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A r c h i t e c t u r a l T e m p l a t e s

Architectural Drafting
Using AutoCAD
Adding Layers

Template Development Objectives


You will complete the following tasks during this stage of template development:
Adjust default lineweight settings.
Load linetypes.
Create layers.

The next stage of template development includes adjusting default lineweight


settings, loading linetypes, and creating layers. The templates you create in this book
focus on specific architectural drafting practices and use exact lineweights, linetypes,
and layers set according to industry standards.

Adjusting Default Lineweight Settings


The default lineweight is often set to the lineweight most often assigned to layers.
However, the default lineweight is an application setting, and applies to any drawing you
open. The default lineweight is not template-specific and remains set until you change the
value. Do not assign layers the Default lineweight value if you anticipate using a different
default lineweight for different drawing applications. Change each layers lineweight indi-
vidually. This rule maintains flexibility and consistency between drawings.
If you know you will always use the same default lineweight between drawings, set
the default lineweight as the most common lineweight. Then, assign the Default value to
the layers that reference the preset default lineweight. Adjust layers that use a different
lineweight separately. Follow these steps to set the default lineweight:
1. Access the Select File dialog box to open the template file. Remember, you are
opening the existing template file using the OPEN tool, not creating a drawing
based on a template file using the NEW tool.
2. Locate and open the desired template file, such as the Architectural-US template.
3. Access the Lineweight Settings dialog box.
4. Select 0.35 mm from the Default drop-down list to set the default lineweight
as medium. It is easiest and most accurate to reference millimeter lineweights
even when developing US Customary templates.
5. Close the Lineweight Settings dialog box.
6. Continue developing the current template file, or close the file and adjust the
default lineweight for all other templates.

Architectural Drafting Template Development


Follow these steps to add layers to the Architectural-US, Arch-Template, and
Architectural-Metric templates. The layers are the same for each template. Architectural
drafting templates and layers are usually drawing-specific. For example, one template
may be used for drawing floor plans while a separate template is used to create sections.
The layers suggested here are a sample of commonly used architectural drafting layers.
The specified layers are set according to NCS CAD layering guidelines. You will have

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to add many other layers to your templates for specific applications.
1. Access the Select File dialog box to open the Architectural-US template file.
Remember, you are opening the existing template file using the OPEN tool, not
creating a drawing based on a template file using the NEW tool.
2. Create the layers shown in the following table.

Layer Name Color Linetype Lineweight Description


A-ANNO-DIMS red Continuous Default Dimensions
A-ANNO-DMOV 21 Continuous Default Overhead dimensions
A-ANNO-KEYN 242 Continuous Default Keynotes
A-ANNO-LEGN 32 Continuous Default Legends and schedules
A-ANNO-NOTE 222 Continuous Default Notes
A-ANNO-NPLT cyan Continuous Default Construction lines,
non-plotting information
A-ANNO-REDL red Continuous Default Redlines
A-ANNO-SKET white Continuous Default Sketch annotations
A-ANNO-STRS 30 Continuous Default Stair identification
A-ANNO-SYMB blue Continuous Default Symbols
A-ANNO-TEXT 12 Continuous Default Text
A-ANNO-TTLB blue Continuous 0.70 mm Border and title block
A-ANNO-XREF white Continuous Default External references
A-AREA blue Continuous Default Area calculation
boundary lines
A-AREA-IDEN blue Continuous Default Room numbers, tenant
identification, area
calculations
A-COLS white Continuous 0.60 mm Columns
A-COMM 220 Continuous Default Telephone,
communication outlets
A-DOOR blue Continuous Default Doors
A-DOOR-ELEV white Continuous Default Doors in elevation views
A-DOOR-IDEN 174 Continuous Default Door tags
A-ELEV white Continuous Default Interior and exterior
elevations
A-ELEV-CASE 35 Continuous Default Wall mounted casework
A-ELEV-FIXT 66 Continuous Default Miscellaneous fixtures
A-ELEV-FNSH 35 Continuous Default Finishes, woodwork, trim

