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    Well i have given myself the role to updating our Office CAD Manual. Don't ask me why, i just did.

    This really hasn't been touched in a while, i would say 5 years maybe. I am really looking for a good index set up. I really don't like the way ours is setup, and really don't want to spend the time to really tear it apart and re-organize the manual. All do another search for a manual, but if someone could just help me out with a decent index for a CAD Manual. Ill post mine here in a bit to show you what i have so far and what i am working with.

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS


    1.0 GENERAL

    1.1 Introduction
    1.1.1 Manual Organization
    1.1.2 Other Documents
    Project CAD Manual
    1.1.3 Project CAD Coordinator
    1.1.4 Learning Resources

    1.2 Terminology
    1.2.1 Sheet
    1.2.2 BASE Files
    1.2.3 External References
    1.2.4 Paper Space
    1.2.5 Model Space
    1.2.6 Consultant Backgrounds
    1.2.7 AutoCAD
    1.2.8 Revit
    1.2.9 Sheet File Assembly

    1.3 Electronic Files
    1.3.1 Computer Maintenance
    1.3.2 Project Electronic File Structure
    1.3.3 AutoCAD Directory on the Server “XXXXXXX”
    1.3.4 Inter-Office Communications
    Transfer of Electronic Files
    Receiving Disks/Files
    Sending Disks/Files

    2.0 SETUP

    2.1 CAD Project Setup
    2.1.1 Network Project Setup
    2.1.2 Copy Prototype Files
    2.1.3 Revise Standard Title Block
    2.1.? Revise Standard Sheet Set
    2.1.4 Create Base Files
    2.1.5 Archiving

    2.2 CAD Sheet Setup
    2.2.1 Standard Sheet Size: Imperial
    2.2.2 Drawing Scales
    2.2.3 Create Sheet Files
    2.2.4 Sheet Organization
    The Module System
    Detail Layout & Numbering
    2.2.5 Create Detail Sheets
    2.2.6 Standard Sketch Format
    2.2.7 Schedules



    3.0 GUIDELINES

    3.1 CAD File Naming Guidelines
    3.1.1 Upper/Lower Case Convention
    3.1.2 CAD File Naming Convention for Sheets
    3.1.3 Sheet Files
    3.1.4 Detail Drawings
    3.1.5 Title Blocks
    3.1.6 Information Blocks
    3.1.7 Key Plans
    3.1.8 Revision Blocks
    3.1.9 Architectural Backgrounds
    3.2 Sheet Numbering Guidelines
    3.2.1 Sheet Numbering Convention
    3.2.2 Discipline Codes
    3.2.3 Sample Sheet Index

    3.3 CAD Layering Guidelines
    3.3.1 Layer Naming Convention
    3.3.2 Architectural Layers

    4.0 CAD STANDARDS

    4.1 AutoCAD Standards
    4.1.1 General
    4.1.2 Base Files
    4.1.3 Title Blocks
    4.1.4 Revision Blocks
    4.1.5 External Reference Files
    4.1.6 Text Standards
    4.1.7 Layering Standards
    Freeze/Thaw versus On/Off Layers
    4.1.8 Dimensioning
    4.1.9 Line Types
    4.1.10 Plotting
    Batch Plotting
    Plot Stamp
    4.1.11 Pen Settings
    4.1.12 Pen Width Convention/Line Weight Hierarchy
    4.1.13 CAD Courtesy

    4.3 Drafting Standards
    4.3.1 Drawing Accuracy
    4.3.2 Keynotes
    4.3.3 Dimensions
    4.3.4 Revisions Clouds
    4.3.5 Leaders
    4.3.6 Enlarged Areas
    4.3.7 Standard Markup Color Code

    4.4 Architectural Standards
    4.4.1 Room Numbering Convention
    4.4.2 Door Numbering Convention
    4.4.3 Architectural Symbols
    4.4.4 Architectural Abbreviations
    4.4.5 Architectural Schedules
    4.4.6 Hatch Patterns
    5.0 CONSULTANT

    5.1 Consultant-Specific Guidelines
    5.1.1 Scale, Units, and Accuracy
    5.1.2 Engineering Backgrounds
    Saving for AutoCAD 14 Consultants
    5.1.3 Seed Files
    5.1.4 Architectural Backgrounds
    5.1.5 Project Submittals

