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Drawing setup best practices
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* June 08, 2017, 01:34:06 PM
Very frequently I'm working on building and equipment layouts. I receive drawings from architects with building details and copy plan views from many different equipment manufacturers and paste them into the drawing. Then, of course, layout the equipment in relation to the building and to each other.

Right now I'm just copying and pasting the information together into one layout drawing. While doing this I get a lot of layers and blocks that automatically add in the process. I was curious to know if there is a better practice for working on this? Creating blocks, external references, or something else.

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June 08, 2017, 02:22:52 PM
As you can see from the various documents, there is no over-riding 'standard'.

Decide which layers can be consolidated.  Select by Layer and move to the consolidation Layer for your own use.


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* June 08, 2017, 06:56:49 PM
How about using an intermediary Drawing?-- to get all of the equipments' plan view Drawing on Layer-0:

>Copy/Paste the equipment plan view drawing into an intermediary drawing.
>In that Drawing, Select All; while all is still selected, place everything on Layer-0; while all is still selected Format/Create_Block-- naming that Block something that corresponds to what the equipment is.
>Insert that Block into your drawing space (if you didn't already, when you created the Block via "Insert at current location")
>Copy/Paste that Block into your destination/final Drawing.

Same theory would work if you wanted to just save the equipment plan view Drawing as its own file; then insert that into your final/destination Drawing as an XRef (External Reference).

Alvin Gregorio
(mostly Residential Architectural 2D; no formal CAD Training; intermittent TurboCAD user since yr. 2000 [ver6.5])
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* June 09, 2017, 09:01:37 AM
Thanks for the suggestions. I will play around with this a bit and see what works best for me.

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Win 10 64