CAD Drawings

Most of our work is centred around CAD Drawings, drawn using Autocad, which is still the industry standard software for computer drafting. The software produces accurate, scaled presentation quality output for any kind of design work.

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Architectural Example

As an example, Autocad is used throughout the development of drawn information for a domestic planning application. We obtain a survey from a measured survey Surveyor, whose output is in Autocad (.dwg) format. This provides us with an accurate starting point for the project, allowing us to produce the existing drawings at 1:100 scale, needed by the Planners.

We develop your proposed design using the existing drawings in Autocad, which ensures the proposed design fits perfectly with what’s been surveyed.

Layout Sheets

Once the plans are looking good, we lay them out on sheets. These have a title block to the right, containing important information about the drawing, from North Arrow & Scale to Project Title, Client Name and Revisions. We take care to lay out the proposed plans (on sheet 2) in the same position as the existing plans (on sheet 1), so it is easy for the Planner to compare existing with proposed, and make a judgement on what has changed.
The survey should pick up all the salient points of the site or plot too, showing the different areas of hard standing, grassed areas, decking, patios, flower bed. This will all be to scale, so will enable us to add any changes you would like externally to the gardens. This could be tied into the extension work as part of the same contract with the builder, or saved for a later project as “phase 2”.

This information constitutes the existing and proposed drawings needed for a planning application.

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Exporting 2D CAD Drawings to 3D Programs

CAD drawings excellent for sharing drawn vector information. They are often used as base plans for exporting into SketchUp or other 3D modelling software, to create 3D models. This speeds up the 3D modelling process. Because the drawings are linked, we can go back into the Autocad file at any time to update it and bring it back into SketchUp. This is a great way to keep the 2D plans separate for output on sheets, while working on the 3D models in separate software for visuals.

Autocad is central to the work of many other professionals and the .dwg format is extremely well-known. Dwg files are generally small and easy to email and open in any drawing software used for architecture, engineering and the wider design community.

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Other CAD work

We also use Autocad in our Estimating work. When we receive drawings in pdf format we convert them to /dwg and scale them so we can take measurements and perform area takeoffs. Having the drawings in Autocad makes the work infinitely more accurate than using a scale rule.

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We use Autocad to draw what’s needed for the laser cutter. This can involve images sent to us in jpeg format which we may need to tweak in Photoshop before importing into CAD.

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Our Title Plans are created using Autocad.

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If you have some other work you would like us to undertake using Autocad, let us know.

Enquire about an Extension

Call the office on 0113 318 3078 or 07772 750 855, email enquire@we-draw-buildings.com or send a message via the contact page.