    APPENDICES

    Appendix A – Architectural Abbreviations
    Appendix B – Architectural Sheet Numbers
    Appendix C – Architectural Annotation Symbols
    Appendix D - Layer Standards
    Appendix E – Architectural (minimum) Layers
    Appendix F – Layers
    Appendix G – Text Heights
    Appendix H – Pen Settings
    Appendix J – Metric Conversion Chart
    Appendix K – Scale Conversion Factors
    Appendix L – Hatch Patterns
    Appendix M – Dimensioning Guidelines
    Appendix N – Dimensioning Guidelines Examples
    Appendix O – Redlines Procedures
    Appendix K – Client CAD Requirements
    Appendix P – Standard ASK Sheet

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    wow. there is a lot of information going on there. im pretty sure there are a few standards on the forum, just have to search for them. try the standards forum as well as the general management forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kgrant.115222 View Post
    Well i have given myself the role to updating our Office CAD Manual. Don't ask me why, i just did...

    This is a task which can easily get out of hand. Keep inforcement in mind. If you dot every i and cross every t - make sure you have a solid way to see that it gets followed.

    Keeping things more on the loose/guideline side allows for flexibility and tends to get a higher return on its use.

    Nail down the things which must be constant "text sixe, font(s) uses, etc" and provide the framework for the rest as more of an outline of best practices.

    Save time and frustration all around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kgrant.115222 View Post
    TABLE OF CONTENTS


    1.0 GENERAL

    1.1 Introduction
    1.1.1 Manual Organization
    1.1.2 Other Documents
    Project CAD Manual
    1.1.3 Project CAD Coordinator
    1.1.4 Learning Resources

    1.2 Terminology
    1.2.1 Sheet
    1.2.2 BASE Files
    1.2.3 External References
    1.2.4 Paper Space
    1.2.5 Model Space
    1.2.6 Consultant Backgrounds
    1.2.7 AutoCAD
    1.2.8 Revit
    1.2.9 Sheet File Assembly

    1.3 Electronic Files
    1.3.1 Computer Maintenance
    1.3.2 Project Electronic File Structure
    1.3.3 AutoCAD Directory on the Server “XXXXXXX”
    1.3.4 Inter-Office Communications
    Transfer of Electronic Files
    Receiving Disks/Files
    Sending Disks/Files

    2.0 SETUP

    2.1 CAD Project Setup
    2.1.1 Network Project Setup
    2.1.2 Copy Prototype Files
    2.1.3 Revise Standard Title Block
    2.1.? Revise Standard Sheet Set
    2.1.4 Create Base Files
    2.1.5 Archiving

    2.2 CAD Sheet Setup
    2.2.1 Standard Sheet Size: Imperial
    2.2.2 Drawing Scales
    2.2.3 Create Sheet Files
    2.2.4 Sheet Organization
    The Module System
    Detail Layout & Numbering
    2.2.5 Create Detail Sheets
    2.2.6 Standard Sketch Format
    2.2.7 Schedules



    3.0 GUIDELINES

    3.1 CAD File Naming Guidelines
    3.1.1 Upper/Lower Case Convention
    3.1.2 CAD File Naming Convention for Sheets
    3.1.3 Sheet Files
    3.1.4 Detail Drawings
    3.1.5 Title Blocks
    3.1.6 Information Blocks
    3.1.7 Key Plans
    3.1.8 Revision Blocks
    3.1.9 Architectural Backgrounds
    3.2 Sheet Numbering Guidelines
    3.2.1 Sheet Numbering Convention
    3.2.2 Discipline Codes
    3.2.3 Sample Sheet Index

    3.3 CAD Layering Guidelines
    3.3.1 Layer Naming Convention
    3.3.2 Architectural Layers

    4.0 CAD STANDARDS

    4.1 AutoCAD Standards
    4.1.1 General
    4.1.2 Base Files
    4.1.3 Title Blocks
    4.1.4 Revision Blocks
    4.1.5 External Reference Files
    4.1.6 Text Standards
    4.1.7 Layering Standards
    Freeze/Thaw versus On/Off Layers
    4.1.8 Dimensioning
    4.1.9 Line Types
    4.1.10 Plotting
    Batch Plotting
    Plot Stamp
    4.1.11 Pen Settings
    4.1.12 Pen Width Convention/Line Weight Hierarchy
    4.1.13 CAD Courtesy

    4.3 Drafting Standards
    4.3.1 Drawing Accuracy
    4.3.2 Keynotes
    4.3.3 Dimensions
    4.3.4 Revisions Clouds
    4.3.5 Leaders
    4.3.6 Enlarged Areas
    4.3.7 Standard Markup Color Code

