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Tools at Early Design

Apr 25, 2014
Video Length:  48:46
Presented By:  Jeremiah Farmer

 

 

Tools for Early Design 4-25-14 10.17 AM.mp4 from Land F/X on Vimeo.

Land F/X is known for its powerful construction documentation tools, but there are also some very powerful tools for use at a preliminary or schematic level.  This webinar demonstrates how the schematic, concept graphics, and site development tools can be used to quickly illustrate the designer’s intent for a site, while working quickly within CAD, from nothing more than a satellite image. It also shows how to customize and organize schematic design elements to allow for a quick preliminary cost estimate.

Webinar Contents

0:00 – 2:21: Intro/Table of Contents

2:23 – 11:19: Schematic Design – Nodes, Lines, Photos

The Concept Graphics tools (accessed by opening the F/X Graphics pull-down menu and selecting Concept Graphics(3:23)

  • Associating a photo from the hard drive with a site using the Viewpoint Tool (5:32)
  • Using the Photo Callout tool to place a photo in Paper Space(6:20)
  • Drawing Concept Lines using the Concept Line tool (7:06)
    • Selecting a new Concept Line type (8:09)
    • Selecting a color for the Concept Line in the Select Color dialog box (8:13)
    • Assigning a title and associated notes to the new Concept Line in the New Concept Item dialog box (8:22)
    • Assigning a photo with the new concept line by clicking the Photo button (8:42)
    • Drawing the Concept Line (8:59)
    • Placing the photo assigned to the new Concept Line using the Photo Callout tool (9:45)
    • Placing a leader line for the photo (9:55)

Accessing the Plan Graphics library (accessed by either clicking the Plan Graphics button on the Graphics toolbar or selecting Plan Graphics from the F/X Graphics pull-down menu (10:48)

  • Selecting a block from the Plan Graphics library (11:00)
  • Placing the block in the drawing (11:05)

11:20 – 16:24: Zoning and Land Planning

The Zoning Tool (accessed by clicking the Zoning button under Ref Notes on the Graphics toolbar, or selecting the Zoning option from the F/X Graphics menu) (11:30)

  • Placing generic blocks from the Plan Graphics library (11:53)
  • Modifying zones using the Edit Zone dialog box (accessed by clicking the Edit button in the Zoning dialog box) (13:15)
  • Placing a Zoning Schedule in Paper Space using the Zoning Schedule dialog box (accessed by clicking Schedule in the Zoning dialog box) (14:08)

Question: Will the Zoning Tool also calculate meters? (15:25)

Answer: Yes! (If your scale is set to meters.)

16:25 – 33:07: Preliminary Costing

Assigning Quick Per-Item Costs in a Drawing Using the Reference Notes Tool (16:25)

  • Accessing the Reference Notes Tool by clicking F/X Graphics and selecting Reference Notes from the menu. (17:11)
  • Example of the Site Development Tool. This tool, whose capabilities are also contained within the Reference Notes Tool, allows you to determine a ballpark cost per square foot/meter of a design. (17:29)
  • Making a new reference note (20:30)
    • Click the New button in the Reference Notes dialog box. (20:30)
    • The New Reference Note dialog box will appear. Type a note in the Note: field (example: electric vehicle charging station). (20:32)
    • Type a cost associated with the note (example: $3,500). (20:45)
    • Click the OK button. (20:45)
    • If necessary, adjust your scale using the Viewport Scale dialog box, accessed by clicking F/X Admin and then selecting the present scale (example: 1” = 10’). Change your scale as necessary (example: 1’ = 20”), then click the OK button. (20:49)
    • Click the Place button in the Reference Notes dialog box. (21:04)
    • Additional examples of placing new reference notes (21:44)
    • To assign a callout to a reference note, click the Callout button in the Reference Notes dialog box. You will then be able to create a callout in the drawing for that reference note. (23:12)
    • To import items you have previously loaded, click the Import button in the Reference Notes dialog box. Click the Add to Project button in the dialog box that appears. The item you have selected will now appear in the Reference Notes dialog box, allowing you to place it as needed. (25:28)
  • You can also assign a photo callout for each reference note. (27:09)
    • Select the Photo Callout Tool from the toolbar. Click the referenced object you would like to call out with a photo. (27:19)
    • The View Photo dialog box will appear. Click the Browse button to select a photo, then click the OK button. (27:22)
    • The Photo Callout dialog box will appear. Enter the appropriate information as needed, then click the OK button. (27:32)
  • Creating a Reference Note Schedule in Paperspace (29:36)
    • Click the Schedule button in the Reference Notes dialog box. (29:36)
    • The Reference Note Schedule dialog box will appear. (29:45)
    • To include costs of items in the schedule, check the box next to Include Cost. You can also choose whether to Include Detail and Include Quantity using these checkboxes. (29:48)
    • This dialog box also provides radio buttons to include either codes or symbols for Areas, Volumes, and Objects. In our example, we have chosen to include symbols for the areas. (29:53)
    • Click the OK button. (29:55)
    • Left-click where you would like the schedule to appear. (29:57)
  • Editing Reference Notes (30:26)
    • Open the project in which you would like to edit the reference notes. (32:12)
    • The Project Manager dialog box will appear. Click the Ref Notes button. (32:14)
    • The Reference Notes dialog box will appear. (32:16)
    • Click the reference note you would like to edit, then click the Edit button. (32:19)
    • The Edit Reference Note dialog box will appear. Make any necessary edits (example: changing the Cost amount). (32:21)
    • Click the Photo button to assign a photo to the reference note. (32:27)

