I was hired a year ago to put together standards that the company can use to help with the productivity of producing CD's. We're a smaller firm that sometimes only needs 2 sheets for our CD's to relay all info to our contractors to complete the job. So what I'm struggling with is how to setup our working drawings and plotted drawings within our current folder structure.
My background has come from larger firms that seem to fit more of the mold of what a lot of you do. But now being here, I begin to question the value of the time to create everything in that aspect for a smaller company. For example:
Typically base drawings are created to use as Xref's into the separate plot drawings that essentially make up your construction drawing sheet set. So you end up having Floor Plan, Elevations, etc. all referenced to their appropriate sheet, with every drawing being separate from the other.
In our case, it seems that sometimes all we have are floor plans, elevations, and electrical drawings. There are schedules but currently are referenced with their appropriate drawing instead of just nesting in their own separate drawing. Since most of this info just fits onto one or two sheets, I begin to question the value of the time to create separate plot sheets when I can just create Layout Tabs to house all the info.
Ideally, I would like to have separate working drawings, but be able to Xref them all into only one plot drawing. This becomes an issue because of circular referencing of drawings. Any visibility changes I make to the Xref Floor Plan that is in the Electrical Drawing is overridden because it now wants to take on the properties of the original floor plan. I hope this all makes sense. So to combat this issue, I now just have all info included in one drawing and not as xrefs. This means that all construction documentation is designed, drawn, and plot in one file. This I think makes for bad security of the drawings.
So what have some of you at much smaller companies do. With each designer only working on their own designs, and my self assisting in that, but not working on it at the same time, there really isn't even an issue with multi-user access.
Thanks a bunch in advance, and feel free to ask questions as I know I don't make things as clear on paper as they seem in my head all the time.