file locations, text styles, line variants, the CAD programme used (obviously that has to be an Autodesk programme though), dimensioning schemes, drawing configuration, title blocks, archiving and network location.

You may think that this sounds like a difficult thing to set out but ultimately they will save you time. We all know that feeling when a deadline is near and your drawing just doesn't look right but by adhering to CAD standards you will not have to guess why your drawing is different to others.

It will also allow you to save time as you will not be trying to guess what you named that last file which will allow you to find files easily and enable your colleagues to quickly retrieve your files even when you aren't the office to help them.

Implementing CAD Standards will make training your new staff a doddle – well maybe not a doddle but it will give you a set in stone guide of what you expect and how they can follow your company's standards.

Additionally it will make the occurrences when you outsource a lot easier! I know that often it can be hassle when someone else is working on your project and it comes back nothing like you want it to look like. But by sharing your CAD standards with subcontractors will enable you to determine upfront what is expected from them.

CAD standards can be set out in many 3D drawings packages but once you have figured out that AutoCAD is your preferred software then the fundamentals (or basics) of your drawings can easily be made uniform no matter who produces the illustrations.

To find out more about AutoCAD can help you with CAD Standards or any other Autodesk software contact us on 023 8086 8947.