Getting Started Special Interest Group February 2017


In this session we looked at creating text, dimensions, and annotations. Should you put all of your text and annotations on the design layer or should they will go in the annotation part of the viewport. It’s a good idea to be consistent and it also depends on how you like to work. But for a basic rule of thumb it is often easier to create most of your dimensions, text, and annotations on the design layers for all of your plan drawings. Section and elevation drawings that use the 3D model on the other hand have to have their text and annotations in the annotation part of the viewport.

Topics Covered:

  • 01:03    starting with our location plan we’re going to look at whether we should put our information in the annotation part of the viewport or on the design layer. One of the challenges is when you use the same plan to create different scale drawings. Text that you put on the design layer will change size depending on the scale of the viewport. There are some objects where you have no choice but to put the annotations on the design layer. For example, hardscape objects, landscaped areas, and plants have their tag physically connected to the objects. Therefore, you have no choice but to have their text (tags) on the design layer.
  • 14:38    for many floor plan drawings it is easier to put the dimensions and text on the design layer. But this is partially controlled by the way you dimension and design the same time. For example if I am dimensioning a plan and I realise that the doors or windows should be relocated, I find it easier to make the changes if I am dimensioning on the design layer. I find that for detailed layers it is much easier to keep all the notes dimensions and text on the design layer and I only use the annotations part of the viewport to label the detail.
  • 20:49    the technique we’ve covered so far with putting the text and dimensions on the design layer does not work when you are creating sections and elevations. For these types of viewports you must put your notes and dimensions in the annotation part of the viewport.
  • 25:42    if you have a project where you want to create a part of the plan at a different scale (the example I used was a bathroom plan), then it’s easier to put the dimensions for that blown up area in the annotation part of the viewport. The reason for this is that the dimensions you place in the annotations can be outside the crop area. You could create your dimensions for the blown up area of the bathroom on a different class to the other dimensions and change their scale to suit the blowup plan. But you will still have a problem of the dimensions having to be inside the crop area. If you require your dimensions and notes to be outside the crop area of the viewport you must put them in the annotation part of the viewport.
  • 34:06    when you get to a section or elevation viewport you have no choice but to put the dimensions and notes inside the annotation part of the viewport.
  • 34:51    when you have a 2D viewport that has a scale that is substantially different from the design layer scale you can either put the annotations on the design layer and create different dimensioning for the viewport (which has to go on a different class) or you can add the annotations directly to the viewport.
  • 37:08    when you have common information that you want to have on different plans, you can put that information on a design layer. But watch out for this information being in the wrong place on various plans. For example when I add room names they often are on the way of furniture on one plan, so I move them to get them out of the way. But then I’ll find that the room they will be in the way of my life in plan. It seems very difficult sometimes to place the room name in the location that does not get in the way of something on one of the plans.
  • 38:55    there are a few objects that we have to deal with in a special way. Plants, hardscapes, and landscape areas have tags that are connected to them. These tags have to be on the design layer, there is no choice, but you do have the choice over the class for these tags. Ensure that you assign these tags to the correct class and then ensure that the tags are visible (or not) on the required.

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