    4.4 Architectural Standards
    4.4.1 Room Numbering Convention
    4.4.2 Door Numbering Convention
    4.4.3 Architectural Symbols
    4.4.4 Architectural Abbreviations
    4.4.5 Architectural Schedules
    4.4.6 Hatch Patterns
    5.0 CONSULTANT

    5.1 Consultant-Specific Guidelines
    5.1.1 Scale, Units, and Accuracy
    5.1.2 Engineering Backgrounds
    Saving for AutoCAD 14 Consultants
    5.1.3 Seed Files
    5.1.4 Architectural Backgrounds
    5.1.5 Project Submittals

    APPENDICES

    Appendix A – Architectural Abbreviations
    Appendix B – Architectural Sheet Numbers
    Appendix C – Architectural Annotation Symbols
    Appendix D - Layer Standards
    Appendix E – Architectural (minimum) Layers
    Appendix F – Layers
    Appendix G – Text Heights
    Appendix H – Pen Settings
    Appendix J – Metric Conversion Chart
    Appendix K – Scale Conversion Factors
    Appendix L – Hatch Patterns
    Appendix M – Dimensioning Guidelines
    Appendix N – Dimensioning Guidelines Examples
    Appendix O – Redlines Procedures
    Appendix K – Client CAD Requirements
    Appendix P – Standard ASK Sheet
    You have to work for DOT right? That's the most succinct index I have ever seen. I may have to rework ours now. I'm jealous of how well organized your's is!
    I loved the NCS so much, I joined the committee!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OIIIIIIIO View Post
    This is a task which can easily get out of hand. Keep inforcement in mind. If you dot every i and cross every t - make sure you have a solid way to see that it gets followed.

    Keeping things more on the loose/guideline side allows for flexibility and tends to get a higher return on its use.

    Nail down the things which must be constant "text sixe, font(s) uses, etc" and provide the framework for the rest as more of an outline of best practices.

    Save time and frustration all around.
    Best practices are definately the way to go. I wouldn't get too caught up in making sure everyone drives down the correct side of the road. Keep it simple and maintain consistency. Too many parameters are just asking the user to slip up. How many rules do you really want to maintain for each design? Let it go.
    Last edited by Robert.Hall; 2007-08-22 at 07:22 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert.Hall View Post
    Best practices are definately the way to go. I wouldn't get too caught up in making sure everyone drives down the correct side of the road. Keep it simple and maintain consistency. Too many parameters are just asking the user to slip up. How many rules do you really want to maintain for each design? Let it go.
    True dat! I've seen CADD Standards which were so voluminous and cumbersome that most drawings took almost as long for QA as they did to draft. Oh, and for the record, I did not witness this at the DOT.
    I loved the NCS so much, I joined the committee!

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    I remember AutoCAD R10

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    no, we are Architectural.

    And, i agree that too mnay rules and parameters can just get out of hand, and i have been in the process of getting this CAD Standards Manual updated, and creating some other documentation, and then having a CAD Day in the office.

    My goal is not that everyone sits down and reads this book back to front on day 1, but i would like that everyone reads this in a week, and then we have another CAD Day (in house meeting if you will about CAD), and we then go over the Standards, i get some feedback and make sure that everyone is on the same page. I would only take up maybe 4-6 through out the week for these meetings, and in the process, also update all machines in the office, with the Standards for ACAD, and get our Office Standards Folder on the server organized and better located, so that its not a hassle to locate.

    Detail libraries, tool palettes, SSM information, blank project shell folders will all be updated, and published after our CAD Days.

    From here, I will know that everyone at least knows where these folders, documents, and files are, and have read, and have a basic understanding of the Standards that we NEED to start implementing.

    Then at this point, maybe a monthly CAD Day, for either all of the CAD Staff, or just the high end users, to make sure that projects are running smoothly and the standards are being upheld correctly.