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Layer Name Color Linetype Lineweight Description
A-ELEV-IDEN magenta Continuous Default Component
identification numbers
A-ELEV-LITE blue Continuous Default Lighting fixtures in
elevation views
A-ELEV-OTLN white Continuous 0.60 mm Building outlines
A-ELEV-PATT 42 Continuous Default Textures and hatch
patterns
A-ELEV-PFIX 140 Continuous Default Plumbing fixtures in
elevation views
A-FIRE 30 Continuous Default Fire alarm, fire
extinguishers
A-FLOR white Continuous Default Floor information
A-FLOR-ACCS white DASHED Default Attic, crawlspace access
A-FLOR-CASE 52 Continuous Default Casework, manufactured
cabinets
A-FLOR-FIXT green Continuous Default Miscellaneous fixtures
A-FLOR-FPLC 12 Continuous 0.50 mm Fireplace
A-FLOR-HRAL 36 Continuous 0.50 mm Stair and balcony
handrails, guard rails
A-FLOR-IDEN 106 Continuous 0.50 mm Room number, names,
targets
A-FLOR-MCUT green PHANTOM 0.70 mm Section cutting plane
A-FLOR-OTLN white DASHED 0.60 mm Floor or building outline
A-FLOR-OVHD white DASHED 0.50 mm Overhead items
A-FLOR-PATT 43 Continuous Default Paving, tile, carpet
patterns
A-FLOR-PFIX 140 Continuous Default Plumbing fixtures
A-FLOR-SKET white Continuous Default Floor sketches
A-FLOR-STRS 54 Continuous Default Stair treads, escalators,
ladders
A-FLOR- 44 Continuous Default Architectural
WDWK woodwork, field-built
cabinets, and counters
A-FLOR-WKDA 44 DASHED Default Architectural
woodwork, field-built
cabinets, and counters
(hidden or overhead)

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Layer Name Color Linetype Lineweight Description
A-GLAZ green Continuous Default Windows, window
walls, curtain walls,
glazed partitions
A-GLAZ-ELEV white Continuous Default Glazing and mullions
in elevation views
A-GLAZ-IDEN 84 Continuous Default Window tags
A-GLAZ-OVHD green DASHED Default Skylights
A-HOTW red Continuous 0.50 mm Hot water heating
system
A-HVAC white Continuous 0.50 mm HVAC system
A-POWR 74 Continuous Default Power outlets and
receptacles
A-POWR-CIRC 74 DASHED Default Power circuits
A-POWR-JBOX 72 Continuous Default Junction boxes
A-POWR-PANL green Continuous Default Power panels
A-ROOF 34 Continuous 0.60 mm Roof
A-ROOF-CHIM 24 Continuous 0.50 mm Chimney
A-ROOF-PATT 54 Continuous Default Roof surface patterns,
hatching
A-ROOF-VENT blue Continuous Default Roof vents
A-SECT white Continuous Default Sections
A-SECT-IDEN magenta Continuous Default Component
identification numbers
A-SECT-MBND blue Continuous Default Material beyond
section cut
A-SECT-MCUT white Continuous Default Material cut by section
A-SECT-PATT 92 Continuous Default Textures and hatch
patterns
A-SLAB 8 Continuous Default Concrete slab
A-WALL-FULL white Continuous 0.60 mm Full-height walls, stair
and shaft walls, walls
to structures
A-WALL-HEAD white DASHED 0.50 mm Door and window
headers
A-WALL-PATT magenta Continuous Default Wall insulation,
hatching and fill
A-WALL-PRHT 9 Continuous 0.50 mm Partial-height walls,
stair and shaft walls,
walls to structures

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3. Resave and close the template file.
4. Access the Select File dialog box to open the Arch-Template template file.
Remember, you are opening the existing template file using the OPEN tool, not
creating a drawing based on a template file using the NEW tool.
5. Create the layers previously described. If you have already built the layers in
the Architectural-US template, use DesignCenter to drag and drop the layers into
the Architectural-Metric template.
6. Resave and close the template file.
7. Open the Architectural-Metric template.
8. Create the layers previously described. If you have already built the layers in
the Architectural-US template, use DesignCenter to drag and drop the layers into
the Architectural-Metric template.
9. Resave and close the template file.

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