Note: Remember to back up your project files. Highlight the project name in the Project Filesdialog box, then click the Backupbutton. In the Backup Projectdialog box, select the manner in which you would like to perform the backup (example, to Landfx.com, to an LFX file, etc.).(32:52)

33:08 – 42:09: Templates

Creating a duplicate version of your project using the Backup feature (Note: This action will allow you to make edits to existing reference notes and present an alternative version of your project that contains different features.) (33:34)

  • Highlight the name of the project you would like to duplicate in the Project Files dialog box. Click the Backup button. (33:34)
  • The Backup Project dialog box will appear. Check the box next to Backup project to LFX file. Click the OK button. (33:35)
  • The Export to … dialog box will appear. Navigate to the location where you would like to save the backup, then click the Save button. (33:37)
  • The Project Files dialog box will reappear. Click the Restore button. (33:39)
  • The Restore Project dialog box will appear. Click the Import button. (33:40)
  • The Select LFX File to Import dialog box will appear. Navigate to the file you have just saved, then click the OK button. (33:41)
  • The Enter Project Number dialog box will appear. Type a name for the duplicate file (example: Version 2). Click the OK button. Click the OK button in the dialog box that appears. (33:43)
  • Working in the duplicate version of your project file (33:52)
    • Highlight the name of the duplicate project file in the Project Files dialog box. Click the Open button. (33:52)
    • You can now edit reference notes and make any other necessary changes, including editing reference notes, on your duplicate project file. (33:54)

Tip From Jeremiah (from user question): How to Fix Scale in a Drawing (36:12)

  • Find an object in the drawing that shows a known linear measurement (example, a scale from a Google Earth image, a parking space, etc.) (36:18)
  • Draw a line or a polyline along the exact length of the object. (36:24)
  • Type the SCALE command. (36:48)
  • Select the line you just drew. (36:50)
  • Snap to (click) the first point of the line. (36:56)
  • Select Reference in the Command: line, or type R. (36:59)
  • Draw the length of the line to set your reference length. (37:02)
  • Type the actual length your line represents (example: 50 feet, or simply 50) in the Command: line to set your scale. (37:03)

Tip From Jeremiah (from user question): Land F/X tools for converting generic hardscape items in preliminary design into items for the construction documents (37:44)

  • Add callouts to hardscape items for the construction documents. (38:13)
    • Select an object in your drawing, then open the Reference Notes tool. (38:13)
    • To add a callout, click the Callout button in the Reference Notes dialog box. You can then use your mouse to add a callout to the referenced item. (38:28)
  • Add a hatch to a previously solid-colored object. (38:36)
    • Open the Edit Reference Note dialog box. (38:36)
    • Click the colored box in the Symbol: area. (38:37)
    • The HATCH SITE dialog box will appear. Click your desired hatch pattern for the object you have selected. Then click the OK button. (38:39)

(Note: Sometimes, when you change an object from a solid fill to a hatch, the hatch pattern will appear overly dense. You may need to repeat these steps a second time to achieve the correct hatch pattern.)(39:06)

Question: Does the backup feature in Land F/X also back up the user’s .dwg files and external references (XREFs)? Or does it just back up the Land F/X information? (39:41)

Answer: It can do both – if you check the box next to eTransmit project and drawings in the Backup Project dialog box. Of course, the primary concern in this case should be your Land F/X information, since you should always be backing up your drawing files anyway. (39:50)

You can also periodically back up all projects using this feature. Check the box next to Backup all projects when backing up. AutoCAD will provide a message box showing the location to which your backups are taking place – and consequently, where your backed-up files are stored. (40:34)

42:10 – end: New/Future/Development Items

  • Concept lines in SketchUp, including dotted, dashed, etc.; matching colors; scaling; etc. (43:02)
  • Adding per-item and per-square-foot cost estimates in SketchUp (44:22)

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