✱ My 2d Drafting Software of Choice

There's been quite a bit of talk about moving on to BIM versus continuing to use AutoCad, Vectorworks, or other programs for production drawings of architectural projects. I thought I'd share what I use for CAD on my Mac (and Windows and Linux too if that's your thing) because unfortunately it's still a necessity to have something for basic CAD work. 

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✱ Creating Revit Toposurfaces from Civil Survey Drawings - A Definitive Guide

Have you ever wondered if you can create a 3d topography model from the CAD survey data you have? Watch this video and you’ll see that we can use just about anything as long as it has proper height parameters.

I cover most of the scenarios encountered when you get a survey file from a civil engineer, which could be just about anything! We start with three different survey files in AutoCAD and distill the data down to just what we need, and then take it into Revit to make our 3d model using its Toposurface tools.

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✱ Bonzai3d QuickTip - Flatten CAD Drawings

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Similar to Methodcast 9 where we were using SketchUp, in this QuickTip I show you how to flatten a CAD drawing that is all over the place into something you can draw on top of in Bonzai3d. This is a workaround for an export bug in Bonzai that should be corrected in the next release, but this may be useful for other things once that bug is fixed. 

If you haven’t started using Bonzai3d yet, you should. It’s got a lot of horsepower and is really fun to work with. You can get a free 30 day trial here

✱ SketchUp QuickTips - Flatten crappy CAD drawings

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Make your files behave! This video teaches you how to flatten crappy CAD files that you thought were 2d, but were actually really sloppy 3d drawings so you can use them as a base for a 3d model of your design.

Sometimes we get files that look like they are 2d but really aren’t. The lines go all over the place in 3d space, but from the top view they look fine. I’ll show you how to use a workflow that smashes all those lines down flat so the file is usable and you can start extruding shapes over the top of it.

We start out in AutoCad, but this really applies to any Cad package. Then we move the file into SketchUp and run it through the ringer!