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    Passing out templates, blocks, and charts have been better than any cad standard
    that I have produced. The standard is used as a reference tool. I can always use
    the standard to reinforce common practices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgrant.115222 View Post
    TABLE OF CONTENTS


    1.0 GENERAL

    1.1 Introduction
    1.1.1 Manual Organization
    1.1.2 Other Documents
    Project CAD Manual
    1.1.3 Project CAD Coordinator
    1.1.4 Learning Resources

    1.2 Terminology
    1.2.1 Sheet
    1.2.2 BASE Files
    1.2.3 External References
    1.2.4 Paper Space
    1.2.5 Model Space
    1.2.6 Consultant Backgrounds
    1.2.7 AutoCAD
    1.2.8 Revit
    1.2.9 Sheet File Assembly

    1.3 Electronic Files
    1.3.1 Computer Maintenance
    1.3.2 Project Electronic File Structure
    1.3.3 AutoCAD Directory on the Server “XXXXXXX”
    1.3.4 Inter-Office Communications
    Transfer of Electronic Files
    Receiving Disks/Files
    Sending Disks/Files

    2.0 SETUP

    2.1 CAD Project Setup
    2.1.1 Network Project Setup
    2.1.2 Copy Prototype Files
    2.1.3 Revise Standard Title Block
    2.1.? Revise Standard Sheet Set
    2.1.4 Create Base Files
    2.1.5 Archiving

    2.2 CAD Sheet Setup
    2.2.1 Standard Sheet Size: Imperial
    2.2.2 Drawing Scales
    2.2.3 Create Sheet Files
    2.2.4 Sheet Organization
    The Module System
    Detail Layout & Numbering
    2.2.5 Create Detail Sheets
    2.2.6 Standard Sketch Format
    2.2.7 Schedules



    3.0 GUIDELINES

    3.1 CAD File Naming Guidelines
    3.1.1 Upper/Lower Case Convention
    3.1.2 CAD File Naming Convention for Sheets
    3.1.3 Sheet Files
    3.1.4 Detail Drawings
    3.1.5 Title Blocks
    3.1.6 Information Blocks
    3.1.7 Key Plans
    3.1.8 Revision Blocks
    3.1.9 Architectural Backgrounds
    3.2 Sheet Numbering Guidelines
    3.2.1 Sheet Numbering Convention
    3.2.2 Discipline Codes
    3.2.3 Sample Sheet Index

    3.3 CAD Layering Guidelines
    3.3.1 Layer Naming Convention
    3.3.2 Architectural Layers

    4.0 CAD STANDARDS

    4.1 AutoCAD Standards
    4.1.1 General
    4.1.2 Base Files
    4.1.3 Title Blocks
    4.1.4 Revision Blocks
    4.1.5 External Reference Files
    4.1.6 Text Standards
    4.1.7 Layering Standards
    Freeze/Thaw versus On/Off Layers
    4.1.8 Dimensioning
    4.1.9 Line Types
    4.1.10 Plotting
    Batch Plotting
    Plot Stamp
    4.1.11 Pen Settings
    4.1.12 Pen Width Convention/Line Weight Hierarchy
    4.1.13 CAD Courtesy

    4.3 Drafting Standards
    4.3.1 Drawing Accuracy
    4.3.2 Keynotes
    4.3.3 Dimensions
    4.3.4 Revisions Clouds
    4.3.5 Leaders
    4.3.6 Enlarged Areas
    4.3.7 Standard Markup Color Code

    4.4 Architectural Standards
    4.4.1 Room Numbering Convention
    4.4.2 Door Numbering Convention
    4.4.3 Architectural Symbols
    4.4.4 Architectural Abbreviations
    4.4.5 Architectural Schedules
    4.4.6 Hatch Patterns
    5.0 CONSULTANT

    5.1 Consultant-Specific Guidelines
    5.1.1 Scale, Units, and Accuracy
    5.1.2 Engineering Backgrounds
    Saving for AutoCAD 14 Consultants
    5.1.3 Seed Files
    5.1.4 Architectural Backgrounds
    5.1.5 Project Submittals

    APPENDICES

    Appendix A – Architectural Abbreviations
    Appendix B – Architectural Sheet Numbers
    Appendix C – Architectural Annotation Symbols
    Appendix D - Layer Standards
    Appendix E – Architectural (minimum) Layers
    Appendix F – Layers
    Appendix G – Text Heights
    Appendix H – Pen Settings
    Appendix J – Metric Conversion Chart
    Appendix K – Scale Conversion Factors
    Appendix L – Hatch Patterns
    Appendix M – Dimensioning Guidelines
    Appendix N – Dimensioning Guidelines Examples
    Appendix O – Redlines Procedures
    Appendix K – Client CAD Requirements
    Appendix P – Standard ASK Sheet
    wow. very nice list. I don't suppose you want to post your manual for some of us to look around, do you? I'm curious how you mark up the info.

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