CAD Standards Development

Developing and maintaining corporate CAD standards, is a time consuming process and many firms opt to utilize either the American Institute of Architects ( AIA) CAD Standards or the National CAD Standards (NCS).  We work with clients in helping them develop their own internal CAD Standards that are customized to fit their needs and level of complexity or simplicity. Our custom CAD Standards development takes into account your current CAD Drawing layers and includes facility/buiding code naming convention standardization.

Included in our corporate CAD Standards development are the following contents:

FILE FORMAT AND DRAWING STRUCTURE
  • Electronic File Format
  • Scale, Units, & Tolerances
  • Fonts and Text Styles
  • Blocks
  • Title Blocks
  • Policy on Model Space and Paper Space
  • Policy on External Reference Files (XREFs)
LAYERING
  • Standard Layer List
  • Layer Name Formatting
  • General Rules about Naming and Uses
  • Layer Attributes (Colors, Pens, Linetypes)
CAD & TIFF FILE NAME CONVENTIONS
  • Building and Floor Identification Codes
  • Discipline Identification Codes
  • Drawing Type Codes
  • Drawing Numbers
TITLE SHEET STANDARDS
  • Title Sheet
  • Title Block Standards
DRAWING CONVENTIONS
  • Linetype & Line Weights
  • Text & Notations
  • Dimension
  • Pen/Color
United States National CAD Standard®

The United States National CAD Standard (NCS) streamlines and simplifies the exchange of building design and construction data from project development throughout the life of a facility.  The NCS is a consensus standard incorporating industry publications. It is comprised of interrelated standards, guidelines and tools for uniformly organizing and presenting facility drawing information. It is the only comprehensive standard for facility planning, design, construction and operation drawings. NCS v4.0 is comprised of the National Institute of Building Sciences' Foreword, Administration, and Plotting Guidelines modules, the American Institute of Architect's CAD Layer Guidelines module, and the Construction Specification Institute's Uniform Drawing System modules.
American Institute of Architects   National Institute of Building Sciences