One of the questions that seems to get swept under the rug whenever an organization starts developing their standards is the "why?" of what they are doing. There's an implicit acknowledgement that standards are a Good Thing (TM), and that an organization ought to have some, but there rarely seems to be much discussion about what the philosphy behind the CAD Standards is, and what the standards are going to accomplish.

This is unfortunate, because the shape and implementation of a CAD standards effort is wholly dependent on what the ultimate goal is. Standards and processes that are devloped to meet one need are often in conflict with other desirable goals. A standard that is focused on immediate production of similar drawings within a small office that deals with a limited number of clients/agencies is probably not going to be that useful in a multi-discipline, multi-company, multi-continent environment. Similarly, a standard that's focused on AEC and multi-story office buildings is not really going to be very user-friendly to a CAD group focused on ALTA surveys or roadway design. And even less useful to a firm that does

So, what's the philosophy behind your CAD standards? What are you wanting to accomplish? What aren't you concerned about? What works for you -- what doesn't? And, what kind of product do you use CAD to design?