Last week we covered how AutoCAD 360 can be easily integrated into the first stage of any project—the Pre-bid/Bid and Contract phase. This week, we’ll give you the run down on how you can use AutoCAD 360 in next phase, once you’ve been awarded the contract and are ready to get into the planning and design.
Phase 2: Planning and Design
Take Detailed Notes and Photos On Site
As you visit the site, take additional photos, make detailed notes, and acquire permits, you can use AutoCAD 360 to store everything in one place. This makes for easier retrieval and documentation later. If you prefer, you can use a 3rd party site like Dropbox, Box, or Egnyte for file storage and access your files through AutoCAD 360. (For a quick tutorial on how, click here.)
Access New Drawing Files and/or Drawings Received During Phase 1
When your architect or CAD draftsman sends you new drawings, or if you need to reference drawings stored during the Pre-bid/Bid and Contract phase, you can open them in AutoCAD 360. You can then store them along with your photos, notes, and permits—no need to scan hard copies, upload them, and use up valuable space on your hard drive.
Develop and Overlay Schemes onto Drawings
As you start getting into load calculations and the like, you can open drawings you’ve received from your client, architect, or general contractor and overlay scheme designs directly on top of those drawings. AutoCAD 360 makes it easy to overlay schemes onto drawings using tools like edit, draw, measure, and layers, and features such as color palette, view modes, and units. You can also use AutoCAD 360’s GPS feature to position and track yourself within your design using the built-in GPS functionality of your mobile device, and to add comments to your drawings regarding precise geographic locations.
Create Takeoffs, Finalize Parts Lists/BOMs, and Share Them with Suppliers
At this stage, you’ve completed the first major draft of your schemes and are working out your takeoffs and finalizing your parts list/BOM. When you’re ready, you can export your lists from AutoCAD 360 to Evernote and then easily share them—as well as the entire drawing—with your suppliers. (For more info on how AutoCAD 360 integrates with Evernote, check out this post).
Alright—we’re halfway there. Next week, we’ll talk about how you can use AutoCAD 360 as a collaborative tool in the Procurement and Installation phase, and then wrap up this series with Invoice/Closeout and Continuing Management. In the meantime, check out this post on Design Feed – the best way to add notes and markup to your drawings. See you next week!